Lead auditor

Lead auditors are experienced at managing audits and at leading teams.


At least to secondary education level.

Note: If you have a degree or near degree level qualification, we will reduce the requirement for work experience. Acceptable qualifications include those awarded by an institution recognised by a national governmental body or accredited by a national professional body.

Work experience

  • Four years’ full-time experience, or three years with a degree or near degree
  • Two years’ full-time experience relevant to the auditor scheme you are applying for. Please refer to the scheme-specific pages information about what will be accepted as experience relevant to the auditor scheme you are applying for.

Auditor training

  • A relevant IRCA-certified Auditor/Lead Auditor training course.
  • Or the relevant IRCA-certified Auditor/Lead Auditor Conversion training course – only acceptable if you have previously completed a five-day Auditor/Lead Auditor training course in another discipline. (Refer to 4.4 for guidance on what training IRCA accepts.)

Auditor experience

  • Four full management system audits as an auditor-in-training, totaling 20 days, including a minimum of 15 days on site
  • Three full management system audits as the leader of an audit team that includes at least one other auditor, totaling 15 days, 10 of which must have been spent on site. (Refer to 4.3 for guidance on what audits are accepted.)

Note: Although we recommend you should complete all of the audits under the direction and guidance of an auditor competent as a team leader (one currently certificated as a lead auditor or who has equivalent competence), we acknowledge that for many auditors this will be very difficult and costly to arrange. Consequently, we will accept a minimum of one audit
under these conditions. We may require this team leader to attest to your competence to lead an audit team. If you are already certificated to the relevant auditor grade, you need only perform the three lead audits as above.

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