Why IQS?

IQS courses are recognized as an industry leader and IQS endorsement means that you can be confident that the course you are attending:

  • covers the key knowledge and skills you need to start your journey as a management systems auditor
  • will be taught by tutors who are experienced auditors and trainers who have fulfilled IQS tutor competency requirements
  • will be taught using a variety of proven practical student focused learning techniques to help you learn and enjoy the course
  • has a limited class size to maximize participation and optimize your learning
  • has been regularly assessed by an IQS approved technical assessor.
  • completion of this course is the first step to becoming IQS registered FSMS Lead Auditor.

IQS recognize that attending a training course is usually a major commitment, both in terms of cost and time. When choosing the right training organizations and the right course, make sure you look for those that display the IQS certification mark.

IQS only approves organizations that have demonstrated a high standard of technical and training expertise. All training organizations approved by IQS must demonstrate that they have the competence to achieve the learning outcomes for each course and to examine the performance of students.

When you are choosing an IQS certified Course and Training Organization you can be certain that;

Your knowledge and skills are developed through an interactive and practical approach to tasks and audit activities.

  • Courses are delivered by tutors who are experts in management systems in auditing and experienced in training.
  • Students are formally assessed and examined during training.

Who will benefit?

  • FSMS auditors, e.g. those employed by third party certification bodies / registrars, or by purchasing organizations.
  • FSMS practitioners, e.g. Food Safety consultants, Food Safety managers and other Food Safety personnel.
  • Employees conducting Food Safety Management System audits within their own organization i.e. Internal Standards.

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives describe in outline what students will know and be able to do by the end of the course. On completion, successful students will have the knowledge and skills to:


Describe the purpose of a Food Safety Management System, of Food Safety Management Systems standards, of management system audit and of third-party certification
Explain the role of an auditor to plan, conduct, report and follow up a Food Safety Management System audit in accordance with ISO 19011 (and ISO 22003 including ISO 17021 where appropriate).

Plan, conduct, report and follow up an audit of a Food Safety management system to establish conformity (or otherwise) with ISO 22000 or acceptable equivalent and in accordance with ISO 19011 (and ISO 22003 including ISO 17021 where appropriate).

Course Format
Course Program

  • Each day is divided into four sessions, two before lunch and two after lunch.
  • The first session precedes the mid-morning break and the second follows mid-morning break.
  • The afternoon sessions are similarly divided.
  • The outputs of the exercise are a part of the formal continuous assessment and will therefore be marked.
  • Although the exercises are group exercises individual score to the delegate will be based on their overall participation.
  • A mock audit – Role play will be conducted on Days 4 & 5 of the Training for the delegates to demonstrate the skills learned and understood during the course. All sessions are interactive and delegate participation is encouraged.
  • You will need to allow sufficient time to read and understand the notes which have been provided.

Course Style

  • All sessions are delegate interactive and delegate participation is encouraged. Delivery will include presentations by lecture, overhead and slide projection.
  • There are numerous exercises and each activity is assessed as part of the overall candidature evaluation.
  • A model factory will be used and wherever possible practical illustrations will be given. All our course presenters are highly qualified and experienced in Food Safety Management System Design, implementation, and have good experiences of FSMS Certification Assessment and Training.
  • Delivery will include Presentations by lectures, Practical workshops, Role plays, Mock Audits etc., leaded by highly experienced and Qualified Tutors.
  • A mock audit – Role play will be conducted on Days 4 & 5 of the Training for the delegates to demonstrate the skills learned and understood during the course.

Expected Prior knowledge
Before starting this course, you must inform students that they are expected to have the following prior knowledge:

a) Knowledge of the following Food Safety Management Principles and Concepts:

  • Implementing or operating a management system within a food sector context. This includes private schemes such as BRC, GLOBALGAP, FSSC and/or other schemes which include management system components.
  • Relevant key food safety legislation (this may be specific to students’ food industry context and location).
  • Knowledge of prerequisite programs as specified in ISO/TS 22002-1.
  • Good Practice guides for Agriculture (GAP), Veterinary (GVP), Manufacturing (GMP), Hygiene (GHP), Production (GPP), Distribution (GDP) and/or Trading(GTP) depending on the segment of the food chain in which the student operates.
  • The principles of HACCP as defined by the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

b) Knowledge of the requirements of ISO 22000 or acceptable equivalent, which may be gained by completing IQS certified FSMS Foundation Training course or equivalent.


Training Programs are handled by Highly Experienced and IQS Qualified Lead Auditors.
The Batches once committed will not be cancelled.

Course Period
5 Consecutive Days

There is a 2 hours closed book exam on the final day (pass mark 70%)