ISO 22000:2018 Lead Auditor Training

Certified by Exemplar Global, this course will teach you to become an effective ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) lead auditor, conduct solo audits and manage audit teams.


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Duration: 40 hours

This ISO 22000:2018 Lead Auditor Training course teaches everything you need to know to conduct effective audits, either as a solo auditor or head of an audit team.

Learning is enhanced by live, real-time video examples that enable course participants to experience opening and closing meetings, as well as an authentic audit.

Learners will also learn how to correctly interpret ISO 22000:2018 requirements and prepare documented information, understand the concept of the PDCA cycle, learn about HACCP and its principles, and know how to identify and manage risk.

The ISO 22000 course includes an examination. Upon successful completion, graduates have the option to seek registration as an Exemplar Global Certified Food Safety Management System (ISO 22000) Lead Auditor.

ISO 22000 lead auditor training and exam are online and on-demand. Both can be taken anytime and on any device.

Learning Objectives

On completion of the course you will:

  • Have a detailed understanding of the ISO 22000:2018 standard, along with its requirements, benefits, and high-level structure (Annex SL).
  • Understand how to prepare and maintain documented information.
  • Know how to use the Plan Do Check Act cycle (PDCA) to create a sustainable Food Safety Management System that fosters a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Be able to understand, identify, and communicate best practices.
  • Understand risk management and risk evaluation techniques within the context of ISO 22000:2018.
  • Understand the processes involved in auditing, including the types of auditing and questioning techniques.
  • Have acquired the skills needed to conduct an internal audit, including preparation, and opening and closing meetings.
  • Know how to prepare and maintain lead audit reports.
  • Be able to set up and manage a team of lead auditors.
  • Have learned techniques to prepare you for the final certification audit.

Course Content

The online course is interactive and combines lectures with videos, presentations, and practical examples. A total of 215 PDF handouts are provided, which learners are encouraged to retain and refer back to.

The course also provides a comprehensive set of Audit Checklists designed specifically for Food Safety Management Systems. The set can be used as a valuable tool when conducting internal audits.

Overview of ISO 22000:2018

This first part introduces ISO 22000, explaining what it is, how it's used, and the purpose and benefits of a Food Safety Management System (FSMS).

ISO 22000:2018 Principles

This part introduces the seven principles of ISO 22000:

  • Customer Focus
    The organization must demonstrate its commitment to quality by cultivating a strong customer focus, and by striving to meet and exceed customer needs.
  • Leadership
    Endorse strong leadership that communicates the organization's vision and objectives.
  • Engagement of People
    Engage and empower people at all levels of the organization. The organization should cultivate a work environment in which frank, open communication is welcomed and employees are valued and encouraged to thrive.
  • Process Approach
    An ISO 22000 system typically consists of several different processes working together. Organizations need to make sure that designated people understand these processes and their expected outcomes.
  • Improvement
    Continual improvement is a key component of ISO 22000 and a core objective of an organization's FSMS.
  • Evidence-Based Decision Making
    Decisions based on the analysis and evaluation of reliable data are more likely to produce desired outcomes.
  • Relationship Management
    Develop mutually beneficial relationships with interested parties, including suppliers, partners, customers, and other stakeholders.

ISO 22000 Requirements

This part takes a step-by-step look at the relevant clauses in the ISO 22000:2018 standard in order to understand what they mean and what your company needs to do to comply with them.

Documented Information

Clear, well-written, and non-bureaucratic documentation is an important part of a Food Safety Management System.

A point worth noting here is that documents are used for storing and sharing information, while records are essentially hard copies of results (such as from an audit) or evidence of activities that have been performed. And while documents get revised from to time and are generally kept up-to-date, records are static and never revised.

Overview of HACCP

This part covers HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point), an internationally-recognized system for minimizing or eliminating food safety hazards.

Audit Process

This part gives an overview of internal auditing and includes a video tutorial that gives a practical "real-life" demonstration of an auditor conducting the opening meeting.

Audit Terms and Definitions, and Roles and Responsibilities

Terms and definitions are introduced and explained, as well as a discussion of the roles and responsibilities expected from a company's internal auditor. The lessons also include a video tutorial that gives a practical "real-life" demonstration of audit questions and answers.

Performing an Audit

This part includes a video tutorial that gives a practical "real-life" demonstration of an auditor conducting the closing meeting.

Nonconformities and Corrective Action

Nonconformities (also known as non-conformities or non-conformances) are the "gaps" in your FSMS that don't fully comply with ISO 22000:2018 requirements. Corrective actions are actions taken to address these gaps. Keeping a record of all such nonconformities and corrective actions is a crucial part of auditing.

Who Should Take ISO 22000:2018 Lead Auditor Training?

This course is ideal for:

  • Staff who've been appointed solo auditor or leader of the company's ISO 22000 audit team.
  • Food safety professionals who need an in-depth understanding of ISO 22000 FSMS audit practices.
  • Individuals who want to conduct third-party audits, work as a registrar auditor, or otherwise seek to expand their career opportunities as a Certified ISO 22000 Lead Auditor.

Certificate of Completion

Graduates of this ISO 22000:2018 Lead Auditor Training course receive a Certificate of Completion with the Exemplar Global accreditation mark. The certificate provides evidence of successfully passing the training program.

Certificate ISO 22000:2018 Lead Auditor Training

To receive a Certificate of Completion, you need to pass the final exam. It's a multiple-choice assessment with a passing score of 60%. The exam can be re-taken unlimited times without additional charge.

What's Included

Login credentials for course dashboard, handouts and course materials, and course certificate.

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The course takes about 40 hours to complete (on-demand).

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Average Rating: 4.7 (117 ratings)

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Ann Romano

Reviewer Rating 4 Stars24 March 2023

Excellent and very comprehensive. The only difficulty is the duration because it is not always easy to study when you are busy at work ...

Roberto PĂ©rez

Reviewer Rating 5 Stars2 February 2023

I will rate this with 5 stars because it covered all the topics I need to know about in my sector of the food industry. ...

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