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ISO 22000 Lead Auditor Training Course | IRCA | Spanish

We offer a comprehensive, highly interactive five-day IRCA Certified ISO 22000 lead auditor training course that teaches students the principles, processes, and techniques used for the assessment of and management of Food Safety Hazards; and their significance for FSMS lead auditors.

Kelmac Group are the oldest IRCA Accredited Training Provider of ISO 22000 Lead Auditor training in the world since 2005. We have unmatched experience in this field that has seen us deliver this training in over 15 countries around the world and to some of the largest organizations in the world including FSAI, Nestle, Kraft, General Mills, USDA, Primus, Silliker & on behalf of the World Bank/IFC.

At the end of this lead auditor training course, students will be able to:
  • Understand food safety management terminology, principles, processes, and techniques for the assessment and management of food hazards, including their significance for FSMS; 
  • Understand the purpose, content, and interrelationship of ISO 22000, the ISO 22000 series guidance standards, FSSC 22000 standards and related Publically Available Specifications (PAS), and the legislative framework relevant to an FSMS; 
  • Understand the role of an FSMS Auditor to plan, conduct, report, and follow-up an audit in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC17021; 
  • Be able to undertake the role of an Auditor in planning, conducting, reporting, and follow-up an audit in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021 by interpreting the requirements of ISO/FSSC 22000.
Experienced instructors who are leading experts with real life experience offer you a unique, 'best in class' approach that includes:
  • 60% of total student-centered time focused on a live simulated audit
  • 25% of total student-centered time focused on auditapplication of the FSSC 22000 standard
  • Our Performance Competence-based assessments gofurther than IRCA/RABQSA International requirements,covering all of Kirkpatricks levels 2 and 3 and some of 4
  • Higher than industry average Student success completion rate
  • Free online access to a useful library of ISO standards, additional reference and study material

Kelmac Group have been offering this FSSC 22000 Lead Auditor Training in Ireland since 2005.

 

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What Does Our Course Cover?

The pre-course assignment and online test is expected to require between 8 and 15 hours to complete, based upon student's prior knowledge/experience.

The on-site class is a 40-hour (/5-day) course. Evening study will be required of every delegate (student). It is expected the supervised evening study may be between 6 and 8 hours. The Kelmac Group® recommends that all students attending treat the course as residential (you could lose a valuable hour or more in commuting).

The post on-site class will culminate in a written FSMS Auditor examination. The written examination is planned to take two hours to complete

Course Start: 08:00am / Course Finish: 17:30pm

A detailed course breakdown is as follows:

Day 1

Evening:

TBC

  • Introduction and Welcome
  • Accreditation and ISO/FSSC 22000 Certification/Registration
  • International Food Safety Management System Standard ISO 22000:2005
  • FSSC 22000, FSSC 22000 standards and Publically Available Specifications PAS 220, PAS 221, PAS 222 and PAS 223
  • Document Management Systems
  • Statutory and Regulatory and Other Requirements Framework
  • Day 1 Learning Cycle Review

Day 2

Evening:

Audit Plan/Scope and Audit Protocols/Checklist

  • Day 1 Recap
  • Processes and techniques used for the assessment of Food Safety Hazards
  • Food Safety Hazards, Evaluation and Control Measure Combinations
  • Emergency Preparedness, Crisis Management and Food Defence
  • Introduction to Auditing
  • Auditor Competence, Roles and Responsibilities and Performance
  • Sample Examination Review
  • Day 2 Learning Cycle Review

Day 3

Evening:

Audit Finding/Audit Reporting

  • Day 2 Recap
  • Initiating the Audit and Preparing for the on-site activities
  • Developing an Audit Plan/Scope
  • Developing Audit Protocols/Checklists
  • Conducting on-site audit activities
  • Opening Meeting
  • Collecting and verifying information
  • Evidence and verifying information
  • Day 3 Learning Cycle Review

Day 4

Evening:

Audit Finding/Audit Reporting

  • Day 3 Recap
  • Review of Case Study
  • FSMS Simulated audit Interviews based upon FSMS case study
  • Writing Audit Findings including classification
  • Audit Reporting
  • Writing the Audit Report
  • Day 4 Learning Cycle Review

Day 5

  • Day 4 Recap
  • Completing the Audit
  • Evaluating Corrective and Preventive Actions including audit finding closure
  • Audit Follow-Up Strategies
  • Analysing the audit Findings
  • Final Audit Team Meeting
  • Closing/Exit Meeting
  • Course Summary/Continuous Assessment Report
  • Examination Instructions
  • Course Close
Is This Course Certified?

IRCA Certified Course (A17189)

IRCA ApprovedThis course is registered by the Governing Board of the CQI - International Register of Certified Auditors (IRCA) and meets part of the requirements of those seeking registration as a FSMS Auditor/Lead Auditor under that scheme (IRCA/2190)

Are There Any Course Pre-Requisites?

An online pre-course assignment must be completed a minimum 1 working week in advance of the on-site class to confirm eligibility to attend the on-site element of the training

 

The objectives of the new online pre-course assignment is to:

 

  • To demonstrate all delegates meet IRCA's prior knowledge requirements associated with this course
  • Have experience of working within the food chain, preferably with an understanding of implementing or operating a management system.
  • Have an understanding of relevant key food safety legislation (this may be specific to their food industry context and location)
  • Have an understanding of prerequisite programmes
  • Have an understanding of Good Practice guides for Agriculture (GAP), Veterinary (GVP), Manufacturing (GMP), Hygiene (GHP), Production (GPP), Distribution (GDP) and/or Trading (GTP) depending on the segment of the food chain in which the student operates
  • Have an understanding of the principles of HACCP as defined by the Codex Alimentarius
  • Ensure all delegate's are of a similar minimum standard to enable the class progress and pace maximises delegate satisfaction and effective learning
  • Enable the Tutor(s) to assign delegates into groups that enables the class to progress through the course program effectively and without adversely affecting a delegate's or class's learning

 

Delegates will be required to have their own copy of FSSC/ISO 22000 in completing the pre course assignment and for use during the on-site training course

 

The time taken to successfully complete the assignment will vary based on an individuals knowledge and experience plus time allowance for self-study. On average, it should take between 8-15 hours.

How Will I Be Assessed?

The student is assessed prior to the start of the on-site class, during the on-site class based on participation and performance throughout the duration of the course. This includes all exercises, role plays, case studies and all other activities during the course.

PLEASE NOTE: Full attendance is required during the training course.

Post the on-site class. There is a two-hour written auditor examination at the end of the on-site class. The first written auditor examination is based on FSMS, or ISO 22000. The written examination is closed book; however, the student is required to have a hard-copy version of the relevant management system standard (ISO 22000) for class use. The minimum pass rate for each written auditor examination is 70%.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand food safety management terminology, principles, processes, and techniques for the assessment and management of food hazards, including their significance for FSMS.
  • Understand the purpose, content, and interrelationship of ISO 22000, the ISO 22000 series guidance standards, FSSC 22000 standards and related Publically Available Specifications (PAS), and the legislative framework relevant to an FSMS.
  • Understand the role of an FSMS Auditor to plan, conduct, report, and follow-up an audit in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021.
  • Be able to undertake the role of an Auditor in planning, conducting, reporting, and follow-up an audit in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021 by interpreting the requirements of ISO/FSSC 22000.
Who Should Attend?
  • Individuals interested in conducting second- or third-party audits of ISO/FSSC 22000 management systems
  • Quality/Food Safety Management Representatives
  • Food Safety Consultants
  • Food Production/Factory Managers
  • Enforcement Officers/Regulatory Inspectors
  • Microbiologists/Food Technologists/Veterinarians
  • HACCP/Food Safety Team Members
  • Line Supervisors
  • Certification Body/Registrar Auditors
  • Individuals who want to become an IRCA or RABQSA Certified Provisional Auditor, Auditor, or Lead Auditor
Our Pre-Course Assignment Policy

The Kelmac Group® policy is each delegate shall successfully complete the pre-course assignment 1 working week in advance of the planned course start date.  If a delegate does not successfully complete the pre-course assignment by this specified time, the delegate may not be allowed attend the planned class and may forfeit the training fee.

Each delegate is expected to get an overall grade of 60%* in the pre-course assignment to fully satisfy the pre-course assignment requirement. Any delegate who does not meet this requirement will not be permitted to attend.

*some tests have a 70% pass mark - see more details on the 'Pre Course Assignment - Further Explained'

 

Business Benefits
  • The ability to conduct an Food Safety risk assessment of the effectiveness and maturity of the organization's FSMS management systems by interpreting the requirements of ISO/FSSC 22000
  • The ability to conduct second-party FMS audits of the organization's supply chain by interpreting the requirements of ISO/FSSC 22000
  • The ability to conduct third-party FSMS audits by interpreting the requirements of ISO/FSSC 22000
Pre Course Assignment - Further Explained

Why the pre course assignment?

Many training organization’s claim their learning event is the best. Few training organization’s make any attempt to scientifically and objectively monitor and measure the effectiveness and benefits of their learning solutions.

Learner’s frequently attend learning events where their learning is adversely affected by Learner’s attending the learning event, where their knowledge and skill level is not appropriate for the learning event, where Learners of different knowledge and skill affects delivery by the Instructor, and ultimately the Learner outcome is not achieved, e.g. a low level of learners successfully completing the learning event.

At the Kelmac Group® we introduced pre-test assessments prior to the start of our learning event to enable us to demonstrate in a scientific and quantitative way to achieve learner outcome, to demonstrate the degree the Learner’s learning/development was enhanced following completion of a Kelmac Group® learning event. We do this by monitoring and measuring the Learner’s knowledge and skill level prior to, during and post the learning event. We also use the information obtained to ensure our (1) learning solution is the right solution for the Learner (2) learning solution achieves the optimum learner outcomes and (3) Instructor’s high delivery performance standards are maintained.

In summary, we put into practice what we teach, namely performance improvement.

So what is involved?

On a standard lead auditor course, we have developed 5 mini Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Tests. 

Four tests are broken into a pool of 10 questions each and a final fifth test of 40 questions each.

The pass mark on the first 4 MCQ tests is 70% (needing 7 out of 10 correct answers)

The pass mark on the final MCQ test is 60% (needing 24/40 correct answers)

The test topics are based on the discipline in question.

How long will it take you to complete?

The pre course will take on average 8 – 12 hours to complete for a standard lead auditor. For a combined lead auditor it will average 16-20 hours. 

However  the amount of time will vary depending on a persons knowledge and experience. The time is calculated based on the amount of study and pre-reading required. 

The tests themselves are short, however knowing the correct answers can only be achieved by reading the materials made available and understanding them.

When must I complete the test by?

The pre course test must be completed in advance of attending to confirm your eligibility to attend the course. 

In signing up for the course, you are accepting this mandatory element of the training which is to be completed in advance.

The standard deadline for completion is one working week in advance of the course start date.

Can I re-take the tests?

You can retake the tests as many time as necessary. Though we recommend you focus more on spending quality time reviewing and digesting the reference materials made available.

Can I review my tests and understand where I need to study and improve on?

Yes, my using the ‘My Gradebook’ feature you will be able to review your test and understand what you got correct and what you got incorrect. 

It will not inform you of the correct answers for where you got an answer incorrect. There is also a limit on the number of times you can review your test.

However this feature can be useful in assisting students understand how they performed in a test and what areas they need to focus on to be successful in the test.

Can I print documents from the online reference library?

Due to copyright law, you are not able to print out copies of the International Standards. You will only be able to view these securely online. However the reference folder (as the online library contains more than one folder) you can print.

What happens if I do not complete the test?

If you do not complete the test (s) by the deadline this may mean you will not be permitted to attend the training course and may forfeit the training fee.

If anyone is experiencing difficulties in completing the tests by any communicated deadlines, they must contact us immediately so we can work with you to assist in any way we can. 

However the final responsibility is with each student wishing to attend to ensure they complete this mandatory part of the training.

Online Reference Library - Using Watchdox

Each student on our certified lead auditor training courses, will receive online access to our library of International Standards and Reference Materials relevant to the training course they have chosen.

Watchdox is a very secure web based software and service which is why we chose it. Details are provided once a booking is made and secured with full payment.

Through Watchdox we are providing access on a view and print only basis to a series of important reference material and International Standards on a view only basis. We may add to this up to and during the training however, the reference material provided will assist in completing the pre course assignment and in preparing for the on-site training course.

It is possible to view our documents (with internet access) on mobile devices, tablets, smart phones, laptops and desktops. For each device you wish to use, for example, if you have a work laptop and home computer, you will need to complete the sort authentication process (completed by email) for each device.

Any mobile devices/laptops are welcome on the training to access these documents. Though all documents needed for the training, with the exception of the main standard for this discipline (e.g ISO 9001:2008) the delegate must bring this with them and we recommend a hard/paper copy.

If anyone experiences difficulties accessing this service, kindly notify us immediately.

Troubleshooting

Delegates experiencing problems in accessing the materials on watchdox should use the available troubleshooting guide at http://www2.watchdox.com/troubleshooting/ .  Delegates who are still experiencing problems should contact us and we will try and help you out.

Training Methodology

"Accelerated Learning"

(AL) is the most advanced teaching and learning method available today – it is a total system of speeding up and enhancing the design and learning process. What makes Accelerated Learning so effective is that itʼs based on the way we naturally learn. It actively involves the whole person, using physical activity; creativity; collaboration among learners; variety that appeals to all learning styles; contextual learning with real-world immersion; the creation of a positive physical, emotional, and social environment; and other methods designed to get people deeply involved in their own learning.

What's Included with Course Fee?
  • FREE online access to relevant reference material via the Kelmac Group® for the training
  • FREE online access to all primary and relevant standards from course registration until completion of the course program
  • Access to a two hour study preparation session led the Kelmac Group® Instructor on the evening prior to completing the IRCA FSMS written examination
  • Comprehensive quality delegate manual that can be used as a reference manual by students following the on-site course
  • During delivery of the on-site class, students may have access to a variety of Instructors who are experts in their respective fields
  • The Kelmac Group® is an IRCA-Approved TORS. Kelmac Group® Instructors will be delighted to assist any student wishing to become an IRCA Registered Auditor, complete the IRCA Auditor application, and/or review the student's support documentation for conformity with the relevant IRCA's Auditor scheme.
  • The Kelmac Group® will also be delighted to process the student's completed application with IRCA. Students who meet IRCA's Auditor scheme requirements and who process their application via the Kelmac Group® qualify for a 25% reduction in the IRCA auditor application fee. Each student is responsible for and liable for online payment of the relevant fees with IRCA.
Certificate

An IRCA approved certificate for those who successfully complete all elements of the course, including 100% attendance, written and practical skills assessment.

This course satisfies the formal training requirements for those wishing to register with IRCA as an FSMS Lead Auditor (Foundation/Internal Auditor course may be required dependant on your background).

This certificate is also fully recognised by RABQSA International as part of the training requirements for auditor registration under their lead auditor schemes.

All certificates have a validity of 3 years when applying to IRCA and/or RABQSA International for auditor registration. This is as if any student wishes to apply to become an auditor, a certificate of successful course completion will be required which has been completed within 3 years of applying. This can sometimes be confusing for people who believe their training is expired when it may not be case.

Just note, standards are subject to change including new standards being introduced plus changes to best practice so it is always good to remain up to date on changes for those active in auditing.

    No review available.

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Course type : Classroom
Course Fee : €0.00
Course Duration : 40 hours
Certification    view more : CQI and IRCA (A17189)
Continuing Education : units
What Does Our Course Cover?

The pre-course assignment and online test is expected to require between 8 and 15 hours to complete, based upon student's prior knowledge/experience.

The on-site class is a 40-hour (/5-day) course. Evening study will be required of every delegate (student). It is expected the supervised evening study may be between 6 and 8 hours. The Kelmac Group® recommends that all students attending treat the course as residential (you could lose a valuable hour or more in commuting).

The post on-site class will culminate in a written FSMS Auditor examination. The written examination is planned to take two hours to complete

Course Start: 08:00am / Course Finish: 17:30pm

A detailed course breakdown is as follows:

Day 1

Evening:

TBC

  • Introduction and Welcome
  • Accreditation and ISO/FSSC 22000 Certification/Registration
  • International Food Safety Management System Standard ISO 22000:2005
  • FSSC 22000, FSSC 22000 standards and Publically Available Specifications PAS 220, PAS 221, PAS 222 and PAS 223
  • Document Management Systems
  • Statutory and Regulatory and Other Requirements Framework
  • Day 1 Learning Cycle Review

Day 2

Evening:

Audit Plan/Scope and Audit Protocols/Checklist

  • Day 1 Recap
  • Processes and techniques used for the assessment of Food Safety Hazards
  • Food Safety Hazards, Evaluation and Control Measure Combinations
  • Emergency Preparedness, Crisis Management and Food Defence
  • Introduction to Auditing
  • Auditor Competence, Roles and Responsibilities and Performance
  • Sample Examination Review
  • Day 2 Learning Cycle Review

Day 3

Evening:

Audit Finding/Audit Reporting

  • Day 2 Recap
  • Initiating the Audit and Preparing for the on-site activities
  • Developing an Audit Plan/Scope
  • Developing Audit Protocols/Checklists
  • Conducting on-site audit activities
  • Opening Meeting
  • Collecting and verifying information
  • Evidence and verifying information
  • Day 3 Learning Cycle Review

Day 4

Evening:

Audit Finding/Audit Reporting

  • Day 3 Recap
  • Review of Case Study
  • FSMS Simulated audit Interviews based upon FSMS case study
  • Writing Audit Findings including classification
  • Audit Reporting
  • Writing the Audit Report
  • Day 4 Learning Cycle Review

Day 5

  • Day 4 Recap
  • Completing the Audit
  • Evaluating Corrective and Preventive Actions including audit finding closure
  • Audit Follow-Up Strategies
  • Analysing the audit Findings
  • Final Audit Team Meeting
  • Closing/Exit Meeting
  • Course Summary/Continuous Assessment Report
  • Examination Instructions
  • Course Close
Is This Course Certified?

IRCA Certified Course (A17189)

IRCA ApprovedThis course is registered by the Governing Board of the CQI - International Register of Certified Auditors (IRCA) and meets part of the requirements of those seeking registration as a FSMS Auditor/Lead Auditor under that scheme (IRCA/2190)

Are There Any Course Pre-Requisites?

An online pre-course assignment must be completed a minimum 1 working week in advance of the on-site class to confirm eligibility to attend the on-site element of the training

 

The objectives of the new online pre-course assignment is to:

 

  • To demonstrate all delegates meet IRCA's prior knowledge requirements associated with this course
  • Have experience of working within the food chain, preferably with an understanding of implementing or operating a management system.
  • Have an understanding of relevant key food safety legislation (this may be specific to their food industry context and location)
  • Have an understanding of prerequisite programmes
  • Have an understanding of Good Practice guides for Agriculture (GAP), Veterinary (GVP), Manufacturing (GMP), Hygiene (GHP), Production (GPP), Distribution (GDP) and/or Trading (GTP) depending on the segment of the food chain in which the student operates
  • Have an understanding of the principles of HACCP as defined by the Codex Alimentarius
  • Ensure all delegate's are of a similar minimum standard to enable the class progress and pace maximises delegate satisfaction and effective learning
  • Enable the Tutor(s) to assign delegates into groups that enables the class to progress through the course program effectively and without adversely affecting a delegate's or class's learning

 

Delegates will be required to have their own copy of FSSC/ISO 22000 in completing the pre course assignment and for use during the on-site training course

 

The time taken to successfully complete the assignment will vary based on an individuals knowledge and experience plus time allowance for self-study. On average, it should take between 8-15 hours.

How Will I Be Assessed?

The student is assessed prior to the start of the on-site class, during the on-site class based on participation and performance throughout the duration of the course. This includes all exercises, role plays, case studies and all other activities during the course.

PLEASE NOTE: Full attendance is required during the training course.

Post the on-site class. There is a two-hour written auditor examination at the end of the on-site class. The first written auditor examination is based on FSMS, or ISO 22000. The written examination is closed book; however, the student is required to have a hard-copy version of the relevant management system standard (ISO 22000) for class use. The minimum pass rate for each written auditor examination is 70%.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand food safety management terminology, principles, processes, and techniques for the assessment and management of food hazards, including their significance for FSMS.
  • Understand the purpose, content, and interrelationship of ISO 22000, the ISO 22000 series guidance standards, FSSC 22000 standards and related Publically Available Specifications (PAS), and the legislative framework relevant to an FSMS.
  • Understand the role of an FSMS Auditor to plan, conduct, report, and follow-up an audit in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021.
  • Be able to undertake the role of an Auditor in planning, conducting, reporting, and follow-up an audit in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021 by interpreting the requirements of ISO/FSSC 22000.
Who Should Attend?
  • Individuals interested in conducting second- or third-party audits of ISO/FSSC 22000 management systems
  • Quality/Food Safety Management Representatives
  • Food Safety Consultants
  • Food Production/Factory Managers
  • Enforcement Officers/Regulatory Inspectors
  • Microbiologists/Food Technologists/Veterinarians
  • HACCP/Food Safety Team Members
  • Line Supervisors
  • Certification Body/Registrar Auditors
  • Individuals who want to become an IRCA or RABQSA Certified Provisional Auditor, Auditor, or Lead Auditor
Our Pre-Course Assignment Policy

The Kelmac Group® policy is each delegate shall successfully complete the pre-course assignment 1 working week in advance of the planned course start date.  If a delegate does not successfully complete the pre-course assignment by this specified time, the delegate may not be allowed attend the planned class and may forfeit the training fee.

Each delegate is expected to get an overall grade of 60%* in the pre-course assignment to fully satisfy the pre-course assignment requirement. Any delegate who does not meet this requirement will not be permitted to attend.

*some tests have a 70% pass mark - see more details on the 'Pre Course Assignment - Further Explained'

 

Business Benefits
  • The ability to conduct an Food Safety risk assessment of the effectiveness and maturity of the organization's FSMS management systems by interpreting the requirements of ISO/FSSC 22000
  • The ability to conduct second-party FMS audits of the organization's supply chain by interpreting the requirements of ISO/FSSC 22000
  • The ability to conduct third-party FSMS audits by interpreting the requirements of ISO/FSSC 22000
Pre Course Assignment - Further Explained

Why the pre course assignment?

Many training organization’s claim their learning event is the best. Few training organization’s make any attempt to scientifically and objectively monitor and measure the effectiveness and benefits of their learning solutions.

Learner’s frequently attend learning events where their learning is adversely affected by Learner’s attending the learning event, where their knowledge and skill level is not appropriate for the learning event, where Learners of different knowledge and skill affects delivery by the Instructor, and ultimately the Learner outcome is not achieved, e.g. a low level of learners successfully completing the learning event.

At the Kelmac Group® we introduced pre-test assessments prior to the start of our learning event to enable us to demonstrate in a scientific and quantitative way to achieve learner outcome, to demonstrate the degree the Learner’s learning/development was enhanced following completion of a Kelmac Group® learning event. We do this by monitoring and measuring the Learner’s knowledge and skill level prior to, during and post the learning event. We also use the information obtained to ensure our (1) learning solution is the right solution for the Learner (2) learning solution achieves the optimum learner outcomes and (3) Instructor’s high delivery performance standards are maintained.

In summary, we put into practice what we teach, namely performance improvement.

So what is involved?

On a standard lead auditor course, we have developed 5 mini Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Tests. 

Four tests are broken into a pool of 10 questions each and a final fifth test of 40 questions each.

The pass mark on the first 4 MCQ tests is 70% (needing 7 out of 10 correct answers)

The pass mark on the final MCQ test is 60% (needing 24/40 correct answers)

The test topics are based on the discipline in question.

How long will it take you to complete?

The pre course will take on average 8 – 12 hours to complete for a standard lead auditor. For a combined lead auditor it will average 16-20 hours. 

However  the amount of time will vary depending on a persons knowledge and experience. The time is calculated based on the amount of study and pre-reading required. 

The tests themselves are short, however knowing the correct answers can only be achieved by reading the materials made available and understanding them.

When must I complete the test by?

The pre course test must be completed in advance of attending to confirm your eligibility to attend the course. 

In signing up for the course, you are accepting this mandatory element of the training which is to be completed in advance.

The standard deadline for completion is one working week in advance of the course start date.

Can I re-take the tests?

You can retake the tests as many time as necessary. Though we recommend you focus more on spending quality time reviewing and digesting the reference materials made available.

Can I review my tests and understand where I need to study and improve on?

Yes, my using the ‘My Gradebook’ feature you will be able to review your test and understand what you got correct and what you got incorrect. 

It will not inform you of the correct answers for where you got an answer incorrect. There is also a limit on the number of times you can review your test.

However this feature can be useful in assisting students understand how they performed in a test and what areas they need to focus on to be successful in the test.

Can I print documents from the online reference library?

Due to copyright law, you are not able to print out copies of the International Standards. You will only be able to view these securely online. However the reference folder (as the online library contains more than one folder) you can print.

What happens if I do not complete the test?

If you do not complete the test (s) by the deadline this may mean you will not be permitted to attend the training course and may forfeit the training fee.

If anyone is experiencing difficulties in completing the tests by any communicated deadlines, they must contact us immediately so we can work with you to assist in any way we can. 

However the final responsibility is with each student wishing to attend to ensure they complete this mandatory part of the training.

Online Reference Library - Using Watchdox

Each student on our certified lead auditor training courses, will receive online access to our library of International Standards and Reference Materials relevant to the training course they have chosen.

Watchdox is a very secure web based software and service which is why we chose it. Details are provided once a booking is made and secured with full payment.

Through Watchdox we are providing access on a view and print only basis to a series of important reference material and International Standards on a view only basis. We may add to this up to and during the training however, the reference material provided will assist in completing the pre course assignment and in preparing for the on-site training course.

It is possible to view our documents (with internet access) on mobile devices, tablets, smart phones, laptops and desktops. For each device you wish to use, for example, if you have a work laptop and home computer, you will need to complete the sort authentication process (completed by email) for each device.

Any mobile devices/laptops are welcome on the training to access these documents. Though all documents needed for the training, with the exception of the main standard for this discipline (e.g ISO 9001:2008) the delegate must bring this with them and we recommend a hard/paper copy.

If anyone experiences difficulties accessing this service, kindly notify us immediately.

Troubleshooting

Delegates experiencing problems in accessing the materials on watchdox should use the available troubleshooting guide at http://www2.watchdox.com/troubleshooting/ .  Delegates who are still experiencing problems should contact us and we will try and help you out.

Training Methodology

"Accelerated Learning"

(AL) is the most advanced teaching and learning method available today – it is a total system of speeding up and enhancing the design and learning process. What makes Accelerated Learning so effective is that itʼs based on the way we naturally learn. It actively involves the whole person, using physical activity; creativity; collaboration among learners; variety that appeals to all learning styles; contextual learning with real-world immersion; the creation of a positive physical, emotional, and social environment; and other methods designed to get people deeply involved in their own learning.

What's Included with Course Fee?
  • FREE online access to relevant reference material via the Kelmac Group® for the training
  • FREE online access to all primary and relevant standards from course registration until completion of the course program
  • Access to a two hour study preparation session led the Kelmac Group® Instructor on the evening prior to completing the IRCA FSMS written examination
  • Comprehensive quality delegate manual that can be used as a reference manual by students following the on-site course
  • During delivery of the on-site class, students may have access to a variety of Instructors who are experts in their respective fields
  • The Kelmac Group® is an IRCA-Approved TORS. Kelmac Group® Instructors will be delighted to assist any student wishing to become an IRCA Registered Auditor, complete the IRCA Auditor application, and/or review the student's support documentation for conformity with the relevant IRCA's Auditor scheme.
  • The Kelmac Group® will also be delighted to process the student's completed application with IRCA. Students who meet IRCA's Auditor scheme requirements and who process their application via the Kelmac Group® qualify for a 25% reduction in the IRCA auditor application fee. Each student is responsible for and liable for online payment of the relevant fees with IRCA.
Certificate

An IRCA approved certificate for those who successfully complete all elements of the course, including 100% attendance, written and practical skills assessment.

This course satisfies the formal training requirements for those wishing to register with IRCA as an FSMS Lead Auditor (Foundation/Internal Auditor course may be required dependant on your background).

This certificate is also fully recognised by RABQSA International as part of the training requirements for auditor registration under their lead auditor schemes.

All certificates have a validity of 3 years when applying to IRCA and/or RABQSA International for auditor registration. This is as if any student wishes to apply to become an auditor, a certificate of successful course completion will be required which has been completed within 3 years of applying. This can sometimes be confusing for people who believe their training is expired when it may not be case.

Just note, standards are subject to change including new standards being introduced plus changes to best practice so it is always good to remain up to date on changes for those active in auditing.

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