International Assessor Registration and Certification
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Assessor Registration and Certification

Assessor Registration and Certification Scheme is directed towards

  • Internal process assessors e.g. those who usually perform internal assessments usually for the purpose of internal process improvement
  • External process assessors e.g. consultants or those employed or working on behalf of purchasing organisations or third party certification bodies (registrars)
  • Process practitioners e.g. consultants, quality personnel, process improvement teams

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Conformity Assessment

Conformity assessment involves a set of processes that show your product, service or system meets the requirements of a standard.

Undergoing the conformity assessment process has a number of benefits:

  • It provides consumers and other stakeholders with added confidence.
  • It gives your company a competitive edge.
  • It helps regulators ensure that health, safety or environmental conditions are met.

Training Courses

For licensing information contact the provider

The following training courses are accredited under the Scheme.


  • Foundation
  • Process Assessment Model for Software Lifecycle Processes (ISO/IEC 15504-5:2012)
  • Process Assessment Model for Very Small Enterprises (VSEs) (ISO/IEC 29110-3-1:2015)
  • Assessor
  • Practical Assessment Performance (Instructor-Led Case Study)


Training Accreditation

To assure secured state of knowledge of ARCS certified assessors, criteria for assessor training are defined. Criteria are specified both for the accreditation of training courses and the accreditation of training providers. These criteria specify the requirements for training courses including the knowledge and skills to be covered during the course and the requirements for administrative procedures set up in the training provider organization.

Accreditation of Training Courses

  • Syllabus and duration
  • Programme and schedule
  • Learning objectives
  • Delegate training materials
  • Tests and examinations
  • Practical assessment performance and evaluation
  • Location, language and facilities
  • Publicity and advertising
  • Instructors

Accreditation of Training Providers

  • Administrative procedures and records
  • Management review
  • Authorization of affiliates
  • Instructor selection, training and performance review
  • Issuance of certificates of training

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ISO/IEC 33017 Guidance for Assessor Training

ISO/IEC 33017 Guidance for Assessor Training is currently being published. It provides guidance for training providers who will design, develop and/or deliver assessor training courses. ISO/IEC 33017 defines four training course elements Foundation Process Assessment...

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The International Assessor Registration and Certification Scheme (ARCS) is formally launched from 1 July 2018. This International Assessor Registration and Certification Scheme (ARCS) (the Scheme) provides for the Registration and certification of process...

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