When discussing audits, many people first think about financial audits. While these are very important, there actually are many different types of audits and each is important to maintaining success for an organisation.
Quality audits take the more abstract concept of assessing things like operational systems and processes, and combine it with the systematic procedure of an audit. Quality audits investigate a specific area of operation and assess the effectiveness, compliance, and opportunities within that operation. An audit can be of anything from a process, system, or a product.
Which Course Is Best For Auditing?
Taking an audit training course can solidify the skills you have developed in quality auditing throughout your career and teach you new skills to take your career and knowledge further.
The best place to start when considering an audit training course is to look for a reputable and registered training organisation that will give you a nationally recognised qualification. That way you are set up to advance your career in auditing anywhere in Australia and in the industry of your choosing.
The next thing to look for when choosing a course is finding one that works for you, your schedule, and your previous experience. Our auditing courses online offer the flexibility to fit the course in around your schedule, with no assessment due dates and a “study at your own pace” structure.
We also offer Recognition of Prior Learning at OPEC College, which allows you to convert your existing skills, knowledge and experience, gained through prior work or study, into formal competencies. This means you can achieve a nationally recognised qualification in auditing without wasting time studying something you already know.
If all of this sounds like the right process for you, find out more about our BSB50920 Diploma of Quality Auditing here.
What skills do you need to be an auditor?
There are many steps that go into executing a comprehensive and effective audit, as well as key skills that all auditors will need.
While there are a range of audit types and approaches to take, skills like evaluating systems, analysing data, communicating with key parties, and reporting are universal.
Here’s some of the key skills quality auditors will need:
- Planning and executing an audit
The process of planning and undertaking an audit can be complex, with steps including setting the audit schedule, identifying the necessary resources, gathering documentation, and creating reports.
- Analysing data
Being able to analyse and assess different types of data against the standards and objectives of the audit is an essential skill. The main role of the auditor will be to effectively and impartially analyse what’s currently in place.
- Understanding the audit context and objectives
As an auditor, you need to understand the process, system or product that you are auditing. If you work within the organisation, it’s important that you don’t work in the area being audited, that way the audit can be objective.
- Communicating with key stakeholders
It will be the job of the auditor to communicate with key stakeholders before, during, and in the reporting phase of the audit. Good communication is key to ensuring that objectives, requirements, and results are effectively conveyed and essential improvements can be made.
- Facilitating continuous improvement
The objective of most audits is to find gaps and areas for improvement, so the role of the auditor is also to facilitate and recommend ways to improve. As part of the audit, they can also highlight areas that are performing well to be able to set benchmarks.
Who cannot become an auditor?
An auditor shouldn’t work directly with the system, process, or product being audited, or have a personal or professional investment in it. This will ensure that the audit is impartial and the results are not compromised.
These are the main restrictions on who can be an auditor within a certain organisation. The benefit of a third-party auditor for example is that they will be impartial and won’t compromise anything internally.
If you’re interested in finding out more about our auditing courses, you can take a look here.
Our BSB50920 Diploma of Quality Auditing is perfect for individuals who possess a sound theoretical knowledge base in quality auditing and use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan, carry out, and evaluate their own work or the work of an audit team.
This course can help lead into roles such as Lead Auditor, Quality Assurance Manager, Auditor, and Compliance Manager.
Want to find out more or talk to our team about how to get started on an audit training course? You can contact us by calling 1300 99 6732 or getting in touch online here.