Personnel Certification Bodies Service Description

PAC operates a third-party assessment and accreditation program geared towards organizations that certify personnel.

The set of criteria employed by PAC for accreditation is contained within ISO/IEC 17024 - which is a conformity assessment standard that specifies requirements for organizations that certify individuals against specific requirements, including the development and maintenance of a certification scheme for personnel.

Organizations that pursue ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation are usually:

  • Membership Organizations / Associations.
  • Professional Certification Boards.
  • Consultant Certification Bodies.
  • Auditor / Assessor Certification Bodies.
  • Trainer / Instructor Certification Bodies.
  • Technical Expert Certification Bodies.

For each Certification Program to be considered in the Scope of Accreditation, organizations would define:

  • The Body of Knowledge.
  • Competence Criteria.
  • Competence Evaluation and Certification Procedure(s).
These elements would normally be described in a Quality Manual or other policy or operational document that describes how the organization meets the requirements of ISO/IEC 17024. The organization's Certification Program practices and related documentation would be reviewed by ABA Assessors in order to determine conformity to ISO/IEC 17024. To obtain an official copy of ISO/IEC 17024 visit the ISO website.