1. Pick the Right Certifying Body.
It’s best to begin at the beginning, and many teams miss this first step. Currently, there are 11 certifying partners in Alberta. A certifying partner is an organization that can award you a COR. They support specific industries (i.e., Food Processing, logging) or a broad range of industries (ACSA, AASP, ASC), and some of them overlap. It’s important to do your research and pick the right one. A couple of key points to consider when making this decision are:
- Do they properly align with your scope of work?
- Would your Clients expect to see a COR from this provider in their field?
Warning…Getting COR Certified from a partner your clients don’t commonly see can result in unnecessary headaches. A lot of documentation changes and research or translating equivalencies. Be sure to investigate before making a final selection.