Fresh out of college with a world of career opportunities and experiences in front of you can be stressful, scary and challenging, but it is unquestionably worth exploring. By knowing your strengths, previous experiences and hobbies you will have a better vision to what career path you want to pursue. No matter the field you are in, it is certain that ISO has something for you.
The International Organization for Standardization, also known as ISO, is the largest developer of International Standards which make our lives easier, safer and better with the solutions that these standards provide to resolve global problems in all kinds of areas. Becoming an ISO Management Systems Auditor is a great opportunity to get involved in this big world of experts. A Management Systems (MS) Auditor can work in different fields such as Information Security, Quality Management, Business Continuity, Service Management, Anti-Bribery, Health, Safety and Environmental Management, etc.
What is the role of a Management Systems Auditor and why it is a great career to pursue?
An MS Auditor is a person who conducts an audit (ISO 9000:2015, 3.13.15), which is a systematic, independent and documented process for obtaining objective evidence and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which the audit criteria are fulfilled (ISO 19011:2018, 3.1).
MS Auditors are responsible to evaluate the compliance of an organization towards an ISO standard or to check if an organization’s management system is in conformity with the ISO standard requirements.
In short, MS Auditor duties are to:
- Define the scope and objectives of the audit;
- Check for background information;
- Perform a documentation review;
- Evaluate the evidences and results;
- Develop the report for certification recommendation, follow ups, and findings;
- Record and report observations/findings clearly;
- Resolve any kind of problem that might arise.
Additionally, pursuing a career as an MS Auditor comes with many benefits, which include amongst others:
- Work with a lot of interesting and successful organizations in different industries;
- Learn skills that will/can be used anywhere;
- Visit organizations all over the world and learn how businesses operate;
- Build endless connections and professional networks;
- Develop communication skills;
- Can be a part-time job;
- Well paid;
- Always learning;
- A highly demanded job.
How to become a Management Systems Auditor?
Now that you know the benefits and the main duties that come with this career, you need to know how to work your way up to that.
As the first and very important step that you should take is the completion of a Lead Auditor Training Course. It can be for example an ISO 9001 Lead Auditor or ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Auditor Training Course, however, it is important to know that as you grow in this career, you can also choose more than one Lead Auditor Certificate and audit in more than just one field.
The objective of the Lead Auditor Training Course is to offer an in depth understanding of ISO management system standards by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures and techniques.
After you complete the training course, you need to get involved in as many internal or external audits as possible. This involvement, which initially will be in the role of an observer and/or trainee auditor, will help you to gain necessary auditing skills and a better understanding of auditing and the certification bodies’ processes. In addition, it will help you build work experience.
MSECB welcomes you on board!
Here at MSECB we always welcome new auditors through our Auditor Certification Program, after the completion of which, applicants can become part of our network of MS Auditors and conduct audits worldwide by being part of an audit team. Our evaluation methods have resulted as a great asset in the preparation of skilled MS Auditors, who at the same time represent our core values. Auditors choose us because MSECB enables them to establish a reputable image as a professional MS Auditor and conduct audits through a continual interaction with us. Apart from this, they gain new experiences by conducting audits worldwide with well-paid audit mandates, while also improving their expertise in their respective field of certification.
We look forward to work with you!