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.
- 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.