Welcome to the official website of the Northern Ireland Certification Office for Trade Unions and Employers' Associations

The Certification Officer is responsible for:

  • maintaining a list of trade unions and employers' associations
  • receiving and scrutinising annual returns from trade unions and employers' associations
  • determining complaints concerning trade union elections, certain other ballots and breaches of trade union rules
  • ensuring observance of statutory requirements governing mergers between trade unions and between employers' associations
  • overseeing the political funds and the finances of trade unions and employers' associations
  • certifying the independence of trade unions

More detailed information on the role of the Certification Officer, and the relevant legislation can be found in the annual report.