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    RALA-qualified companies operate responsibly and with high quality

    A RALA Competence confirms that its holder is a company that operates responsibly, reliably and professionally. The Competence is granted by an independent Certification Board.

    Products RALA Competence

    Further information about the RALA Competence

    What does a RALA Competence say about a company’s operations?
    How does the company benefit from a RALA Competence?
    What does the Competence have to do with the Act on the Contractor’s Obligations and Liability when Work is Contracted Out?
    Who may apply for a RALA Competence?
    How can a company be granted a RALA Competence?
    For how long is RALA Competence valid?

    What does RALA competence say about a company’s operations?

    • The company’s technological expertise and resources have been verified. The estimate is based on reference projects, human resources and material resources. 
    • The company fulfils the registration and notification requirements specified in the Act on the Contractor’s Obligations and Liability when Work is Contracted Out. 
    • The company has taken out the required non-life insurance policies and paid its taxes and pension contributions. 
    • The company’s financial statements are in compliance with the law. 
    • How does the company benefit from RALA Competence?

      Customers may require the company to prove its capability for executing a construction project. RALA Competence with appendices is an acceptable replacement for instance for the reports on compliance with statutory requirements and sector-specific competence that are required in procurement notices. A company’s Certificate of Competence may be found through the corporate search function. Customers may also specifically require their suppliers to have a RALA Competence.

      What does the Competence have to do with the Act on the Contractor’s Obligations and Liability when Work is Contracted Out?

      In order to be granted a RALA Competence, the company must fulfil the registration and notification requirements specified in the Act on the Contractor’s Obligations and Liability when Work is Contracted Out.

      The company does not need to retrieve the statutory information from various registers; the tilaajavastuu.fi service manages that. We request that the company sign a power of attorney authorising RALA and the tilaajavastuu.fi service to access the information specified in the Act on the Contractor’s Obligations and Liability when Work is Contracted Out on behalf of the company. 

      The Reliable Partner programme is included in the annual fee for the RALA Competence.

      Who may apply for a RALA Competence?

      RALA Competence may be applied for any companies in the construction sector and public administration organisations that have executed reference projects in Finland and can present adequate financial statements.

      The RALA Competence is granted to an individual business ID, and in a specific category according to the RALA list of certification categories. A corporate group may apply for a RALA Competence separately for each subsidiary or division.

      How can a company be granted a RALA Competence?

      1. The company’s contact person must fill in the online application and submit the required appendices to RALA.
      2. RALA verifies that the application is complete and prepares it for presentation to the Certification Board.
      3. The RALA Certification Board processes the application and decides whether to grant a Certificate of Competence.

      The details of the RALA Competence process may be found in the description of the RALA Competence procedure.

      For how long is a RALA Competence valid?

      The RALA Competence must be renewed once a year in the RALA online service, for which purpose the company will be issued its own user IDs. The company may also amend any of its corporate or reference details.

      We will send out a reminder to renew the Competence three months before its expiry.