How to become a Contract ISO/TS 16949 Auditor

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vinny

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Hi Covers, I'm looking into the idea of working as a contract auditor, but don't know anything about the costs or process of getting certified or what a contract associate or lead auditor would earn. Are there any auditors out there who would like to share some info with a potential wannabe? You can also add any comments you'd like on my sanity for even looking into this.
 
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Helmut Jilling

Auditor / Consultant
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Hi Covers, I'm looking into the idea of working as a contract auditor, but don't know anything about the costs or process of getting certified or what a contract associate or lead auditor would earn. Are there any auditors out there who would like to share some info with a potential wannabe? You can also add any comments you'd like on my sanity for even looking into this.
I have been doing this for 15 yrs and love my job...BUT, there are a few things to consider.

1. If you do a lot of work, you will live in hotels, and vacation weekends at home. Are you and your family prepared for that.

2. I travel all the time. I stay very busy. I am home less than 2 days per week. When other people are home having dinner, I am at an airport or hotel bar, eating dinner... You work by day and travel by night, when other folks are relaxing.

3. If you have young kids, they will not see you very much. Or, you have to work less days and try to balance it that way. I knew one auditor that tried to work only 3 days per week. Or, you can do every other week, for example.

4. Can't remember the last time I played golf.

However, I love my job, meet interesting people, and get to see the insides of hundreds of companies. That is a blast. The cable TV shows that go inside a company and see how they make things - well, that's my job, 5 days a week. I get to help companies improve and be successful.

If that motivates you, contact registrars in your country, or, in the country you want to work in. They have to be interested enough in your work experience to want to sponsor you. If you have unique work expeiences, you may fill a niche. If you have good management skills, your future clients will make you be in demand.

The bottom line is, a registrar has to decide they are interested in you. That you offer something they need. And, you have to be able to provide value that the management team of a client will appreciate.

You will need to go to training, and pass some fairly difficult tests. About 75% of the current auditors are having some struggle to pass them. They and you will decide who pays what fees.

Income opportunities can be roughly equivalent to what a Quality Manager can earn. Starting in the mid 5 figures and going up from there if you are good and work hard. (That is US based rates - other countries will vary).

That is about all I can offer in general terms. The rest would depend on which registrars you work with. Hope that helps and best of luck if you decide to pursue it!
 

LUV-d-4UM

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I agree. My friend lives that kind of life and she loves it. I shadowed her one time and it was not a very pleasant experience-arriving past midnight and getting up early to be on time for the audit, and working long hours at night.
 

Helmut Jilling

Auditor / Consultant
#5
I agree. My friend lives that kind of life and she loves it. I shadowed her one time and it was not a very pleasant experience-arriving past midnight and getting up early to be on time for the audit, and working long hours at night.

...how can you not like that lifestyle...? ......:cool:
 
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vinny

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I appreciate your detailed answer and all the time you use to put it together. Thanks a great deal. I have been waiting until my kids were somewhat grown so that the travel would not interfere with our family so much.
 
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