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Certification of all AABs is a centralized process conducted by USPAACC National. The fee for Membership and Certification is $300. USPAACC National and West coordinate internally to process both your Membership and Certification. You start availing Membership benefits as soon as your dues are received. In regards to Certification, USPAACC National will coordinate directly with you.
Why and how do I get USPAACC Certification as an Asian American-Owned Business?
USPAACC strongly encourages Asian American businesses to get USPAACC certification as an Asian American-owned business because this could increase business opportunities with Fortune companies and government agencies as subcontractors. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about applying for USPAACC certification:
I am a USPAACC member and I have paid my annual dues. Does this make me a USPAACC-certified member?
USPAACC certification is not automatically accorded to members. Our membership consists of two categories: certified and non-certified. Both categories receive full membership benefits, but certified members have the added advantage of being selected for consideration for minority contract opportunities when they become available. This gives USPAACC certified members a clear competitive advantage.
What is the process of certification?
The certification process entails submission of an application to USPAACC. We verify the information provided for accuracy and eligibility. The process is a rigorous one that also requires a site visit.
How long does it take to get USPAACC certification?
The certification process normally takes two months, depending on the applicant’s timely submission of required documents and availability for the site visit.
Do we have to be Asian American-owned to be certified?
Yes. The business should be at least 51 percent owned, managed and operated by Asian American(s) (Category I) or legal permanent resident(s) (Category II). Proof of citizenship or legal permanent resident status is required. Copies of the owner’s birth certificate, naturalization certificate, passport and/or permanent resident status documents should accompany the application.
What happens after I am USPAACC-certified?
After certification, information on the member’s company is placed in our certified member database. When contract opportunities come in, USPAACC-certified companies are the first to be contacted and matched with Fortune corporations or their prime contractors seeking to contract with minority-owned businesses such as Asian American-owned businesses.
Does USPAACC differ from other certifying organizations?
USPAACC has two levels of certification: Category I for businesses owned, managed and operated by U.S. citizens; and Category II for businesses owned, managed and operated by Asian immigrants who have been permanent residents for three years or more. This inclusive process opens the doors to permanent residents who pay taxes, who or their children have served in the U.S. military, and who contribute to the U.S. economy. It also ensures a greater diversity of suppliers in the procurement market in terms of race, color, ethnic origins, industries, geographical locations, sizes and expertise.
What are the other benefits of being USPAACC-certified?
USPAACC is proud of its strong ties and relationships with Fortune corporations and Federal agencies. Over the course of 25 years, we have established a reputation for successfully matchmaking our supplier members with Fortune corporations and/or their prime contractors, as well as government agencies.
I am already SBA-certified. Do I still have to be certified by USPAACC?
It is to the member’s advantage to have USPAACC certification, in addition to certification by the SBA. Our certification identifies a company as Asian American-owned, affords connections to Fortune corporations and key federal agencies, and carries the prestige of an established national organization with an exceptional reputation and tremendous networking opportunities. There are occasions when a contract and/or opportunity requires the skills that are readily and competently performed by Asian Americans because of language and cultural considerations. Having USPAACC certification enables you to be easily identified among the thousands of minority suppliers.
Will the certification process be easier if I am already SBA-certified and vice versa?
In a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the SBA and USPAACC in May 2003, a provision permits a faster certification process if a business has already been SBA-certified.
Steps to Certification
1. Complete the application for certification.
2. Provide all the documentation requested.
3. Enclose the $300 processing fee. Make your check payable to USPAACC, and mail it to 1329 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. You also may pay by credit card by providing the name, number, expiration date and billing address of your credit card on the application form.
4. Your application will be reviewed to ensure that your business is at least 51 percent owned, operated, and controlled by one or more Asian Americans.
5. You will be contacted to arrange our visit to your business. Site visits are critical to the integrity of our program; they provide assurance to corporations who contract with Asian American suppliers.
6. The certification decision will be based on your application and information gathered during the site visit. An incomplete application or insufficient documentation could affect your chances for certification in an expeditious manner.
7. If you provide all the required documentation, successfully complete the site visit interview, and the business is at least 51 percent owned by one or more Asian Americans, your application will be approved and you will receive USPAACC Certification