If you manage a QMS, don't take a Lead Auditor Course!

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 But, you’re thinking, this is what Management Representatives have been doing for decades. And you’re right!

Because, until now, there has been no better alternative available.

There are two areas of vital interest to the Management Representative, or other person(s) responsible for implementing and maintaining an organization’s Quality System, that are outside the scope of Lead Auditor Course.  These are…

Problem 1: The role of Audit Programme Manager

One of the key responsibilities of the Management Representative is the role of Audit Programme Manager, that is, the person responsible for managing the Internal (and external) auditing requirements of the quality system.  The activities here include…

  1. Introduction
  • Process flow – analysing the organization’s processes, and audit history, to establish an effective Audit Schedule
  • Audit Programme content – both vertical and horizontal audit activities
  • Types of Audit Programme – external (suppliers) and well as internal
  • Audit Programme Procedures – allocating responsibility for all six stages of the audit cycle
  1. Establishing the audit programme
  2. Training and selecting suitable auditors
  3. Implementing the audit programme
  4. Audit programme monitoring and ensuring the effectiveness of corrective actions
  5. Reviewing and improving audit programmes

These activities are outside the scope of a Lead Auditor Course where the focus is on training auditors for work with Certification Auditors.  Such bodies have their own auditing programmes and procedures (documented and approved as part of their accreditation) and so this area is excluded from Lead Auditor Courses.

What about the needs of the Management Representative?  Tough!


Problem 2: Implementing and Maintaining a QMS

No two quality systems are the same, the more-so now that the 2015 edition of ISO 9001 doesn’t even include any mandatory documented procedures.  The structure, content, implementation and maintenance of a Quality System to meet ISO 9001:2015 requirements is simply beyond what could reasonably expect of a Lead Auditor Course.

The typical implementation of a QMS is undertaken in three phases…

  • Phase A. Initiating (dealing with Parts 4 & 5 of the Standard)
  • Phase B. Planning (dealing with Part 6)
  • Phase C. Implementation (dealing with Parts 7, 8, 9 & 10)


Maintenance of the system involves a periodic review and audit of the three Phases of the system (incorporated into the mandatory internal audits and the management review activity).

So, what’s the answer? Lead Implementer Courses, of course!

It is, of course, a purpose-designed Course to meet the specific requirements of the Management Representative.

We have developed two such courses, with Auditor Certification,…

that, in addition to Auditor Training and knowledge of the Standard, also includes Audit programme Management and the implementation and maintenance of a Quality System, and

a modification of Course 032 for those responsible for Environmental Management System for their organization.


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Written by Dr John FitzGerald

Director and founder of deGRANDSON Global. After 15 years in manufacturing industry John has spent the past 25 years training, consulting and auditing ISO 9001 and other management systems. 'Our objective is to be a world-class provider of e-training using the best proven technology so to satisfy and, hopefully, delight all of our Learners. Great commercial success and professional esteem will surely follow.' Full profile:
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