Can't buy Gold!
In the BARS Program, each operator that achieves the status of Gold has worked very hard to achieve this level. There are no shortcuts and you cannot simply purchase your way to a Silver or Gold level of BARS Registration.
It takes at least three audits - independent evaluations by a BARS Audit Company and all the renewal audits must be completed within the Operator's Registration period. For each of these audits, any finding must be adequately addressed with the allocated time frame (90 days nominally).
The result is the Registration of an Operator who has demonstrated their ability to meet the BAR Standard on a contracted BMO flight.
Operators who close their findings late or have a break in the registration period are still recognized in the BARS Program with the Green status - they are still capable and registered nonetheless.
You can see there are no shortcuts to the Gold level in BARS, it takes hard work, dedication, and a demonstrated understanding of risk management principles. We applaud and recognize these Operators - there are presently 60 in the Program.
Managing Director, BARS Program