AS9100 Certification

What is AS9100?


AS9100 is a global quality standard. It defines best practices for product safety and performance in aviation, space, and defense manufacturing. From major OEMs to the rest of the supply-chain, all manufacturing companies in these industries can benefit from AS9100 certification.

The most recent version of AS9100, sometimes called AS9100D, was released in September, 2016. 75% percent of AS9100D is made up of ISO 9001:2015 requirements; the rest contains 105 additional requirements specific to aerospace manufacturing, such as configuration management, risk management, project management, critical items, special requirements, and supplier scope of approval. Download our free AS9100 guide here:

AS9100 Certification

Many aerospace and defense industry businesses work exclusively with AS9100-certified companies. This makes AS9100 certification essential to compete successfully in those markets.

All customers care about product quality and delivery performance. This is especially true in the aviation, space and defense industries. From start-to-finish, your entire Quality Management System (QMS) must take customer needs into account. This starts with understanding customer requirements and planning out processes, resources, and materials. From operations through delivery and support, open customer communication is essential. By measuring quality, delivery, and customer satisfaction, you can take action to achieve the highest levels of performance.

For successful and effective AS9100 certification, you need processes and resources to support your QMS. Management must ensure that sufficient resources—such as people, equipment, and facilities—are provided in an effective work environment.

Consulting Support for AS9100


Core makes certification as simple and effective as possible. Whether onsite or online, our consultants handle the complicated parts of AS9100 so that you can focus on your business. We’ll help you understand how the standard applies to your specific organization. Implemented properly, AS9100 gives you a continual return on your investment.

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What are the Benefits of AS9100 Certification?

AS9100 certification carries multiple benefits, including safer and more reliable end products, increased efficiency, well-defined processes, and improved customer satisfaction. Most importantly, AS9100 certification prepares your business for future growth and competition.

Whether you are seeking AS9100 certification for the first time or transitioning from AS9100C, we’re here to help. Here are just some of the benefits of implementing AS9100 with the CORE solution:

Managed, Defined Processes

Safe, Reliable, Continually-Improving Products

Meeting and Exceeding Requirements to Ensure Satisfaction

Accurate, Clear Documentation

Greater Business Opportunities, Customer Satisfaction, and Growth

Supply-Chain and Stakeholder Focus

Recognition by Regulatory Authorities

Fewer Customer-Unique Documents

With CORE’s platform, training and consultants we were able to succeed in a short time and gain a level of understanding and structure we otherwise would never have been able to accomplish.

Anne Mills on BirdEye

The certification process was easy and painless. Suzanne Weber-Smatko did an excellent job of preparing us for the audits and we were certified with no findings.

-Elizabeth Meighan on BirdEye

C&C International was indeed very pleased with the Core training we’ve recently received. Suzanne Weber-Smartko and Norman Verbeck provided very good support and direction. We are very much satisfied with CORE.

Bill James on Google

The Core Solutions team was excellent to work with and made the ISO preparation tolerable. I highly recommend the services of the Core Solutions.

-Paul Amalfitano on BirdEye

Thanks to the CORE team and especially Bruce Newman for a great experience achieving our company’s first ISO certification.

-Flip Crummer on Facebook

Safe, reliable, continually-improving products

Managed, defined processes

Meeting and exceeding requirements to ensure satisfaction

Greater business opportunities, customer satisfaction, and growth

Accurate, clear documentation

Supply-chain and stakeholder focus

Fewer customer-unique documents

Recognition by Regulatory Authorities

How Can I Become AS9100 Certified?

To become AS9100 certified, you must learn the requirements and apply them to your business. We offer consulting and training to help you do just that

Your AS9100 quality management system requirements include components like:

  • Quality goals:What are your objectives?
  • Quality assurance: How are you measuring and recording your results and customer satisfaction?
  • Process documentation:How do you achieve your quality goals? What methods and techniques do you use?
  • Data management: How do you control your data access and flow?
  • Growth focus: How will your business continually improve?

You also must complete the following steps for certification:

Internal Audit

As a member of the ISO family, AS9100 requires an internal audit to check your QMS compliance before your actual third-party audit. These planned and scheduled examinations must take place at each business location. With comprehensive internal auditor training for the AS9100 standard, you increase your chances of success. 

Management Reviews

AS9100 also requires regular management reviews. This is where management checks on progress, evaluates data (such as findings from the internal audit), and determines the direction of the QMS. These reviews are vital for continual improvement.

Third-Party Audit

Your Stage 1 and Stage 2 audits must be performed by an authorized third-party registrar. Expect to present testing logs, audit logs, and any other relevant material on the policies and procedures in your QMS. Your auditor will want to see evidence of your internal audit and your management reviews.

How Long Does It Take to Get AS9100 Certified?

From planning to audit, the AS9100 certification process takes approximately four months for a small business. Timelines may vary based on your individual needs. 

AS9100 Training

You and your team will need the proper training and resources to help you successfully navigate the AS9100 requirements. You’ll want comprehensive training on topics like preparing your Quality Management System (QMS), maintaining the standard’s requirements, and appointing appropriate leadership roles.

Core Business Solutions offers critical training for executives and internal auditors. We can provide the fundamental training necessary to understand how to establish your QMS, how to conduct an internal audit, and more.

Related Standards

We provide consulting support for various other standards, as well as support for companies seeking multiple certifications through an Integrated Management System.


ISO 9001

Quality Management Systems


Aerospace Distributors

ISO 14001

Environmental Management Systems

ISO 45001

OH&S Management Systems

ISO 9001


ISO 14001

ISO 45001

Learn more about AS9100 at our articles page.

Contact Core Business Solutions to Get Your Business AS9100 Certified

At Core Business Solutions, we have the expertise and tools to help you achieve AS9100 certification. We’ve helped hundreds of American small businesses apply this standard to their business to achieve certification. When you work with Core, you benefit from our proven methods and guidance with a customized strategy for long-term growth that sets your business apart. 

For more information about ISO certification and the AS9100 standard, please call our consulting office at 866-354-0300 or contact us online.

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