Get Certified: FAQ & Steps

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about getting certified. Contact us today and we can make the process simple by doing everything for you or we can just support you at the level you need.

How long does it take to get certified?

Depending on the standard and the size of your company it can take as little as 4-6 months. More complex standards with larger companies could take up to an entire year. 


How many days will the consultant need to be at our company?

The amount of days needed are dependent upon the standard and the size of your company. The average days per project are typically around 15.


Can McDae do everything for us

Yes, McDae can create the entire system for you, however your company would need to implement the system and generate the records  needed to provide evidence that the systems is being followed. 

What if we need help between the consultants on site visits?

At no extra cost you are encouraged to contact the consultant working with you via his/her cell or email for any support needed between visits.


What if we have multiple sites in different locations?

McDae's expertise includes creating and implementing "global" systems that provide your company with the perfect balance of synergy and freedom between sites. Keep in mind, you can get just one site certified if you choose, the scope of that certification will be for that site only.


What will all this cost?

McDae has successfully helped small companies get ISO 9001 certified for as little as $5,000 and we have also led large corporations towards multi-standard certifications with project budgets over $50,000. Our costs vary per company size and the standard you are working towards. Our auditing prices are based upon the type of certification and size of the company which collectively determine the amount of time needed for the audit. The cost of our training is dependent upon the scope of the training and amount of participants.  Please email or call for a detailed quote.


If I select McDae for my certification process, what can I expect?

You can expect the support of an expert in the particular standard you are getting certified to with a proven record of completing implementations on-time or ahead of schedule, with no areas of concern identified during the stage 1 registrar audits. References are available upon request.  In addition to this you can expect the following below:

Phone Consultation
with project manager

During this phone conversation we determine your company's needs, current status, budget, obstacles and goals. McDae uses this information to create a CUSTOMIZED project plan and proposal that will successfully get your company certified.

Project Proposal
for your approval

Your proposal will detail the scope, cost, and time frame of the project. It will also address the responsibilities and expectations of each party. This proposal is the foundation on which the implementation process is built. Upon your acceptance of the proposal, we will schedule the project kick-off day and begin implementation.

Project Implementation
create your system

Create your Manual / Policy / Objectives
Create your Documented Processes
Create your Documented Procedures and Forms
Create your Logs/Matrices/Databases
Train your Employees
Conduct an Internal Audit and Management Review
Select a Registrar Body to Certify your Company

Receive Certification
celebrate your success

Stage 1 registrar audit: Auditor evaluates your documented system to ensure it is audit-able and that it conforms to the standard.

Stage 2 registrar audit: Auditor evaluates your company's operational activities to ensure they conform to your system.

Receive certification and celebrate!