The cost of certification will depend on a number of circumstances, including whether or not the system can be set up internally or requires the help of a third party consultant. The price can also be affected by the size of your company, level of risk, staff involvement and the current system already in place. There is also the additional expense of engaging a third-party certification body to conduct an audit. While these can add up considerably, there are ways to reduce the overall cost using the variety of options available to you.
How much does certification cost?
In working out the total cost of certification, you need to factor in the cost of 1) setting up the management system plus 2) the cost of getting it externally certified.
Setting up an ISO compliant management system:
Setting up an ISO compliant management system can be done internally or with a consultant. The price for a consultant to set up a single ISO compliant system (e.g. quality) from scratch can vary between AUD$7,000 and $20,000 – although a range from $10,000 to $15,000 is more common. Apart from provider variations, the price can also be affected by:
- The size of your company/number of sites
- The level of risk
- The level of existing compliant system
- What level of involvement you want to have in setting up the system, the more you are involved, generally the cheaper it becomes
It is worth noting here that while setting up a single system is a significant investment, each subsequent integrated system will cost a fraction of that price. So using our previous example, if you started with a quality system for $10,000 and added OHS and environmental, the 2 additional systems should each cost around $5,000 each; you would essentially get 3 integrated systems for the price of 2 single systems.
However, actually getting certified is a different question entirely as you need to engage a third-party certification body to conduct the audit which is a separate cost.
There are over 35 certification bodies in Australia and they range considerably in cost. You can expect certification to a single standard to cost a minimum of $4000 to $5000 in the first year and up to $3,500 every other year. These prices vary but it is important to note that it is an ongoing investment. Every three years there is a triennial audit which is usually about twice as long as the yearly audits with a higher cost involved.
At ICS, we offer the best choice certification body service in which, for a very modest cost, we help you identify a number of suitable certification bodies for your particular industry and needs. We are able to organise quote applications, vet auditors and negotiate on your behalf.
If you would like more information on this or any other ISO related matter, feel free to call us on 1300 132 745 or contact us via our website.