How can I get certified?
It’s easier than you think.
Getting ISO Certification to standards such as ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO45001, ISO27001 or ISO55001 has a similar process. The process of obtaining certification is typically a three-stage process from initial enquiry through to final certification decision.
Stage One Audit
This first stage looks much like a gap audit, the focus is on our assessors learning about your systems and benchmarking them to the nominated standard(s). Issues to be addressed are included in your report. We always have a comprehensive briefing with you at the end of the audit to explain our findings – so you fully understand what the standard requires. There are no surprises.
Stage Two Audit
This time we focus on how well your business has implemented your processes. Are your systems being followed, do your people understand what is expected of them, are you achieving your objectives. Is risk being managed appropriately, are the needs of stakeholders such as clients being met. It’s a lot more hands-on, spending time with workers and seeing work being undertaken.
Our auditor makes a recommendation for certification based on the Stage 1 and stage 2 audits, to an independent Certification Manager who reviews all the audit information to make a decision to grant certification.
Our auditor makes a recommendation for certification based on the Stage 1 and stage 2 audits, to an independent Compass Certification Manager who reviews all the audit information to make a decision to grant certification.
After an affirmative certification decision, we issue your Certificate for you to proudly display in your office or worksite, and a digital logo for you to use on your website and letterhead.
We look after it all for your audit, certification decision and issuing certificates
Just like you, Compass Assurance Services are certified (well we are accredited) and are regularly audited for compliance with the International Standard that governs Certification Bodies. So, like you, we need to have our business systems in place and effective. This assures you that the certification decision is robust and follows due process.
Are there any ongoing requirements?
In order to maintain certification, there are ongoing surveillance audits that are required no less than on an annual basis. Then every 3 years there is a re-certification audit which replaces the surveillance assessment.
We do find that most of our client’s welcome the review as it provides a perspective of how things are going, helps identify problems and facilitates improvement.