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A 4-day course certificated by FDQ
This course is specifically designed for the food and packaging industry and will provide delegates working towards audits against BRCGS or the ISO series of standards with an understanding of and the skills necessary to audit a complete management system internally and externally.
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Who Should Attend?
Those in the food manufacturing, packaging and catering industries who have already completed Auditing Skills training and have auditing experience.
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.
Course Delivery / Format
Delivered face to face at our training centre in Skipton, North Yorkshire UK.
Directions to our training centre
Delivered Live and online so you"ll require a computer and Internet connection
Full details and logging in information given before the start of the course
Course Structure & Content
- Background on ISO standards
- BRCGS 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 are involved in group exercises, internal group work 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
- A practical session on audit preparation
- Managing meetings – practical tips
- Interviewing techniques exercises and internal group work
- Dealing with difficulties and awkward people
- “Real” practical audit sessions in groups
- Audit reporting practice
You will be able to demonstrate auditing and interview techniques and understand how to manage and lead meetings. You will possess the knowledge to be able to evaluate and present audit findings and to write and present audit reports correctly. Finally, you will understand how to implement effective corrective actions.
Qualification / Assessment
- There is a 2 ½ hour examination on the final day.
- Successful candidates will achieve the FDQ Lead Auditor Certificate
£1,770 +VAT (+Accom.)*
£1,470 +VAT (No Accom.)
All course fees are payable in advance.
Course fee includes:
- Course binder and notes
- Lunch and refreshments**
- FDQ exam fee and certificate
* 3 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation plus evening meals
** Classroom courses only
Understanding the FDQ Lead Auditor course
What is a Lead Auditor?
As the name suggests a Lead Auditor is the person responsible for leading a team of auditors. Lead Auditors have the skills and competence to audit a complete management system against a given set of criteria. In the food industry they are responsible for directing audits against Standards such as the BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety and the ISO set of Standards - including ISO 22000, which is also concerned with food safety management.
The remit of a Lead Auditor includes the scheduling of audits according to risk, assigning other audit team members to specific audits and defining the scope and focus of audits. They are also responsible for planning and directing audits, hosting opening and closing meetings, preparing and writing audit reports and following-up to ensure corrective actions have been actioned.
Who is the course for?
The course is aimed at those in the food manufacturing, packaging and catering industries who have already completed an Internal Auditing or Auditing Skills training and already have experience of auditing. In addition delegates should possess a good working knowledge of management systems.
What does the training cover?
Section 3.4 of The BRGS Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 9 is concerned with Internal Auditing. It requires that there is a programme of at least 4 scheduled internal audits per year carried out by ‘appropriately trained, competent auditors’ (Clause 3.4.2). Moreover ‘each internal audit within the programme shall have a defined scope and consider a specific activity or a section of the HACCP or food safety plan.’ Clause 220.127.116.11 also suggests that supplier audit reports are suitable proof of supplier approval. The content of Verner Wheelock’s FDQ Lead Auditor training will assist delegates in meeting those requirements.
The training covers everything you need to successfully carry out an audit or lead an audit team – preparation essentials, useful documents for an audit, the audit process itself and what to do if there is no agreed standard or documented quality system in place. The trainer also demonstrates how to use a checklist effectively and takes delegates through the four steps of the audit itself.
The course also covers meeting preparation, conducting the audit, audit techniques, how to record information during an audit and what type of notes to take. Sometimes the main audit leads to another aspect you feel needs further investigation, so this Lead Auditor training gives guidance on how to pickup an audit trail. Delegates are also advised on conduct during audits, how to manage audit team meetings, how to categorise audit findings and how to chair a closing meeting.
Finally the training concentrates on audit reporting – the format, tone and protocol – follow-ups, root cause analysis and auditing a HACCP system.
A practical auditing experience
This training prepares all delegates for a mini audit which takes place on the third day. This is an opportunity for them to put all that they have learned into practice. Starting with audit planning and the opening meeting, they are given the opportunity to interview staff members about processes, request objective evidence, have an audit team meeting and present key findings at a closing meeting. Delegates are then required to write an audit report to be submitted the next day.
Assessment and Certification
The mini audit is observed by the trainer, who assigns a mark out of 10 to each delegate. There is also a written examination on the final day which is 2.5 hours in duration. Delegates must achieve a combined score of 70% in order to pass the course. Those achieving 90% or higher will be awarded a Distinction. All successful candidates will receive the FDQ Lead Auditor Certificate.
When and where does the course take place?
The FDQ Lead Auditor course can be attended either face-to-face or remotely via Zoom. Face-to-face training takes place at Verner Wheelock’s training centre in Skipton, North Yorkshire, close to the rail and bus stations. All courses begin promptly at 9.30am and finish at around 4.30pm each day.
The latest course dates can be found by viewing our training calendar. For those attending in person lunch, and refreshments are included in the course fee. A course binder containing notes is provided for all delegates.
FDQ Lead Auditor is also available as an in-house course. This is a cost-effective option if you have five or more staff to train.
What is the FDQ Lead Auditor Course?
The FDQ Lead Auditor Course is an intensive 4-day training program specifically designed for the food and packaging industry. It equips delegates with the understanding and skills necessary to audit a complete management system internally and externally, focusing on audits against BRCGS or the ISO series of standards. The course leads to the FDQ Lead Auditor Certificate, a recognized qualification in the field of auditing.
Who should attend this course?
This course is tailored for professionals in the food manufacturing, packaging, and catering industries who have already completed Auditing Skills training and have auditing experience. It is suitable for candidates who have completed the 2-day FDQ Auditing Skills Certificate Course or possess a good working knowledge of auditing procedures and management systems. The course content is highly relevant for those looking to enhance their lead auditing capabilities.
What are the entry requirements?
While there are no formal entry requirements for the FDQ Lead Auditor Course, it is best suited for candidates who have completed the 2-day FDQ Auditing Skills Certificate Course or have a substantial understanding of auditing procedures and management systems. The course builds on existing knowledge, making it an ideal choice for those looking to specialize in lead auditing within the food and packaging industry.
How is the course delivered?
The course offers two delivery options: Classroom and Remote. The classroom option is delivered face-to-face at the training center in Skipton, North Yorkshire, UK, providing direct interaction with instructors. The remote option is delivered live and online, requiring only a computer and internet connection. Both options are designed to provide an engaging and interactive learning experience, with full details and login information provided before the start of the course.
What is the course structure and content?
The FDQ Lead Auditor Course covers a wide range of topics, including background on ISO standards, BRCGS series of standards, conducting audits, planning and preparation, audit interview techniques, managing meetings, presentation of findings, effective corrective actions, and report writing. The emphasis is on a practical approach, with group exercises, internal group work, and audit scenarios. The course also includes sessions on audit preparation, managing meetings, interviewing techniques, dealing with difficulties, practical audit sessions, and audit reporting practice. It is tailored primarily for candidates from the food industry but is also useful for delegates from other industries.
What are the learning outcomes?
Upon completion of the FDQ Lead Auditor Course, participants will be able to demonstrate auditing and interview techniques, manage and lead meetings, evaluate and present audit findings, write and present audit reports correctly, and implement effective corrective actions. The course equips participants with the knowledge and skills to conduct comprehensive audits, enhancing their professional capabilities as lead auditors in their respective industries.
How is the course assessed?
The course assessment consists of a 2½-hour examination on the final day. The examination evaluates participants' understanding of the course material and their ability to apply the concepts in practice. Successful candidates will achieve the FDQ Lead Auditor Certificate, reflecting their expertise and competence in lead auditing.
What is the course fee?
The course fee for the FDQ Lead Auditor Course is £1,770 + VAT (with accommodation) or £1,470 + VAT (without accommodation). The fee includes a course binder and notes, lunch and refreshments for classroom courses, the FDQ exam fee, and the certificate. For those opting for accommodation, the fee covers 3 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation plus evening meals. All course fees are payable in advance, ensuring that participants have access to all necessary materials and support throughout the course.
When and where does the course take place?
The FDQ Lead Auditor Course is offered at Verner Wheelock’s training center in Skipton, North Yorkshire, or remotely via live online sessions. The course dates are available on the website, allowing participants to select the most convenient time and format for them. Whether attending in person or remotely, the course provides a flexible and accessible learning experience tailored to the needs of professionals in the food and packaging industry.