ISO Certification Simplified

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Confused about ISO Certification?

What is it? Why should I have it? How do I get it?

Let us help you with our quick guide.

ISO Certification is an award given to your company upon completion of an audit. ‘ISO’ stands for International Organisation for Standardisation.

An ISO Certification can have many benefits for your company including (but not limited to) reduced costs, improved company image and better relationships with both stakeholders and clients.

For example, if you were looking to improve your Health and Safety practices an ISO 45001 Certification is the one for you! Once you have been in touch with your chosen consultant to understand how to implement the changes you need to achieve the certificate, Swift Certification audits these changes and awards you with certification to prove that you have met the standards’ requirements. Once you have the certificate you can proudly display it at your workplace for clients, stakeholders, and employees to see sounds great, right? How about all the benefits that come from having the certification though:

Stakeholders & Clients

  • Will see that you are keen to demonstrate compliance with professionally recognised standards
  • Improved employee morale resulting in increased productivity
  • Reduced costs in sick pay and/or compensation from illness or accidental injury.
  • Better productivity results in more profit!


  • A safe workplace attracts employees and inspires trust between themselves and you, the employer.
  • With mental health being a more prevalent issue than ever before, 1 in 4 people struggle with mental health problems and having ISO 45001 reassures your employees that the support is there for them.
  • Better job security – if an employee can see that they will be taken care of at your company they’ll feel more secure in their role, be more productive and are less likely to leave improving your staff turnover.

Still confused? Let's break it down, step by step...

  1. So, you’re interested in gaining an ISO Certification for your business? Great! Give us a call on 0161 470 5352 to find out which solution will work best for you. Once you have had a chat with a member of our team they will direct you to an associate consultant who will take you through the steps needed to achieve your certification.
  2. Once you have completed the work, our auditors will go through your audit plan, answer any questions you have and ensure that you have all the information you need.
  3. Next up, the initial stage one assessment. This step is classed as a document review have you implemented the minimum requirements of the standard. (this is the work you did with your consultant) and highlight any further areas that need work for you to achieve your certification. We will then issue you with a full report for you to go through before the next step.
  4. Nearly there! Initial stage two assessment. When you are ready just get back in touch and we’ll review the final changes that you have made. If all the requirements have been met and you can demonstrate that you will achieve certification!

Some old school auditing companies utilise scare tactics and intimidation in their processes, but we feel that isn’t the modern way! We want you to feel at ease throughout the process and know that if you have questions throughout, we will answer them confidently and kindly. At Swift Certification, the client is key, and we are always keen to establish long standing relationships. After you have achieved your certification we will stay in touch and each year make sure that your certification is still valid and up to date.

Quality Management Systems

  • Demonstrate Your High Standards of Quality Control
  • Boost customer satisfaction
  • Reduce operating costs
  • Attract new business

Environmental Management System

  • Improve Your Company's Reputation
  • Reduce Operating Costs
  • Make A Difference To The Planet

Health and Safety Management System

  • Safer Work Environment
  • Reduce Downtime From Illness or Accidents
  • Improved Risk Management
  • Demonstrate Your Compliance

Information Security Management System

  • Prevent Data Breaches
  • Create A Security Mindset
  • Meet High Customer Expectations
  • Reduce The Likelihood of Fines