How trade unions apply for a certificate of independence

The procedure for an application by a trade union for a certificate of independence.



This guidance explains the procedure involved in an application by a trade union for a certificate of independence under section 6 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992. It also deals with the granting of a certificate of independence to a new union created by the amalgamation of 2 or more trade unions currently holding certificates of independence.

It is intended for guidance only and should not be regarded as a complete or authoritative statement of the law.

It contains sections on:

  • the statutory provisions
  • how to make an application
  • action by the Certification Office
  • the criteria used to determine independence
  • the Certification Officer’s decision
  • the procedure where amalgamating unions already hold a certificate of independence
Published 1 August 2013
Last updated 7 April 2017 + show all updates
  1. The Certification Officer has moved, please note we have now a new address.
  2. First published.