How long does certification take?
Most organizations achieve certification within one to three years, depending on how quickly they plan, organize, implement, and document their environmental practices.
How does Audubon International verify that the member is meeting certification standards?
Written and photographic documentation is required to achieve certification. If required information is missing or management practices are not in place, Audubon International places a “pending” status on the certification request. This enables the member to provide the needed documentation or further develop its management strategies.
On-site verification by a qualified third party is required prior to certification. Recertification is required every two years to ensure that members continue to uphold certification standards. Members that do not submit the appropriate documentation or are no longer meeting program requirements are decertified.
Who can achieve certification?
Properties enrolled in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program may apply for certification. There are no restrictions on the types of organizations that are eligible.