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FSSC 22000 v5.1 Lead Auditor Course



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Course Duration

5 Days

FSSC 22000 v5.1 Lead Auditor Course

This hands-on workshop-based training is designed for those who want to develop the skills necessary to audit a company’s whole Food Safety Management System (FSMS) to ensure that it complies with the standards of the FSSC 22000 system, either as a third- or second-party auditor.

A comprehensive certification programme for the auditing and certification of a food safety management system is included in the Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000). (FSMS).

The programme is based on worldwide and independent standards like ISO 22000, ISO 9001, ISO/TS 22003, and technical requirements for sector-specific Pre-Requisite Programs (PRPs), including ISO/TS 22002-1, and was established through extensive and open consultation with many global stakeholders.

The FSSC Scheme follows the definition of the food chain category in ISO/TS 22003 and covers sectors where a technical specification for sector PRPs has been published.

This comprehensive training course is designed for those who need a deep understanding of the knowledge and abilities necessary to conduct second and third-party audits of an FSMS against FSSC 22000 or ISO 22000. Many of the abilities learned in this training are transferable to other food safety management systems audits.


For anyone wishing to register with the CQI and IRCA as a lead auditor of a food safety management system under the food safety auditor scheme, this FSSC 22000 Lead Auditor (FSMS) training course satisfies the training requirements.

Designing, implementing, and managing a Food Safety Management System that complies with FSSC 22000 or ISO 22000 criteria is the responsibility of food safety specialists.

Food safety auditors who want to improve their auditing knowledge and abilities or who want to get recognised formally for their abilities.

Prior Knowledge Required

The following prior knowledge is REQUIRED of individuals taking this course:

  • Understanding of the fundamentals of managing food safety, including prerequisite programmes and HACCP

The following prior knowledge is RECOMMENDED for people taking this course:

  • The connection between managing food safety and providing wholesome food
    being aware of typical instances of pertinent local and national FSMS regulations (in the food sector and country relevant to the delegate)
  • Understanding of the standards set out in FSSC 22000, ISO/TS 22002, and the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) cycle as well as the words and definitions used in food safety management


  • PDCA cycle and its use within an FSMS
  • The FSSC standard (ISO 22000, ISO 22002 pre-requisite standards and FSSC additional requirements
  • Terms and definition used in FSSC 22000 and ISO 22000
  • FSMS Documentation
  • ISO 19011/ ISO17021 and auditing
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd party audits
  • Benefits of third party accredited certification
  • The audit processes
  • Selecting an audit team
  • Stage 1, Stage 2, surveillance, unannounced and recertification audits
  • Auditor responsibilities and competencies
  • Planning and conducting an audit
  • Auditing Food Safety Management System requirements
  • Generating audit findings and nonconformities
  • Reporting and following up of an audit


This hands-on workshop-based course is intended to help students acquire the skills and information necessary to conduct an FSMS audit. The course will also expand on the delegates’ knowledge of the design and implementation of food safety management systems and how HACCP must be integrated into a company’s food safety management system in order for it to be effective.

The formal training criteria for persons desiring to register as an Auditor, Lead Auditor, or Principal Auditor with CQI and IRCA Certified training under the food safety auditor programme will be satisfied upon successful completion of the course and attainment of the 70% pass grade.

Why chose an in-house course?

They are more cost-effective and can be tailor made to closely meet your unique requirements.

Course delivery and course leaders

Our course instructors have a wealth of experience in quality management in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, services, and professional organisations like local, national, and international governments. Due to their extensive expertise, they are able to add interest to the course by providing pertinent examples and case studies throughout workshop discussions.