Accreditation of Personnel Certification Bodies
Program Description

IAR operates a third-party assessment and accreditation program geared towards organizations that certify personnel.


The set of criteria employed by IAR for accreditation is contained within ISO/IEC 17024 - which is a conformity assessment standard that specifies requirements for organizations that certify individuals against specific requirements, including the development and maintenance of a certification scheme for personnel.


Organizations that pursue ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation are usually:


Membership Organizations / Associations
Professional Certification Boards

Consultant Certification Bodies
Auditor / Assessor Certification Bodies


Trainer / Instructor Certification Bodies


Technical Expert Certification Bodies


For each Certification Program to be considered in the Scope of

Accreditation, organizations would define:

The Body of Knowledge,

Competence Criteria,

Competence Evaluation and Certification Procedure(s)

These elements would normally be described in a Quality Manual or other policy or operational document that describes how the organization meets the requirements of ISO/IEC 17024. 


The organizationís Certification Program practices and related documentation would be reviewed by IAR Assessors in order to determine conformity to ISO/IEC 17024.  See a general description of IARís Accreditation Procedure.


To obtain an official copy of ISO/IEC 17024 visit the ISO website.





IAR General Procedure for Accreditation

Accreditation Fees

Obtain a quotation and apply for accreditation

Verify the Accreditation Status of a Specific Organization