ISO 9001 success for ECOL project

ESTA’s planned European Crane Operators’ Licence has been awarded ISO 9001-2015 certification after successfully completing the required audit.

The award means that ECOL can now apply to have the licence registered and recognised by the Dutch NLQF qualifications framework. Through the NLQF it will be aligned with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) across Europe. 

ESTA Director Ton Klijn said: “This is an important and proud moment for the ECOL project and all of us that have been working so hard to make it a reality. Certification under ISO was a requirement by NLQF for classification of our training system under EQF.

“If everything goes according to plan, we anticipate an answer from NLQF on the classification of ECOL by the end of December. We will start the work on the classification process immediately.”

The ISO 9000 family of quality management standards is designed to help organizations ensure that they meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders while meeting statutory and regulatory requirements. ISO 9001 stipulates the requirements that organizations wishing to meet the standard must fulfill.

ISO certification represents another major step forward for ECOL which is by far the biggest and most ambitious project ever undertaken by ESTA.

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