What Is ISO Certification?
ISO certification is affirmatively sealed approval by an external ISO certification body that an organization does operation in compliance to internationally recognized ISO standards. ISO certification enhances company’s portfolio, credibility and helps to increase company’s profits by using in tender for business leading to improved customer’s confidence in one’s products and services.
An ISO Consultant Is Not Less Than a Superhero:
Yes, you heard that right! In order to get ISO certification, one must be able to get a consultant ship of an experienced and well-trained ISO consultant because a right ISO consultant can sink or sail you through the process of ISO certification.
If ISO consultant doesn’t know about ISO standards, standard’s compliance, non-conformists and re-certification process then only a holy miracle will get you ISO certification otherwise getting ISO certification with such type of ISO consultant is next to impossible.
If your hired ISO consultant fails to understand the procedures and standards then it will probably result in wastage of your time and money because that way you won’t be getting ISO certification.
On the other hand, if you take professional help for ISO consultancy, you don’t have to take stress about compliance of current management system with recommended ISO standards because ISO consultant will ensure to help you to redesign or modify your current management with your team to the maximum compliance to recommended ISO standards.
What to Consider While Hiring an ISO Consultant:
ISO certification process can be a very daunting journey without getting involved an experienced and knowledgeable ISO consultant. Following are the attributes that needs to be considered while hiring ISO consultant for your company’s ISO certification:
- Relevant ISO Certification Skills Set: ISO consultant should have knowledge about all versions of ISO standards and its practical application. Manufacturing and service providing firms differ from each other and so their internal operations too.The right ISO consultant must be able to understand all types of management styles which means he/she should be able to decipher formal and informal management styles and should be able to perform gap analysis by doing Internal audits, ensure and report all highlighted gap closure.
- Experience and Track Record: While hiring an ISO consultant, consider educational background and degrees. For relevant experience, don’t just get satisfied by looking on the number of years and number of clients only.Instead see the success rate of the project on which the ISO consultant worked, look into the type pf clients with which the ISO consultant worked in past years. For further verification, you can check on their references and past case studies.
- Pricing & Ability to Meet Deadlines: The pricing of ISO consultancy depends on few factors depending on the type of organization like size of the organization, number of employees and the level of employee engagement leading to effective team work.Small to medium companies usually get ISO certification within less time period thus incur a lower cost as compared to bigger companies.Bigger companies that get basic training and design their management system in accordance to ISO standards takes longer time period to get ISO certified thus incurs a higher cost as compared to smaller companies.
During price agreement, it is important to sit with your hired ISO consultant and discuss your budget and their pricing to get your organization ISO certified.
To see if the client will be able to meet the deadlines for ISO certification, do look into their past projects’ success rate within defined timelines.
Benefits of Hiring the Right ISO Consultant for ISO Certification:
Your In-House Team Versus ISO Consultants’ Team:
If your organization needs to develop the current management system in accordance with ISO standards that means your in-house team will be having very less familiarity with ISO standards and its compliance. If that is exactly the same situation in your organization, then we would recommend you to hire a knowledgeable and experienced ISO consultant because that ISO consultant will be on a higher level than your in-house team.
Ask yourself a question that if your in-house doesn’t know about ISO standards and its compliance then how can your newbie in-house team will be able to achieve ISO certification within defined timelines.
Most probably you will be thinking that by proper training and post evaluation tests, your in-house team can become capable to help themselves get ISO certification then it is must for us to inform you that there is a significant chance that your team can achieve ISO certification but will take so long-time period that can affect your profit margins negatively.
Risk of Time and Money Wastage:
A hired delegated team of ISO consultants will ensure to get your organization ISO certified within timelines and obviously this is what they get paid for. Getting ISO certification is not everyone’s cup of tea.
Relying on your less experienced and less ISO familiar in-house team may lead to complete failure to comply with ISO standards thus resulting in complete drainage of your time, energy and money.
On the other hand, an experienced ISO consultant knows what needs to be done to get ISO certification within as less time as possible and will eliminate maximum ambiguities and non-conformities in your current management thus increment in your chances to get ISO certification.
Better Real World Implementations & Suggestions by ISO Consultants:
Your in-house team might get immune of observing loopholes in your system or they might have gone blind to indicate the leak points in your current management while a third eye which will be your hired ISO consultant will be able to pick those loop holes within no time but will also welcome every type of necessary improvements or modifications in your current management system making it more nearer to get ISO certification within as less time as possible.