Accreditation Vs Certification

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Accreditation Vs Certification 2017-10-21T17:01:55+00:00

GSTC is involved in Accreditation and Certification.

What is the difference between the two?

Certification” refers to 3rd-party (neutral and independent) verification of the claims of an organization. GSTC does NOT directly certify anything!

Accreditation” refers to 3rd-party (neutral and independent) verification that a Certification Program issues certificates based on competent and neutral processes that include occasional on-site audits. GSTC provides accreditation services for Certification Bodies that certify hotels/accommodations, tour operators, and destinations as sustainable.

In addition to providing accreditation services, GSTC also provides a service called “GSTC Recognition” which is a verification by GSTC that a set of standards complies with (includes) the GSTC Criteria. This NOT a quality mark relating to a process that uses that set of standards (such as certification); it is simply a verification that the words in a set of standards comply to the GSTC Criteria. Why is this important? Because it shows that the set of standards are based on the 4 pillars of the GSTC Criteria: Environment, Social, Cultural, and Management principles.

This website presents information on how hotels/accommodations, tour operators, and destinations can become certified by a GSTC-Accredited Certification Body. We also present lists of Certification Bodies that have become GSTC-Accredited.