There are 3 main levels of auditing – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Party Audits.
1st Party Audits are audits you would perform within your own organisation – also called Internal Audits. The Certificate IV includes a module for participating in audits (BSBAUD402B Participate in a quality audit), which means internal audits. By successfully completing the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management (with Quality Focused Electives) you will be able to perform 1st party or internal audits.
2nd Party Audits are audits you would perform within your suppliers. Many organisations will require that supplier auditors have had some extensive experience in auditing, however the internal audit module (BSBAUD402B Participate in a quality audit) should be sufficient. However, if you were planning to secure a position within a procurement department with the responsibility of auditing suppliers for tender purposes, you would be expected to have completed the Lead Auditor modules, which we offer as part of the Diploma of Quality Auditing.
3rd Party Audits (otherwise called external audits) are typically when a Certification Agency or Body are performing an audit to assess organisation’s compliance with a standard or criteria for the purpose of the organisation obtaining a certificate or governing approval for any particular reason. The Lead Auditor modules are the first step toward a career in 3rd party auditing, you would then progress to apply for certification with an agency to conduct the 3rd Party Audits e.g. RABQSA. The Diploma of Quality Auditing will give you the foundation skills needed to perform 3rd Party Audits.
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