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NERC Compliance

NERC Audit Support

An unsuccessful audit can result in fines and reputational damages.

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generating facilities with NERC compliance, and we manage the entire NERC compliance program for
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registered sites in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
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Program Management

NERC compliance is complex. Gain access to our subject matter experts on demand.


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Inverter-Based Resources

Changes are coming that will force many owners of inverter-based resources to register with NERC for the first time.

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NERC Compliance

NERC Audit Support

Generation, transmission, and distribution owners and operators all have compliance responsibilities related to NERC 693 and NERC CIP standards. These standards and their requirements aim to improve reliability of the bulk electric system and securing appropriate cyber assets and support infrastructure. Regional entities are obligated to NERC to conduct audits of their REs’ compliance programs and implementation, which can culminate in monetary fines and additional regulatory engagement and oversight.

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NERC Audit Support Services

Demonstrating compliance is made more difficult if entities do not understand the NERC audit processes. Additionally, RE auditors do not always possess the same skill sets or expect the same things from region to region. This often results in different methods being applied and difficulty responding to the auditors. Due to this, Certrec offers a multitude of options to support your entity in planning for your next audit. We have even developed several time-saving compliance Tools to efficiently manage documents and support your team in audit preparation. Our NERC Audit Support services include, but are not limited to.

RSAWs Development

Reliability Standard Audit Worksheets can be completed in our web-based solution for creating, managing, and producing RSAW documentation and evidence.

Evidence Review and Development

Ensure your plant's documentation meets NERC's evidence requirements and is safely stored.

Pre-Audit Strategy Meetings

Our SMEs will meet with your team and develop a roadmap for a successful audit.

Mock Audit

Our team can perform mock audits. That way, your team is confident and prepared for the real thing.

Inherent Risk Assessments (IRAs)

Risk assessment is an organization’s approach to discovering risks to its business, governance, and operations. Our team can identify potential failure points.

Internal Controls Evaluations (ICEs)

Internal controls are the rules and mechanisms established by an entity to ensure their compliance obligations are being met.

Guided Self-certifications

Registered Entities may be required to self-certify their compliance with Reliability Standards.

Mitigation Planning and Closure

If your is in violation of standards, Certrec can perform mitigation planning for compliance.

NERC Compliance

NERC Audit Support Tools

Certrec has vast experience in managing regulatory compliance audits with the NERC regulations. We support our clients with everything from development of their internal compliance program through all of their audits to gathering evidence or simply to provide expert assistance during the audit. We have all the resources your team would need to end up with a successful audit.

We are able to engage in audit support at any time during the audit process. If you have recently learned that you have an upcoming audit, we can help you begin preparing with a gap analysis or an internal assessment to see where your program really stands. If your team has a good program in place, we can help confirm that your procedures are up to speed, or support in gathering evidence.

Our experience with regulators in all six regions allows us offer resources that we are confident will guide your team to a successful audit. We can even join your team during the actual audit to provide expert support and provide mitigation planning should there be any findings. 


Reliability Standard Audit Worksheets can be completed in our web-based solution for creating, managing, and producing RSAWs. This tools helps you keep your evidence, narratives, and SMEs organized and up-to-date.


Certrec’s Action-Tracking System allows real-time transparency into all the actions and due dates across your entire organization. The ability to track items to completion helps to reduce the risk of missed deadlines.
NERC Compliance

We Are One of the Most Conservative and Low-Risk NERC Compliance Advisors

Certrec has a tool for every aspect of NERC compliance and they have been instrumental in our success in preparing for our audits. With their help, we were able to receive zero findings in our last audit!