Accreditation of Bodies Operating Schemes for Certification of Persons (PCBs) As Per ISO/IEC 17024:2012
In many areas, particularly those which are safety critical, purchaser, user and public confidence in the competence of individuals is extremely important. Certification of persons confirms the competence of named individuals to perform specified services or duties. This is achieved through the issuing of a certificate of competence.
Bodies for Certification of Persons (PCBs) are those which are involved in assessing the individuals' necessary competencies, and ensuring that these are appropriate to the work being performed.
Accreditation scheme for the assessing PCBs has body have been developed as per the requirements of ISO/IEC 17024:2012 standard to establish an internationally accepted benchmark for organizations assessing and evaluating the skills of personnel. The main objective is to raise confidence, improve productivity and give direction through enhanced skill training to the personnel.
A body for certification of persons (PCBs) must be able to demonstrate its competence to assess and certify its clients.
ISO/IEC 17024:2012 has a number of requirements for organisational structure, quality management system elements, competence of personnel, confidentiality, etc. The assessing body must also describe the certification process, how candidates are evaluated and must define periods of recertification. In addition, the PCB must be able to demonstrate how conflict of interest is managed and must have mechanisms in place to objectively evaluate the outcome of the certification process.
Why should you get accredited?
NABET Accreditation Manual section highlights each international standard and NABET procedural document whose requirements must be met for the accreditation program.