QMS Lead Auditor (CQI IRCA certified)

This 5 day course provides the knowledge and skills needed to organize and lead Quality Management System audits. CQI IRCA Reference No. 17898

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CQI IRCA Certified Course - Certification ref: 17898  

Why this course?

This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to perform first, second and third party audits of management systems against the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015, in accordance with the guidance given in the ISO19011 for first and second party audits as well as the requirements of the ISO17021 for third party audits. This course has been registered and certificated by the CQI IRCA Governing Body and satisfies the formal training requirements for individuals seeking registration under CQI IRCA or other Auditor Certification Schemes. 

Who should attend?

Anyone intending to perform audits of a quality management system. Note that, while this course is applicable to  first, second, and third party audits, this course is taught from the third party (Certification Body) perspective. An attendee can both start their journey down the third party auditor route, and/or have an understanding of what third party auditors look for. Some companies require the successful competition of this course to perform first party and second party audits.  

Course highlights

  • Management systems - What and why, including the HLS
  • What is an audit and why are they necessary?
  • Risk based thinking process
  • ISO 9001:2015 purpose and requirements from an auditing perspective
  • How to plan & conduct audits
  • Audit communication
  • Value added audit reporting and follow-up


For successful completion of this course, it is expected that you have prior knowledge of the following management principles and concepts:

  1. The PDCA cycle
  2. The relationship between quality management and customer satisfaction
  3. HLS requirements. 
  4. Knowledge of the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015. 

These prior knowledge requirements can be easily gained by attending our Foundation course in ISO 9001/Quality Management Systems.

Did you know?

Participant evaluation is through Continuous assessment during the complete training course and a closed book examination at the end of the course.  Successful completion of this course is one of the criteria for you to apply for a CQI IRCA Lead auditor status  You can know record your CQI IRCA certificate to access exclusive resources via www.irca.org


This course is instructed by Senior Lead Auditors from DNV GL


5 days

Course fee

2 650 € + VAT. This includes course material, certificate of completion, exam, lunch and coffee.

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Please, call us on +46 8 587 940 04 or e-mail utbildning@dnvgl.com.

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