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Looking for that extra push to carry your snow and ice ops to the next level? Then submit your company for ISO-Certification and begin to reap the rewards that come with this unique and prestigious professional designation.

In its continued support of contractor education and certification, the Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA) created a quality management system specifically for the professional snow and ice management industry. SN 9001 – a system exclusive to professional snow contractors – works in conjunction with the existing ISO 9001. This certification program is based on ISO 9001 with additional requirements based on our industry and the Industry Standards.

“As you begin to prepare for Winter 2021-22, this is the perfect time to begin assessing your operation for ISO-Certification,” says ASCA Executive Director Kevin Gilbride. “Snow and ice management is top of mind, and contractors are evaluating, rewriting or improving their processes and procedures in preparation for winter work.

“Many contractors see ISO-Certification and are uncertain whether their snow ops is read for an ISO audit,” he adds. “But it’s been my experience that, after an initial assessment with an ISO coach, most companies are 80 percent or more of the way toward complete compliance with only some minor issues that need to be resolved.”

Contractors earn ISO9001/SN9001 certification through an independent, third-party audit that focuses on processes and procedures that adhere to service quality, as well as the implementation of the Industry Standards for the professional snow and ice management industry. You can find more information on auditing companies and their certification processes by contacting the ASCA or by searching the ANAB directory at www.anab.org.