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SBA Certification Upgrade

The SBA is upgrading how our customers apply for and manage their federal contracting certifications.

Here’s what you need to know

SBA's certification upgrade will start on August 1st 2024

  • Initial certification applications will not be accepted during the upgrade period.
  • The upgraded system is expected to be available for new applications in early September.
  • New and prospective applicants for federal small business certification are encouraged to wait until the upgrade is complete before applying.
  • Most certified firms will not be impacted by the pause in applications.
    Firms needing to renew during the upgrade period will receive guidance from their certification program.
  • Applications submitted before August 1 will continue to be processed during the upgrade period in the order received.
  • If your firm is facing a deadline on a proposal that will be impacted by your certification status before August 1, 2024, please contact us at and provide the contract number, agency, and bid due date.

Stay Tuned!

The SBA will be providing more resources and guidance over the coming days.
If you need time-sensitive support, please contact:


For more information, please review our Fact Sheet on what to expect during this time.

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