• Why Certification or Regulatory Auditors should not use a checklist

    25th September, 2017 | by Andrew Barham
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    We know that when we do an audit, we use a checklist to help us remember what to ask and what to look for – and it normally has a place for us to write down what we’ve seen (the evidence). There is normally a column that allows us to mark some form of symbol to show the finding: C for conformance, NC for nonconformance, O for observation, or something similar.

  • Training Tips

    28th August, 2017 | by Andrew Barham
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    Here we talk about some of what we’ve learnt in the past 15 years or so of training and assessing people who want to become auditors.

    There are many articles written about public speaking which discuss topics including:  grabbing your audience’s attention in the first 10 seconds, being commanding and powerful, waving your arms about, being animated. These are good for a presentation that is going to last an hour or so, maybe less, maybe a little more. But do these “rules” apply when you are training people and the training is going to last at least a day – possibly more?

  • Writing Procedures; Must, shall, would or could

    9th March, 2017 | by Andrew Barham
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    When people write procedures, there often is little consistency in the words they use to form the tense, mood or voice of their sentences. Let me explain…

  • Emergency testing- It’s more than just a fire drill

    5th December, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
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    Emergency testing is a criteria for a number of the standards. Being prepared is crucial for both businesses and employees to ensure the best response is taken in the event of an emergency. This article goes beyond the standard fire drill when talking about emergency preparedness.

  • Auditor Training Centre Acquired by PwC

    27th July, 2016 | by The Auditor
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    Leading assurance, advisory, and tax services firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has acquired Queensland, Australia-based, Exemplar Global certified training provider Auditor Training Centre.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

“This was one of the best training courses I have been on. Tom was engaging and kept the information relevant.”

“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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