Quality management systems (QMS)

Demonstrate that you have the skills to audit the proper implementation of ISO 9001

Scheme-specific requirements

As a quality management systems auditor you will need to demonstrate that you:

  • have knowledge of basic quality management principles
  • understand the quality management tools and techniques applied in organisations which enable you to assess a quality management system, and generate audit findings and conclusions
  • understand an organisation’s operational activities and interactions, and their relationship with product quality.

The QMS Scheme is based on the auditing key standard:

ISO 9001: Quality management systems – Requirements.
ISO 9001:2015 replaces the current standard ISO 9001:2008.

We accept some QMS standards as alternatives to ISO 9001. If you are auditing to a standard other than ISO 9001, see this list to check if it is an acceptable alternative.

If you are auditing to a standard which is not on this list but you think ought to be, please contact us at applications@irca.org.

Who this scheme is intended for:

  • Quality management system auditors, such as those employed by third-party certification bodies/registrars or by purchasing organisations (second-party auditors)
  • Quality management practitioners, such as quality management consultants, quality managers and third-party certification managers
  • Employees conducting quality management system audits within their own organisations (internal audits).

Completed an IRCA-certified QMS course?

If you have completed an IRCA-certified QMS course, record your certificate with us and apply to become an IRCA member.

All current IRCA Certificated QMS auditors are required to attend IRCA Certified ISO 9001:2015 Transition Training in order to maintain their certification. Find out more here >>

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    See Also

    Applying for the first time?

    Download the documents you need:
    Application form
    Audit log

    Requirements for Certification as an IRCA auditor (IRCA 1000)