The certification journey


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Certification can be achieved via a series of key stages as shown above.


More details about these elements can be found below:


Application and welcome

All of our certification schemes begin with an online application. You can access the relevant application form for each scheme from the dedicated certification scheme pages of our website.



Online learning support is provided by The Standards International Academy ™, our learning portal, to help you prepare for your assessment.


Process and document review

Self-assessment tools exist within The Standards International Academy™ to help you prepare for your assessment. Alternatively, we can provide an in-person appraisal of your processes, procedures and supporting documentation (at an additional cost). Both routes will enable you to measure your position against the requirements of the standard(s) prior to assessment, and identify any ‘gaps’ to be addressed.



You are empowered to implement any action necessary to close out issues which may have been identified through the ‘gap-analysis’ process and document review either independently, with support from The Standards International Academy™ or with in-person support (at an additional cost).



A formal assessment by one of our independent assessors is the final stage  in year  one of your certification journey.  The process ensures that  best practice standards of excellence  have been effectively implemented by you and/or your business.


Quality Review Assessment

Once you have successfully achieved certification, you will enter our Quality Review Assessment programme which runs over four years in line with The 4Es of Excellence™ – Establish, Embed, Elevate and Endless. This process allows you to demonstrate on an annual basis how continual improvement has further propelled your business and/or yourself.

Certification – assessment findings

During the assessment process, your assessor will be reviewing your conformity to the standard(s) and provide feedback based upon the conclusions detailed below.


Compliant (C): Evidence of conformity to the requirements of the standard(s) has been shown.

Opportunity for Improvement (OFI): A best practice suggestion or finding that requires improvement or correction, but is not indicative of a framework weakness, or is of insufficient concern or potential impact to merit corrective action.

Minor Nonconformity (MINC): A weakness in an internal-facing process or procedure; or a finding where any further deterioration of control could reasonably be considered likely to result in the framework, system(s) and processes becoming ineffective. This finding requires root cause analysis and corrective action. Evidence confirming root cause analysis and corrective action must be submitted for reassessment within three months of the assessment date.

Major Nonconformity (MANC): A failure impacting on the effectiveness of the framework, system(s), processes and deliverables which puts at risk the capability of the management system. This finding requires immediate containment, root cause analysis and corrective action. Should this occur, your assessor and dedicated scheme administrator will make the necessary arrangements with you for follow-up.


Membership of The Standards International Academy™

Our membership options have been designed both to provide you with a helping hand so that you can achieve best practice, and to support your journey towards achieving and maintaining standards certification.


Membership includes:

  • Access to our online learning portal
  • Self-assessment tools
  • Webinars and think-tanks
  • Best Practice Slack group
  • Best Practice Powerpacks™
  • Dedicated member newsletter
  • Exclusive invitation and exposure to initiatives, standards, services and products
  • VIP status at Standards International events
  • Discounts on purchases of publications and support  material

And more…


We look forward to working with you!