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Find answers to the frequently asked questions about MSECB Auditor Certification Program.

Last updated on August 31, 2021

Note: These are the most frequently asked questions about MSECB Auditor Certification Program and this document will be updated constantly.

Main requirements of becoming MSECB Auditor are:

  • Holding a recognized and valid Lead Auditor certificate for a specific scheme
  • At least 5 years of related professional work experience
  • Have performed at least four complete audits, the total duration of which should be a minimum of twenty days.

For more information related to the requirements, please click here.

By contacting us at auditor@msecb.com and sending your CV and any valid Lead Auditor Certificate(s).

Yes, however if you don’t have experience in auditing you will be approved as a Trainee Auditor. As soon as you gain the necessary experience, you can upgrade your status.

Yes, the application process is free of charge.

Yes, you can be approved for multiple standards depending on your experience and certificates you have.

MSECB is accredited under ISO/IEC 17021 to provide audit and certification services of management systems, so MSECB Auditors would conduct only third-party audits.

MSECB has two statuses that can be obtained by auditors: Interim MS Auditor and Fully Approved MS Auditor.

After successfully completing the application process, Auditor Documentation Package and the Online Interview, the applicant will get approved as an Interim MS Auditor. The interim period will be valid for one year. In order to upgrade to the Fully Approved MS Auditor status, the Interim MS Auditor will need to: 

  • Complete the PECB Certified Management Systems Auditor (CMSA) Training Course.
  • Be witnessed (observed) while conducting an audit on behalf of MSECB.

The main difference is that Interim MS Auditors can conduct audits on behalf of MSECB as a sole auditor or as part of the audit team but cannot lead an audit team, meanwhile Fully Approved MS Auditors can conduct audits on behalf of MSECB as a Lead Auditor and as well as lead an audit team.

The interview is approximately 20-30 minutes long and there will be questions regarding audit experience and general knowledge in auditing.

The Certified Management Systems Auditor (CMSA) Training Course is designed for participants who want to develop the necessary knowledge to plan and perform management systems audits in compliance with the best practices, including the guidelines and requirements from ISO 19011:2018 and ISO/IEC 17021.

This training course will:

  •  prepare you for future professional challenges,
  •  help you enhance your personal development,
  •  build networking opportunities, and achieve worldwide recognition.

In addition, the CMSA Training Course is one of the mandatory requirements that needs to be completed in order to obtain the Fully Approved MS Auditor status.

Each auditor will need to be witnessed (observed) in order to become a Fully Approved MS Auditor. Frequency of witness audits will be based on all monitoring information available (previous observation, review of audit reports, feedback from clients, etc.).

In general, the witness audit session is conducted once, regardless of the standards the Interim MS Auditor is approved for, and it is conducted on the first audit mandate of the Interim MS Auditor. Nonetheless, it is up to MSECB discretion to decide whether another witness audit is required.

The MSECB Auditor Certificate is valid for three years. It can be renewed for another cycle +/- six (6) months before expiration. Meanwhile, the Interim MS Auditor Certificate is valid for one year (pending to completion of the CMSA Training and Witness Audit).

There is no fee included for auditors in order to maintain the MSECB Auditor Certificate.

In order to get recertified, the MSECB Certified Auditor should have performed a minimum of three complete audits with at least ten (10) audit days during the last three years. For MSECB Certified Lead Auditor, one of the audits should be in the capacity of a Lead Auditor leading a team of at least one other auditor.

The recertification process can be performed within the six (6) months period, prior/after the expiry date of the MSECB Auditor Certificate. However, if the recertification has not been performed within this period, the MS Auditor may be required to pass an additional observation.

There is no fix fee as this depends on many factors like the location of the client, the standard(s) to be audited, the duration of the audit, etc.

The audit plan should be submitted to MSECB two weeks before the audit begins.

The audit report will be prepared by the MS Auditor and it is recommended to be submitted to MSECB within 1-3 days after the completion of the audit.

The MS Auditor can only provide recommendation to the certification body regarding the certification of the audited organization, however, they are not allowed to provide specific solutions or recommendations to the auditee. Nonetheless, auditors can share best practices with the auditee as this is not considered consultancy.

Our MSECB Auditors are not allowed to be part of an audit team or audit organizations to whom they have provided consultancy services in the past two years.

Becoming a Certified MSECB Auditor includes amongst others the following benefits:

  • Establish a reputable image as a professional MS Auditor in our network and conduct audits through a continual interaction with MSECB.
  • Well-paid audit mandates.
  • Opportunity to conduct audits worldwide.
  • Improve audit expertise in the respective certification field.
  • Work by applying best auditing practices.

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