Accreditation is a third-party attestation related to a conformity assessment body (such as certification body, inspection body or laboratory) conveying formal demonstration of its competence to carry out specific conformity assessment tasks (such as certification, inspection and testing).
An authoritative body that performs accreditation is called an ‘accreditation body‘.
Certification bodies for persons or Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) are those which are involved in assessing the individuals’ necessary competencies, and ensuring that these are appropriate to the work being performed.
Accreditation scheme for the CAB has been developed as per the requirements of ISO/IEC 17024:2012 standard to establish an internationally accepted benchmark for organizations assessing and evaluating the skills of personnel. The main objective is to raise confidence, improve productivity and give direction through enhanced skill training to the personnel.
Certificate is awarded after the successful completion of an educational or vocational training programs.
Certificate can be obtained after a learning process
Generally, no expiry date is applicable because the certificate verifies the completion of a specific course of instruction on a certain date.
Certification is approving professionals for their competence to practice the acquired knowledge or/and skill by an authority.
Certification is gained after completion of assessment process as per the requirements of accredited certifying body.
Certifications must be renewed by demonstrating continued competency to reflect the knowledge updates
A formal recertification process ensures that the certification holder has maintained the appropriate level of competency and is up to date.
Benefits of ISO/IEC 17024 Scheme
Benefits to certified persons
- Enhanced acceptability of certificates in global job market
- Continuous professional development
- Increased recognition in employment market
- Better Salaries
Benefits to CABs
- Identification as an organization meeting requirement of internationally developed standard in the provision of quality service
- Third party accreditation confirms that CAB is independent and impartial in its operations
- Worldwide recognition of credibility
- Increased customer base
Benefits to Industry
- Ease in hiring skilled manpower – less investment in training
- Ensured quality of services.
- Enhance confidence of employee on the stated competencies
- Improved quality in operations
- Saving in terms of time and money
- Hiring criteria based on “competence” rather than on “qualification”
Your organization may join INA regardless of whether you choose to accredit your certification programs. Annual membership dues are _______ and go towards continuing the mission of INA. You are welcome to join INA even if you have no intention of accrediting your certification program(s) at this time.
Annual membership fees are _______ valid for 12 months from the time you join (not on a calendar basis).