ISO 9001:2000 Training for RAB Certified Auditors

The Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB) has announced that certified auditors must take transitional training on the new ISO 9000:2000 standards to maintain their certification. You will have 24 months to complete the training after ISO 9001:2000 is issued (which is expected to be November or December of this year).

You must complete the training before conducting audits to the new standard if you want to use those audits for maintaining your certification. You may continue to use ISO 9001:1994 audits to maintain your certification for up to 3 years after the new standard is issued (at which time ISO 9001:1994 will be withdrawn).

You can select an RAB “pre-approved” transitional training course to simplify the submission process and ensure the RAB will accept the course. The training must meet their learning objectives and be at least 14 hours.

If you do not attend a pre-approved class, you will have to submit the course syllabus, proof of attendance, completed RAB checklist (based on learning objectives), a copy of all course materials, evidence the learning objectives were met, and a $50 review fee.

The RAB has waived the 10-hour limit for Continuing Professional Development activities so you can apply the total contact hours of the transitional training toward your CPD requirements.

The learning objectives for the ISO 9001:2000 transitional training require students to understand the:

  • Purpose of a quality management system
  • Eight Quality Management Principles
  • Purpose and intent of the Year 2000 standards
  • Relationship of the three standards
  • Concept of the consistent pair
  • Requirements of ISO 9001:2000
  • Process model used as its basis
  • Objective evidence to show conformance
  • Customer-focused emphasis
  • Permissible requirement exclusions
  • Requirement differences from ISO 9001:1994

In addition, the training must explain the implied changes to auditing techniques, such as the:

  • Changed audit planning as a result of the process orientation
  • Changed audit methods for the emphasis on top management
  • Document reviews in light of the new document requirements
  • Changed auditor training for assessing measurable objectives
  • Demonstration of continual improvement by organizations

For more information, see the planned ISO 9001:2000 Transition button on the RAB home page: http://www.rabnet.com