Frequently Asked Questions

ISO certification is a seal of approval from a third party body that a company runs to one of the international standards developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

The ISO are an independent, non-governmental international organization that brings together experts to share knowledge and develop international standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.

The cost of ISO standard implementation and certification is a fixed fee from the beginning of your business relationship with IMSM and it will not change throughout the ISO process. The cost is not as much as you might think and is based on the following variables:

  • The standard/s you require
  • The number of company sites
  • The number of employees
  • The amount of support deemed necessary to ensure that your business is prepared and ready for certification.

ISO Certification lasts three years and is subject to mandatory audits to ensure that you are compliant. After the three years to continue with your certification you will be required to do a recertification audit.

Certification Europe certifies the following ISO standards

  • ISO 9001 Quality
  • ISO 14001 Environmental
  • ISO 45001 (Previously OHSAS 18001) Health and Safety
  • ISO 27001 Information Management
  • ISO 50001 Energy
  • ISO 22301 Business Continuity
  • ISO 20000-1 IT
  • ISO 27701
  • ISO 27017
  • ISO 27018

A company would choose to become certified to a specific standard for a multitude of reasons. The main reasons would be

  • Demonstrate best practice
  • To streamline their process and procedure
  • Reassurance to clients and stakeholders the company complies with an international framework
  • Reputation
  • Cost Savings
  • Competitive advantage

A certification audit is split into two stages with an 8 – 12 week gap in between.

  • Stage One which is a minimum of 1 – 2 days
  • Stage Two which is a minimum of 2 – 3 days

However, the audit time depends on which standard is being audited and the scope of certification.

No, as an accredited certification body, we must remain independent from the ISO system, as it would be a conflict of interest. Many ISO consultants in Ireland and UK can assist in building an ISO system for your company.

Yes. All of our training courses are designed to develop your understanding and ability for you to run an effective management system. Whether you’re considering implementation or are already involved with the day to day running of your management system, you’ll have something new to learn.

We offer a variety of training styles to suit individual learning requirements either in the classroom, online or at your premises.

You can make a booking online, or by emailing If you wish to make an online booking, please click ‘buy now’ on the course page you wish to attend, this will then bring you to a page where you can select which date you wish to complete the training, and make the payment. Alternatively, it can be invoiced or by bank transfer. All training must be paid in advance.

Certification Europe’s Bespoke training course was specifically designed by our panel of expert trainers to match the requirements of the clients in relation to their Specified ISO standard. Our bespoke training programmes cover all aspects of ISO implementation and auditing. Certification Europe has run ISO training courses throughout Ireland, UK and across the globe for government bodies, industry groups and multinational organisations.