ISO/IEC 17025 Lead Auditor Training Course

This comprehensive five-day onsite ISO 17025 Lead Auditor training course provides hands-on training to ensure that your lead auditor thoroughly understands the role and acquires the expertise needed to perform it effectively



Course Summary
Course type : Classroom
Course Duration : 40 hours
Certification : Kelmac Group
Continuing Education : units


This course is available in the following delivery options.

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Kelmac Group offer all of our training classes on an on-site basis. There are many benefits to on-site training where compared to an open/public training class, we can customize the training to suit the client organization, building in important client documentation and examples plus facilitating live practical exercises (where held at a client facility and subject to advance planning).

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1. The Target Audience

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2. Defined and Agreed Learning Objectives

Its vital that its clear and understood clearly what type of training is required and what the learners will be able or expected to achieve once the training is completed.

3. Expected Duration

In the design phase, its useful that the training design team & instructor is aware of a specific duration that the client has in mind for the training. This can be tricky as sometimes a client may have limitations or requirements for the training to be conducted in a certain timeframe or duration and this may impact the training delivery and depth of coverage to ensure the training fits in with the clients expectations and requirements as best as possible.

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  Course Description

This QMS Auditor/Lead Auditor based on ISO/IEC 17025:2005 course focuses on giving delegates the knowledge and skills to conduct effective audits for a Laboratory Quality Management System.  The primary aim of this training course is to instruct Laboratory Auditors in the principles and practices specific to auditing for conformance with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and ISO 19011:2002 including ISO 17021:2006.

Experienced Tutors guide delegates through the audit cycle using the process approach to determine the degree of conformity, compliance, effectiveness and efficiency of the Laboratory Quality Management System being audited.

  Course Certification

Kelmac Group Certified Course

This course has been designed by leading experts to provide high quality training to professionals seeking to effectively  understand a Laboratory Quality  Management System based on ISO/IEC 17025:2005.

  Business Benefits

  • The knowledge and skills to effectively audit your management system
  • To conduct a risk assessment of the effectiveness and maturity of your management system
  • The ability to conduct second party and third party audits of your supply chain.

  Course Agenda

A detailed course breakdown is as follows:

Day 1

  • 8 Principles of Quality Management
  • Auditor Certification and ISO/IEC 17024:2003
  • QMS Framework and Process Management
  • ISO 17025:2005 Application
  • Permissble Exclusions
  • ISO 17025:2005 Requirements

Day 2

  • ISO 17025:2005 Process Model/Requirements
  • QMS Documentation 
  • Customer Satisfaction Identification and Measurement
  • Employee Competence & Awareness
  • Audit Roles & Responsibilities including Accreditation and Certification
  • Two stage approach to Initial Registration
  • Audit Planning
  • Examination Techniques/Revision

Day 3

  • Developing an Audit Plan/Scope
  • Conducting the Document Review 
  • Developing Audit Protocols/Checklists
  • Conducting on-site Audit activities
  • Opening Meeting
  • Examination Techniques/Revision

Day 4

  • Collecting and verifying information 
  • Auditing Top Management 
  • Handling difficult situations
  • Audit Reporting
  • Summary Audit Report 

Day 5

  • Completing the Audit/Audit Follow up
  • Closing/Exit Meeting
  • Course Summary/Continuous Assessment Report
  • Course Examination
  • Course Evaluation/Feedback

  Who Should Attend?

  • Quality Managers
  • Quality Professionals/Technicians
  • Quality Engineers
  • Procurement Personnel
  • Financial Personnel
  • Document Controllers 
  • Internal Auditors 
  • Owner Managers 
  • Implementation Members 

  Learning Objectives

  • Understand the history, philosophy, concepts and benefits of a Laboratory Quality Management System
  • Explain the purpose of and intent of the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 
  • Review in brief the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 
  • Understand the responsibilities of an Auditor/Lead Auditor and describe the role of members of the Audit team in the maintenance and improvement of a Laboratory Quality management systems
  • Plan and prepare for an leading an Audit team
  • Gathering evidence through observation, interview and sampling of all aspects of a laboratory's work, including witnessing tests and calibrations
  • Write factual audit reports that help improve the effectiveness of the Laboratory Quality Management System
  • Conduct audit follow-up to verify the effectiveness of corrective and preventative actions
  • Understand the importance and benefits of improving auditor performance

  Course Pre-Requisites

IRCA recommend that any delegate attending this course has prior knowledge of ISO 9001:2008

  Course Assessment

The delegate is assessed based on participation and performance throughout the duration of the course. This includes all exercises, role plays, case studies and all other activities during the course. Please note, full attendance is required during the training course.

There is a 2 hour written examination at the end of the course. The exam is open book in that a delegate is entitled to use their own notes taken while on the course, the use of the delegate manual and any other supplementary material provided including their copy of the International Standard (s) in question. The minimum pass rate for the examination is 70%.

  Training Methodology

Accelerated learning is the most advanced teaching and learning method available today. Itʼs a total system of enhancing and speeding up both the design and learning process. What makes accelerated learning so effective is that itʼs based on the way we naturally learn. It does this by actively involving the whole person, using physical activity, creativity, collaboration among learners, variety that appeals to all learning styles, contextual learning with real-world immersion, the creation of a positive physical, emotional, and social environment and other methods designed to get people deeply involved in their own learning

  What's Included with Course Fee?

  • Comprehensive Course Manual
  • Expertise and Wisdom of Tutor (s)
  • Additional Handouts

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Accelerated Learning” (AL) is the most advanced teaching and learning method available today – it is a total system of speeding up and enhancing the design and learning process. What makes Accelerated Learning so effective is that itʼs based on the way we naturally learn. It actively involves the whole person, using physical activity; creativity; collaboration among learners; variety that appeals to all learning styles; contextual learning with real-world immersion; the creation of a positive physical, emotional, and social environment; and other methods designed to get people deeply involved in their own learning.

Experienced instructors guide students through the role of an Auditor in planning, conducting, reporting, and following up an audit (in accordance with ISO 19011:2011 and ISO/IEC 17021) by interpreting the requirements of ISO/FSSC 22000. Students gain necessary auditing skills through a balance of:

  • Pre-course assignments and tests;
  • Formal classroom tutorials;
  • Practical role playing assignments;
  • Group workshops and open forum discussions;
  • Continuous self-assessment during on-site delivery and post assessment; and
  • Written examination in FSMS

What's Included in the Course

  • FREE online access to relevant reference material via the Kelmac Group®
  • FREE online access to all primary and relevant standards from course registration until completion of the course program
  • FREE online study guide to assist in the completion of the pre-course assignment tests, on-site delegate assessment and post assessment, written examinations
  • FREE online assessments prior to commencing the on-site class via the Kelmac Group® Learning Management System
  • Comprehensive and publishing quality delegate manual that can be used as a reference manual by students following the on-site course


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