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IRCA Grades

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The Chartered Quality Institute is committed to supporting management systems auditors to become certificated through the International Register of Certificated Auditors. IRCA membership demonstrates your professional competence to the world. 

Membership rewards those who have undertaken the latest IRCA-approved auditing course. Our membership grades are determined by your audit experience after your completed course.


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Associate Auditor

Suitable if you have passed an IRCA auditor training course, but do not yet meet the audit requirements of your desired grade.

You can gain 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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This grade is suitable if you mainly conduct ‘full system’ audits, either as a member of a team or as a sole auditor. They may be internal full system audits, second-party or third-party audits. Some partial system audits may be acceptable.

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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.

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Principal Auditor

Suitable if you are a senior audit professional with an extensive history of conducting 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.

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