Everyday companies across the world are gaining new certifications and implementing new management systems that improve their day to day business operations. An ISO 9001 Quality Management system for example, is one of the most commonly applied systems that help organisations to continually monitor and ensure quality across all operations.
In turn, there is a demand for auditors who are competent and trained to audit against these systems, ensuring that organisations are compliant, and that continual improvement is truly being strived for.
So, have you ever considered becoming a third-party auditor? Third party certification bodies are always looking for new auditors to fill this demand. There are some key requirements to be considered eligible:
• Industry experience within the specific field
Holding relevant industry experience means that you should have work experience that pertains to the sector that you wish to audit against. For example, someone wanting to become a Safety Management Systems (WHS) auditor should hold several years work experience working in a health and safety context, including general work experience and decision-making accountability.
• Relevant education
Auditors are expected to possess and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge and understanding of relevant issues through education. Relevant education includes having completed secondary school, and in addition, holding a relevant nationally recognised qualification such as a degree, diploma, or advanced certificate within the appropriate discipline. However, auditors may qualify if they can demonstrate that, through their work experience and/or other means, they have achieved an educational standard that enables the effective conduct and management of audits.
• Relevant courses completed
Each management system must be inspected by an auditor who has completed the relevant training modules pertaining to that particular standard (it wouldn’t make much sense otherwise). Auditors are required to undertake training courses that are run by an Exemplar Global certified TPECS Provider or equivalent. There are many training authorities that offer courses which can certify you to audit against any standard, JLB being one of them. Auditor training courses are also delivered by our worldwide Training Partners who have Training Agreements with JLB in Australia.
More and more companies are realising the spared duplicity and other advantages of integrating their management systems into one manual, one system and often, one person coordinating all compliance. Consequently, the need for qualified Integrated Management Systems (IMS) Lead Auditors is rising and many auditors are taking advantage of this by undertaking integrated lead auditor courses. Click here to view more information about JLB's Integrated Lead Auditor Course, which covers Quality (ISO 9001), Environmental (ISO 14001) and OHS (ISO 45001) disciplines.
This saves time and money through the consolidation of the 3 standards, whilst giving great insight into the certification process. Once completed, you can be confident to undertake an audit as part of an audit team or the team leader.