Certification FAQs

Certification is a means for your company to show it meets internationally accepted standards of excellence.

Certification enables trust, and can smooth the way for new business ventures.

Many government organisations are increasingly looking for their suppliers to meet certain standards in order to be selected for contracts.

Certification offers peace of mind: for your clients, and their customers. It’s easier for them to choose you, because they can rely on the quality of your work.

Certification supports you in taking your business forward. Bidding for the kind of contracts you want to secure. Expanding your operations to new markets abroad.

Potential business partners abroad will look for assurances too. By having an independently verifiable indication of the quality of your work, it offers more impact than testimonials alone.

Certification offers internal benefits for organisations. It makes it easy to select a quality standard to work to, when it’s internationally recognised. This means it can be easier to get people on board: staff, stakeholders – and clients.

Certification can boost morale. It encourages progression in working practices. It also offers opportunities for continuous professional development (CPD), where staff get trained to carry out internal audits for your organisation.

Certification doesn’t just mean adopting new ways of working – it’s also about identifying, and acknowledging, existing strengths within your business practices.

Much of our certification works on a two-stage basis. Stage 1 offers a snapshot of where you are at already: what’s working, and what would need to change to meet the required standards.

You then have time to work on implementing the new ways of working before the Stage 2 assessment: where we assess how you are working, against the full standards of that certification.

Find out more on our individual certification pages – links below.

Certifications are available for general management, whatever your sector (e.g. ISO 9001 Quality Management), and for the way you work with suppliers (SA8000 Social Accountability).

Some certifications will apply across a number of market sectors (e.g. ISO 27001 Information Security), others may be appropriate for individual markets (e.g. ISO 13485 Medical Devices).

New certifications being developed over time (e.g. ISO 50001 Energy Management).

At globalgroup, we work to identify what new certifications there are, and which will be the most useful for our clients.

Some certifications apply to a smaller number of countries (e.g. Machinery Directive EC 98 37 is for European Union countries); others are global in scope.

You’ll see our Certification List below – click on the title, and it’ll link you straight to the page for that certification.

Look through our Market Sector pages, and select the one that best fits your business.

We’ve listed potential certifications for that sector, starting from the most specific down to more general management certifications.

You can also look on our Country Pages, for where you’re based, to see what certifications are offered by that country.

Fixed Price Quotations

GlobalGROUP quotations are fixed at the same level for 3 years, inclusive of all travel time & expenses

International & National Accreditations

GlobalGROUP has international accreditations and local accreditations where this is a requirement

International Network

GlobalGROUP has 44 international offices across 5 continents and dealing locally with 15 languages

Competent Personnel

GlobalGROUP has 44 international offices across 5 continents and dealing locally with 15 languages

Certificate Validation

GlobalGROUP has an on-line system that allows the public to validate the authenticity of certificates


GlobalGROUP has a blog and social media team in place in order to keep clients up to date with changes


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