If you’re considering a career in ISO auditing, there are certain skills you will need. If you are an excellent communicator and analyser and are looking for a career where you can apply your regulation knowledge and work within the office as well as out in the field, then auditing may be for you.
What does ISO mean?
ISO stands for the International Organisation for Standardization and describes guidelines and certificates that professional services should follow and maintain in order to successfully optimise their business, products and services. There are multiple standards that cover every area, from Quality Management Systems to Engineering.
What is a Quality Management System?
A quality management system (QMS) is a set of policies, processes and procedures that are focused on consistently improving your business to best meet customer needs and to enhance customer satisfaction.
What is an ISO audit?
In simple terms, an ISO Audit is the process of checking a company or business is actually following the quality activities and processes they say they are.
What does an ISO Consultant do?
The job of an ISO consultant is to help companies to ensure their processes are implemented effectively and are suitable to achieve results. Their job is to:
- conduct surveillance and assessment of businesses
- verify that the business and management system is in line with ISO standards
- review and study company documentation
- interview staff involved in the implementation of quality systems throughout the business
- ensure that the quality objectives of the organisations are relevant and realistic
- recommending possible alterations to the system in order to improve and fully comply with ISO standards
- present findings in reports
What qualifications will I need?
In order to become a successful ISO auditor, you will need a diploma, certificate or degree in a related field – such as Environmental Science, Systems Management or Environmental Assessment. It would also be helpful to have an up to date knowledge of quality assurance or existing accreditations (such as ISO 9001:2015), along with health and safety systems and similar procedures. Work experience could help with this, as would online research or courses.
Why do companies need a consultant to achieve ISO 9001 Certification?
While a consultant isn’t a legal requirement in gaining ISO 9001 certification, employing an ISO consultant is a very wise business decision to ensure your QMS adds, rather than takes away, value to your business. Great consultants are experts on the ISO standard and have extensive practical experience with implementing and assessing QMS, and can assess your company and processes in a timely fashion.
Getting accredited can be a daunting experience, and finding a consultant you can trust is hard. If you’re struggling to get your business together so that you can be audited for ISO certification, contact Clear Quality today. Their expert ISO consultants are specially trained in ISO auditing and have extensive experience across a huge range of industries, from implementing quality systems to helping staff with the transition. Having worked with different businesses sizes, from those just starring their accreditation to those looking for a re-assessment for the ISO 9001:2015 certification, they are a perfect choice.