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CQI & IRCA Certified FSSC 22000 Lead Auditor (Food Safety Management Systems based on ISO22000:2005 & ISO/TS22002-1:2009) Training Course (17512)

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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 FSMS Auditor.
This training is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to fulfill their role as a fully trained Lead Auditor of Food Safety Management Systems based on FSSC 22000 (ISO 22000:2005 & ISO/TS 22002-1:2009). 
The course includes the 2-stage audit approach for certification of the Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS), in conformity with the ISO/IEC 17021 and ISO/TS 22003 standards. 
This course will enable participants to achieve capability in:
  • setting up audits  
  • carrying out system audits  
  • reporting the findings
  • leading and managing the team 
  • identifying and achieving the audit objectives
  • recognizing/resolving difficulties in audits.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:-
  • Lead and manage 1st, 2nd or 3rd party audits
  • Participate in the planning, preparation, conduct, 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
  • Satisfy the training requirements for initial certification as an IRCA FSMS auditor(#).The certificate of achievement is valid for three years for this purpose.
Accelerated learning techniques have been incorporated into the course structure to enhance the learning process. Participants are required to actively participate in the group discussions, activities and role plays. All assignments including performance in simulated/live audit will be assessed.
Day 1
  • Introduction to the course
  • Introduction to Food Safety Management System
  • Overview of ISO 22000
  • Overview of food safety audits and auditing
  • Audit preparation
  • Documented food safety systems and documentation review
  • Auditing the FSSC 22000 requirements
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
  • Auditing the FSSC 22000 requirements (continued)
  • The audit plan
  • Process based auditing
  • Checklist
  • Opening meeting
  • Conducting the audit
  • Evening assignments
Day 3
  • Conducting the audit (continued)
  • Reporting and grading findings
  • Closing meeting
  • Follow-up and surveillance audits
  • International Registration Scheme for Certificated Auditors 
  • Exam techniques and debrief on specimen exam paper
  • Evening assignments
Day 4 
  • “Live or simulated audit” exercise 
  • Participants experience conducting a food safety management system audit in a “live audit” at an actual organization or in a “simulated audit” exercise.
Day 5 
  • Review performance of the “live or simulated audit” exercise
  • The tutor facilitates this session whereby feedback is given on the participants’ performance and any learning points to improve their auditing skills
  • Effectiveness of corrective actions
  • Course review and summary
  • Written closed-book examination (2 hours*)
*Note: additional 30 minute is given if English language is not the participant’s 1st language.  The ISO 22000 and ISO/TS 22002-1 standards will be provided as reference.
Certificates of achievement will only be awarded to participants who meet the following criteria:
  • Complete/attend all elements of the course
  • Pass the continuous assessment (for class activities)
  • Pass the written examination.
This course is suitable to develop auditors conducting first, second or third party audits.  It is also suitable for food safety professionals, FSMS managers and those interested in furthering their auditing skills in food safety systems.

Participants must be familiar with the following prior knowledge:
a) Knowledge of the following Food Safety management principles and concepts:
  • Implementing or operating a management system within a food sector context.  This includes private schemes such as BRC, GLOBALGAP, FSSC and/or other schemes which include management system components.
  • Relevant key food safety legislation.
  • Knowledge of pre-requisite programmes as specified in ISO/TS 22002-1.
  • Good Practices for Agriculture(GAP), Veterinary (GVP), Manufacturing (GMP), Hygiene (GHP), Production (GPP), Distribution (GDP) and/or Trading (GTP) depending on the segment of the food chain in which the participant operates
  • The principles of HACCP as defined by the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
b) Knowledge of the requirements of ISO 22000.
This is a five-day course.
Day 1&2: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm – Class work inclusive of evening assignments
Day 3: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm – Class work inclusive of evening assignments
Day 4: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm – Live or simulated audit
Day 5: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm – Class work and two-hour (*) examination  
Full attendance, and passing the examination and practical assessment are compulsory to attain certification.
*Note: additional 30 minute is given if English language is not the participant’s 1st language.  Please take note that the daily timing may be extended depending on the need and progress of the class.
Note for participants from out of town
Participants are encouraged to seek accommodation close to the training venue.  Please be reminded to bring appropriate personal protective equipment for live audit especially covered flat-heeled shoes or safety shoes if available.  Participants are allowed to use a bilingual dictionary during exam therefore participants are encouraged to bring a hardcopy dictionary.  Please take note that electronic devices are not allowed during exam.
CQI & IRCA certification
This course is run by NevilleClarke (ATP 01191057).
HRDF Scheme for Malaysian participants
Claimable under the Malaysian SBL or SBL Khas Schemes.


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