ISO Certification Consulting for Small Businesses
Four steps. Four months. Done.
ISO 9001 requires a compliant Quality Management System (QMS), proof that it’s working, and an external audit by a third-party registrar. Sound overwhelming? That’s why we’re here to help.
How Much Time?
The average ISO certification takes 4 months, but we’ve seen companies certified in as quickly as 30 days.
What Does It Cost?
It costs between $5,700 and $15,000 to prepare and between $3,000 and $5,000 to certify, depending on company size and how much prep time you choose to take. Click for a free quote.
What is ISO Certification and why is ISO Certification Necessary?
ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization. ISO is a non-governmental organization that has developed standards to confirm the safety, quality and efficiency of services, products, processes, and systems. Standardization goals include promoting global collaboration and compatibility, simplifying production in industries, and making sure that products are consistent and safe.
ISO certification means that your organization or company is successful in meeting requirements set by an independent international organization (ISO) related to employee safety, data privacy, environmental safety, assets security, and quality.
All ISO certifications involve adopting standardized processes in compliance with ISO. The result of becoming ISO certified is having a higher level of quality for processes, services, products and in general, for the entire organization.
Establish Trust and Credibility
ISO Certification is important for several varied reasons. Even if you are not required to have it, an ISO certification can help to establish trust with your customers and credibility with your investors and potential business partners. Many companies are required by their governments to have ISO certifications. This is especially true if you do business with top government offices like the Department of Defense in the United States.
ISO 9001 (sometimes referred to as the ISO 9000 family of quality management standards) is the original quality management standard. It’s the world’s most widely recognized quality management system certification. Click here to learn more.
Four Steps. Four Months. Done.
With the CORE solution, ISO certification is quick and simple. Watch the video to learn more.
As we help you learn the basics of ISO 9001:2015, your consultant will guide you through preparing your required documentation, quality manual, and documented processes.
As you implement ISO 9001, your consultant will work with your team to set goals, conduct management reviews, review results, and drive the actions needed for improvement.
An ISO 9001 internal audit will be conducted to ensure your preparedness for the registrar audit. Together, we will review process corrections and make sure you have all the necessary documentation for compliance.
Finally, Core Business Solutions will help you secure a registrar, or Certification Body, to perform your final external audit. Upon completion, we will help you correct any findings (if applicable). Then you will receive your ISO 9001:2015 certificate!
What is the difference between ISO 9000 and ISO 9001?
ISO is a group, series, or family of quality management standards. ISO 9001 is one of the standards in the ISO 9000 group of standards. Included in the ISO 9000 family of standards is an individual standard named ISO 9000. This standard lays out the fundamentals and vocabulary for quality management systems (QMS).
The ISO 9000 Family Contains these Standards:
ISO 9001:2015: Quality Management Systems – Requirements
ISO 9000:2015: Quality Management Systems – Fundamentals and Vocabulary (definitions)
ISO 9004:2018: Quality Management – Quality of an Organization – Guidance to Achieve Sustained Success (continuous improvement)
ISO 19011:2018: Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems
What are the Different Types of ISO certification?
Worldwide, there are approximately 22,000 diverse types of standards comprising a wide range of industries. Except for ISO 9001, most ISO certifications are organized by industry. ISO 9001 is not industry specific. Any company of any size anywhere in the world can become ISO 9001 certified.
The Three Main ISO Certifications are:
ISO 9001:2015-This standard is for an overall organization quality management system and includes more specific industries
ISO 27001:2013 is a standard for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS)
ISO 14001:2015 is a standard for Environmental Management Systems
Do, Plan, Check, Act
The ISO 9001:2015 Standard follows the Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle and is a process-based approach to documenting and reviewing the procedures, structure and responsibilities required to achieve effective quality management within a company or organization. What is new in the 2015 version of the standard is more of an emphasis on risk-based thinking.
A certification body can issue or renew a certificate only after a qualified auditor is satisfied that a company or organization has implemented the requirements in the sections of the standard.
Why do companies seek ISO certification?
There are some companies who want ISO certification because they want to win a contract and ISO certification is a requirement of the contract or of their customers. This is typically how companies first learn about getting ISO certified. However, the certification is not about satisfying one customer’s requirements. It is about a long-term commitment to quality through continual improvement.
It is not just about getting the business; it is also about keeping the business and reaching the goals of continual satisfaction with an improved company quality management system.
Customer Satisfaction with QMS
Since quality objectives are at the center of your processes, the ISO 9001 QMS standard requires that you identify and describe your process using specific business measurements to better manage and control your business procedures. Measurements are taken to be able to communicate your system’s performance in relation to your quality goals.
You should experience less complaints from customers because you will know what to expect and know better how to resolve any upcoming issues.
Management and Employees Learn what the Goals are
With the correct objectives and direction, key management and employees will know what is important to keep their focus on. The ISO 9001 QMS is designed to keep a company focused on the right objectives with the use of quality auditing. There are multiple types of audits for Quality including registration audits, self-process audits, internal audits, and surveillance audits.
Because it is not always easy to stay on track with Quality Management, there is a requirement within the ISO 9001 certification that the company must regularly audit its quality processes. Deviations for the correct quality pathway can be corrected and the company can stay on task.
Improve Efficiency and Reduce Waste
Once your processes improve overall and your system becomes more quality consistent your efficiently will rise. This has the effect of reducing waste. Waste is a result of inefficient processes. Improve your Quality Management System and you will save money. Keep the improvements up and you will continuously save money.
International Recognition for QMS
ISO 9001 is used by over one million businesses and organizations worldwide. The ISO Standards are recognized as the standard for quality which means if you get your ISO Certificate, you are in good standing.
How can ISO standards benefit your business?
One natural benefit of going through the process of getting ISO certified is that you will automatically improve your company’s processes. It is like hiring a good general business consultant. Getting ISO certified encourages you to take a thorough look at your company and uncover ways you can improve that you may not even have been aware of.
ISO Certification Consulting – What Standards we Help With
Our Approach to ISO Certification
We are consultants with State-of-the-Art technology to help you get certified and stay certified. We offer consulting services including training and document management in a very secure database.
We cover the standards that come from the ISO Family of quality management system standards based on the format established by Annex SL. If you need more than one ISO Standard, no worries, all ISO related standards can be seamlessly implemented together into an integrated management system.
These are the Standards we help our Customers Obtain and Maintain:
AS9100 Certification – Product safety and performance in aviation, space, and defense manufacturing
AS9120 – Specifically designed for aviation, space, and defense distributors
ISO 14001 – An Environmental Management System (EMS)
ISO 27001 – Esthes an internationally trusted standarablisd for information security management
ISO 20000-1 – International IT Service Management System
ISO 45001 – An occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system
ISO 13485 – Quality Management System for medical device/component manufacturers.
We provide consulting support for various other standards, as well as support for companies seeking multiple certifications through an Integrated Management System. For more information about ISO certification please call our consulting office at 866-354-0300 or contact us online.
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More than just ISO 9001
At Core, we don’t just apply this process to ISO 9001. We also serve companies seeking certification in other related standards.
Environmental Management Systems
Information Security Management Systems
Service Management Systems
OH&S Management Systems
Medical Device Manufacturers
We’re an American business helping American small businesses. We started out with two brothers in a basement, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a desire to help. Today, we help hundreds of American businesses achieve certification and improve their processes every year. We want to help you meet and exceed customer expectations.