Get a Quick Quote

In order to give you an estimate of the cost of certification, we require some details about your company’s activity, the scope of its activities, the complexity of the organization and the risks it is facing.

Please fill out the form as completely as possible and our representative will contact you with a follow-up conversation.

Step 1 to Certification

Complete our Quote Request Form so that we can understand your company and requirements. You can do this by completing either the online quick quote or the online formal quote request form. We will use this information to accurately define your scope of assessment and provide you with a proposal for certification.

Stage 1

The purpose of this assessment is to confirm that your organization is ready for full assessment. This assessment will take place at your management system centre (normally head office) and will be a documentation review assessment.

During the stage 1 assessment, your assessor will:

  • confirm the accuracy of the information that you submitted during the application process
  • confirm that the management system conforms to the requirements of the standard
  • confirm the implementation status of your management system(s)
  • confirm the scope of certification
  • check legislative compliance

The output of the stage 1 assessment will be:

  • a report that identifies any non-compliance or opportunities for improvement. This will include an agreed corrective action plan if required
  • the scheduling of the stage 2 assessment visit
  • an assessment plan for the stage 2 assessment

Step 3 to Certification

Following a successful two stage audit, a certification decision is made and if positive, then certification to the required standard is issued by an approved registrar. You will receive both a hard and soft copy of the certificate. Certification is valid for three years and is maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit.

Surveillance audit

Once certification is obtained a certificate will be issued that will be valid for 3 years. This is maintained through annual surveillance audits (partial audits) and a 3 yearly recertification audit (full system audit).

Surveillance audits are undertaken annually to ensure that compliance to the chosen Standard(s) is maintained throughout the three year certification cycle.

The frequency and duration of surveillance is dependant on factors including:

  • size and structure of organization
  • complexity and risk of activities
  • number of management systems standards included in the scope of certification
  • number of sites listed within the scope of certification

During the surveillance audit you must demonstrate continual improvement. This is a fundamental requirement of all ISO standards and something of which Global Allied Partners is a keen ambassador.

Step 2 to Certification

Once you’ve agreed to our proposal, we will contact you to book your assessment with an Assessor. This assessment consists of two mandatory visits that form the Initial Certification Audit. Please note that you must be able to demonstrate that your management system has been fully operational for a minimum of three months and has been subject to a management review and full cycle of internal audits.

The purpose of this assessment is to confirm that the management system fully conforms to the requirements of the chosen standard in practice. If you undertake site work, or have more than one location that you want within the scope of your certification then your assessor will also need to audit these activities / locations.

During the stage 2 assessment, your assessor will:

  • document how the system complies with the standard by using objective evidence
  • undertake sample audits of the processes and activities defined in the scope of certification
  • visit any remote locations, additional sites or remote activities to evaluate the effectiveness of the management system off site
  • report any non-conformities or opportunities for improvement
  • produce a surveillance plan and agree a date for the first annual surveillance visit

If the assessor identifies any major non-conformances, certification cannot be issued until corrective action is taken and verified. Accreditation requirements stipulate that if this is not completed within 6 months, then certification cannot be recommended without a further stage 2 assessment.

Specifically for ISMS this requirement extends to any nonconformity regarding the internal audit or management review processes. Certification may not be issued for ISO 27001 until there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate that arrangements for management reviews and internal ISMS audits have been implemented, are effective and will be maintained.

NDIA Certification programs

NDIA provides certification programs to support the professional development of individuals in the defense industry. Those programs include:

More information at : http://www.ndia.org/education/certifications

Upcoming Cybersecurity events

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