Apply for Certification


  • Have an Account?
    • Already have an Online System User Account? Have you completed a Self-Assessment in the past? If so, please skip the online form for first time users and complete and return the Application form to begin the certification process. Please note that Vineyard Management Companies and vineyard companies wishing to group vineyards should email to begin the certification process. 



  • Deadlines for Certification - There are three deadlines for certification each year. See which deadline is best for you by using this guide and follow the helpful checklist to ensure you are ready for your audit. 


  • Cost Estimates for Certification - Annual administration fees are paid to CSWA to cover the administrative tasks for managing the certification program. See which fee tier applies to your organization. Also, find a table that provides estimates for auditor costs, which are separate from administration fees and paid directly to your auditor. The auditor cost table provides estimates only. Costs will vary by size and complexity of organization, auditor choice, preparation level prior to onsite audit, etc. 




  • For guidance on audits for the 2023 audit season and COVID-19, see CSWA's 2023 Audit Policy handout.


  • All other certification resources (the Certification Guidebook, guidance documents, forms, checklists, etc.) can be found on the Certification Resources page.


Please contact or (415) 356-7549 if you have any questions about the certification program or need assistance completing the application form.

Prospective Auditors:  If you are interested in becoming a CCSW accredited auditor, please review the Request for Qualifications and submit a proposal, outlining your interest and qualifications, to We hold annual auditor trainings in late fall or winter each year.