Certification refers to the assurance of certain attributes of an object, person, or organization. This assurance is often, but not always, provided by some form of external entity, education, or assessment.

Why Certifications are useful?

A certification mark is useful for the following reasons:

  • The existence of a product certification agreement between the manufacturer of a product and an organization with national accreditation for both testing and certification
  • Legal confirmation that the product was successfully tested in accordance with a nationally accredited standard
  • Legal confirmation that the accredited certification organization has ensured that the item was successfully tested and is identical to that which is being sold in the market
  • Legal declaration that the successful test has resulted in a certification listing, which is considered public information, which sets out the tolerances and conditions of use for the certified product, to enable compliance with the law through listing and approval use and compliance
  • Legal declaration that the manufacturer is being regularly audited by the certification organization to certify the maintenance of the original process standard that was employed in the manufacture of the test specimen that passed the test.


The Certification Process

A certification process will depend on the certification that is applied for. Since certification is always given by a third party, it is important that you contact the right firm to get your certification.

Step 1: Learn about the certification
The first step in your progress towards getting a certification is to understand what the certification requires and how it will affect your organization. It often occurs that the certification body is different from the organization which owns the certification. It is important to contact only an officially authorized certification body.

Step 2: Compare your current system to the requirements
In order to plan your project, you will need to know exactly what needs to be done in your organization to meet the requirements of the standard. Identify what requirements you already meet, and list the ones that need to be addressed.

Step 3: Plan your project
Once you have your list of requirements that you need to address, you can start planning your project. You might take help from the certifying body or other institutions that help in obtaining standards for certifications.

Step 4: Design and document your system

Step 5: Train employees and an internal audit team
In order to complete the implementation of the system, employees must be trained, in both new processes that have been implemented and on the requirements of the standard.

Step 6: Have your registration audit
The Registration Audit will be the deciding factor if the new standards implemented are up to the level that is required and if the company should be certified. If the registration audit is successful, a certification is issued that states the company conforms to the standards mentioned to gain certification. An audit like this can occur periodically, depending on the certification that is being opted for by the company.

A list of certifications is provided for reference. Please make sure to visit the certification authority's website to check if there have been any changes to the certification process.