IRCA grades and schemes also reflect the industry-specific knowledge required by a successful auditor.

Grade

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Provisional Internal Auditor

Suitable if you are new to auditing, have attended an IRCA internal auditor training course, but have not conducted any audits. We offer you formal recognition of your training and abilities.

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Internal Auditor

Suitable if you conduct internal ‘partial system’ audits of your own organisation’s management system, or a supplier’s management system. You are probably not a full time auditor.

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Provisional Auditor

Suitable if you have attended an IRCA auditor training course, but have not yet conducted any audits.

You can gain formal recognition of your training and abilities.

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Auditor

This grade is suitable if you conduct ‘full system’ audits as a member of a team or as a sole auditor. They may be internal full system audits,

second-party or third-party audits.

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Lead Auditor

This grade is suitable if you are competent in conducting ‘full system’ audits and are

experienced in leading teams that carry out external audits.

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Principal Auditor

Suitable if you are a senior audit professional with an extensive history of conducting full-system audits, but you may no longer lead teams

or audit regularly. Principal auditors have often moved into training, consultancy or management roles.

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If you are unsure which grade is best for you, take our grades quiz.