Participation

How Participation Works

Participation in the Damage Prevention Institute is voluntary for CGA members at no additional cost. CGA membership is required for DPI participants as a component of demonstrating commitment to advancing safety.

Participating in the DPI translates into seeking DPI accreditation and fulfilling data submission and peer review responsibilities. While some stakeholders may choose to require those they contract with to participate in the DPI, CGA will not require participation of any organization.

Requirements for Accreditation

DPI accreditation requirements vary by stakeholder group and are currently under development. The DPI accreditation process for excavators will be very similar to the Gold Shovel certification process. The DPI accreditation process for facility owner/operators and locators will be very similar to the recommendations of the Gold Shovel Association Pre-Excavation Committee.

At a minimum for accreditation, all DPI participants must:

  • Comply with the policies of the DPI.
  • Submit complete and accurate damage data to CGA’s DIRT.
  • Agree to participate in the peer review model.

Transfer of Gold Shovel Association Membership to CGA Membership

As of January 1, 2023, as a result of an agreement between the two associations, members of the Gold Shovel Association will become members of CGA.

CGA will honor fees paid to GSA and will communicate with its members about the transition process in the coming months.

Who can participate in the DPI?

All DPI participants must be member of the CGA. There is no additional cost to participate in the DPI for current CGA members.

Participation in the DPI is voluntary for CGA members. While some stakeholders may choose to require those they contract with to participate in the DPI, CGA will not require participation of any organization.

Participants will primarily be from four stakeholder groups: locators, facility owner/operators, excavators, and 811 centers (one call centers). DPI participants can register as members of more than one stakeholder group (e.g., a facility owner/operator can register as an excavator and/or a locator if those services are in-house).

How much does it cost to participate in the DPI?

There is no additional cost to participate in the DPI for CGA members. CGA membership dues cover the cost of participation. Additional details regarding the transition of GSA members to CGA will be provided in future communications.

What are the requirements for participation in the DPI?

All DPI participants must:

  • Be accredited and comply with the policies of the DPI.
  • Submit complete and accurate damage data.
  • Agree to participate in the peer review process.

Additional details will be provided on participation requirements as we progress.

How will current Gold Shovel Association members be transferred to CGA?

Current GSA members will officially become CGA members on January 1, 2023. CGA will honor fees paid to GSA and will communicate with its members about the transition process in the coming months.