FAQ – ISO 9001:2015 Auditor Transition Training Course

When did the need for ISO 9001:2015 auditor transition training arise?

ISO 9001:2015 was issued on 23rd September 2015. From that date, organisations which require ISO 9001 certification must present management systems which comply with this new standard. Third party auditors will need to become competent to audit against ISO 9001:2015 requirements. Second party auditors should ensure that they are competent to audit suppliers of products and services against ISO 9001:2015. So the need for transition training is clear.

What are the IRCA requirements for ISO 9001:2015 Auditor Transition Training?

In July, IRCA stated that IRCA-registered auditors of all grades must attend and pass an IRCA Certified ISO 9001:2015 Auditor Transition Course by 1st September 2018 in order to retain their QMS auditor registration.

Who should attend?

Clearly, any IRCA-registered QMS Auditor who wishes to retain his or her registration status.

However, IRCA state that the ISO 9001:2015 Auditor Transition Training Course is also appropriate for those who have previously attended an IRCA certified QMS auditor training even if they have not applied for IRCA auditor registration. This group typically includes those who have attended the following IRCA-certified courses:

  • The Internal QMS Auditor Training Course
  • The QMS Auditor/Lead Auditor Training Course

The course would upgrade their skills and may enable them to qualify for registration if they wish.

How soon can I attend this course?

We will be offering our IRCA Certified ISO 9001:2015 Auditor Transition Training Course publicly and in-house as soon as the approved ISO 9001:2015 standard is issued in September. If the issue delayed for any reason, we will run the course from the date of issue.

If you wish to register your interest in attending this course – Contact Us.

Is attendance of this course urgent?

The obvious answer would appear to be “No”. IRCA have given a generous deadline of 1st September 2018 for IRCA-registered QMS auditors to complete the ISO 9001:2015 Auditor Transition Training Course. However, we have already received numerous enquiries about the course. There appears to be a keenness to complete the training now. Typical reasons given include:

  • Auditors (including consultants) need up-to-date knowledge and skills for their work
  • Desire to gain improved auditor competence and CPD points
  • Third party auditors need to audit against ISO 9001:2015 as soon as possible
  • Previously trained auditors now see the potential value of obtaining IRCA auditor registration
  • Sensible to have training now while the company will pay for it!

I am not an auditor. Would I benefit by attending?

No. It would be unsatisfactory for you. The training is designed for those with prior auditor training and some knowledge of ISO 9001:2008. If you need only to gain knowledge of ISO 9001:2015 and perhaps to understand the differences compared to ISO 9001:2008, Gablesmead can offer more appropriate courses. For help in selecting the right course – Contact Us.

Alternatively, if you wish to become an auditor and perhaps have the opportunity to become an IRCA-registered auditor, one of the following courses would be more appropriate:

Are all courses the same IRCA-approved course?

No. This is a common misconception. The IRCA issued their specification for the ISO 9001:2015 Auditor Transition Training Course on 17th July 2015. Training course providers were then required to prepare and submit information on their own proposed courses to IRCA for review and hopefully approval.

The IRCA do their best to ensure that all submitted courses satisfy their specification. However, in practice there is quite a lot variation. We pride ourselves in aiming for excellence in all our courses, in the materials, the delivery and after-delivery service to our clients. Delegate feedback from previous Auditor Training Courses indicates a high level of customer satisfaction.