AccountAbility helps individuals and organizations develop the knowledge and skills to implement effective stakeholder engagement, sustainability reporting, and assurance. The Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner (CSAP) qualification, developed in 2007 by AccountAbility and IRCA (International Register of Certificated Auditors), is the first internationally recognized professional qualification in the field of sustainability assurance.
It aims to:
The qualification is intended for those who work in CSR departments, those who work in internal audit, those who provide sustainability assurance and consultancy services, and external assurance providers who undertake assurance engagements.
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AccountAbility helps individuals and organizations develop the knowledge and skills to implement effective stakeholder engagement, sustainability reporting and assurance.
There are three grades of the Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner (CSAP) qualification:
Lead CSAP Practitioners (LCSAP) are practitioners who are directly involved in the assurance process (internal or external) leading teams and taking responsibility for the formulation of public statements.
Lead Sustainability Assurance Practitioners have well established practical experience of sustainability assurance using the AA1000AS (2008). This experience must include leading sustainability assurance assignments, either internally within an organization, or as part of external assurance assignments. Experience in stakeholder engagement as part of assurance assignments is essential, as is the lead role in forming assurance judgments and the preparation of external or internal assurance statements.
Lead Practitioners are currently active in the provision of sustainability assurance and have been so for several years or have led a significant number of sustainability assurance assignments.
CSAP Practitioners (CSAP) are practitioners who are directly involved in the assurance process (internal or external) as a team member.
Sustainability Assurance Practitioners have practical experience in sustainability assurance using AA1000. This experience includes active participation in sustainability assurance engagements, whether internally within an organization or as an external assurance provider. Experience in stakeholder engagement is required, although not necessarily as part of formal assurance assignments. It will include relevant formal training and qualifications, although not necessarily specific to sustainability assurance. Practitioners are active sustainability assurance practitioner with demonstrable experience over a number of assignments with different clients or, for internal practitioners, over several assurance cycles covering a range of sustainability issues.
Associate Practitioners (ACSAP) are professionals who are not directly involved in the assurance process or for trainee assurance practitioners (internal or external).
Associate Sustainability Assurance Practitioners have an understanding of the field of sustainability assurance. Associates have gained this knowledge by attending relevant training. Their knowledge can include, but does not require, practical assurance experience, or direct experience in stakeholder engagement.
This grade is most relevant to those beginning their career in sustainability assurance, and those involved in related topics, such as report preparation or general management, who wish to demonstrate their knowledge of the field.