Traditionally, a career as an auditor required a background in accountancy, as the job mainly involved working with numbers. Today, however, auditing is a more general career description, covering a wide range of management systems.
If this area interests you, you should definitely check out the opportunities for ISO management system internal and lead auditors. With an increasing uptake of ISO – or International Standards – management systems, there is a growing demand for qualified auditors.
As a career, ISO auditing is both interesting and varied, and has the ability to take you all over the world. It is a job that comes with responsibility, and is perfect for systems-driven individuals with a keen eye for detail.
Start A New Career
Availability for both internal auditing training, and lead auditor training in Brisbane is excellent, so with a new year about to start, 2017 could mark the beginning of a brilliant new career.
International Standards are used worldwide by organisations of all sizes, and from all industries. They cover key issues, such as environmental management, workplace health and safety, quality assurance and food safety.
ISOs are not compulsory, but are highly recommended for organisations that are serious about building sustainable businesses with sound working practices. They not only form the basis of ethical and profitable management systems, but also help organisations meet their legislative obligations.
Internal or Lead Auditor?
There are several ways to become a management system auditor but first, let’s look at the difference between an internal auditor and a lead auditor.
Internal auditors are generally employed by the organisations themselves, to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the business. Reporting to management, internal auditors monitor and assess management systems on a regular basis, initiating any changes needed to better meet the organisation’s needs and goals.
Increasingly, organisations will pay for some employees to go through internal auditing training, as there are many benefits to be gained. For example, if an organisation is working towards ISO certification, its internal auditors can work to put everything in place before the external audit takes place.
Lead auditors are also known as external or third party auditors. They are not employed by the organisations themselves, but by external auditing bodies, such as ISO certification bodies. Having said that, lead auditor training in Brisbane is often undertaken by business owners, who wish to gain a better understanding of the ISO system and ensure successful accreditation.
Your first step in your new career is to decide which industry you would like to audit. Generally, this is related to your current qualifications and job. For example, if you currently work within the food industry, you may wish to start internal auditing training in food safety. In Australia, this tends to be based on ISO 22000 or FSSC 22000.
At SC Training Centre in Brisbane, you can also undertake an ISO 22000 / HACCP Food Safety Lead Auditor training course, which provides the necessary knowledge and skills to competently conduct third party assessments of food safety management systems and HACCP.
Food Safety Auditing
As well as studying specific Food Safety Standards and Codes, this course considers recent developments in food safety, how to plan and review audits, communication skills, HACCP verification and more.
If you are keen to play your part in protecting our environment, you might consider internal or lead auditing training for ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems. This would be suitable for those with qualifications and/or experience in a related field.
ISO 14001 covers a wide range of environmental issues, including pollution control, waste management, efficient resource use, climate change and more. It would require you to have a thorough understanding of environmental issues, as well as experience in managing procedures and systems, record-keeping and technology.
Environmental Management Auditing
Closely related to ISO 14001 Environmental Management are the Standards relating to workplace health and safety – namely OHSAS 18001 or AS/NZS 4801. Clearly there are areas of these Standards that overlap, which is why many organisations choose ISO Integrated Management Systems.
Mining is a great example of this. Clearly it is an industry that has a major impact on the environment, but it also involves very stringent workplace health and safety legislation, so an integrated system would work well.
There is an option to become an Integrated Management System (IMS) Lead Auditor at SC Training Centre, which is a great choice for those with wider ranging qualifications and experience, who enjoy more variety.
Finding A Training Provider
When choosing a training provider it is recommended that you look for Exemplar Global-accredited centres, for greater recognition worldwide. It is also very important to only choose courses run by qualified and current lead auditors, for the most up-to-date information.
There is a lot of information online regarding internal auditing training, and lead auditor training in Brisbane, and it can be confusing. The best solution is to contact a training centre at the start of your journey, so they can suggest the best path for you to take, to match your qualifications, experience and expectations.