SBS - The best value in QMS software

How Do I Get Started in the Auditing Field?



How Do I Get Started?

I have finished auditor/lead-auditor training classes and want to get started in the iso auditing field. is there anyone out there that can give some advice on how to get in with a registrar? i have no auditing experience, so what i'm looking for is a mentoring program of sorts.
Elsmar Forum Sponsor

Jim Biz

This is like the chicken & egg thing --- probably litterally hundreds of"ways to get started".... and NO ONE CORRECT ANSWER to your question.
How much "working expierience" do you have? In what fields? (that sometimes makes a big difference)

Guess my top choices would be.

1) Visit or scan your local state Job service information web site for an employer - (doubtful if registrars looking for auditors would show up there tho - but then again any "expierience" is better than none)

2) Seek out local counsultants - they have the oportunity to access area registrar activities & their operations on a broader scale than someone ' Just finishing school"... Working for one of them part time would allow you to gather contacts anyway.

3) Surf the web (possibly Quality Digest website) for a listing of registration bodies & contact them directly - One never knows what will turn up...



Hunkered Down for the Duration with a Mask on...
Staff member
I moved this to the auditing forums thinking it may be more appropriate here. As I remember, either in this forum or the the Occupations In Quality forum there have been several good threads on this. You might want to look through some of the threads and try a search. But to summarize:

There is, as I understand it, somewhat of an over abundance of folks who have taken the Lead Auditor Course. Many have some type of experience if only involvement in their company's internal audits.

To get in with a registrar may be difficult because most are looking for folks with at least some experience. Technically, you should register with the IRAC or the RAB to become a provisional auditor in their system. Read and know the requirements of each for details. If I remember correctly, the RAB's program is graduated:

Provisional Auditor
Lead Auditor

The RAB can provide you with the details of their system.

Then start calling or otherwise contacting registrars. Most registrars want, as a minimum, an RAB provisional auditor. But, as I said, it is my understanding that there are a lot out there. Someone else may be able to give you a better picture of the current status of the supply of provisional auditors (or auditors in general). I may be wrong, but I don't think so.

See if there is an ASQ chapter in your city. Some cities, Cincinnati is one, have 'Audit Consortiums'. Contact them and 'join up' if you can. They can help provide auditing experience, which you obviously need, but the 'payment' is you'll be donating your time for being able to 'log' the audit. That's what a lot of this is about - how many audits have you done.

If all you have is a certificate from a Lead Auditor Course and want to get into the auditing field and have no auditing experience, make sure you love travel, will work dirt cheap and know you have a steep hill to climb. And we're only talking ISO 9001. If you have other aspirations, such as ISO/TS 16949, ISO 14001 or any of the others you better have some money to spend for courses and specific certifications. QS is still 'alive', but I don't see too much use for you to think about QS auditing.



thanx. i have a RAB application and also one for IRCA. because of the "no experience" thing i was trying to work on a mentoring program with the company i took the course with, thinking that for a little of my time they would take care of the details. i have since become frustrated with the game of phone tag i have been playing and the "leaned back in his chair, speaker-phone using" recruiting manager, (some things you don't actually have to see to know they are there) that i now believe it to be time to find someone else to harrass. i am convinced that this is what i would like to do and i am determined to find a way in. once again thanx for the ideas. if you come across any others please send them on.

Manny Castillo

You're going to have to pay your dues to get started.
One way is to join a company that has a quality department.
Join in any capacity, in sales, HR, or other...and then transfer to the quality organization. If you show that you have taken the training and that auditing is what you want to do, you may get your chance.

Also, check out your local newspaper job ads, and call up some quality managers. You might get a job in the quality department without having to come in through the back door.

Utilize your network of friends and associates: Most jobs are obtained through networking (over 60% if I recall).
Good luck!
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
M Getting started in ISO 13485 ISO 13485:2016 - Medical Device Quality Management Systems 31
J Supporting functions with no actual activity started IATF 16949 - Automotive Quality Systems Standard 2
T New role Quality Manager IATF 16949, new company, advise how to get started IATF 16949 - Automotive Quality Systems Standard 2
Marc Search - Search for Discussion Threads started by a specific User Elsmar Xenforo Forum Software Instructions and Help 0
M When was ISO started and Where? Other ISO and International Standards and European Regulations 3
Sidney Vianna AS9100 Rev.D - The revision work has started AS9100, IAQG, NADCAP and Aerospace related Standards and Requirements 7
S New to Quality - How to get started? Career and Occupation Discussions 13
R Where to get started on Medical Device Regulations for China China Medical Device Regulations 14
apestate Here's how my day started (2) Coffee Break and Water Cooler Discussions 11
Scott Catron Here's how my day started Coffee Break and Water Cooler Discussions 18
H Getting Things Started ? QM, Tactics, Strategy, Acceptance vs. Gridlock, Enthusiasm Quality Manager and Management Related Issues 3
M Getting started with English! Career and Occupation Discussions 17
N ISO 9001 - Getting started and would love some guidance and direction ISO 9000, ISO 9001, and ISO 9004 Quality Management Systems Standards 7
J Building the QMS (Quality Management System): Getting Started Document Control Systems, Procedures, Forms and Templates 16
H Chrysler PPAP - where to get started?? APQP and PPAP 6
T Consulting - How and Where to get started Career and Occupation Discussions 10
A And then the fight started... Coffee Break and Water Cooler Discussions 2
S Recruitment Industry Service Delivery Standard (RCSA-SDS) - getting started Various Other Specifications, Standards, and related Requirements 3
F Getting started in ISO14001 certification ISO 14001:2015 Specific Discussions 12
T ...and then the fight started Funny Stuff - Jokes and Humour 5
S Use of Phthalates (PVC) - MDD 2007/47/EC - Has anyone started Labelling Devices EU Medical Device Regulations 71
K Getting started with ISO 9001:2000 Templates Document Control Systems, Procedures, Forms and Templates 18
Hershal Getting started..... General Measurement Device and Calibration Topics 1
R Getting started (beyond the standard) and getting up to speed with AS9100? AS9100, IAQG, NADCAP and Aerospace related Standards and Requirements 3
M AS9100 Getting Started - What time frame /cost / major obstacles can we expect AS9100, IAQG, NADCAP and Aerospace related Standards and Requirements 5
N Can LEAN be started without correcting operational problems? Lean in Manufacturing and Service Industries 8
S Getting started with statistically based process improvement The Reading Room 12
S How do I get started implementing ISO 9001? ISO 9000, ISO 9001, and ISO 9004 Quality Management Systems Standards 12
Marc Reliability Forum Started by Request - 11 January 2006 Reliability Analysis - Predictions, Testing and Standards 0
S Getting started with ISO 9001 - Cost? Implementation time? What is the process? ISO 9000, ISO 9001, and ISO 9004 Quality Management Systems Standards 6
C Getting started with EMS - Sharing knowledge and experience Miscellaneous Environmental Standards and EMS Related Discussions 1
D Getting Started - ISO13485:2003 and MDD (Medical Device Directive) ISO 13485:2016 - Medical Device Quality Management Systems 9
H No background/training at all with TS 16949 - How do I get started? IATF 16949 - Automotive Quality Systems Standard 7
Marc Kevin Started It... Coffee Break and Water Cooler Discussions 19
O Getting Started in ISO 9001 - Small steel brokerage company ISO 9000, ISO 9001, and ISO 9004 Quality Management Systems Standards 20
G The Original "Introductions" Thread started in 2001 and split off October 2009 Coffee Break and Water Cooler Discussions 3892
S ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditing Internal Auditing 8
H Auditing Santa's workshop General Auditing Discussions 0
C List of MDSAP Auditing Organizations Medical Device and FDA Regulations and Standards News 1
A What are the pros and cons of using an audit software for internal auditing? General Auditing Discussions 7
cscalise Suggestions for MDR Auditing tools EU Medical Device Regulations 1
J Auditing of Support Function IATF 16949 - Automotive Quality Systems Standard 9
D ISO 13485, FDA 21 CFR 820 and Auditing the Accounting Department ISO 13485:2016 - Medical Device Quality Management Systems 5
S Risk based internal auditing Internal Auditing 6
Randy Remote auditing (for disaster, disease, disturbance etc...) during the Neo Coronavirus Pandemic and Social Distancing Registrars and Notified Bodies 7
K ANVISA B-GMP Auditing requirements for Contract Manufacturers Other Medical Device Regulations World-Wide 1
F AS9100D Internal auditing requirements Internal Auditing 11
R Does any here use an internal auditing tool that works on different platforms? Internal Auditing 3
W Does anyone have an API Q2 checklist for internal auditing? Oil and Gas Industry Standards and Regulations 1
G Best Practices for IT auditing - Is a session-id necessary for a complete audit trail? IEC 27001 - Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) 0

Similar threads

Top Bottom