Thank you for your interest in joining our 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards program.

  1. The first step is to download our standards and applications to prepare your farm for audit.
  2. Contact the independent, third-party certification companies* authorized to certify operations to our program to discuss scheduling options, audit fees, and their processes, and then decide** which certifier to contract with and request an application.
  3. Once you’re ready, submit your application to an authorized certifier.
  4. The certifier reviews the application and schedules the audit with you.
  5. The on-site audit is conducted by an auditor and concludes with an exit interview.
  6. The auditor submits the audit form and any supplemental material to your certifier.
  7. Your certifier conducts a compliance review. At this point, the certifier may be in communication with you to get clarification or further information.
  8. The certifier makes a determination—issuing either a Step certificate or notice of corrective action.
  9. If corrective action is required, you will need to submit evidence to the certifier that issues have been adequately addressed before a final certification decision is made.

After you have received a Step-rating certificate, contact us to discuss marketing and labeling guidelines.

Please note:
* As the standard-setter, Global Animal Partnership does not conduct audits or make Step-rating certification decisions. Authorized, independent, third-party certification companies perform the audits and issue Step certificates, as appropriate.

** Global Animal Partnership is not involved in deciding which approved certification company you should contract with.