How long does it take to get certified?

Generally certification takes approximately 4-6 weeks to complete. Generally, the longest portion is the self-evaluation checklist. Many tour operators begin to see easy areas for improvement as they work through the checklist and therefore the time to complete varies.

Once STAH receives a completed checklist, it is assigned to an Evaluator who will then schedule a tour. After participating in a tour, the Evaluator will meet with the tour operator’s management to seek clarification and review their findings. This portion usually takes approximately 2-3 weeks to complete.