What is a Membership?
- A membership is when an individual or company belongs to a professional body. This person or company may need to have certain certificates or skills in order to be accepted as a member.
- Some memberships require a person or company to be in the same sector, which gives the membership organisation the authority to offer suggestions on how members can advance and improve their business.
- Being a member of a professional body is beneficial and each professional body has its own benefits.
- All professional bodies share the benefit that memberships offer credibility to individuals and organisations, giving clients confidence to engage in a business opportunity.
What is Certification?
- Certification is proof that a company conforms with the requirements of a standard and that an accredited third-party certification body verified the conformance via an audit.
- An audit conducted by an accredited local or international third-party certification body must show that the standard’s requirements have been met. An official certificate is given to the organisation once the audit procedure has been successfully completed.
- The organisationʼs systems must be maintained according to the standard’s requirements, whilst showing continuous improvement. A certification body will conduct yearly surveillance audits to ensure that the system is maintained according to the standard and their own Quality Management System.
What is Accreditation?
- Accreditation improves the credibility of organisations, as it confirms that the organisation is qualified to perform according to certain standards or expectations.
- Accreditation is also seen as a form of quality control, as it ensures that training providers, courses, programmes, or institutions conform to a certain standard.
- Accreditors evaluate the quality of training material used and ensure that the training provider’s expertise and experience are sufficient. For an organisation to be accredited, the criteria issued by the accrediting body needs to be followed and the requirements to meet the standard implemented.
- The key benefit of being accredited is that individuals and other organisatons would confidently engage in business with the organisation. The accreditation process ensures that our certification practices are acceptable, meaning that the certification practice is competent to test and certify third parties.