AWS Standard Certification

Water-using sites that are certified against the International Water Stewardship Standard (AWS Standard) demonstrate the efficacy of their water stewardship practice through independent verification.

Certificate holders tell us that achieving AWS certification helps in:

Improving relationships with customers
Increased investor confidence
Attaining social licence to operate
Positive brand perception
Building dialogue with regulators and policymakers

HOW TO GET CERTIFIED

STEP 1: LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AWS STANDARD

Download the AWS Standard to get to know its framework, criteria and indicators.
We recommend attending AWS training to help you gain an understanding of the AWS Standard and the certification process.

STEP 2: IMPLEMENT THE AWS STANDARD

Carry out the actions prescribed in the AWS Standard.

If you require support, we offer gap analysis, project management, consulting and advisory services.
Consider using APP4AWS, a project management tool developed for AWS Standard implementation and certification.

We invite you to consider becoming an AWS member to access tools and resources as well as network with other water stewardship implementers.

STEP 3: REGISTER YOUR SITE

When you are ready to initiate the certification process, notify AWS of your intent to certify your site.

STEP 4: PREPARE FOR A CERTIFICATION AUDIT

Contact Water Stewardship Assurance Services (WSAS) to arrange an audit.
Prepare audit documents and evidence prior to the audit.

STEP 5: COMPLETE THE AUDIT

Under the guidance of WSAS, inform your stakeholders of the audit and address any gaps identified during the audit process.

STEP 6: RECEIVE AND MAINTAIN CERTIFICATION

If the certification audit is successful, your site will receive AWS Certification at the Core, Gold or Platinum level.
The certificate is valid for three years and is subject to annual surveillance audits.

Your certification report will be available on the AWS website. Congratulations!

MORE INFORMATION

For more information on certification and the audit process, visit the AWS webpages below.

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