Standard Audit - FAQs


How does this differ to Professional Planning Forum membership?

Your annual membership subscription offers advice, support, best practice events and discounts on our professional development programme.  The Standards Audit is a further service that takes your membership to another level.

Do I have to be a Planning Forum member to apply for the Standards Audit?

Yes.  Any organisation wishing to apply for standards audit will need to be a member of the Planning Forum.  An additional premium will be charged for individual members without full corporate membership.

How can my organisation move up the accredited levels?

As part of the annual renewal process, a full standards audit will be completed every two years.  At this time an upgrade or downgrade of accredited level may be applicable.  If you require a full audit sooner, then an additional premium would be applicable of £2,000 plus VAT.

Can I be downgraded?

The simple answer is yes.  If as part of your re-assessment your approach is deemed to be to a lower standard then a downgrade or loss of accredited status may be applicable.  Alternatively a conditional accreditation may be granted with a further spot check in 3 months time.

Am I still accredited even if I cancel my Professional Planning Forum membership?

The simple answer is no.  The Standards Audit is only available to companies that are members of the Planning Forum.

Application Process

Contact us on 0333 123 5960 or or go online to



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