Website Quality Certification

Websites and portals have emerged as the front end for Government initiatives and companies to deliver a wide variety of information and services to its customers and citizens. Customers and citizens have high expectations regarding security, privacy of personal data and accuracy of information. It is therefore vital to ensure that the management of your website is carried out in a planned and professional manner, ensuring effective communication and delivery of services.

 

STQC has developed a Website Quality Certification Scheme based upon National and International Standards/Best practices. The certification in scheme aims to help in hardening of websites from wide range of Security threats, increasing accessibility, assuring commitment to services and ensuring compliance to the requirements of Guidelines for Indian Government Websites (GIGW) developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC) and adopted by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Government of India.

 

The scheme has two components-:
1.    Website Quality Certification for Government Websites
2.    Capability Approval of Website Designers and Developers (requirements based on ISO/IEC 23026)

The award of the mark "Certified Quality Website (CQW)" is a recognition that the website complies with the requirements of  GIGW and the organization has adequate procedures and processes in place to provide reliable and dependable information and service through their website.

 

Capability Approval under the scheme however defines website designer's ability in respect of the processes and quality control methods, to deliver a website conforming to National requirements and International best practices. Capability approval is normally given to Web designer/developer's organization not to individual by name.

 

Benefits of Certification

Website owners Website designers & developers

Website Quality Certification

A recognition that the organisation has adequate procedures and processes in place to provide reliable and dependable information and services through its website. Will help in ...

  • Hardening of website from wide range of security threats
  • Increasing accessibility and usability
  • Reducing legal liabilities
  • Assuring commitment to services
  • Benchmarking as per International Standards

Capability Approval

Defines website designer's ability in response of his processes and quality control methods, to deliver a website conforming to International Standards and national specification. Will help in ...

  • Streamlining the internal processes to meet the requirements of national standards
  • Qualifying website designers to become a preferred vendor
  • Ensuring legal compliance
  • Demonstrating compliance with Global Standards like ISO/IEC 23026 and IEEE 2001

Why to Choose STQC?

STQC is an independent testing and certification organization of the Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India.

STQC has vast experience in operating third party certification schemes with international recognitions.  STQC offer services in a very cost effective, competent and credible manner with customer care as the focus.

Certification Process

A. Website Certification:

Step 1: The customer applies to STQC Website Certification Cell for certification by submitting duly filled in application form along with website quality manual and charges.

Step 2: The assessor reviews the website quality manual for adequacy as per quality criteria and provides the feedback.

Step 3: The assessment team evaluates the website using test tools. Also, assessment of back end processes of the organization is carried out for compliance with scheme requirements.

Step 4: After the satisfactory assessment results, STQC issues the Certificate of Registration and Certification Mark. The certificate shall remain valid for three years with annual surveillance.

B. Capability Approval:

Capability Approval is granted to the website designers and developers based upon their capabilities and availability of adequate processes to develop well engineered website. The process includes -

Step 1: Submit duly filled in application form along with Capability Manual and charges

Step 2: Process assessment and evaluation

Step 3: Issue of Capability Approval Certificate after satisfactory compliance. The certificate shall remain valid for three years with annual surveillance.

 

Charges / Fee :

Charges for Website Quality Certification for Quality Level 1 is 1,10,000/- plus service tax to be paid in advance by Demand Draft drawn in favour of `PAO, DeitY, New Delhi`.  Please add 25% plus service tax for bilingual site. This does not however include charges for security testing. You may use the services of any of the registered vendors of CERT-In or NIC including STQC for security testing and submit the certificate.

 

Charges for Capability Approval for Quality Level 1 is 1,00,000/- plus service tax to be paid in advance by Demand Draft drawn in favour of `PAO, DeitY, New Delhi`.

 

 

Downloads

Certified Quality Website Brochure 619.92 KBapplication/pdf icon Pdf file that opens in new window. Please close new window to return to previous page.

Capability Approval Brochure 803.33 KBapplication/pdf icon Pdf file that opens in new window. Please close new window to return to previous page.

Guidelines for Indian Govt Websites - GIGW 1.68 MBapplication/pdf icon Pdf file that opens in new window. Please close new window to return to previous page.

Application Form -CQW 94.85 KBapplication/pdf icon Pdf file that opens in new window. Please close new window to return to previous page.

Website Quality Manual for Govt Websites - Exercise Book 275.81 KBapplication/pdf icon Pdf file that opens in new window. Please close new window to return to previous page.

Procedure for Indian Govt Website Quality Certification tested by approved by ITTL Ver1.0 July2016_ 13.83 KBapplication/pdf icon Pdf file that opens in new window. Please close new window to return to previous page.

Certified CQW Clients List Feb 2017 110.18 KBapplication/pdf icon Pdf file that opens in new window. Please close new window to return to previous page.

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Contact Us:
Name and Designation Address Phone/Email/Fax
R P Sondhi Sr. Dir.
IT and e-Gov Services

STQC Dte HQ, New Delhi

Phone: 011 - 24301369, 24362381
Email: ravisondhi AT deity.gov.in
Fax: 011-24363083
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