What You Gain by Being Certified
It is through this registration and certification process, as well as numerous marketing activities, events and bid announcements, that participating utilities are able to actively select firms from a Certified Suppliers List in order to meet procurement goals established by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)-issued General Order 156 (GO 156):
By participating in this program, your company will be identified as an eligible, certified supplier in a centralized supplier database. Many utility companies use this database to search for suppliers that help meet the required procurement goals listed above. Certification with The Supplier Clearinghouse speeds up the contracting process.
Important note for Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises: The Supplier Clearinghouse automatically recognizes DVBE firms certified by the California Department of General Services (CA DGS) -- no additional application is required. This is the only way to participate in The Supplier Clearinghouse's program as a DVBE. If you would also like to be certified as a women, minority, LGBT, or persons with disabilities business enterprise, you must also submit a WBE/MBE/LGBTBE/PDBE application to The Supplier Clearinghouse.
Do you meet the following requirements for certification?
Is your firm majority-owned by either minorities, women, LGBT individuals, and/or persons with disabilities?
Is your firm managed and controlled on a daily basis by minorities, women, LGBT individuals, and/or persons with disabilities?
Is your firm an independent business?
If you answered YES to all of the questions above, you may be qualified for certification with The Supplier Clearinghouse! Please select the applicable option below to start the online application process.
Please contact us at info@TheSupplierClearinghouse.com or (562) 325-8685 with any questions.
Click Here to see a list of documents required for certification.
The Supplier Clearinghouse is operated on behalf of the California Public Utilities Commission and participating utility companies in accordance with General Order 156. The program provides certified MBE, WBE, DVBE, LGBTBE and PDBE firms the opportunity to participate in a wide range of business opportunities. There is no cost for firms to apply for certification and streamlined versions of the application are available for certain types of businesses.
For firms that have not used the online system yet or require a refresher, please follow the steps below:
Applicants requiring accommodation that cannot be provided through the electronic system may request the PDF version of the application. The Clearinghouse team will work with these firms to facilitate the process in an appropriate manner. A link will be available on the website to submit a request.
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In your message, please note (a) if your firm is California-based, and/or (b) has annual gross income of $3.5 million or less for the previous 3 years, and/or (c) is a manufacturing company with 25 employees or less. If your firm is currently NMSDC, WBENC, NGLCC, and/or US SBA 8(a) certified, please note this as well.
There are five application forms and this information will help the Clearinghouse quickly identify the shortest and best match for your circumstance.