What is a ISO9001 accreditation? To be ISO accredited means you need to acquire a licensing certificate for you to be able to certify other companies. It simply means certification bodies get accredited before being given a green light to offer certification while companies and individuals are ISO certified by accredited bodies. For a certification company to be accredited, they need to comply with ISO 17021 standard. In every country, there is at least one accreditation body. Accreditation bodies usually publish accredited bodies that offer ISO certifications. All accreditation bodies again need to comply with ISO 17011 standards, which defines the whole process of accreditation.
For a company to implement a standard or perform an audit, someone needs to undergo training before being allowed to do it. Thus the reason why many pieces of training have been developed for ISO standard certifications and the relevant accreditation related to the training industry. Similar to the institution that wants to provide training certifications, they should first be accredited by an accreditation body. Before that, this institution needs to be ISO 17024 compliant.
In some of the cases, an accredited training institution does not deliver the course training directly to the student but uses other training providers to deliver courses under their license and close supervision. Accredited institutions and training providers collaborate in delivering courses to students in two ways; in the first scenario, the training providers use courses developed and forwarded by an accredited institution, and the accredited institutions certify the students on behalf of the training providers after fulfilling the accredited institutions’ guidelines. On the other hand, the training providers may develop their courses, and the accredited institutions certify these courses. In this case, the training providers issue certification to its students but with the approval of an accredited institution.
Training providers need to certify sensitive mandatory courses like lead auditor because that is the only way they will gain recognition from the certification bodies. Other courses might be developed and certified by the training providers if they choose to, only if they are a recognised brand and have the confidence of the public and private sector and are guaranteed of the course quality.
Steps you should follow to get your company certified
For you to successfully get your company certified, you need to document your company records and implement processes for quality management assessment following the following steps:
Perform internal audit: companies need to perform their internal audits to ensure quality management processes are due and pinpoint problems and problems in their systems.
Management review: companies need to do a management review to make sure appropriate decisions have been made, and resources have been assigned accordingly.
Corrective actions: after management review and internal audit, perform corrective measures recommended ensuring full compliance and documenting how these weaknesses and problems have been resolved.
Companies get certified in two stages. Companies need to pass both before they are certified.
Stage one: in this stage, documentation review is done by the auditors chosen by you from a certification body. They check your documentation to ensure your company documentation meet ISO 9001 requirements.
Stage two: the main audit is done. In this stage, auditors from the certification body will check your actual activities and processes to ascertain compliance with ISO 9001 and your company standards, as documented in the records and company practices.