How much time does it take to get ISO Certification?

A very common question asked by organizations wanting to implement ISO standards and get ISO Certification is – how much time does it take to get ISO Certification? Being one of the largest ISO Consulting companies in the UAE, Sterling International Consulting can provide a definitive answer to this important question.

The time required for ISO implementation and certification depends on several parameters as below:

  • Nature of the business of the organization
  • Number of employees
  • Complexity of processes
  • Competence of the employees
  • Maturity of existing processes / documentation
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Contractual requirements
  • Availability of the employees to work on the ISO certification initiative
  • Involvement, commitment, and dedication of the core team / top management
  • Certification body selected
  • Availability of external expertise like ISO Consultant in UAE – Sterling International Consulting
  • Availability of financial resources for training, consulting, audit etc.

Average time required for organizations to get ISO certification is given below:

Company Type Company Size Time for ISO Implementation & Certification
Micro Less than 5 3 months
Small 6 – 15 3 months
Medium 16 – 50 4 months
Large More than 51 4 months – 6 months

Most organizations finish their ISO certification project in 4 to 6 months’ time because it is recommended that once you start your ISO implementation, you must finish it at the earliest possible to maintain the initial momentum. Certification bodies normally need about 3 months of implementation of the particular ISO management system under consideration. Our ISO consultants in UAE – Dubai & Abu Dhabi can help you put in place a robust QMS, EMS, OHSMS, FSMS, HACCP, ISMS in place that will not only be ready for a quick audit but also be meeting the requirements of ISO standards completely.

However, there are several fast-track options available to get ISO certified quickly. Our expert ISO Consultants in UAE can help you determine a perfect plan for your ISO implementation and Certification. Contact us at or call us at +971 505842597 to request a free ISO implementation and certification project plan for your organization and be certain about the time to get ISO certification for your company.