• Step by Step Guide to Certification

Step by Step Guide to Certification

 

STEP 1

To receive a formal quotation applicants are required to complete the CCAS online request a quotation enquiry form which is located on CCAS website - https://www.ccas.org.uk/request-a-free-quotation.

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STEP 2

On receipt of the completed enquiry form, a contract review is carried out by a member of the CCAS Sales Team. At this stage, an additional pre quotation questionnaire may be required to gather further information about the company.

A quotation which includes the assessment cost and number of assessment days for Stage 1 and Stage 2 assessments is prepared and emailed to the applicant.

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STEP 3

On acceptance of the CCAS quotation, the applicant signs page 2 of the quotation and returns to CCAS with fee.

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STEP 4

CCAS acknowledge receipt of the signed quotation and agrees a date for the Stage 1 Planning /Readiness Visit (to assess the applicant readiness to be audited to the relevant Standard/s and also to plan for the Stage 2 audit.) On completion of the visit, a report is produced and issued to the applicant/client detailing the auditor’s findings and recommendations for the Stage 2 visit.

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STEP 5

Following the Stage 1 Planning Visit, arrangements for the Stage 2 main assessment will be confirmed with the client and auditor by a CCAS Customer Liason Officer.

The Stage 1 report includes the Stage 2 audit plan.

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STEP 6

The auditor conducts the Stage 2 audit to the agreed scope and assessment Standard. On completion of the audit, a report is produced by the Lead Auditor which details the auditor’s recommendations for certification.

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STEP 7

When all non-conformities (if applicable) have been closed by the Lead Auditor the recommendation is presented to competent independent verifier who checks the assessment documentation including the assessment report to ensure the audit process has been completed in accordance with CCAS policies/procedures. Following approval by an impartial independent verifier, a certificate of registration is produced by the CCAS office and issued to the client. The client is also entered onto the CCAS register of certified organisations which is located on the CCAS website - https://www.ccas.org.uk/certificate-check.

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STEP 8

Ongoing surveillance audits are carried out at either 6 or 12 monthly intervals, which is determined by the size and complexity of the processes undertaken by the registered/certificated company.