CQI & IRCA Certified OHSAS 18001:2007 Lead Auditor Training (OH&S Management Systems)

This course is certified by the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) and International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA) and meets the training requirements for initial certification as an IRCA OH&S Auditor


This programme aims to equip participants with the following knowledge and skills:

  • Background knowledge of audits and the audit process in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO 17021
  • The relevant skills, knowledge and confidence to plan, carry out, report and follow-up on 1st, 2nd and 3rd party Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) management systems audits in conformity with OHSAS 18001
  • The experience of the various stages of the audit through role plays; evening assignments; and either by auditing exercise based on simulated audit or live audit exercise at an actual facility


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Lead and manage 1st, 2nd or 3rd party audits
  • Participate in the planning, preparation, conducting and reporting of audits
  • Present their audit findings in a formal and clear manner to the interested parties concerned
  • Assess the effectiveness and adequacy of corrective action taken on audit findings
  • Handle various difficult situations encountered during audits
  • Learn the same skills deployed by external auditors
  • Satisfy the training requirements for initial certification as an IRCA OH&S auditor. The certificate of achievement is valid for three years for this purpose.

Course Outline
Day 1
  • Introduction to the course
  • Overview of OH&S audits and auditing
  • Differences between 1st, 2nd and 3rd party audits
  • The OH&S business agenda
  • Benefits of implementing an OH&S Management System
  • Overview of OHSAS 18000 series
  • Definitions of key terms used
  • Auditing the OHSAS 18001:2007 requirements
  • Auditing the OH&S hazards and risks

This session draws on the participants’ prior knowledge to audit selected requirements of the standard

Evening Assignments: Participants work in teams to prepare for the day 4 live or simulated audit exercise,

Day 2
  • OH&S laws and how to audit legal compliance
  • The audit lifecycle
  • Audit preparation
  • Documented OH&S Management Systems and document review
  • The audit plan>
  • Process based auditing
  • The audit checklist

Evening Assignments: Preparing audit plan and audit checklists

Day 3
  • The opening meeting
  • Conducting the audit
    This session provides invaluable information and guidance on how a process-based audit is carried out. Interviewing and information gathering techniques are explained.
  • Reporting and grading findings
  • The closing meeting
  • Follow up of corrective action and surveillance audit
  • The roles and responsibilities of the auditor
  • International Registration Scheme for Certificated Auditors (IRCA)
  • Exam techniques and debrief on specimen exam paper
Day 4
  • Live or Simulated Audit exercise (subjected to availability of host for live audit, otherwise a simulated audit will be conducted)
  • Participants experience conducting an occupational health and safety management systems audit against OHSAS 18001:2007 in a “live audit” at an actual organization or in a “simulated audit” exercise.

Day 5
  • Conducting the audit
  • The tutor facilitates this session whereby feedback is given on the participants’ performance and any learning points to improve their auditing skills.
  • Course review and summary

Certificates of achievement will only be awarded for participants who meet the following criteria:

  • Complete/attend all elements of the course
  • Pass the continuous assessment (for class activities)(IRCA)
  • Pass the written examination.

*Note: additional 30 minute is given if English language is not the participant’s 1st language.The OHSAS 18001:2007 standard will be provided as reference

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