Ex 6 - ISO 9001:2000 LEAD AUDITOR


This FIVE-DAY course provides an understanding and knowledge of auditing quality management systems to third party standards.  The objective of an audit is not fault finding, but to identify opportunities for improvement. You learn to build on the skills of how to plan, structure and conduct an effective audit and to evaluate and communicate the findings. The course is designed to follow the stages in a live audit, including simulated audit interviews and role play closing meetings.

This course is IATCA (IPC)  compliant, certified by IRCA (UK) (ref: IATCA 17195) and meets the training requirements only for individuals seeking registration as a Lead Auditor under the IRCA Auditor Registration Scheme. The requirements include an examination and a certificate is issued on completion of the course.

Key Session Topics

  • Background and overview of the ISO 9000 family of Standards
  • An introduction to auditing and implementing an audit system and the auditor's role in the process
  • Management's role in reviewing the effectiveness of the overall quality system
    Planning and managing a process based audit:
    - resources and timing
    - use of checklists
    - selection of audit teams
  • Conducting the audit - skills, techniques and auditor competence:
    - evaluating the significance of audit findings
    - communicating and presenting audit reports
  • Nonconformities and quality improvement as a result of corrective actions
  • Management of the third party assessment and certification process


  • The ability to objectively assess compliance of organization to meet certification body requirements.
  • An understanding of the role of audits within the management system programme and the role of auditors in promoting business improvements.
  • A skill set to aid continuous improvement strategies

Who Should Attend

  • Individuals who want to become Registered Lead Auditors
  • Individuals leading their companies to ISO 9001:2000 registration

Familiarity with ISO 9001:2000 is necessary for a full understanding of the principles developed in this course.

Course Techniques

This highly participative course is a practically based series of sessions using tutorials, case studies, interactive workshops and open forum discussions culminating with an examination. The practical emphasis of the course and the high tutor to attendee contact hours provide a unique opportunity for a substantial degree of individual guidance and training.

A detailed file of reference information is available to keep.


Attendees' subsequent in-house audits can be supervised to give practical on-site training.

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