APSCA Newsletter October 2021

October 31, 2021

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


Are you a Member Auditor looking for APSCA recognized CPD hours?
If you register and attend our upcoming Annual General Meeting and Stakeholder Event, you will be eligible to receive a 1-hour CPD credit! There will be topics on Exams, Continued Professional Development and Ethics.

Not a Member Auditor?
You’re also welcome! This year’s AGM will cover APSCA’s achievement during 2021 and our goals for 2022. You will have the opportunity to ask our panellists questions, as they discuss the state of the Social Compliance Industry and the emerging issues within.
In this month’s newsletter, we also introduce Webinars for Part II and III in our 6 new languages, bid farewell to an APSCA team member and welcome a new Executive Board Member. 

Further highlights are provided below.





This month, for the first time in almost 2 years, the Executive Board held a hybrid meeting. We had six of the ten Executive Board Members able to meet in person, with the other four joining virtually. The Board met over two days to discuss APSCA’s strategy, 2022 goals and the ongoing journey towards achieving our Mission within the industry.
We are also pleased to announce Laura Rubbo as our newest addition to the Board and extend our warmest welcome. Laura has been on our Stakeholder Board since APSCA began in 2015, and we are  pleased to have her hold the Brand/Retailer seat at the Executive Board.

our website to learn more about our Executive Board Members.

Sitting Left to Right – Greg Gardner, Rona Starr, Laura Rubbo
Standing left to right – Randy Rankin, Rajan Kamalanathan, Avedis Seferian
On Screen- Top Row Justin Bettey, Mark Spears  |  Bottom Row-  Frank Dorssers, Anastasia Spathi





REGISTER NOW to join our Annual General Meeting & Stakeholder Event 2021






Looking for CPD Credit?
Register and attend APSCA’s Annual General Meeting!


APSCA Member Auditors at the RA/CSCA level are required to complete a minimum of 48 hours of CPD per calendar year. The details are outlined in the CPD policy.

APSCA is also announcing that Auditors who register and attend this year’s online Annual General Meeting & Stakeholder Event will be eligible for 1 CPD Credit Hour. See our website for more information, or click here to REGISTER NOW! 
If you’re an Audit Firm or Training Provider looking to submit your courses to APSCA for review and pre-recognition, please submit an Expression of Interest Form.

Visit our website to follow the latest CPD developments.

Any questions, please contact Director@theapsca.org






We regret to inform our readers this month, that Shannon McNulty, who has been with us since April 2020, has decided to move on from APSCA, with her last day being on October 29, 2021. Many of you would have worked with Shannon when scheduling a Part III exam, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) or liaising through the Director email. Shannon has worked hard to provide support to APSCA’s Members and has been the driving force behind the integration of CPD into our data systems. We would like to thank Shannon and wish her all the best in her future endeavours.






APSCA Number Guide, Part I and Part II and III webinars –
now available in more languages!





For all CSCA Exams (Parts I – III) Auditors must consult with their Member Firm to confirm eligibility to sit each exam. Please 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 will soon expand our exams to cover all languages. More information to come shortly.

Part III is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.  

Please see our website, Resource Library for more information





APSCA’s Disciplinary Board for Member Auditors (DBMA) was held, on October 22, 2021. The Board reviewed four cases, with allegations including fraudulent audit reporting, bribery and filing false expense claims. The Board substantiated all four cases, issuing three Membership Revocations and a Six-Month Suspension.
APSCA’s Disciplinary Board is an integral part of APSCA’s Ethics & Integrity Program. Its effective functioning brings greater credibility to APSCA and its certification program.











       CSCA – Year by Year Pass Results





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





Auditor Enrollments
Total Number of Auditors: 4,567 (as of 29 October 2021)






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.





Our monthly newsletter now reaches over 4,000 subscribers each month!
We encourage our Member Firms to have their auditors subscribe to APSCA’s newsletter to stay up to date with APSCA Happenings by clicking here. Further, if you have a friend or colleague that may be interested in APSCA please share this newsletter with them via the link below.





Check out APSCA’s FAQ page – it has been recently updated.
Don’t see a question / answer you’re looking for? Contact us at director@theapsca.org.







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