ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation: How to Get Accredited (Part 2 of 2)

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ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation is the premier accreditation program for certification bodies worldwide, with over 200 programs accredited. The process to get accredited is rigorous. After they acquire and understand the ISO/IEC 17024:2012 standard, personnel certification bodies (CBs) should attend a Personnel Certification Accreditation Workshop, and submit preliminary application form PCAC-FR-503 to determine their eligibility for ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation.

You can learn more about these first four steps of the accreditation process in detail here:

ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation: How to Apply

If the CB is eligible for accreditation, they must undergo the following steps to attain ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation for personnel certification bodies:

5. Application Form PCAC-FR-504

After receiving an eligibility letter, CBs will receive the PCAC-FR-504 form. The applicant needs to pay the application fee and complete and submit PCAC-FR-504 in three copies with the supporting documents to ANAB. For help, ANAB guidance documents are available online.

6. Additional Documents for ANSI 17024 Accreditation

Next, the applicant needs to submit any additional documents that are requested by the assessment team.

7. ANSI Onsite Assessment

The next step involves participation in an ANSI onsite assessment, which is a feature unique to ANSI 17024 Accreditation. Representative of the rigorous, quality practices that define ANSI accreditation, onsite assessments distinguish the ANSI 17024 program above other available accreditations.

8. Fix Non-conformity

Following the onsite assessment, CBs are required to provide necessary documents to close any non-conformity that was identified during the assessment process.

9. Getting Awarded Accreditation

Once all non-conformities are successfully closed, the certification body is awarded ANSI 17024 Accreditation.

10. Compliance

Once the accreditation is awarded, CBs need to maintain compliance with relevant standards.

Get ANSI 17024 Accredited

Once again, please note that these steps outline the second half of the ANSI 17024 Accreditation process. You can find the first four steps detailed here:

ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation: How to Apply

If you’re a personnel certification body and are interested in pursuing ANSI 17024 Accreditation or have questions about the process, please contact Dr. Vijay Krishna at 202.331.3614 or email

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