To begin the certification process, you need to select a Certification Body (CB). In this selection process you should understand the difference between accredited and non-accredited certification bodies.
You will then need to provide your CB with some information. This includes number of employees and sites as well as the scope of business activities that the certification will cover.
Based on this input, you will receive an audit schedule covering the amount of days required for the Initial Certification followed by Periodic Audits.
Following a successful Initial Certification you will be issued a certificate.
In some cases you might want to consider a Gap Analysis. This will help you identify any gaps that exist between the requirements of the standard and your organisation's management system, prior to an audit.