ISO 9001:2015 Refresher Internal Auditor (QMS)

The ISO 9000 series of standards require that an organisation conduct internal quality audits to determine the effectiveness of its quality system. Auditors carrying out these internal audits need to understand the purpose of ISO 9001 and the process approach to auditing to enable them to add-value during the audit process. Thousands of internal audits are performed each year providing little internal business benefit.   This course focuses on auditing ISO 9001 for real quality improvement and performance rather than just compliance. This one-day course provides refresher training in the skills necessary to be an effective internal QMS auditor.

Delivery Mode

  • Customised

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What's covered?

  • Quality Systems and the purpose of Quality Audits
  • Overview of Annex SL
  • The process approach to auditing
  • Audit preparation
  • Audit checklists
  • Conducting the Audit
  • Questioning Skills/Behavioural aspects of auditing
  • Corrective Action
  • Reporting the Audit
  • Auditing the effectiveness of the QMS

Who should participate?

Any previously trained Internal QMS Auditors in the organisation requiring refresher training in auditing skills.

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme:

  • Understand the importance of internal auditing within a quality management system
  • Understand the responsibilities of Internal Auditors
  • Conduct an effective internal audit e.g. plan and organise an internal audit against relevant criteria
  • Collect and analyse evidence objectively
  • Evaluate and report the results of an internal audit

Who are the tutors?

Finbarr Stapleton

Finbarr Stapleton, Antaris, has a B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry and a Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety and is a member of IOSH. He has over thirty years experience, initially as Laboratory Manager in an Analytical Laboratory, a number of years experience as an EHS Manager in the Food Industry and subsequently in technical consultancy.

He has successfully implemented OHSAS 18001/45001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 in a large number of industries. He has extensive experience of quality management and environmental and health and safety management systems, energy management, waste management as well as environmental and health and safety legislation. He is a qualified Auditor of ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 management systems. Finbarr has also extensive experience of energy management systems such as ISO 50001. He has carried out a number of projects on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
He regularly carries out audits and risk assessments for client companies. He has also qualified as a dangerous goods safety adviser.

Finbarr has assisted a number of companies in making successful applications to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for an IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control) licence and has also carried out Environmental Impact Assessments for a number of companies.

Finbarr also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education. He is the lead tutor for the Nebosh International Certificate and Diploma courses.

Nick Smyth

Nick Smyth graduated from the University of Limerick in 1981 with a BSc in Manufacturing Technology having taken the Materials Engineering specialisation. He has worked as a Technical, Q.A./Materials Engineering and E.H.S. professional for 24 years, which included management roles in Intel Ireland, Johnson and Johnson, DeBeers Industrial Diamond, SPS International, Abbott Ireland and Fulflex International. He holds qualifications in Quality Assurance/Management, Lead Auditing, Safety Health and Welfare at Work, Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Management.

Nick also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education, and a CAE certificate in Accessible Environments and the Disability Discrimination Act.
He joined Antaris in June of 2005 and provides consultancy and SQT training services in his areas of experience and expertise.

Peter Fleming

Peter Fleming is an accomplished EHSQ professional with credible technical insight coupled with best-in-class interpersonal and communication skills. In the last 14 years, he has specialized in the areas of HAZOP, risk assessment, process safety, fire safety and industrial loss prevention. Peter Has worked with over 300 organizations in Europe, China, Middle East, America, Central America primarily focusing on HAZOP studies and Risk Assessment.

Currently, he has been coordinating a number of HAZOP and SIL studies in Jubail and Saudi Arabia. He has also worked as a safety expert responsible for assessing the safety of Ma’aden operations and processes and preparing a safety risk register for Ma’aden Phosphate Company. His work encompassed beneficiation, ammonia, 3 sulfuric acid, 3 phosphoric acid and 4 diammonium phosphate plants. He has also completed a number of HAZOP studies in Saudi Arabia and Qatar for a number of clients.

Shane Curran

Shane is a specialist in Management Systems. He has been working with international standards such as ISO, and a myriad of management systems for almost 20 years. Shane has successfully guided and assisted a great variety of interesting organisations across lots of different sectors, through his working consultancy and training and also as a Lead Auditor. Shane has worked with clients from a variety of sectors and environments including Scientific Research, State Agencies, multinational Medical Device and Pharmaceutical manufacture, Transport (Air, Rail and Road), Engineering, Manufacturing,Legal Services, Education & Training providers, Software / IT, etc. with standards such as ISO 14001, ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001, ISO 17025, GMP, and HPRA / FDA regulations.

There has been a long tradition of educators in Shane’s family and he is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience in a creative way that adds value to both the learner and their organisations. He has designed many CQI IRCA certified training courses and has been lead tutor on the QMS Lead Auditor course for nearly 10 years. Shane is an active freelance consultant and Lead Auditor working across various disciplines and sectors and is an expert member of the Irish Quality Management Standards Committee (QMSC), involved in the on-going development of ISO 9001 and various related family of international standards. He has travelled extensively, throughout Europe and North America providing consultancy and training on Quality, Environmental and OH&S related topics. Shane has also had experience in software design & development and has been directly involved in managing the design and development of various online services and apps. Shane is a Science graduate from NUI Galway and holds a BSc in Botany and Biochemistry and a post graduate Certificate in Training & Continuing Education from NUI Maynooth.

How do we train and support you?

In-House Courses

For In-House courses, the Tutor will contact the Course Organiser in advance to discuss the programme in more detail in order to tailor it specifically to the organisation.


Course Manual

Delegates will receive a very comprehensive course manual.

Shane Curran

Duration: 1 day

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