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CQI and IRCA Certified Registered Quality Auditor/ Lead Auditor Course (18020)


Duration: 5 Days

The calibre of your lead auditor is crucial to the performance of your audit team, and ultimately to the success of your management system. This comprehensive five-day course provides hands-on training to ensure that your auditors thoroughly understands their roles and acquires the expertise needed to perform it effectively.

Delegates completing the course will be presented with a CQI and IRCA independently accredited certificate for lead auditors.

The Qualifcation

A 5 Day Programme in Association with a certified course holder, Managing for Quality Ltd

The course is certified by the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA Course Number A17059).

This course is designed to provide trainees with the opportunity to practice each stage of audit from initial contact, through system review, planning, preparation, audit conduct, reporting and follow-up, using ISO 9001 as the base standard

Who is the Course For?

The course is non-technical and is suitable for people from all backgrounds.

This course is designed for delegates who need to carry out and lead audits to contribute effectively to systems improvement in their organisations.

IRCA expects delegates to have the following prior knowledge:

a)  Knowledge of the following quality management principles and concepts:

  • The Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) cycle.
  • The relationship between quality management and customer satisfaction.
  • Commonly used quality management terms and definitions and the 8 Quality Principles as given in ISO 9001:2015.
  • The process approach used in quality management.
  • The Model of a Process Based Quality Management System, the structure and content of ISO 9001:2015.

b)   Knowledge of the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, which may be gained by, on the job experience, through self study or completing an IRCA certified QMS Foundation training course or equivalent.

Delivery & Assessment Method

Delivery Method:

This training course has a strong bias towards practical learning. After an initial introduction to Quality principles and the ISO 9000 series course focuses on a 'live' audit of a simulated company. Feedback on performance is given and encouraged at each stage to facilitate learning.

Assessment Method:

There is a 2 hour written examination at the end of the course. The minimum pass rate for the examination is 70%.

What Will They/You Learn?

By the end of this course delegates will be able to:


  • The principles underlying quality management
  • The requirements of ISO 9001:2015
  • How quality systems are structured
  • Audit process and use of techniques
  • The internal auditor registration scheme

Have Practised….

  • Planning for an audit
  • Preparing for an audit
  • Collecting evidence by audit review
  • Managing an audit team
  • Evaluating nonconformities
  • Writing and reporting audit findings

Have received…

  • Continuous assessment
  • Feedback on performance

Be capable of….

  • Adding value to the organisation through audit.

What Will The Course Cover?

IRCA Auditor and certification scheme

Registration process, code of conduct

Introduction to Quality Assurance ISO 9001:2015 series

Underlying Principles

ISO 9001:2015 and its requirements

Aims, Structure, Content, Use

Audit Preparation

Audit planning, Document review and preparation techniques

Audit Techniques

Audit trails, Audit interviewing and evidence gathering

Audit Reporting

Nonconformities, Observations, Categorisations, Corrective action programmes, Closing meeting and written report

Audit Follow-up Surveillance and Close out

Verification of corrective actions

Day One

  • Introduction and Objectives
  • IRCA registration scheme
  • Quality Management Overview
  • Group work & Quality Principles
  • ISO 9001:2015
  • Group Work, Process Management
  • Group Work, ISO 9001:2015 requirements

Day Two

  • Audit planning
  • Group audit
  • Audit preparation
  • Group work
  • Conduction an audit
  • Video case study
  • Group work, audit preparation

Day Three

  • Audit case study briefing
  • Group work
  • Review specimen exam

Day Four

  • Audit findings preparation
  • Nonconformity exercise
  • Group work
  • Audit closing meeting

Day Five

  • Trainer led revision session
  • Examination
  • Course Summary & Close

Meeting Organisational Needs

This is a flexible programme that can be tailored to meet individual and organisational needs.
If you are a business this course can be run exclusively and tailored to suit your company's specific learning requirements and organisational needs.

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