I’d just like to share with you some very exciting news about a new qualification that LMIT has introduced to its scope- The Diploma of Quality Auditing.
This course is for people who have experience in their chosen industry and are moving into or have moved into Auditing. The course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to audit companies across all industry sectors and focuses on how to initiate, organise, prepare, lead and review audits as well as how to lead and manage an audit team. This course will allow you to conduct both 2nd and 3rd party audits for businesses.
There are many job titles relevant to this qualification including: Quality Assurance Manager, Quality Facilitator, Quality and Improvement Consultant and/ or Service Quality System Support Analyst.
Gaining this qualification will allow you to work as an internal auditor- looking after all aspects of an organisation both financial and non-financial. A good auditor needs to have the ability to interact with different types of people, have a thorough understanding of work processes and how they are documented as well as the skills to prepare and present management reports, this course will cover these aspects.
Here are a few frequently asked questions to help give you an idea if this course is right for you:
By obtaining the Diploma of Quality Auditing, will this allow me to work as an internal auditor? Yes, the Diploma of Quality auditing provides students with the skills and knowledge to also perform 2nd and 3rd party audits; you would also be able to be the lead internal auditor in big organisations where they have a whole department of internal auditors. 2nd party audits are auditing your suppliers to ensure they are not going to hinder your organisation’s delivery of services or products. There are some specific QA standards, whereby if an organisation is certified they are required to perform 2nd party audits, this is the case in the automotive manufacturing industry. A 3rd party audit is where an auditor will audit an organisation who is hoping to achieve certification to a particular standard, i.e. ISO 9001.
How is there a demand for Quality Auditing? Many industries require companies to have Quality Certification, which of course means auditors are needed. For example in the Resources Industry, Rio Tinto for example, will not use any supplier without performing a sub-contract (2nd party) audit on them first. They will do this for quality as well as OHS. It’s important to note that any discipline can seek this qualification as they may need to audit areas that require an auditor with a strong background in their particular discipline, i.e. Rio Tinto might like an auditor with a strong metallurgy background to perform an audit within a welding organisation. OHS specialists would also benefit from this qualification to add to their scope of what they can audit, and if they wanted to later seek registration as an OHS Lead Auditor.
What exactly do people audit? The criteria and scope of an audit is wide and varied, this course actually provides students with the skills to audit. The course takes students through the process of identifying what the criteria and scope is and how to prepare, plan, perform and report upon it. The criteria may be a standard, legislation, and internal procedure, (in the case of Rio Tinto, it would be their sub-contractor standards developed by Rio Tinto). The scope would be the areas and the extent upon which the auditor will perform the audit.
I hope this information gives you a clear idea on what our new course entails and this may prompt you start a career in auditing! You can refer to more information regarding our Diploma of Quality qualification here. Please feel to contact us if you would like to discuss your career.
Published by: LMIT