ISO 9001:2015 Implementation Collaborative

March 20, 2017
8:00AM - 4:00PM
Hampton Inn
42 Lower Mountain View Dr, Colchester (map)

Are you looking for new business opportunities to compete in other global markets?
Find out how the new ISO 9001:2015 Collaborative can help your company.

Many organizations are being forced by their major customers to become certified as a condition of doing business with them. Our ISO 9001 Collaborative Program allows small – medium size companies to undertake the certification process with the necessary support from a team of experts but also train your team and develop an ISO 9001 compliant management system at an affordable cost.

Six, day-long public sessions have been scheduled, all Monday’s of the month: 
March 20, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10 and August 14

Notice to Defense Supply Chain Companies:   The VT Department of Economic Development has recently been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s (‘DOD’) Office of Economic Adjustment to help Vermont businesses that have been impacted by DOD spending reductions over the last few years.  If ISO certification could help your company grow with new customers, contact Brett Long, Director-Business Support, by phone at (802) 461-9353 or by e-mail at or visit this link.

What Is a Collaborative?

The collaborative is a unique, workshop-based program of 4 to 8 small – medium size companies working together to upgrade or develop their Quality Management Systems to ISO 9001:2015 Standard for compliance and/or registration.  The collaborative focuses on providing systems, documentation and training in a classroom setting as well as on-site consultation for companies wanting or needing to comply with ISO 9001.

ISO 9001:2015 Collaborative Program Consists of:

  • Six, day-long group sessions, meeting one day per month for six months, that focus on systems, documentation development, internal auditing, continuous improvement, risk based thinking, context of the organization, strategic planning and more
  • Five, day-long company on-site consulting/coaching sessions, scheduled between the group sessions
  • Work assignments 

Benefits of an ISO Collaborative:

  • Share the cost of training
  • Learn while implementing, auditing, maintaining, and sustaining a compliant quality management system
  • Benefit from interacting with other participating organizations
  • Ensure effectiveness of all processes
  • Create an effective continuous improvement system

If you are considering or planning to implement ISO 9001 and need assistance, please contact Patricia Giavara, VMEC Assistant Director, at or (802) 279-6103 and she’ll be glad to walk you through this unique program designed for small and medium-sized companies as well as discuss the pricing structure for you and your staff.

This session will be taught by Jim Saropoulos, Principal at ExoLytic, Inc., Lead Auditor No. A009707, International Association of Certified Auditors, London, England and Exemplar Lead Auditor Q03438.  Jim has 30 years of operations and quality experience in multiple industries from manufacturing, high technology, aerospace, telecommunications and ISO registration bodies. His background as trainer, consultant and implementer includes ISO 9001, AS 9100, ISO 27001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001, ISO 13485, TS 16949 quality system design and implementation.