Apply for Certification

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We offer a simple application procedure, comprehensive online tools and documents to smooth your way to a successful audit and help you get an RSB certificate as quickly as possible. This webpage takes you through the application process, or you can download  our Certification Guide for a step-by-step explanation.

Before applying for certification operators should select which type of certification they require. There is a choice of RSB Standards to which you can be certified, described below. RSB is happy to advise you on the best standard for your operation.

Step 1: Application

Complete the short RSB online application. You can download our new license fee tool to calculate your certification cost based on your operations, size, etc. or read Schedule C (pages 18-20) of the PO Agreement.

As soon as you apply with RSB, you should contact an RSB auditor and arrange an audit.

A two week public comment period will begin once you have completed the RSB online application.

Step 2: Preparation for Audit

There are several online tools and documents to help you show compliance with RSB Principles and Criteria during your audit. RSB staff are available to answer your questions (applications@rsb.org), and if you need more comprehensive support to prepare for certification you may want to consider RSB’s Advisory Services.

Step 3: Audit

The auditor will review the information provided under Step 2 and schedule a field audit during which the auditor will visit a sample of your sites to verify the validity of information provided.

The auditor will identify any “non-conformities” in areas where you are not in compliance with RSB. These can be “major” in which case they must be cleared before a certificate can be issued, or “minor” which means they just need to be addressed before your next audit.

Upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate and public audit summary from the auditor which you can use to promote and prove your RSB certification. You will also be sent an RSB welcome pack with tools and support to help publicize your certification.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us at applications@rsb.org. You can also download our Certification Guide. If you need more comprehensive support to prepare for certification, you may want to consider RSB’s Advisory Services.

Three Steps to Certification
Step 1: Application
Step 2: Preparation for Audit
Step 3: Audit
Auditor verifies compliance via a site visit and issues certificate. Promote RSB certification to your customers. Download RSB’s Certification Guide for more details.Certification Guide cover image