Accreditation for Certification Bodies
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council provides and manages Accreditation.
How to apply for Accreditation?
To become a GSTC Accredited Certification Body, entities shall apply by using the GSTC Accreditation Application Form and submit the application form to the GSTC Secretariat at email@example.com, using the subject line “GSTC Application for Accreditation”.
What are the Requirements?
For Industry Certification the requirements involve using GSTC Accreditation Manual for Certification of Hotel/Accommodation & Tour Operator v.3.1.
For Destination Certification, the GSTC is currently revising the Accreditation Manual for destination certification. As a result, that accreditation process will be temporarily paused and is expected to reopen in 2024.
GSTC Accreditation Procedure
GSTC Accreditation Procedure v.2.0 serves as guidelines to be followed by both applicant and accredited certification bodies.
GSTC Accreditation Fee Schedule
GSTC Accreditation Fee Schedule, February 2024.
Important Note: Please be aware that there will be no charges for license fees for certified destinations or Annual Maintenance Fees for the accredited CBs within the scope of Destination Criteria through the end of June 2025. Fees will be applicable starting from July 1, 2025. GSTC will announce the fees for destinations before July 2024.
GSTC Scope Extension
Please submit the GSTC Scope Extension Form to the GSTC at firstname.lastname@example.org , with the subject line “GSTC Scope Extension.”
For GSTC Accredited Certification Bodies seeking to extend their scope using the GSTC Technical Scope, they can request the application form by contacting email@example.com.
GSTC Accreditation Related Documents
GSTC provides several procedures related to the accreditation process including:
- GSTC Accreditation Procedure v2.0
- GSTC Finding Procedure v.1.0.
- GSTC Challenge & Appeal Submission Form v.1.0.
- GSTC Challenge & Appeal Procedure v.1.0.
- GSTC Surveillance and Sampling Procedure v.1.0.
- GSTC Witnessing and Compliance Assessment Procedure v.1.0.
- GSTC Opening and Closing Meeting Procedure v.1.0.
- GSTC Impartiality Policy v.1.0.
- GSTC Grievance Procedure for Accreditation v.1.0.
- GSTC Whistleblowing Policy v.1.0.
GSTC Accreditation Document Revision
Auditors Training and Qualifications
CBs will need to provide the auditors and the persons in the certification management positions that have specific knowledge of sustainable tourism and the GSTC Criteria.
To confirm auditors and the persons in the certification management positions have the needed specific knowledge, they are required to attend an auditor training approved by the GSTC and satisfactory pass of test(s). The completion of the auditor training with passing the test(s) is one of the requirements for the auditors and the other requirements will be evaluated and confirmed by the GSTC accredited certification body. See the required auditor qualification here.
GSTC Auditor Training Schedule
|February 25-27, 2024
|February 29-March 2, 2024
|Dr.Mihee Kang/Mustafa Söğüt
|April 21-23, 2024
*Note: Those who have passed the STTP exam before 2019 are exempted from taking the Auditor Training tests. This exemption will only be applied to 2023 and will NOT be valid from 2024 onwards.
IMPORTANT: this refers to specialized GSTC auditor training and NOT the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Course or the GSTC Sustainable Hotel Course described elsewhere on this website for general tourism practitioners and stakeholders.
For auditor training, contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To submit complaints/ appeals regarding the accreditation procedure and requirements, please review GSTC Grievance Mechanism and please fill the Grievance Form PDF / Word
Please send the completed Grievance Form to email@example.com