Technical Assessors

NATA relies on the knowledge, experience and professional inputs of its more than 3000 volunteer Technical Assessors. The contributions made by this technical community support our success in maintaining our international recognition and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) signatory statuses. 

Technical Assessor role

NATA assessments are, first and foremost, a peer review process.  Because of this, NATA uses the specialised knowledge and experience of its volunteer Technical Assessors. 

The volunteer work they offer to NATA is well recognised within the scientific and technical community and the organisations that make these staff available to NATA are gratefully acknowledged. 

Background

Many of our volunteer Technical Assessors already work in NATA accredited organisations or are well recognised in their field of expertise. 

Technical Assessors are individuals who display the following qualities: 

  • Professional expertise and experience 
  • Knowledge of testing, calibration, inspection or related activities which NATA accredits 
  • Understanding of management systems 
  • Analytical approach and an ability to critically evaluate 
  • Ability to work as a team member 
  • Communication skills and commitment to the accreditation process

Once accepting an invitation to become a Technical Assessor, individuals participate in a training course delivered by NATA.

Activities

Under the direction of a NATA Lead Assessor, Technical Assessors review activities performed by the organisation seeking accreditation. As well as participating in on-site assessments, technical assessors also provide follow up advice and guidance to NATA on post assessment activities including reviewing an organisation’s response to assessment findings. 

Technical Assessors information and guidance

The Assessor Resource Kit (ARK) includes general information, guidance for technical assessors and publications required for their specific area of accreditation expertise. 

If you are a new Technical Assessor, your Assessor Resource Kit will be mailed to you free of charge. If you need information immediately, download the Assessor Information and Guidanceplus the relevant NATA Accreditation Criteria (NAC)from this website. 

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Benefits of being a NATA accredited organisation

NATA accredits organisations to perform testing and inspection activities for their products and services. This gives consumers the assurance they need to make safe, healthy and reliable choices. When you choose to become NATA accredited, you can be sure of a number of competitive advantages for your business.
Assurance
NATA members receive a globally-recognised, peer-reviewed and government endorsed accreditation that provides a unique level of assurance to members, their clients and the community.
Competence
Our accreditation provides an independent benchmark for technical competence. Receiving NATA accreditation demonstrates to customers your organisation’s commitment to quality, safety and reliability of products and services.
Recognition
NATA accreditation is both nationally and internationally recognised. This provides a competitive advantage when compared to non-accredited organisations and ensures you are market-ready to capitalise on trade opportunities.
Training
NATA has been training individuals and teams both nationally and internationally for over 20 years and enjoys a global reputation for the quality of its courses and programs. Our active role in international accreditation education has seen us conduct training in over 20 countries.
International
NATA’s long standing and active involvement with international groups enables our members to gain international recognition for their accreditation and minimises the need for multiple assessments from different suppliers.
Innovation
NATA provides innovative and timely business solutions that meet the needs of our members and fulfil the expectations of the community. We have the experience and resources to ensure your accreditation provides you and your organisation with unique advantages.