FDQ Supplier Auditing
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FDQ Supplier Auditing Course
1 day
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FDQ Supplier Auditing Course

Course Fee

£415 +VAT (per person)

Discounts available 2 places for £800 + VAT

All course fees are payable in advance.

Course Details

Course Description

A 1-day course certificated by FDQ

This 1-day course is aimed at those responsible for, or aiming to be responsible for, the auditing of their organisation's new and existing suppliers as part of their job role.

Video Overview

Play Video: Auditing Refresher Course

Duration

1 day

Who Should Attend?

Anyone involved in the auditing of their suppliers who already has a good working knowledge of auditing procedures

Entry Requirements

Qualification / Assessment

Multiple choice test at the end of the day (20 questions)

Course Delivery / Format

Classroom

Delivered face to face at our training centre in Skipton, North Yorkshire UK.

Remote

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

Section 1
The Purpose of Supplier Auditing
  • Including liaison with buyers, understanding the cost benefit

Section 2
The Supplier Audit Process
  • All the steps from audit scheduling, through to audit reporting
Section 3
Auditing outside the UK
Section 4
Priority, Risk and Due Diligence
Section 5
Common failings
  • The course is illustrated with real-life examples taken from industry

Learning Outcomes

A sound understanding of the importance of auditing suppliers together with the development and application of supplier auditing. You will also understand the process of supplier auditing and how to collect and evaluate objective evidence. Additionally, you will be able to understand how to present and report supplier audit findings and corrective actions.

Qualification / Assessment

A short multiple choice exam is taken at the end of the course.

Successful candidates will achieve the FDQ Supplier Auditing Certificate.

Course Fee

£415 +VAT (per person)

Discounts available 2 places for £800 + VAT

All course fees are payable in advance.

Course fee includes:
  • Course binder and notes
  • Lunch and refreshments*
  • Exam fee and FDQ certificate

* Classroom courses only

Progession

Course Overview

Understanding the FDQ Supplier Auditing course

In the same way that you would expect your own company to adhere to processes which ensure food safety, supplier audits enable you to demonstrate to your customers that food safety is being upheld throughout your supply chain. In addition, with so much emphasis on product authenticity and traceability nowadays, it’s vitally important that you are confident in the integrity of your suppliers. You want to make sure that what they say they are supplying is what they are actually supplying. This is not only important from a cost benefit perspective, but also essential in terms of allergen control and labelling.

Who is the course for?

This one-day course is specifically designed for anyone involved with the auditing of existing suppliers or looking to appoint new suppliers within the food industry. You are required to have prior experience of auditing procedures before attending this training. If you have very little or no auditing experience it is recommended that you attend the FDQ Auditing Skills course provided by Verner Wheelock.

What does the training cover?

Clause 3.5.1 of the BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 9 requires that companies have a ‘documented supplier approval procedure’ and suggests that supplier audits could be a part of this process. They should have ‘scope to include product safety, traceability, HACCP review, the product security and defence plan, the product authenticity plan and good manufacturing processes.’ It goes on to state that the audit ‘shall ensure that these plans form part of the supplier’s product safety management system and that any resultant actions are implemented’. According to the Standard, ‘supplier audits should be undertaken by an experienced and demonstrably competent product safety auditor’. Verner Wheelock’s FDQ Supplier Auditing course provides the relevant training to help delegates to meet the BRCGS requirements above.

The course begins with the purpose of supplier auditing and goes on to examine the different methods of approving suppliers. It includes liaison with buyers and understanding the cost benefit. Next delegates are taken through the entire auditing process, from audit scheduling to audit reporting. This covers audit preparation, questioning techniques, documentation, collection of objective evidence, assessment, compiling the audit report and the closing meeting.

Since not all suppliers are UK-based, this training also contains some information about auditing outside the UK. Also included are sections on priority, risk and due diligence as well as common failings in supplier audits.

Audit training delivered by qualified auditors

Verner Wheelock’s auditing trainers have performed countless food industry audits themselves. This means that they are perfectly qualified to deliver our Supplier Auditing, Auditing Skills, Lead Auditor and Auditing Refresher training. Their training sessions are enhanced with examples from real-life audits which gives the course context. Delegates are also encouraged to ask questions about how the training will relate to their own situation.

Assessment and Certification

There is a short multiple-choice examination at the end of the day. This is 30 minutes in duration and comprises 20 questions. The pass mark for the examination is 14 marks out of 20. However anybody achieving 19 or 20 out of 20 will be awarded a Distinction. Those successful in the exam will be awarded the FDQ Supplier Auditing Certificate.

When and where does the course take place?

This course can be attended in-person at Verner Wheelock’s training centre in Skipton, North Yorkshire which is close to the railway station and town centre. Alternatively it can be attended remotely via Zoom. Occasionally FDQ Supplier Auditing courses are remote only, but this is always specified when the scheduled courses are advertised on our website

Whichever way you decide to attend the FDQ Supplier Auditing course, it begins promptly at 9.30am and finishes at around 4.30pm each day. Remote attendees are requested to log on 15 minutes before the start of the course to ensure that their internet connection is stable.

The latest Supplier Auditing 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 Supplier Auditing is also available as an in-house course. This is a cost-effective and convenient option if you have five or more staff to train. It allows you to select the training date and can either take place at your premises or remotely.

Next steps

Once you have completed your Auditing Skills and Supplier Auditing training you might wish to progress further and become a Lead Auditor for your company. Verner Wheelock’s FDQ Lead Auditor training is a 4-day intensive course which provides you with the understanding and skills required to audit a complete management system.

Course FAQ

What is the FDQ Supplier Auditing Course?

The FDQ Supplier Auditing Course is a specialized 1-day training program designed for professionals responsible for auditing their organization's new and existing suppliers. It focuses on the essential aspects of supplier auditing, including liaison with buyers, understanding cost benefits, audit scheduling, reporting, and more. The course is certificated by FDQ, ensuring that participants receive a recognized qualification in supplier auditing.

Who should attend this course?

This course is specifically tailored for individuals involved in the auditing of suppliers and who already possess a good working knowledge of auditing procedures. Whether responsible for internal or external supplier audits, participants will find the course content highly relevant and practical. It's particularly suitable for those who have completed the 2-day FDQ Auditing Skills Certificate Course or have substantial experience in auditing processes.

What are the entry requirements?

While there are no formal entry requirements for the FDQ Supplier Auditing Course, it is designed to cater to individuals with a solid understanding of auditing procedures. Participants who have completed the 2-day FDQ Auditing Skills Certificate Course or have equivalent experience in auditing will find the course content most beneficial. The course builds on existing knowledge, making it suitable for those looking to specialize in supplier auditing.

How is the course delivered?

The course offers two delivery formats to suit participants' needs. The classroom option provides face-to-face instruction at the training center in Skipton, North Yorkshire, UK, allowing for direct interaction with instructors and peers. The remote option delivers the course live and online, requiring only a computer and internet connection. Both formats 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 Supplier Auditing Course is structured into five main sections, each focusing on a critical aspect of supplier auditing. Section 1 covers the purpose of supplier auditing, including liaison with buyers and understanding cost benefits. Section 2 details the supplier audit process, encompassing all steps from scheduling to reporting. Section 3 addresses auditing outside the UK, while Section 4 explores priority, risk, and due diligence. Section 5 highlights common failings in supplier auditing, with real-life examples from the industry to illustrate key concepts. The comprehensive structure ensures a well-rounded understanding of supplier auditing.

What are the learning outcomes?

Participants of the FDQ Supplier Auditing Course will gain a robust understanding of the importance of auditing suppliers, the development and application of supplier auditing, and the process involved. They will learn how to collect and evaluate objective evidence, understand how to present and report supplier audit findings, and implement corrective actions. The course aims to equip participants with both theoretical insights and practical skills to conduct effective supplier audits, enhancing their professional capabilities in the field.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment for the FDQ Supplier Auditing Course is conducted through a short multiple-choice exam taken at the end of the day. The 20-question test evaluates participants' understanding of the course material and their ability to apply it in practice. Successful candidates will achieve the FDQ Supplier Auditing Certificate, a recognized qualification that reflects their expertise and competence in supplier auditing.

What is the course fee?

The course fee for the FDQ Supplier Auditing Course is £415 + VAT per person or £800 + VAT for 2 people. This fee includes a comprehensive course binder and notes, lunch and refreshments for classroom courses, and the exam fee and FDQ certificate. The all-inclusive fee ensures that participants have access to all necessary materials and support throughout the course, providing excellent value for the investment.

What are the next steps after completing this course?

Upon successful completion of the FDQ Supplier Auditing Course, participants may choose to further their education and specialization in the auditing field by progressing to the FDQ Lead Auditor Certificate. This advanced course builds on the foundational skills acquired in the Supplier Auditing Course, offering further opportunities for career growth and development in the field of auditing.

When and where does the course take place?

The FDQ Supplier Auditing Course is offered at Verner Wheelock’s training center in Skipton, North Yorkshire, or remotely via Zoom. Participants can choose the option that best suits their needs and preferences. The course dates are available on the website, allowing participants to select the most convenient time for them. Whether attending in person or remotely, the course provides a flexible and accessible learning experience.

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