There are six key stages in becoming fully accredited as a Whale Heritage Site:
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Initial Online Application
Potential steering committee partners have to be identified at this stage. Application is reviewed by WHS steering committee.
Site Forms a Steering Committee and Raises Funds
If accepted, the site forms an official steering committee and they must raise funds to pay a fee to be designated as a “Candidate Whale Heritage Site” and to receive a licence to use the logo. Click here to find out about pricing.
Remote Audit and Feedback
Candidate site submits information in line with the WHS criteria. Feedback and support is then given by the WCA to improve the sites match to the criteria.
Before a final application is submitted, an on-site audit is required.
Site submits a final application which is assessed by the WHS Independent Review Panel (IRP) against the WHS criteria. Site is either a) awarded full WHS status b) awarded WHS status upon the fulfilment of specific conditions c) denied WHS status with recommendations.
If full WHS status is designated, the site must prepare and submit an annual review every year explaining how criteria have been met. Site will also be subject to an IRP audit every three years.