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  • This course meets the International Register of Certificated Auditors Criteria, IRCA/9153
  • to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to perform first, second and third-party audits of quality management systems against ISO 9001, in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021, as applicable.
  • Students who complete this IRCA Certified QMS Auditor/Lead Auditor Training course successfully (within the three years prior to making an application to become a certificated auditor) will satisfy the training requirements for initial certification as an IRCA QMS auditor.

Summary of Course Features

  •  IRCA(UK) Approved Course
  •  “Accelerated Learning Approach” with stimulating and enriching workshops/case studies activities
  •  “Workshop-based training” with comprehensive course notes & industrial examples
  •  Risk-based thinking, PDCA and the process approach
  •  A focus on the more important (“high-risk”) processes and their output
  •  Examination Based training, award IRCA Certificate of Successful Completion & Attendance



  • Explain the purpose of a quality management system and the business benefits of improving quality management system performances.
  • Explain the ISO 9001, PDCA cycle and QMS requirements.
  • Explain the purpose of, and differences between, a first-party, second-party and third-party certification audit of management systems, including the role of the QMS Auditor in evaluating an organization’s ability to meet the customer, statutory and regulatory requirements applicable to the products and services, and the organization’s own requirements.
  • Explain the benefits of third-party accredited certification of quality management systems for organizations and stakeholders.
  • Explain the role of an auditor to plan, conduct, report and follow-up a quality management system audit in accordance with ISO 19011 (and ISO/IEC 17021 as applicable).


Skills are to be practiced and tested through tasks and in real, or simulated, audit situations.

Planning the audit

Conducting the audit

Auditing quality management system requirements

Generating audit findings

Reporting the audit

Following up the audit


Students are expected to have the following prior knowledge:


  • The Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) cycle
  • The core elements of a management system and the interrelationship between top management responsibility, policy, objectives, planning, implementation, measurement, review and continuous improvement.


  • The fundamental concepts and the seven quality management principles (see ISO 9000) namely customer focus, leadership, engagement of people, process approach, improvement, evidence-based decision making and relationship management.