ANSI Accreditation Announcement
The NACC Certification Program is pleased to announce that on July 21st, 2015 the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) formally issued Accreditation for the North American Contractor Certification Program (NACC) for Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors under Administrative Management Systems, Inc. (AMS) as the Program Administrator and Certification Body (CB) in accordance with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17065:2012, as well as ANSI’s own accreditation requirements.
- Click here to view the official certificate of accreditation.
What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is very similar to certification. Just like in certification there is an independent party who assesses and determines whether or not an organization meets specific requirements. In the case of ANSI’s assessment of AMS and the NACC Program, they chiefly assessed to ISO standard ISO/IEC 17065:2012. The end result is called accreditation.
- Learn more about the ANSI Product Certification Accreditation process here: https://www.ansica.org/wwwversion2/outside/Benefits.asp
NACC Program Recognition
This Accreditation relates specifically to the implementation of the NACC Certification Program for architectural metal and glass contractors.
- Follow this link to view the formal recognition: https://www.ansica.org/wwwversion2/outside/PROdirectoryDetailsAccredited.asp?menuID=1&prgID=1&orgID=530
Who is ANSI?
The American National Standards Institute is a not-for-profit entity specializing in assessment and accreditation (among other endeavors) of bodies performing third-party conformity assessment.
- To learn more about ANSI and their role in accreditation, please visit: http://www.ansi.org/about_ansi/introduction/introduction.aspx?menuid=1
What is ISO/IEC 17065:2012?
ISO/IEC 17065:2012 is an internationally-recognized standard, or set of requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services. It is the main source of criteria used to assess AMS, Inc. and the NACC Program. As a main source of criteria, the standard specifies requirements that, according to ISO/IEC 17065:2012, “ensure that certification bodies operate certification programs in a competent, consistent and impartial manner…”
Relationship between AMS and NACC Program
AMS has been the administrator and operator of the NACC certification program since its inception in January 2015. AMS has developed a deep understanding of certification and operates with competence and experience providing certification to programs including NACC, IGCC/IGMA, SGCC, and WDMA Hallmark.
- To learn more, please visit: http://www.amscert.com/
Impact on Certification Program Licensee
How will this affect my certification?
Accreditation of AMS, Inc. and the NACC Certification Program is the formal recognition that they have met strict requirements placed on them. This means that as a contractor or provider of certified processes or services you can be sure that AMS’s conformity assessment system meets some of the highest quality standards in the world. AMS and the NACC Program operate to stringent guidelines to meet certification program obligations.
If you are not a current NACC Program Licensee and wish to become one, please call our office at (315)646-2234 extension 218, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While there are benefits to being associated with this accreditation, there are things that accreditation explicitly doesn’t mean…
- Accreditation doesn’t mean that ANSI approves certified product, processes, or services of Licensees.
- The ANSI Accreditation symbol cannot not be displayed on any product or its packaging.
If you have any questions or comments for us regarding any of the topics presented above, please feel free to contact us at (315)646-2234 extension 218, or email us at email@example.com.