Classifications – SIC and NAICS Codes

R|CAT is applying for at least two of the six supplier diversity certifications programs for which R|CAT qualifies. The first application started was for The Supplier Clearinghouse. One of the form requirements is to identify the SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) four digit code(s).

About this post. The following are R|CAT’s current SIC codes and NAICS codes (i.e., Northern American Industry Classification System codes) based on intended services.

What R|CAT has learned. SIC Codes 8999 (primary), and 8742 and 8299. NAICS* Codes 541620 (primary), and 541612 and 611430.

REFERENCE for SIC and NAICS codes: http://siccode.com/en


Section 2.A. Business Specialty

In The Supplier Clearinghouse process, a description of Business Specialty is required. R|CAT has been described as an Environmental and Energy Consulting practice, providing air quality, energy projects, and environmental communications consulting services. With the additional Behavior Design services, here is the current description (subject to change) provided in the Clearinghouse application –

Resource Catalysts (R|CAT) provides environmental, energy, and human resources consulting services – Environmental / Air Quality, Energy Projects / Power Generation support, Environmental Communications, and Behavior Design / Organizational Culture Development.
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Environmental and Energy Consulting services include the following: regulatory strategy and advocacy, project feasibility analyses, and permitting/compliance management services to address issues pertaining to air quality, energy project development and operations, and environmental communications.

Human Resources Consulting, Management Consulting, and Professional and Management Development Training services are based on applying Behavior Design and Applied Improvisation practices and philosophies for the following: environmental health & safety management and compliance practices, professional development, cultural diversity awareness, and leadership (esp. servant leadership).

The overall categories used and the descriptions listed are based on the SIC codes. This post is for reference in anticipation that other business-related applications may request NAICS codes rather than SIC codes (or both?). For R|CAT’s primary business classification, SIC 8999 and NAICS 541620 are the most representative.

Section 2.B. for SIC Codes

“Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes are four-digit numerical codes assigned by the U.S. government to business establishments to identify the primary business of the establishment. The classification was developed to facilitate the collection, presentation and analysis of data; and to promote uniformity and comparability in the presentation of statistical data collected by various agencies of the federal government, state agencies and private organizations. The classification covers all economic activities.”
Reference: What is a SIC Code?

8999 – Services, Not Elsewhere Classified

This SIC is described as Miscellaneous Services, and environmental consultants is one of several listed services. This SIC is described as –

Authors, artists, and related technical services, independent record production, scientific and related consulting services, music publishing, actuarial consulting , all other information providers, environmental consultants.

8742 – Management Consulting Services

Industry Group 874 is described as Management and Public Relations Services. This SIC is described as Management Consulting Services, and human resource consultants and personnel management consultants are listed. This SIC is described as –

Establishments primarily engaged in furnishing operating counsel and assistance to managements of private, nonprofit, and public organizations. These establishments generally perform a variety of activities, such as strategic and organizational planning; financial planning and budgeting; marketing objectives and policies; information systems planning, evaluation and selection; human resource policies and practices planning; and production scheduling and control planning. These establishments are characterized by the breadth and scope of the problems they address.

8299 – Schools and Educational Services, Not Elsewhere Classified

R|CAT selected this SIC to describe potential applied improvisation training and improv-related training services. This SIC is described as –

Establishments primarily engaged in offering educational courses and services, not elsewhere classified. Included in this industry are music schools, drama schools, language schools, short-term examination preparatory schools, student exchange programs, curriculum development, and vocational counseling, except rehabilitation counseling.

(It is not clear whether this SIC code is applicable. It may be that 8742 is sufficient for R|CAT applied improvisation training and improv-related training.)

NAICS – North American

“The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is used by businesses and governments to classify and measure economic activity in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. NAICS is 6-digit code system that is currently the standard used by federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments.  NAICS organizes establishments into industries according to the similarity in the processes used to produce goods or services.”
Reference: What is a NAICS Code?

Based on SIC codes, two NAICS Industry Sectors – 54 and 61 – match R|CAT’s services –

NAICS Industry Sector 54 is for Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, described as –

“The Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services sector comprises establishments that specialize in performing professional, scientific, and technical activities for others. These activities require a high degree of expertise and training. The establishments in this sector specialize according to expertise and provide these services to clients in a variety of industries and, in some cases, to households.”

NAICS Industry Sector 61 is for Educational Services, described as –

The Educational Services sector comprises establishments that provide instruction and training in a wide variety of subjects. This instruction and training is provided by specialized establishments, such as schools, colleges, universities, and training centers. These establishments may be privately owned and operated for profit or not for profit, or they may be publicly owned and operated. They may also offer food and/or accommodation services to their students.

Educational services are usually delivered by teachers or instructors that explain, tell, demonstrate, supervise, and direct learning. Instruction is imparted in diverse settings, such as educational institutions, the workplace, or the home, and through diverse means, such as correspondence, television, the Internet, or other electronic and distance-learning methods. The training provided by these establishments may include the use of simulators and simulation methods. It can be adapted to the particular needs of the students, for example sign language can replace verbal language for teaching students with hearing impairments. All industries in the sector share this commonality of process, namely, labor inputs of instructors with the requisite subject matter expertise and teaching ability.

For SIC 8999, 8742, and 8299, the following three NAICS codes match R|CAT’s services.

541620 – Environmental Consulting Services

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in providing advice and assistance to businesses and other organizations on environmental issues, such as the control of environmental contamination from pollutants, toxic substances, and hazardous materials. these establishments identify problems (e.g., inspect buildings for hazardous materials), measure and evaluate risks, and recommend solutions. they employ a multidisciplined staff of scientists, engineers, and other technicians with expertise in areas, such as air and water quality, asbestos contamination, remediation, and environmental law. Establishments providing sanitation or site remediation consulting services are included in this industry.

541612 – Human Resources Consulting Services

This U.S. industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in providing advice and assistance to businesses and other organizations in one or more of the following areas: (1) human resource and personnel policies, practices, and procedures; (2) employee benefits planning, communication, and administration; (3) compensation systems planning; and (4) wage and salary administration.

611430 – Professional and Management Development Training

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in offering an array of short duration courses and seminars for management and professional development. Training for career development may be provided directly to individuals or through employers’ training programs; and courses may be customized or modified to meet the special needs of customers. Instruction may be provided in diverse settings, such as the establishment’s or client’s training facilities, educational institutions, the workplace, or the home, and through diverse means, such as correspondence, television, the internet, or other electronic and distance-learning methods. The training provided by these establishments may include the use of simulators and simulation methods.

How many SIC/NAICS codes does your business use for your business classification, e.g., primary, secondary?

* The California UCP requires NAICS codes.

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