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How Do I Apply For SAM Certifications Like WOSB or SDVOSB?



To apply for SAM (System for Award Management) certifications like Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), you will need to follow specific processes and meet eligibility criteria established by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Here are the general steps for applying for these certifications:

1. Determine Eligibility:

Before applying for WOSB or SDVOSB certification, ensure that your business meets the eligibility requirements for each program:

  • WOSB Certification: Your business must be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens. Additionally, the business must meet the SBA’s size standards for its primary NAICS code and be managed and operated by the woman owner(s).
  • SDVOSB Certification: Your business must be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans. The veteran owner(s) must have a service-connected disability as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the business must meet the SBA’s size standards for its primary NAICS code.

2. SAM Registration:

If your business is not already registered in SAM, complete the SAM registration process. SAM is a prerequisite for obtaining these certifications. Ensure that your SAM registration is accurate and up to date.

3. Visit SBA’s Certification Portal:

Access the SBA’s certification portal ( to begin the certification application process. This portal is specifically designed for applying for WOSB and SDVOSB certifications.

4. Create an Account:

If you are new to the certification portal, create an account by providing the required information, including your SAM registration information.

5. Complete the Certification Application:

  • Select the certification you wish to apply for (WOSB or SDVOSB).
  • Fill out the application form, providing detailed information about your business, its ownership, and any relevant documentation.
  • Be prepared to upload supporting documents, such as proof of citizenship, evidence of service-connected disability (for SDVOSB), and any other required documentation.

6. Application Review:

The SBA will review your application and supporting documentation. This process may take some time, so be patient.

7. Site Visit (Possibly):

In some cases, the SBA may conduct a site visit to verify the information provided in your application.

8. Certification Decision:

The SBA will inform you of the certification decision. If your application is approved, you will receive your WOSB or SDVOSB certification.

9. Update SAM:

After obtaining certification, make sure to update your SAM registration to reflect your new status as a certified WOSB or SDVOSB. This is essential to ensure that contracting officers can identify your eligibility for set-aside contracts.

10. Pursue Contract Opportunities:

Once certified, actively seek federal contract opportunities that are set aside for WOSBs or SDVOSBs. SAM and other federal procurement portals can help you find these opportunities.

It’s important to note that the certification process can be complex, and requirements may change. Be sure to review the latest guidance and instructions provided by the SBA and the certification portal to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information and documentation required for your application.


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