Certification is a procedure that can be used by an impartial certification body to prove compliance with certain requirements. These requirements are set out in the certification program that has been drawn up on the basis of ISO/IEC 17024.
Training and other requirements
Training completed at a training institution that has been evaluated by TÜV AUSTRIA grants entitlement to participation in the certification examination and is preparation for this. Depending on the qualification, some extra requirements such as professional experience, specialist competence, educational background and the like may be demanded.
To prove their competence, applicants for a certificate undergo an examination. The following partial examinations are possible depending on the target qualification:
- Written examination
- Project work
- Technical discussion
- Practical test
Successful participation in the respective training course, passing the certification examination and the fulfillment of any other requirements lead to a positive certification decision.
A certificate is a check of qualification with a limited validity and thus has to be renewed within a set period. An existing qualification can be extended and prolonged by satisfying the requirements of a re-certification.
Proof of certification
The positive certification decision will be confirmed by a TÜV AUSTRIA certificate. The front provides information on the qualification that has been achieved and the rear contains descriptive information about the further training, other requirements and the training partner. Certified persons will also receive photo ID depending on the certified qualification. This gives certified experts the possibility of proving their competence visibly and easily at any time (e.g. on their clothing). In addition, the name and the qualification of all certified persons will be published on the TÜV AUSTRIA website as long as the certification is valid. This means that anyone can easily search for existing qualifications at any time.