Lead Auditor Course

Auditing Training Courses

Lead Auditor Course

An intensive 4-day course leading to the FDQ Lead Auditor Certificate. This course will equip delegates with the skills to audit a complete management system

Course Fee

£1,695 +VAT (includes 3 nights’ accommodation)
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Course Summary

A 4-day course certificated by FDQ

Learn to lead and manage an audit with confidence from planning and opening meeting through to reporting and follow up.

Gain the skills necessary to audit a complete management system internally and externally, and to carry out audits or pre-audits against the ISO series of standards, BRC standards or customer and supplier audits.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements, but this course is suitable for candidates who have completed our 2-day FDQ Auditing Skills Certificate course or have a good working knowledge of auditing procedures and management systems.


  • FDQ Lead Auditor Certificate
  • There will be a 2 ½ hour examination on the final day.


4 days

Course Fee

£1,695 +VAT (includes 3 nights accommodation)

Course fee includes:

  • Course binder and notes
  • Accommodation and meals (Skipton only)
  • FDQ exam fee and certificate

Course Structure & Content

  • The ISO series of standards
  • BRC series of standards
  • Conducting audits
  • Planning and preparation
  • Audit Interview techniques
  • Auditing techniques
  • Managing meetings
  • Presentation of findings
  • Effective corrective actions
  • Report writing

The emphasis is on a practical approach and delegates will be involved in group exercises, role play and audit scenarios. The course is primarily tailored for candidates from the food industry, although delegates from other industries will still find the course content useful and informative.

The course also includes:

  • An updated introduction to standards
  • Audit preparation practical session
  • Managing meetings – practical tips
  • Interviewing techniques exercises and role plays
  • Dealing with difficulties and awkward people
  • “Real” practical audit sessions in groups
  • Audit reporting practice