Internal Audits are a Management System’s best friend. Audit findings lead to great improvement in the effectiveness and efficiency of the system. How can you make your internal audit program work for your organization? Here are some tips to help get the most from your internal audits.
You must have an internal audit team and be able to show records of effective training for each of the auditors. Training should include internal audit steps, requirements and techniques. It should also cover the requirements of the standard, and basics of prerequisite programs and HACCP so the auditors are able to effectively evaluate processes.
Auditors need to learn how to schedule and prepare for audits and how to communicate with the department being audited so they are able to have a well organized and effective audit. There are also important requirements that auditors must be aware of such as the requirement to follow up on previous audit findings.
Technique is important to the success of the audit. The questions that are asked and the method of following audit trails will be key in evaluating the effectiveness of the system.
Provide your internal auditors with training that will address all of the topics listed above. You may have an experienced auditor in your facility that can conduct an audit training. Other options include looking for group courses offered by training organizations, calling in a consultant to train your team or using our Online Internal Auditor Training courses. FSSC Online Internal Auditor Training
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Internal Auditor Training. This 6 hour class is available on demand and includes an interactive practice audit of Mandy's Vanilla. Learn and practice each step of an internal audit.
Use audits as opportunities to train others. Ask for a volunteer (who is not an auditor) to walk through the audit process with you as an assistant. This will provide others with a better understanding of what audits are and why they are necessary.
Involving people creates a feeling that everyone is a vital contributor to the goal of the company - compliance.
If you plan to conduct Third Party Audits, you will need Lead Assessor/Lead Auditor Training.
I have just completed the SQF Internal Auditor Training module online. I think this a great course! The scope of the training is extensive and gives the trainee all the tools necessary to develop an effective internal auditing strategy. Whether you have an existing program or are starting from scratch, this training will strengthen your program. This online training module was accepted by our SQF Auditor to satisfy the Internal Auditor training requirement.
You can complete the modules at your own pace and practice as much as needed. It is the most cost effective way to get Internal Auditor training. There are no travel or hotel costs making this a great way to train one person or team of internal auditors. Thanks for putting together such a great training tool!
Quality Control Manager
Follmer Development Inc.
The online training course is a very convenient way to train your auditors with no travel required. The training is available on-demand, and can be completed in multiple sessions as the students schedule allows. The training is approximately 6 hours long and includes and interactive practice audit of "Mandy's Vanilla". The student can access the procedures and records for Mandy's, and is coached through the audit step by step.