The initial application process for first-time or returning program participants is to be completed by the end of the first quarter (March 31). This timing aligns with the approach to grower completion of self-assessments prior to an audit. Following the initial application, participants will submit a new application once every three years to confirm the scope of the onsite audit and to provide for an increase or decrease in acreage and vineyard blocks enrolled in the program. The Program Administrator reviews submitted applications and once confirmed as complete, and all fees paid, the applicant is allowed to participate in the self-assessment.
The Sustainable WA certification process operates on a quarterly calendar.
Quarter 1 (Jan-Mar): Applications are accepted until March 31st.
Quarter 2 (Apr-Jun): Once application is approved, complete your self assessment.
Quarter 3 (Jul-Sep): Prepare for your audit, which will occur before the end of September on a mutually agreed upon date.
Quarter 4 (Oct-Dec): Audits will be reviewed and certifications will be awarded.