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BRCGS Food Safety Issue 9: Lead Auditor Training

Virtual Learning40 hours

Course Overview

This course enables participants with an in-depth understanding of the Standard in terms of the protocol, requirements and how to audit effectively. Participants will gain competency to assess compliance to the requirements of the Standard, including fundamental clauses, statements of intent, how to undertake a BRCGS audit, planning of the audit and reporting of the audit. Auditing fundamentals and techniques will be discussed including the auditor competency skills required of Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) scheme auditors.

Active learning will be used throughout the course utilising case study-based activities to encourage critical thinking and help explain how auditors with audit against the Standard.

What this course covers

• Auditing fundamentals modules 1-6

• Scope and format of the Standard

• Requirements of the Standard ISSUE 9

• Requirements of the Standard

• Audit protocol

• BRCGS compliance and support

• Auditor requirements

At the end of the course you will be assessed with an exam. Successful completion of this course, including the exam, forms part of the training necessary to become a BRCGS auditor.

Who should Attend

  • Retailers

  • Consultants

  • Technical Managers and personnel

  • Quality Managers and personnel

  • Auditors

  • Importers and exporters of food products

  • Operations Managers

  • Current BRCGS Auditors

  • Those interested in becoming a BRCGS Auditor

Prerequisites

Participants must have a working knowledge of quality management systems and auditing within the relevant manufacturing sector, and have completed a hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) course of at least two days' duration.

Participants must read and review a copy of the Standard including the glossary, which is available as a free download from the BRCGS Store, in addition to the pre-course materials provided. https://www.brcgs.com/store/

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Course Objective

At the end of the program, learners will be able to: 

  • Explain the steps to managing an audit programme 

  • Describe auditing fundamentals and techniques 

  • Assess compliance to the requirements of the Standard and explain how compliance can be demonstrated to maintain food safety, quality, legality, and authenticity 

  • Describe the scope of companies and products covered by the Standard 

  • Describe steps to conduct a BRCGS audit including the preparation, planning, and reporting of the audit 

  • Utilise and explain resource tools available for compliance and beneficial support from BRCGS 

 

Partners 

BRCGS is a market-leading global brand that helps build confidence in the supply chain. Our Global Standards for Food Safety, Packaging Materials, Storage and Distribution, Consumer Products, Agents and Brokers, Retail, Gluten Free, Plant-Based and Ethical Trading set the benchmark for good manufacturing practice, and help provide assurance to customers that your products are safe, legal and of high quality. https://www.brcgs.com/ 

 

Computer and Internet Connection: 

You will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is recommended. 

Compatible Web Browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, IE Edge and higher 

 

Accommodations 

NSF is committed to accommodating the learning requirements of all our stakeholders. If you require special assistance for any reason, please contact your regional office one week prior to your class. 

Additional Recommended Courses

Internal Auditor: SQF

Conducting internal audits with a food safety focus is required to determine whether your SQF food safety system is implemented effectively. The analysis of results is critical to ensure that the food safety plan continues to be effective. Challenges to achieving continual improvement in food safety programs can occur due to improperly conducted and documented internal audits.

Gain the knowledge and skills to internally audit your SQF food safety system effectively to ensure food safety and compliance with SQF requirements in this course.

This course is applicable to all SQF Food Safety Codes and meets the internal auditor training requirements of other food standards although it has a focus on the SQF Code. Participants must bring their copy of the applicable SQF Code to the training program.

An email address is required for registration and to receive the login instructions.

Upon registration, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the training course through NSF’s eLearning portal. Any additional information pertaining to the course will be sent in your confirmation email.

You will find your course material and homework/exam on the eLearning portal. You will need to access the portal in order to successfully complete the course and print your certificate. Upon successful course completion, you will gain access to print your official NSF Certificate.

Who should Attend

Operational, Quality, Technical Staff and Food Safety personnel working in manufacturing or retail with food safety plans and programs. Also suitable for professionals new to the industry.

ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor

This two-day virtual course is designed to equip participants with the essential knowledge and skills needed to conduct effective internal audits of Quality Management Systems (QMS) based on the ISO 9001:2015 standard.

Our engaging and interactive training sessions delve into core principles of the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, providing learners with an understanding of its requirements and application in real-world scenarios. Through a blend of teaching, group activities and dynamic class discussions, learners will acquire the necessary internal auditing skills to assess the effectiveness of their organizations QMS. The requirements of ISO 19011:2018 Guidelines for auditing management systems will be used as the foundational requirements for internal audits.

Key topics covered:

  • Understanding the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System

  • The four phases of an internal audit: Planning, Preparation, Performing the Audit and Reporting/Verification

  • Building a foundation around fundamental organizational process

  • Maintaining a “big picture” perspective during internal audits

  • Testing the effectiveness of each process to optimize organizational outputs

Our expert instructors guide participants through each phase of the internal audit process, emphasizing practical application and value-added auditing techniques. Classroom lecture is seamlessly integrated with hands-on workshops, ensuring that participants grasp the nuances of internal auditing and can apply learned concepts directly within their organizations.

Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of their ISO 9001:2015 standard to the training session for reference and practical application.

An email address is required for registration and to receive the login instructions.

Upon registration, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the training course through NSF’s eLearning portal. Any additional information pertaining to the course will be sent in your confirmation email.

You will find your course material and homework/exam on the eLearning portal. You will need to access the portal in order to successfully complete the course and print your certificate. Upon successful course completion, you will gain access to print your official NSF Certificate.

Who should Attend

Operational, Quality, Technical Staff and Safety personnel working in industries with quality management systems.

Prerequisite(s): A solid understanding of the ISO 9001:2015 version of the standard is essential for participation in this course.

BRCGS Internal Auditor

This course will enable you to undertake internal audits and prepare companies for third party audits. It’s delivered via a series of workshop-led discussions, presentations and an interactive case study. During the live case study, you will be given feedback and support to enable you to carry out an audit at your own workplace.

This course is part of the BRCGS Professional recognition programme.

What this course covers

  • Welcome, Communication & Housekeeping

  • Introduction to Auditing and Terminology

  • Audit Planning

  • Auditor attributes and interpersonal skills

  • Conducting the Audit

  • Audit Report and Follow up

Assessment: 50% Course Participation; 50% Course Assignment – Workplace audit; Pass mark 75%.

Participants will receive an official BRCGS certificate, issued by BRCGS, after attending this training program.

Who should Attend

Operational, quality and technical staff responsible for managing an internal auditing schedule and BRCGS Professionals.

This course is available as a Private Offering. Please email us for a quote.