CQI and IRCA Certified Lead Auditor Course (18020)

The course is certified by CQI and IRCA and adopts an active learning approach to provide delegates with the opportunity to practice each stage of audit, using ISO 9001 as the base standard for training.

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Course Facts

Duration: 5 Day/s
Assessment: Online multiple choice exam
Entry Requirements: Working knowledge of ISO 9001:2015 standard
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What is an ISO9001:2015 Lead Auditor Course (18020)?

The lead auditor course is certified by the CQI and IRCA and adopts an active learning approach designed to provide trainees with the opportunity to practice each stage of audit, using ISO 9001 as the base standard for training.

Your successful completion of the qualification will satisfy the training requirements for CQI and IRCA certification to all grades of Quality Management Systems Auditor.

The training focuses on the key elements of ISO 9001:2015 including process management, measurement and improvement, and is highly practical and interactive with participants taking part in live audit sessions.

We also offer the ISO9001:2015 Internal Auditor course.

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Who is this Course For?

This course is designed for delegates who need to carry out and lead audits to contribute effectively to systems improvement in their organisations. However, IRCA expects delegates to have the following prior 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.
  • 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.

What Does This Course Cover?

In summary, the topics covered on the course include:

  • CQI and IRCA Auditor and certification scheme – registration process, code of conduct
  • Audit Preparation – audit planning, document review and preparation techniques
  • Audit Techniques – audit trails, audit interviewing and evidence gathering
  • Audit Reporting against the requirements of ISO 9001 – nonconformities, observations, corrective action programmes, closing meeting and written report
  • Audit Follow-up Surveillance and & closeout – verification of corrective actions

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, trainees will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of a QMS and explain the principles of quality management
  • Explain the purpose, content and interrelationship of ISO 9000, ISO 9001, ISO 9004 and ISO 19011
  • Interpret requirements of ISO 9001 in the context of an audit
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of auditors and lead auditors
  • Plan and conduct an audit in accordance with ISO 19011 demonstrating the ability to plan and prepare
  • effectively; gather objective evidence, through effective interviewing, observation, sampling and note-taking; analyse and interpret information in order to
  • determine conformance with requirements
  • Report the audit, including writing valid, factual and value-adding nonconformity reports
  • Undertake audit follow-up activities, including evaluating the effectiveness of corrective action

How is this Course Assessed?

There is a two hour written examination at the end of this course. The content of the exam will be based on the materials provided during the course. Participants will need to achieve a pass mark of 70% to successfully complete the course. Delegates will also be continuously assessed by the course tutor in a range of areas over the 5 days.

“We know assessments can be challenging, but our expert training team will be on hand to support you with any concerns and make sure you are ready to sit the assessment.

Don’t worry – we’ll make sure you have everything you need!” – Stuart Davies, Managing Director at TSW Training

Pre-course Preparation

There will be no pre-course preparation required however delegates are requested to complete a pre-course questionnaire that will be handed to the tutor before the first day of the course. This ensures that the course is delivered to the highest quality and is relevant to a delegate’s needs and objectives.

All students are recommended to have the following prior knowledge:

  • Understand the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle
  • A basic knowledge of the concepts of quality management and the relationship between quality management and customer satisfaction
  • Understand commonly used quality management terms and definitions, as given in ISO 9000

An understanding of the requirements of ISO 9001, which may be gained by:

  • On the job experience
  • Through self-study
  • Completing an IRCA-certified Internal Auditing training course.

Why Choose TSW Training for your Courses?

  • TSW Training is a leading Health and Safety, Environmental, Leadership and Management training provider working with PLCs and SME clients across the UK.
  • Rated 4.8/5 in 1,179 reviews by learners on independent training course evaluator, Coursecheck, TSW Training has been a trusted and established training provider of choice for 56 years.
  • Work with TSW Training and you have access to our closely curated team of quality-assured experts, consultants, and trainers.

Read our latest course reviews

Interesting course, well delivered, – thankfully not "death by powerpoint!" Enabled me to understand also what "Good looks like"
William T February 12, 2023
Great trainer. The course will really help us implement our QMS
Paul T February 10, 2023
Keith (Jam) was a great instructor and really made the content engaging. The course was very informative and applicable.
Mike A February 10, 2023
Enjoyed the course. Very informative. Practical examples were good.
marlon B February 10, 2023
The course and trainer was fantastic
Mark A July 30, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Successful completion of the course does not automatically entitle you to become a CQI member, or an IRCA certificated auditor.

The Lead Auditor course is 5 days in duration 

Public Course Booking Options

This course is available on our open programme, with a calendar of virtual and classroom events. You can book a place for yourself, for an employee or for a group of staff.

£1100 +VAT

In-House Delivery Exclusively For Your Organisation

This course can be delivered exclusively for your organisation, in any location or virtually through Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Read more on our in-house training services.

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03 Jun 2024
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Course Schedule
Day 1:
3rd Jun 2024
09:00 am
16:30 pm
Day 2:
4th Jun 2024
09:00 am
16:30 pm
Day 3:
5th Jun 2024
09:00 am
16:30 pm
Day 4:
6th Jun 2024
09:00 am
16:30 pm
Day 5:
7th Jun 2024
09:00 am
16:30 pm

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