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Follow these steps to certification:
Review the SWBC Certified Sustainability Standards for Vineyard and/or Winery and the SWBC Certified Procedures Manual. These documents are the foundations of the SWBC Certified Program, found under the Resource tab on this site. They outline in detail the Criteria that must be met for Certification as well as the process and procedures adhered to for the programs management.
Sign up for an account on the Sustainable Winegrowing BC web-site, www.sustainablewinegrowingbc.ca, by following the ‘Get Certified’ link on this page. Or, if you already have an account sign-in by clicking on the members button on this page.
Complete the self-assessment, available through the member portal of the website. Instructions for completing the self-assessment can be found under the Instructions tab in the member portal (available to you once you've created an account and signed in).
When all relevant Essential Criteria are met you are eligible to apply for certification. To do so:
Complete the SWBC Certified Application form which is found under Next Steps within the member portal of the web-site.
Pay your dues (An invoice will be mailed to you after your application is received). See ‘Fee Schedule’ within the SWBC Procedures Manual for further fee information.
Complete a Certification Audit.
- SWBC will assist you with scheduling a certification audit with one of the 3rd party auditors trained to audit to the SWBC Standards.
- Audit results will be reviewed by the SWBC Committee (anonymously). Once a decision is determined a certificate will be mailed to you along with SWBC Certified Logos and the Logo use policy.
Note: We strongly recommend the completion of an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) through the Ministry of Agriculture as a prerequisite to SWBC Certification. A planning advisor and financial assistance will be made available to you for completion of components of a Vineyard Management Plan, such as; Nutrient Management and Integrated Pest Management Plans. Funding can also cover Best Management Practice upgrades for fertilixer application tools, irrigation upgrades, etc. There is no cost to the applicant to receive an EFP.