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NSI has defined a 2 tier development model – Silver and Gold - to encourage the improvement of standards as companies grow in size and expand their skills base into additional areas.






NSI operates a 2 tier approach to approvals. This allows companies to grow and develop their business whilst consistently developing the NSI reassurance to their customers.  Companies can enter at either level.

Silver is designed for ‘Product Certification’ Refers to the ‘Product Certification’ against sector specific standards, e.g. BS7858, BS8243.

Gold builds on product Certification to encorporate Quality Management System Certification. The combination of the Quality Management Systems and the relevant sector specific product or service represents the Gold standard of certification.  This level holds the greatest perceived value across industry and by the police, fire and rescue services and insurers.

To find out which is the appropriate level for your business, look at the criteria for each certification in Our Schemes

Management Systems Certification

A Management System is defined as:

‘A proven framework for managing and continually improving an organisation’s policies, procedures and processes’

Management certifications are a family of internationally recognised standards designed to ensure organisations meet the needs of their customers and other stakeholders. Management Systems applications include:

  • Quality - BS EN ISO 9001
  • Environmental - BS EN ISO 14001
  • Health & Safety - BS OHSAS 18001

NSI offers a range of Management Systems Certification to all of these above.  The majority of company tenders and insurance companies ask for NSI approved companies. The prestigious reputation of the NSI audit means businesses know they will be perceived more favourably  and end-users enjoy the reassurance which NSI certification brings.