Matthew and Daniel are part of the Independent Certifier team on NorthLink WA Stage 2 which has conducted 28 audits to date involving either Matthew or Daniel, so the practical application of their qualifications is ongoing.
The course covered the skills required to plan and lead an audit, the categorisation and presentation of findings and the follow-up process. The requirements of the ISO standards were explored through role playing, group exercises and individual assessment. The course culminated in a final exam covering 21 different findings across all three standards. This involved matching the relevant clauses of the standards (some of which extended across all three standards), categorise the findings and present reasoning in an audit report.
There were a variety of attendees, from experienced auditors to people who were yet to work under a management system, and from a range of industries including fisheries, mining, fabrication, food safety, social housing and construction. Everyone was able to contribute from their own experiences as the standards are written to be all encompassing, with similar layouts, themes and requirements throughout, with a requirement for the auditor to be experienced in the industry which they are auditing.
APP plan to extend the AQUAS services into WA by offering auditing services to client organisations and to contractors looking to improve their management systems.