The certification process


We  are here  to help you realise your extraordinary potential! Certification can be achieved in a series of key stages as shown above.


More details about these elements can be found below:


Best practice standards training and development

We recommend a process of education, which will provide a fundamental and essential understanding of best practice. This will include  an introduction to the best practice standards of BS 8577, BS 8453, ISO 22222 and/or The Paraplanner Standard™ along with practical exercises.


Process and document review

We  will assist with a  full appraisal of your processes, procedures and supporting documentation, to measure these against the requirements of the standard(s). Together we  will identify and establish  if  what you have in place  meets the requirements of the standards and  identify any “gaps”. You will then  be aware  of any changes or improvements needed to meet the requirements of the standards prior to assessment.



An official assessment of your operational framework and supporting documents 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 within the business. The assessment will also confirm that your operational framework and personal financial planning processes have been included in a planned and systematic programme of continual improvement  in order to  evidence  ongoing conformity.


Quality Review Assessment

Once you have been awarded certification to the relevant standards, we will commence the implementation of your quality review assessment programme. Conducted by one of our independent assessors on an annual basis, the quality review assessment will review and confirm that your operational framework and personal financial planning processes continue to be in place, maintained and delivered in line with the requirements of the standards. This process also allows you to demonstrate 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 standards based on the conclusions detailed below.


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

Opportunity for Improvement (OBS): 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 to 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:

  • Self-assessment tools
  • Webinars and think-tanks
  • Best Practice Forum
  • Best Practice Powerpacks™
  • Dedicated member newsletter
  • Exclusive invitation and exposure to initiatives, standards, services and products
  • VIP status at Standards International events
  • Discount on purchase of publications and support  material

And more!


Details of fees for membership to The Standards International Academy™ can be found on the certification page of our website.