Auditor Certification

Exemplar Global offers qualification-based QMS auditor certification. The program has been revised to add a Master Auditor grade and adjust the required audit experience for some of the existing grades.

Auditor Grades

Associate Auditor: Designed for those who attended an auditor course and have work experience, but no audit experience.

  • Training: Completion of an EG-certified ISO 9001:2015 QMS “Auditor” course
  • Work Experience: 4 years of full-time work experience
  • Industry Experience: 2 years of QMS industry experience
  • Audit Experience:  Not applicable
  • Personal Attributes: Auditor Work Style Assessment

Auditor: Designed for those who audit as a member of an audit team.

  • Training: Completion of an EG-certified ISO 9001:2015 QMS “Auditor” course
  • Work Experience: 4 years of full-time work experience
  • Industry Experience: 2 years of QMS industry experience
  • Audit Experience: 2 complete QMS audits and 10 audit days
    (Prior requirement was 4 complete QMS audits and 20 audit days)
  • Personal Attributes: Auditor Work Style Assessment

Principal Auditor: Designed for those who audit as a sole auditor.

  • Training: Completion of an EG-certified ISO 9001:2015 QMS “Auditor” course
  • Work Experience: 4 years of full-time work experience
  • Industry Experience: 2 years of QMS industry experience
  • Audit Experience: 4 complete QMS audits and 20 audit days
  • Personal Attributes: Auditor Work Style Assessment

Lead Auditor: Designed for those who lead audits and audit teams.

  • Training: Completion of an EG-certified ISO 9001:2015 QMS “Lead Auditor” course
  • Work Experience: 4 years of full-time work experience
  • Industry Experience: 2 years of QMS industry experience
  • Audit Experience: 7 complete QMS audits and 35 audit days, including 3 complete QMS audits and 15 audit days as a lead auditor leading a team of at least one other person
  • Personal Attributes: Lead Auditor Work Style Assessment

Master Auditor: New grade designed for those with at least 12 years of lead auditor experience.

  • Training: Completion of an EG-certified ISO 9001:2015 QMS “Lead Auditor” course
  • Work Experience: 12 years of full-time work experience
  • Industry Experience: 12 years of QMS industry experience
  • Audit Experience: Same as Lead Auditor, plus 12 years or more of continuous certification as a Lead Auditor
  • Personal Attributes: Lead Auditor Work Style Assessment

Audit Experience

Your audit history must be supplied on the Exemplar Global audit log and completed within the 4 years prior to application. Only independent audits are accepted as evidence of meeting the audit requirements, meaning that you must be independent of the audited organization.

Examples of relationships that may be acceptable are a head office audit of a plant or division; a division or plant auditing another division or plant; a customer organization auditing a supplier; a third-party certification audit; or a consultant contracted to provide an independent conformity audit.

The auditor may have no part in the setup, ongoing development, or maintenance of the QMS being audited.

Audits that are combined with consulting activities cannot be used to meet the audit experience requirement for initial certification, expansion, or recertification.

Examples of consultancy audits include audits where advice was given on an action plan for developing or improving the system as part of the audit; audits where the auditor had a part in setting up the system; or audits where the auditor was involved in the ongoing development of the system.

For more information on the requirements for auditor certification, see the Exemplar Global Personnel Certification Guide.