ISO 9001:2015 Auditor Transition (QMS)
– CQI & IRCA Certified

A two-day CQI IRCA certified (1821) Training Course –  This two-day course will provide delegates who have completed previous Auditor training courses in Quality Management Systems with the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to understand and audit against, the new standard framework Annex SL in ISO 9001:2015. It is ideally suited for existing ISO 9001:2008 Internal and Lead Auditors who want to understand the changes in the new standard and the skills needed to audit against ISO 9001:2015 based QMS requirements. All CQI IRCA certified QMS auditors must successfully complete an CQI IRCA certified QMS Auditor transition course before 1 September 2018 in order to maintain their CQI IRCA QMS Auditor registration. The universal Quality Management standard, ISO 9001 has been implemented by over one million organisations in 175 countries.  ISO 9001:2015 provides industry with a useful model for business process improvement. The changes contained within ISO 9001:2015 can be broadly classified into those which have arisen from using Annex SL as a foundation for the standard, and those relating to changes to standard specific requirements. Annex SL was developed as a generic framework for management system standards (MSSs) to ensure that all future MSSs have the same look and feel by using common terms and definitions and identical core text and language. As ISO 9001:2015 is now adopting this relatively new framework, it is expected to have a profound effect on organisations implementing the standard and those auditing against the requirements of the standard. Bearing this in mind, auditors will need to ensure they are prepared for this.

Delivery Mode

  • Customised

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What's covered?

The programme covers the following topics: 

Day 1 – Addresses changes arising from adopting Annex SL

  • How the ISO 9001 standard is changing?
  • An introduction to Annex SL and the high level structure
  • Exploring new terms and definitions as outlined in Annex SL
  • Understanding the clause changes and requirements including the organisational context, leadership, planning, support and operation
  • Considering the impact of additions and amendments

Day 2 –Addresses changes to the standard-specific content and how to audit these, which include:

  • Scope of the QMS
  • QMS processes
  • QMS risks and opportunities
  • Role of top management
  • Resources, knowledge and infrastructure
  • Competence and awareness
  • Product and service conformity
  • Controls on external providers
  • Management review
  • Opportunities for improvement

If you have access to a copy of ISO 9001:2015, please bring a copy of the standard with you. If you don’t have access, a copy will be provided for you and will be collected at the end of the course.

Who should participate?

  • Second or third party quality management systems auditors wishing to build on your existing external auditing experience
  • Those who need to learn about ISO 9001:2015 and how the revisions to this standard affect them
  • Those who work for an organisation that is transitioning from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015
  • CQI IRCA certified ISO 9001:2008 lead and internal auditors who plan to audit to ISO 9001:2015.

For applicants whose first language is not English, SQT recommends a minimum English language competency of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) for successful completion of this programme. It is important to note that learners are not expected to have an IELTS or equivalent examination complete. Potential delegates are expected to self-assess their English language competency against the IELTS Band scores which can be found in this document.

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Describe in outline, the framework for a generic management system
  • Explain the new and revised terms and definitions
  • Communicate any changes in QMS specific requirements arising as a result of transitioning from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015 (which has been written using Annex SL Appendix 2 as its framework)
  • Explain the new requirements relating to Context, Leadership, Planning, Support and Operation in Annex SL Appendix 2
  • Explain the NSAI certification transition arrangements
  • Plan and conduct an audit to ISO 9001:2015
  • Evaluate evidence and generate findings against the ISO 9001:2015 requirements.

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.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of exercises will be carried out throughout the course which utilise case studies and sample documentation. Delegates are assessed by a written examination and throughout the course by continual assessment.   Continual assessment is based upon the student’s participation and performance during the exercises and question & answer sessions. It is essential that delegates attend the full course, take an active part in all course activities and pass both the written exam AND continuous assessment in order to successfully complete the course.


How do we train and support you?

In-House Courses
For In-House courses, the tutor will contact you in advance to discuss the course programme in more detail, in order to tailor it specifically for your organisation.

Course Manual
Delegates will receive a very comprehensive course manual.

Programme accreditation

This course is certified by CQI IRCA. The International Register of Certificated Auditors (CQI IRCA) is the world's original and largest international certification body for auditors of management systems.

Finbarr Stapleton


ISO 9001:2015 Auditor Transition (QMS)
– CQI & IRCA Certified


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