Become PAACO Certified

  • Minimum education level with combined relevant experience required
  • Following credential approval by PAACO, auditor trainees attend on-site training
    • Trainers are industry professionals who are experts within their fields overseeing process combining on-site and hands-on learning
  • Following training, attendees take a comprehensive exam
    • Minimum passing score set by the PAACO Board of Directors
  • Trainees perform shadow audits, number depending on their species
    • Shadow audit process reviews trainee performance
    • Must be performed with a PAACO Certified Auditor of the same species
    • Results are sent to PAACO staff for review
    • Shadow audits must be completed within one year of training date
  • Upon successful completion, trainee becomes a PAACO Certified Auditor in that specific species
  • Auditor certification is valid for one year from the certification date.