• Who wants to be an auditor – good prospects for young females?

    16th May, 2016 | by Tom Barham
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    Here at PwC’s Auditor Training & Certification, we train a lot of people who want to become auditors.

    Because we like a bit of data analysis, we thought we’d crunch some numbers to see who it is that wants to become an auditor.

    The results aren’t too surprising, but they do help to confirm a few things that most of us were probably thinking.

  • What is Different in ISO 45001:2016?

    4th May, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
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    In Australia and New Zealand, we have had AS/NZS 4801 since 2001, and in the world of management system standards that is quite a long time. Whilst the British did come up with OHSMS 18001 in 1999, last reviewed in 2007, this has been treated as a more international standard than 4801 however, it is still not an ISO standard. But the wait is nearly over – ISO 45001 is on its way. But it asks the question – what is different in ISO 45001?

  • Verification Vs Validation

    6th April, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
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    Verification and validation are two terms that we often see within management system standards, such as in the design and development section of ISO 9001, however the two are often confused. Both are used as part of the process of checking, verification ensures that the subject meets its requirements or specifications, while validation checks that it is fit for purpose. In the simplest terms, verification could be expressed as ‘are we building it right?’, whereas validation is ‘did we build the right thing?’

  • How to become an Auditor

    14th March, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
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    Do you want to be an auditor?

    After reading our previous article about Why you would want to be an auditor, you have realised you:

    1. like meeting people,
    2. seeing new things,
    3. being challenged, and
    4. doing something different each day,

    then you have probably realised that you REALLY want to be an auditor right?

    That’s great – but not sure how to go about it? Here it is all laid out for you.

  • ISO, corrective action, a fuel leak, and the two-way radio

    4th March, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
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    Whilst auditing in a very hot and very dusty gas field many years ago, I was interested in the business’s corrective action process and how effective it was. Going through their corrective action register, I picked out an entry about a mobile compressor that had leaked some fuel onto the ground. When asked what happened, they explained the compressor was a relatively new one they’d bought from overseas and the fuel tank had split causing the leak. They cleaned up the spill, the leak was repaired, and the corrective action report closed. I checked the corrective action report and sure enough, that was what was recorded.

  • Why recording evidence when writing non-conformances drives the wrong behaviour?

    12th February, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
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    When writing non-conformances, you are meant to identify and record the evidence that you saw to justify the non-conformity. While this is correct, it does have a tendency to drive the wrong behavior in that the evidence that you record is all that gets fixed.

  • Why Would you Want to be an Auditor?

    5th February, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
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    Why would you want to be an auditor?

    What on earth possesses people to be an auditor? Why would you want to be seen as boring and dull? You sit there with your glasses perched on the end of your nose reading through reams and reams of paper, trying to find the one little bit that’s not quite as it should be, just so you can catch them out. The only time you see an auditor smile is when they find somebody has done something wrong.

    Well, if that is your perception of being an auditor you’ve got it all wrong. It’s a great job.

  • 4 Key Steps on how to Conduct a Good Internal Audit

    7th January, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
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    4 Key Steps on how to Conduct a Good Internal Audit

    Are you looking at how to become an Internal Auditor? Check out our other post here: http://auditortraining.pwc.com.au/blog/become-internal-auditor/

    Many companies have their own internal auditors to help identify issues within their business –  mainly whether the business is compliant or not. But is the business making the most of the internal audit process? Does the internal auditor know how to conduct a good internal audit?

    We have compiled 4 key steps that we think an auditor should go through in order to conduct a good audit.

  • 7 reasons why you need to know ISO 9001:2015

    4th November, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
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     We’ve put together a list of main reasons why you need to know ISO 9001:2015. Click through the presentation above, or the info is presented plain text below.

  • Risks, Controls, and Motorcycles

    28th October, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
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    Every year I fly to Adelaide to conduct an audit. I have done this for many years, however, this year I had a more time available and decided on a slight change. Those who know me, know I am an avid rider, so this year, I thought I’d ride down on my motorbike. What I didn’t realise was that it was going to be a good lesson on risk control.

“Although I find the topic interesting, I think it is generally classed as being quite dry. Pat’s delivery of the program was excellent and engaging, with his experience being profoundly beneficial to my own professional development.”

“Many thanks Tom, I really enjoyed the course and will get a lot of use from it at my workplace.”

“Overall very valuable course. Balance of theory with practical workshops was excellent. Trainers stuck to timetable very well.”

“The course was thorough and many relevant examples provided by both Tom and Jackie to help me apply it to the workplace.”

“Great presentation of the course, engaging facilitators and good use of group work. I found the course to be a great refresher for an audit course I did 10 years ago and now feel more motivated to go audits in a non-bow tie way!”

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