What is ISO lead auditor?
ISO/IEC 17025 is an international standard for testing and calibration laboratories. The main objective for this standard is to ensure the quality and conformity of testing labs and their results. This is very essential to avoid errors that can cause anything from repeating the job to fatal mistakes that might lead to severe casualties.
ISO/IEC 17025 deals with three main pillars:
How do I become an ISO Lead Auditor?
To be come an ISO 17025 Lead Auditor, you must first undertsand the guidelines for this standard. You can do this either on your own by research online, or you can buy material regarding this ISO standard. Then you need to traing yourself on this standrd by memorizing and understanding the international guidelines. You can also get training from special training providers or train yourself on your own.
Then you must take the ISO 17025 Lead Auditor TEST through an accredited Personnel Certification Body that has this test within its scope.
The Test is either done online or in person through testing centers like Prometric
Upon successful completion of the test, you will be granted the ISO 17025 Lead Auditor certification which can be very helpful for recognizing your competencies in this field. Whether you are an internal lead auditor at your company or an external lead auditor who conducts regular audits to clients, this certification is very important for your competitive edge, competency building and credibility.
What do testing labs usually get accredited for?
Testing Labs seek ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for:
Staff however do not get direct accreditation/certification from the ISO/IEC 17043 accreditation body. This is where a Personnel certification is an added value for the lab, the working staff and the industry.
What does it mean to have ISO 17025 certified lead auditors at your lab?
To have staff with ISO 17025 Lead Auditor certification means your lab is better equipped with competent staff to ensure the sustainability of the ISO/IEC 17025 Standards. Accredited Labs with certified lead auditors define a high competent lab.
Should I only pursue ISO 17025 Lead Auditor certification if I work at a lab?
As a matter of fact, having a personnel ISO 17025 Lead Auditor certification means you are more competent than others in your field. This will help you in advancing in your career or successfully landing at new labs who appreciate this specific competency in Lead auditors.
IG certified Lead auditors are highly recognized worldwide, The program is accredited by the American Accreditation Association according to ISO/IEC 17024 and the certified Lead auditors will be added to the list of American directory of competent
persons (ADCP) which is widely used by employers to find auditors worldwide.
IG certificated auditors are highly valued by employers worldwide and have the highest standards of training and work experience. On average, our certified auditors have higher salaries than non-certified auditors, You’ll become a worldwide recognized certified Lead auditor and use the logo in your email signature and business documents.
Gain access to a range of networking opportunities where you can communicate with professional peers to share challenges, prospects, opinions and solutions. You can also connect with other members online through our LinkedIn group.
We offer leading information and insights on the development of the different Accreditation and ISO standards. IG certified Lead auditors get free access to our latest reports, information updates on the accreditation standards and guidelines
worldwide, as well as the Networks e-newsletter on how we are influencing the
The policy for awarding recertification is to allow certificants three years from the
date of certification to meet recertification requirements.
At the end of each three-year certification period, we ask that you update us on your
experience and confirm that you’re still active in the auditing profession.
You can recertify at any time up to three months before your recertification due date. To
recertify, you need to submit evidence of your continuing professional development (CPD)
and audit experience . In due course recertification will be a fully online process.
|Domain||Task||Approximate weight %|
|1. Planning and preparing audit activities||13%|
|1.1 Managing audit program||3%|
|1.2 Prepare Audit plan||2%|
|1.3 Conduct Document review||3%|
|1.4 Prepare Audit documents||3%|
|1.5 Assign work to the audit team||2%|
|2. Conducting onsite audit activities||20%|
|2.1 Conduct opening meeting||2%|
|2.2 Communicate during the audit||6%|
|2.3 Generating audit findings||8%|
|2.4 Preparing audit conclusions||2%|
|2.5 Conduct Closing meeting||2%|
|3. Conducting Post audit and Reporting Activities||8%|
|3.1 Prepare audit final report||5%|
|3.2 Completing and follow up the audit||3%|
|4. Auditing lab competence against ISO/IEC 17025 requirements||30%|
|4.1 Audit General requirements||3%|
|4.2 Audit Structural requirements||2%|
|4.3 Audit Resource requirements||9%|
|4.4 Audit Process requirements||10%|
|4.5 Audit Management System requirements||6%|
|5. Using professional lab audit methods and techniques||29%|
|5.1 perform audit Sampling||3%|
|5.2 Conduct witness and Vertical audit||4%|
|5.3 Implement audit concepts||8%|
|5.4 Interpret principles of lab accreditation||9%|
|5.5 Developing auditor Professional Competence||5%|
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