We’ve all heard the term ‘auditor’ used but we’re not always sure what an auditor actually does, and who can become one.
Training as an auditor – or lead auditor – is a very worthwhile qualification and it is now available to a wider range of employees.
And as we start the new year it’s a good time to consider doing this, with lead auditor training in Brisbane and internal auditing courses starting soon.
Internal audit training courses provide an understanding of ISO standards and what is required to undertake internal audits of management systems.
Inspecting the ‘system’
A lead auditor training course is more detailed, and is open to internal auditors, supervisors and managers.
An audit is like any other form of inspection or product test, except that it’s inspecting a system rather than a product. In fact, the system used to make the product. The audit compares what actually is, to what we think it should be.
Audit is sometimes taken as a negative word, as something people should be worried about, but that’s far from the truth.
Audits actually show us which areas of our business need attention and are a great opportunity to step back from the day-to-day running of a business and look at the bigger picture.
Clearly having the trained staff in place to carry out internal audits is easier and less stressful than going through an external audit. It gives a business the chance to ‘put things right’ without external pressure.
Reap the benefits
As more and more Australian businesses implement quality management systems and ISO certification, so the need for internal auditors grows.
While separate certification exists for quality (ISO 9001:2015), environment management (ISO 14001:2015) and safety management (AS/NZS 4801) many businesses, large and small are reaping the benefits of combining these into an integrated management system.
Doing this makes the business more efficient and productive and reduces documentation and repetition of processes. It’s also easier to manage and reduces the cost of certification.
But with these systems in place, they need to be regularly monitored and reviewed to ensure they are working efficiently, and to meet the ever changing requirements of business.
Internal audit training courses include a range of modules to provide auditors with the necessary knowledge and skills to properly conduct third party assessments of integrated management systems.
Participants also study the legal and ethical aspects of auditing, their role and responsibilities, and communication skills.