Discover the Value of The Center’s ISO Certification

There are two primary benefits associated with being ISO certified: a competitive advantage and the discipline necessary for future growth. Many companies expect their suppliers to have some form of ISO Certification. Without this certification, suppliers are unlikely to even be considered. The competitive advantage gained through certification provides companies with additional opportunities for growth.

Similarly, there is a high level of discipline necessary to achieve and maintain ISO certification. This discipline is evident in all aspects of the company, creating an environment to help survive and thrive in today’s competitive market.  To help companies be successful, we assist them in integrating their QMS/EMS objectives into their strategies and Business Plans.

Necessary Requirements for ISO Certification

  • Develop a Quality Management System (QMS) or Environmental Management System (EMS) based on a specific set of requirements. For example, ISO 9001 is a model for maintaining a QMS while ISO 14001 is a model for maintaining an EMS.
  • Once the QMS or EMS is in place and has been implemented for the required period of time (typically 3-12 months), the company will be audited and registered to the specific standard by a Registrar. 
  • The Registrar will conduct periodic assessments to ensure effective implementation of the QMS or EMS.

Lead Auditor vs. Internal Auditor: A Quick Comparison

Unsure about whether to send an employee to a Lead Auditor or an Internal Auditor training class? Here’s a brief comparison that will help make your decision easier:

Lead Auditor Training prepares the participant to conduct external audits for Registrars/SQAs (Supplier Quality Auditors) that will help determine if a company meets the requirements for registration (certification) for a particular standard. The focus is on the registration process and the company’s compliance to the specified standard. Auditors are not looking for potential improvement other than better ways to comply.

Internal Auditor Training equips the student with the tools to conduct internal audits for the organization. Internal auditors are focused more on the company’s processes and less on the standard. In many cases, the standard is not even referenced in the internal audit. Internal auditors should be constantly looking for ways to improve processes in both effectiveness and efficiency.

Lead Auditor vs. Internal Auditor
 Area of Interest/Subject Matter Covered  Internal Auditor  Lead Auditor
 Audit for a career   X
 Audit focuses on Improvement X  
 Audit focuses on certification X X
 Auditors can make suggestions X  
 ISO's guide to auditing (ISO 19011) X X
 Rules for registrars (ISO 17021)   X
 Understand the certification process   X

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