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How can NAID AAA Certification help me grow my business?
Yes. NAID AAA Certified are eligible to compete for the business of thousands of private secure destruction
contracts and RFPs, and hundreds of government
offices where NAID AAA Certification is required. More
importantly, however, NAID Certified service providers
have the advantage of being pre-qualified as meeting
the requirements of all data protection regulations.
When the client understands they are legally required
to verify service provider regulatory compliance, they
naturally show preference to the service provider who
has already verified it.
Does NAID AAA Certification help me with my long term exit strategy?
Yes. Any business broker or potential buyer will tell you that the value of your company is more when you
can show that it is well-managed under standardized
procedures, that it is compliant with regulations, and
that it holds contracts that based on its credentials.
To what types of secure destruction operations does NAID AAA Certification apply?
NAID AAA Certification applies to all types of secure destruction operations, and is divided into two
separate programs: one that applies to physical
destruction operations and another that applies to
electronic media overwriting operations. Within each
program there are operations and endorsements that
further define the specific nature of the certification.
The operations indicate whether a firm is certified for
mobile or plant-based services. The endorsements
indicate the types of media the company is certified
to destroy (paper, micro media, hard drives, non-paper
media and/or products). There is even an endorsement
for meeting Australian Protective Security Policy
Framework which is recognized government offices
Do I have to be a NAID Member in order to be NAID AAA Certified?
Yes. NAID AAA Certification is a voluntary benefit of NAID Membership. Those interested in membership
should please contact Jena Robinson at
email@example.com for more information on the full benefits of NAID membership.
Are membership dues and the certification fees the same?
No. NAID Membership and NAID AAA Certification are two separate programs, with two separate fees,
both of which need to be paid annually. In order to be
NAID AAA Certified, you must be a NAID Member in
good standing. Therefore, all membership dues must
be maintained in order to be NAID AAA Certified.
Membership dues follow a calendar year renewal.
Certification renewal fees are paid on the anniversary
of your initial approval.
What is the Certification Review Board?
The Certification Review Board is the governing board of NAID AAA Certification. They are responsible for
approving/denying certification and can assess points
or fines to the members for discrepancies found during
What happens if a company claims to be NAID AAA Certified but isn’t?
Please submit an ethical complaint with proof of the offense to firstname.lastname@example.org. The complaint will
be reviewed by the Complaint Resolution Council.