Lead Auditor Development Program

This program is designed to educate and create Lead Auditors and ensure they have the quality management, documentation, reporting knowledge and stakeholder engagement skills to conduct professional assessments to NATA standards.   


Course overview

The Lead Auditor Development Program is focused on developing the knowledge and skills required for a lead auditor to plan, conduct and report effective internal audits. It develops general understanding of the internal auditing process into practical application. The program is designed to take experienced internal auditors to the next level using practical activities and opportunities for individual coaching in specific areas to build awareness, confidence and capability.

This program provides the framework for internal audit programs that meet quality management standards and NATA accreditation requirements. It covers the internal audit process and documentation in detail and explores audit activities and responsibilities related to a lead auditor role.

The program is based on the principles in ISO 19011 Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems and applies to facilities who may be considering, or in the process of becoming, accredited with NATA, or who are already accredited in Standards such as ISO9001, ISO14001 or any of the NATA accreditation programs including ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 15189.

Important notes:

  • The Lead Auditor Development Program includes assessment that is completed during the program. These include an online theory assessment and practical activities such as documentation review, report writing and role play performance. You will need to bring a laptop or tablet with you to complete these assessments.
  • Video may be used to record practice role plays during the program. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for each person to review their own performance. The videos will be recorded using the participant’s phone and are not shown to anyone else in the class, including the trainer.


“Found the course material very well presented and very useful. I feel it was very helpful and insightful for performing future assessments. Thanks!”
Darren Underwood, Scientist, Biosecurity Sciences Laboratory – Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

What you will learn

The program further develops existing knowledge and skills in the internal auditing process and techniques for conducting effective audits. It uses a high level of practical learning activities to build competence and confidence in planning, conducting and reporting internal audits.

By the end of the 4 consecutive-day program, you will be able to:

  • identify relevant Standards and accreditation requirements for internal audits
  • describe the lead auditor role
  • describe the stages in the internal audit process
  • plan, organise and prepare for assessments
  • conduct documentation reviews
  • conduct assessments using different auditing techniques to gather information and evidence
  • lead and work with an audit team
  • facilitate internal audit meetings
  • identify, record and classify non-conformances
  • communicate and report audit findings
  • follow up internal audit actions.

Who should do the course?

This course is ideal for individuals who:

·         are responsible for their facility’s internal audit programme

·         have existing knowledge about the internal audits process

·         are experienced in planning and/or conducting internal audits at their facility

It is highly recommended that participants have attended previous introductory training in internal audits such as NATA’s ‘The Art of Internal Auditing’ course.

Course dates and booking

Date Time Location Available Spaces
29 April - 2 May 2024 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Melbourne 18
29 April - 2 May 2024 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Brisbane 20
6 - 9 May 2024 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Sydney 20
27 - 30 May 2024 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Virtual Course 13

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.