With over 200 programs accredited worldwide, ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation is the premier accreditation program for certification bodies (CBs). Any personnel certification body seeking ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) accreditation under ISO/IEC 17024 needs to undergo a rigorous series of tasks. The preliminary steps of the ANSI 17024 Accreditation process are detailed below.
1. Getting Started with ANSI 17024 Accreditation: The ISO/IEC 17024 Standard
Step one of the process for ANSI 17024 Accreditation is to obtain ISO/IEC 17024:2012 – Conformity Assessment – General Requirements For Bodies Operating Certification Of Persons. This international standard, which is available on the ANSI Webstore.
CBs might also find it useful to obtain several related standards with the following standards packages:
2. ANSI Personnel Certification Accreditation Workshop
Next, bodies seeking accreditation are recommended to attend a Personnel Certification Accreditation Workshop. This event, ANSI’s two-day workshop on ISO/IEC 17024:2012, offers helpful guidance on understanding this international standard. Therefore, it is worthwhile even for organizations that are not pursuing accreditation at the moment.
In fact, this workshop is useful for personnel from corporations, organizations, government agencies, and others that operate certification programs, as well as organizations that are considering developing personnel certification programs, organizations that are considering or have already undergone ANSI 17024 Accreditation, and even organizations that support certification programs through testing, marketing, IT, and other services.
Through presentations, group discussions, exercises—the limited attendance allows for each organization’s interests to be addressed—attendees of the Personnel Certification Accreditation Workshop will
- analyze the requirements in ISO/IEC 17024:2012
- understand what ANSI expects organizations to provide as demonstration of compliance to the ISO/IEC 17024:2012 standard
- hear case studies from accredited certification bodies on how to successfully navigate the application process for ANSI 17024 Accreditation
- discuss best practices and common mistakes made by certification programs in their program design and implementation
- discuss tips for controlling cost while maintaining quality
- better understand the evolving credentialing landscape
- ultimately, understand the ANSI accreditation process.
You can register for upcoming dates of the Personnel Certification Accreditation Workshop here.
Each workshop is priced at $795 for ANSI members; $895 for non-members.
ANAB Client Day Workshop
Please note that certification bodies already accredited under ANSI 17024 Accreditation are welcome to join ANAB at the 17024 Client Day workshop. The 2020 Client Day workshop will be held as part of the ANAB 2020 Credentialing Conference, which is entirely virtual. You can see all registration options here: ANAB 2020 Credentialing Conference Registration.
3. Information Visit
If you’re a potential applicant for ANSI 17024 Accreditation, you likely have a great deal of questions concerning the ANSI assessment process, and this next step helps CBs better understand where they stand in regards to meeting any requirements. It is recommended that CBs request an information visit (pre-assessment).
In accordance with PCAC-PR-515: Application and Initial Assessment Process, a CB may request an information visit any time prior to submitting a formal application for ANSI accreditation. The information visit is priced at the daily assessor rate of $1,250 plus expenses and assessor travel time.
4. Preliminary Application Form for ANSI 17024 Accreditation
Next, applicants need to fill out and submit preliminary application form PCAC-FR-503. This form helps determine a certification body’s basic eligibility for the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation program.
Applying for ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation: Next Steps
Once ANSI receives the preliminary application form, our staff will review it and notify the CB if they are eligible to proceed with the accreditation process, need to provide more information, or are not eligible to apply.
Following eligibility, there are more steps to take. For an outline of the second half of the accreditation process, please refer to our companion post:
Get ANSI 17024 Accredited
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.