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Why Internal Audit Training Courses Are A Wise Investment

An internal audit is defined as an independent assurance and consulting activity, which adds value to, and improves an organisation’s operations. By introducing a disciplined routine of assessment and actions, it helps the business evaluate and improve the effectiveness of its management systems.

There’s nothing new about auditing, although the practice has moved away from being purely financial based, to incorporating all systems within an organisation, such as quality management, workplace health and safety, environmental management, and so on.

Auditing is also an integral part of International Standards procedures.

In order to meet their certification requirements, and ensure the smoother running of their organisation, many business owners implement ISO 9001 integrated management system and training.

ISO 9001 integrated management system training

This particular integrated management system takes quality assurance as its base, and can accommodation several other disciplines under the one management system.

While third party auditing is necessary to attain certification, most major organisations use internal auditors to monitor and update all systems, often employing or training their own personnel.

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Internal audit training courses are readily available, but choose your provider carefully to ensure the most comprehensive inclusions and best results.

Tailor-made management systems

Some training providers also act as consultants, and can tailor-make and implement an organisation’s management systems. using this type of one-stop-shop is a wise move, as it ensures a comprehensive and seamless transition.

As mentioned earlier, internal and external audits are different. An internal auditor works with management to maintain effective systems and reduce risks, be they financial, safety, environmental, and so on.

An external or independent auditor reports to shareholders or, in the case of attaining Standards certification, to the regulatory body.

External audits are generally compulsory while internal audits are non-statutory and therefore voluntary. Internal audits are well worth the effort, as they can help businesses achieve targets, protect assets, ensure reliable financial reporting, and help the organisation comply with legislation.

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Internal Audit Training Courses Are Worth Considering

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.

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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.