This profession is all about managing audits and leading teams.

Lead auditors provide an independent, unbiased review of situations, processes or procedures and act as drivers for continual improvement. They can be a link between senior auditors and management and are instrumental in helping to identify opportunities for business improvement.

Lead auditor training course overview

These courses are a mixture of lectures and practical exercise which will teach students about each stage of the audit process, from initial contact right through to system review, planning, preparation, audit conduct, reporting and follow-up. It will help delegates understand how all these critical issues can be embedded into the quality management system of an organisation.

Trainers will use a variety of participative training methods, case studies and role-play sessions to engage participants. Through a set of high standards and the very best in training of subject matter you will gain the expertise needed to lead an audit team and obtain an in-depth understanding of the range of auditing techniques and protocols associated with the Lead Auditor role. In highly interactive training classes you will be taught key elements of auditing such as how to communicate the findings of the audit effectively to the management of an audited organisation. Through approved training centres you will gain the certification needed to prove to prospective employers that you can help their organisations to meet its customer’s expectations. Curriculums focus on those ever-increasing important areas such as customer satisfaction, continual improvement and the management of processes. Modules have a strong bias towards practical learning, and tend to concentrate on honing a student’s audit skills through examining real life audits of simulated companies.

Courses are certified by relevant regulatory bodies, and can be conducted at training centres or in-house. Upon completion of the course, delegates will fully understand the principles of quality management systems design and implementation. Any knowledge and skill you learn can be quickly and easily transferred to your own organisation. At the end of a course you will be able to demonstrate your competence as an auditor and go on to achieve further professional recognition as a certified lead auditor.

Course tutors
Many tutors are quality management professionals themselves, who as well as being qualified, registered and experienced auditors also have extensive knowledge across a wide range of sectors. They will understand the range of technical, legislative and people challenges that face anyone who wants to deliver real quality improvements to an organisation.

Typical subjects taught on a lead auditor training course

  • Audit Follow Up
  • Audit Preparation
  • Audit Scope
  • Audit Reporting
  • Audit Techniques
  • Close Out
  • Effective Interviewing
  • Follow Up
  • Internal Audits
  • Measurement and Improvement
  • Note Taking
  • Observation
  • Performance Improvement
  • Process Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Sampling

You will learn how to 

  • Write up full audit reports.
  • Gather objective information and evidence through interviews, observations and the sampling of documentation.
  • Plan and prepare effectively.
  • Analyse and interpret information.
  • Advise clients on how to conform with requirements.
  • Evaluate any corrective action that has been carried out.
  • Identify areas that needs to be improved.

You will learn about

  • The roles and responsibilities of auditors and lead auditors.
  • National and international auditing standards.
  • The different types of audits available.
  • Quality management principles and concepts.
  • Auditing for continual improvement.
  • The relationship between quality management & customer satisfaction.
  • The guidelines for auditing management systems.
  • The Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) Cycle.

Who is a lead auditor training course suitable for?
These courses are ideal for anyone who is looking to enhance their quality auditing knowledge and skills, and who are looking to achieve formal academic recognition in this field. It is suitable for people already in a wide range of professions, including Quality Control Managers, General Managers and Business Consultants.


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