Quality Management Systems (plus ISO/IEC 17025:2017) Assessor /
Lead Assessor Training Course*

(5 days)


This intensive 5-day course is certified by the Governing Board of the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA Cert. No. 17020).

Delegates successfully completing this course satisfy the formal training requirement for individuals seeking certification under the IRCA QMS Auditor Certification Scheme.

On successful completion the delegate will know the ISO 9000 Family, ISO/IEC 17025:2017, be trained Auditors or Assessors, be competent to audit their own organization, subcontractors and suppliers as Auditors or Lead Auditors; be able to prepare and conduct assessments for the purpose of accreditation; and understand the economic advantages of laboratory Quality Management Systems.

Interactive learning techniques are used to maximize delegate participation, including workshops designed to broaden the knowledge of system and audit / assessment applications.

From an assessor's perspective, persons who should attend this course include:

  • Managers introducing Quality Management Systems
  • Personnel who audit within their organization and those of their suppliers
  • Management consultants who need to know more about ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 17025:2017, and
  • Persons wishing to pursue a career as third party IRCA QMS Auditors and Lead Auditors


The 5-day Assessor / Lead Assessor Training Course offered by Ashbrooke has been developed to progress the delegate through a series of modules, each containing a day's activities of presentation and participation; after which each successful delegate will have earned his/her training qualification for certification as an IRCA QMS Auditor / Lead Auditor.

Developing good communication skills is encouraged early and is reinforced throughout the course as it is essential for an Auditor / Lead Auditor to hold well developed written and verbal communication skills. This is achieved with verbal and written evaluation activities, open forum presentation format and active delegate participation throughout the course.

The course examines these issues by opening with standardization and the evolution of ISO 9000 and ISO/IEC 17025. This is followed by reviewing:

  • ISO 19011:2018
  • Quality management principles
  • ISO/IEC 17025 principles
  • Risk-Based Thinking
  • Decision Rule
  • Risk-Based Auditing
  • Quality Objectives, Continual Improvement, Corrective Action
  • Audit Process
  • Quality Management System documentation
  • Checklists
  • Audit Plans
  • Audit teams
  • Pre-Audit Contact
  • Conformance Audit
  • Follow-up and Completion

Plus, over 90% of the course timing is dedicated to syndicate activities designed to examine and explore the disciplines of planning and conducting QMS audits. This course contains 4 Questionnaires, 9 Workshops, plus several additional skills development activities.

Prior Knowledge Expectation...

  • Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) cycle
  • Relationship between quality management and customer satisfaction
  • Commonly used quality management terms and definitions
  • 7 Quality Principles (ref: ISO 9000)
  • Process approach used in quality management
  • Process-based quality management system model, the structure and content of ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 17025

Knowledge of the ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 17025 requirements may be gained by completing the respective QMS Foundation Training Course or equivalent.

Published course dates are subject to change or cancellation. Ashbrooke Quality Assurance Ltd. is not responsible for any expenses incurred prior to confirmation that the course is running. Student initiated date change or cancellation is permitted only with written notice received into Ashbrooke's offices not less than ten working days prior to course commencement.

Please note that course dates are subject to change without notice.

Our activities extend from Canada to Europe to Asia to Africa to Middle East.

Ashbrooke Quality Assurance Ltd. | 78038 - 3295 Coast Meridian Road | Port Coquitlam | British Columbia
Canada | V3B 7H5

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Assessor/Lead Assessor Training Course Overview

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