RABQSA Certified Quality Management System Lead Auditor

RABQSA has been accredited by the Joint Accreditation System - Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) to the international standard, ISO/IEC 17024:2003 'General Requirements for bodies operating the certification of persons' with a scope that includes Quality Auditor, Environmental Auditor, Occupational Health and Safety Auditor and Food Safety Auditor certification schemes. RABQSA Certification formally recognizes the competence of personnel, with the objective of improving the performance of organizations in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and competitiveness. The engagement of RABQSA certified personnel provides organizations with the confidence that the skills and knowledge utilized have been independently examined through processes that meet the internationally recognized standard for personnel certification, ISO/IEC 17024:2003.

 

Competency-Based Personnel Certification provides confidence that auditors certified by RABQSA have demonstrated the specific competencies defined by industry as requirements for auditors who work in each industry sector.

Competency-based certification means that RABQSA will examine the auditor's knowledge, skills, personal attributes and qualifications specific to the scheme and/or scope of certification.

  • Knowledge Examination - examination of knowledge based competencies during training conducted by RABQSA certified Training Providers
  • Skill Examination - In the traditional terms a 'witnessed audit' by an Approved Skill Examiner, to provide confidence that applicants can demonstrate the required skills
  • PAAS Master® - Personal Attribute Assessment
  • Qualifications - Evidence of formal education, training and/or work experience.


Qualification-Based Personnel Certification schemes are based on the applicant's education and qualifications, rather than on the basis of measurable competence.

  • Formal Education - The requirement for completion of secondary education and in addition, hold relevant tertiary qualifications such as a degree, diploma or advanced certificate.
  • Audit Training - Applicants are required to have completed a RABQSA recognized auditor training course and/or competency examination within the three years prior to application.
  • Work Experience - Applicants are required to demonstrate work experience in a technical or managerial position involving the exercise of judgment, problem solving and communication with other managerial personnel, peers, customers and/or other interested parties
  • Auditing Experience - Applicants are required to submit an audit log in order to demonstrate their auditing experience.

The auditor certification process begins with an application. Each application is assessed by the RABQSA Scheme Examiner for completeness and relevance of information provided to the type and grade of certification sought. Evaluation against the criteria is conducted using documentary evidence and verification of information and auditor performance through personal contact with the application sponsors and, where applicable, auditees and verifying auditors. Where required, the Examiner will seek additional information from the applicant.

All applications, having been assessed by the Examiner, are submitted to the relevant Scheme Examination Panel which then makes a recommendation to the RABQSA CEO on whether to award certification, the appropriate grade and where applicable, the scope of certification.

Scheme Examination Panels are comprised of representatives from industry in each discipline for certification and, in addition to assessing applications for certification, provide technical expertise and advice to RABQSA on issues related to auditor certification. In some cases, technical input may also be sought from the country of the applicant to ensure that local and regional variations in any applications are acceptable. The Technical Advisors may request additional supporting information or require the applicant to participate in an interview. Interviews may be conducted by phone or face-to-face involving at least two Technical Advisors s and a RABQSA representative and are arranged for the purpose of clarifying issues of technical competence.
Auditing Experience

Auditors are required to have participated in at least four complete management system audits in the scheme of certification totaling at least twenty days duration in the previous three years.

Principal Auditors are required to have participated in at least four complete management system audits in the scheme of certification totaling at least twenty days duration in the previous three years. At least two of these audits, and a total of at least ten audit days, are required to have been performed either as the role of team leader or as a solo auditor.

Lead Auditors are required to have participated in at least seven complete management system audits in the scheme of certification totaling at least thirty-five days duration in the previous three years. At least three of these audits, and at least fifteen audit days, are required to have been in the role of team leader. At least one of these audits conducted as team leader must be witnessed by an approved witnessing auditor.

To maintain certification, all certified personnel are required to demonstrate continuing competence against the current certification criteria for the type and grade of certification awarded. Every two years from the date of initial certification or each re-certification, certified personnel must demonstrate continuing compliance with the current certification criteria by providing:

  • Evidence of continuing auditing experience
  • Evidence of current knowledge competencies through successful completion of the relevant RABQSA e-based examination for the type and grade of certification; and
  • Confirmation that the Code of Conduct has been adhered to and any complaints against performance have been resolved.

Every four years from the date of initial certification and each subsequent re-certification, certified personnel must demonstrate continuing compliance with the current certification criteria by providing:

  • Evidence of examination of skills competencies by an RABQSA Examiner appropriate to the type and grade of certification;
  • Evidence of evaluation of personal attributes by completion of the RABQSA PAAS Master® evaluation;
  • Confirmation that the Code of Conduct has been adhered to and any complaints against performance have been resolved.

For re-certification, all auditors are required to undertake at least forty-five hours of appropriate continuing professional development every three years. Verifiable evidence of that professional development undertaken is required to be submitted as part of the application for re-certification.

More information on specific requirements to achieve and maintain QMS-LA certification can be obtained at www.RABQSA.com.

 

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