APSCA Newsletter December 2021

December 23, 2021

To enhance the professionalism and credibility of the individuals and organizations performing independent social compliance audits
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APSCA Newsletter December 2021

Happy holidays from all of us at APSCA! 

We hope that you and yours have a safe and healthy Happy New Year.
2021 was a complex and busy year for our team and we are grateful for your engagement and partnership with us on the continued journey towards achieving our mission to cultivate industry credibility and position our Members and Certified Social Compliance Auditors (CSCA) as the trusted professionals of Social Compliance Auditing.


APSCA staff are taking a pause for the holidays. Our team will be working at limited capacity between December 24th and January 3rd.  We look forward to working with you, refreshed from our break, in 2022.
If you have an urgent issue, please email the director@theapsca.org this email box will be casually monitored during this time.
Reminder: Our study resources for your exams are available in our Resource Library.
Also in this issue:

  • Reminder to update consent in January for 2022, which will include your preferred exam languages (written and spoken).
  • AGM Recording and Q&A available on our website
  • Digital Membership Cards
  • Exam Deadlines and Language Availability 

Information regarding Phasing out of RA (Registered level Auditor)

Further highlights are provided below.



                   Limited Staffing throughout the Holiday Period








APSCA conducted our 6th Annual General Meeting over two virtual sessions on November 10th and 11th 2021.
Presentations during the sessions included Governance, Ethics, Continuous Professional Development, Exams and a panel discussion on Emerging Issues -Legislation and Liability.
Click here to view the sessions on our website, or visit Our YouTube Channel

Questions and Answers from the sessions are also available here







APSCA has recently launched the Digital Membership Cards.
The new card replaces the previously issued CSCA cards by creating a digital identification for Member Auditors of all levels and statuses.

Updated daily, this easy-to-use solution will make it easier for facilities to verify auditors and for Member Auditors to monitor their level and status.

The Digital Membership Card offers a clear visual indicator of an auditor’s level and includes a QR code linking to our portal to obtain additional information and, if needed, further verification of an APSCA Member Auditors status and level.   APSCA is requesting our Member Auditors assistance in testing this new development and would appreciate all APSCA Member Auditors to check your beta test card within your Auditor’s APSCA online account (My Account) under the My Profile tab at 
APSCA would like to encourage interested Stakeholders and Facility Management to request the Digital Membership Cards when a Member Auditor arrives on-site to conduct a Social Compliance Audit. This tool should be used to verify the Auditors identity, Membership Status and Level by using the QR code and confirming their details in our verification portal. 

Questions and Feedback are welcome – 








For all CSCA Exams (Parts I – III) Auditors must consult with their Member Firm to confirm eligibility to sit each exam and obtain information on the change in exam fees for 2022. Ensure you follow the guidance in the Auditor Handbook and notify APSCA prior to enrolling for any exam.
Should you have any questions or need clarification on the exam eligibility process, please contact us at

CSCA Exams & Languages:

  • Part I & II are available in ten languages (English, Spanish, Simplified & Traditional Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, Bangla, Thai, and Vietnamese).
    With the assistance of technology, APSCA has expanded these exams to cover all languages. See below, to find out more about this new feature!  

Part III is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.  
We are working with a third party translation provider to finalize expanding our languages – more about this will be available in the new year
Please see our website, 
Resource Library for more information






Alternate Language Feature















Don’t see a question/ answer you’re looking for? Contact us at Director@theapsca.org 







To better serve our Membership and interested parties, we established a Resource Library on APSCA’s website. The library provides a comprehensive directory of member documents, key dates, exam guides, webinars for exam preparation and more! 

To further enhance this page, we have added:

Key messages will be posted to the new ‘announcements’ section for both general and exam related topics and they will be updated on an ongoing basis. 

APSCA’s latest policies and Guidance Documents are available. 

Visit our website to access the resources.






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​Verite  in partnership with the /  UN Special Rapporteur on Human Trafficking held a workshop 31 October 2016 in New York, which many of APSCA members attended.  Follow this link to see their press release.  To get involved, contact Philip Hunter from Verite

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