Online FSSC 22000 V5 (incl. ISO 22000:2018) Lead Auditor Training | Exemplar Global Certified



This Online FSSC 22000 V5.1 Lead Auditor Training Course (via Blended Learning) is ideal for anyone that has a good understanding of Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) and the requirements of FSSC 22000 V5.1 (incl. ISO 22000:2018) and wants to gain the knowledge and skills required to perform first, second and third-party audits of food safety management systems against FSSC 22000 V5.1, in accordance with ISO 19011:2018 and ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015

Course Objectives

  1. Explain the purpose of a food safety management system, of food safety management systems standards and the business benefits of the improved performance of the food safety management system
  2. Explain the role of an auditor to plan, conduct, report and follow up a food safety management system audit in accordance with FSSC 22000 and ISO 19011 (and ISO 22003 including ISO 17021 as applicable)
  3. Plan, conduct, report and follow up an audit of a food safety management system to establish conformity (or otherwise) with FSSC 22000 and in accordance with ISO 19011 (and ISO 22003 including ISO 17021 as applicable

Did you know? The major benefit to blended training is that it offers each Learner the flexibility to learn more at their own pace and reduce the overall time spent in any type of classroom!

Course Snapshot

  • Course Duration:

    40 Hours
  • Continuing Education Units:

  • Format

    Blended Course (16hrs Online & Self-Paced + 3-days Virtual Classroom)
  • Accreditation

    CQI and IRCA approved training partner
  • Delivery Options & Discounts

    • Available on select public dates & for in-house training for groups of 4+.
    • Multi-Person Discount: Book 3, get a 4th Place Free (Same Course & Dates Apply)
  • Price

    1995.00 incl. Certification Fees
  • Fee Includes

    • Comprehensive Course Manual (Hard Copy)
    • + FREE Place for our Online FSSC 22000 V5.1 Foundation Training Course (worth €395)
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Finally, an industry-leading online & blended training solution for ISO Standards, Quality Auditing & Medical Device Training!

Comply Guru LLC, based in Chicago, IL, offers a growing portfolio online & blended training courses on various ISO Standards, Quality Auditing and Medical Device Regulations to enable its Learners to get the knowledge and skills they need from home, work or anywhere!

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$ 1,995
16 Hours (Online & Self-Paced) + 3 Days (Virtual Classroom)
  • Module 1: Food Safety Management Systems [Self-Paced Module]

    • Purpose and benefits of a FSMS
    • FSSC 22000 Scheme Overview
    • FSMS Terminology
    • FSMS Documentation
    • PDCA and FSMS Processes
    • FSMS and Legal Compliance

  • Module 2: FSMS Elements [Self-Paced Module]

    • HACCP System
    • Pre-Requisite Programs
    • Emergency preparedness and response
    • Food fraud and defence
    • Traceability

  • Module 3: Introduction to Auditing [Self-Paced Module]

    • Audit Types and Standards
    • Evaluating Regulatory Compliance
    • Benefits of Accredited Certification
    • Auditing Terminology
    • Principles of Auditing
    • Audit Program Management

  • Module 4: Audit Planning [Self-Paced Module]

    • Audit Objectives, Scope, Criteria
    • Audit Location and Methods
    • Auditor Competency
    • Selection of the Audit team
    • Desired Auditor Behaviours
    • Roles Throughout the Audit Process

  • Module 5: Audit Initiation and Preparation [Self-Paced Module]

    • Establish Contact and Determine Audit feasibility
    • Audit Plan and Assigning Work to the Audit Team
    • Audit Work Documents

  • Module 6: Conducting the Audit [Self-Paced Module]

    • Opening Meeting
    • Communication
    • Managing Auditee Reactions
    • Audit methods and Sampling

  • Module 7: Generating Audit Findings and Closing Meeting [Self-Paced Module]

    • Audit Finding Types
    • Audit Finding Grading (FSSC 22000)
    • Audit Conclusion
    • Closing Meetings

  • Module 8: Audit Reporting Completion and Follow-Up [Self-Paced Module]

    • FSSC 22000 Audit Report
    • Verifying Corrective Actions
    • FSSC 22000 Certification Decision

  • Module 9: Audit Planning and Preparation [Virtual Classroom]

    • Audit Lifecycle Process
    • Legal compliance – Role of the auditor
    • Audit Objectives, Scope, Criteria

  • Module 10: Audit Preparation [Virtual Classroom]

    • Selection of the Audit Team
    • Audit Duration based on FSSC 22000
    • Performing a Document Review
    • Risk Based Audit Plan
    • Audit Checklists

  • Module 11: Conducting the Audit [Virtual Classroom]

    • Opening Meeting
    • Simulated Audit [Case Study]

  • Module 12: Audit Findings and Audit Report [Virtual Classroom]

    • Evaluating Audit Evidence
    • FSSC 22000 Audit Finding Grading
    • Audit Conclusion
    • FSSC 22000 Audit Report

  • Module 13: Closing Meeting and Follow-Up [Virtual Classroom]

    • Closing Meeting
    • Audit Follow-Up

This course is fully certified by Comply Guru. An application will be made to CQI, IRCA & Exemplar Global for course certification.

Successful completion will entitle each Learner to receive a Certificate of Achievement in FSSC 22000 V5.1 Lead Auditing.

What is Virtual Classroom Training?

This means that for the “classroom” portion of the training, we can offer virtual training as an option for those that prefer to complete their training via a virtual classroom with a Live Instructor.

Virtual training is an alternative format to complete your training – but it will remain highly interactive & collaborative – the same as it would in a traditional classroom environment.

The virtual classroom format will involve shorter “live” sessions with an Instructor on the training days – including regular breaks & interactive assignments (individual & team-based work) for an enjoyable & engaging learning experience.

What about the CQI & IRCA Written Examination?

We are able to offer a new eAssessment option for the lead auditor examinations, which can be completed Remotely or In-Person. Each Learner must obtain 70% or higher in a 2-hour CQI & IRCA eAssessment which is completed securely online (under strict examination conditions).

What do you need to participate?

To participate in the virtual training sessions, you will need:

  • Laptop or desktop computer (Note: A tablet or mobile device is not suitable for this training)
  • Webcam – Built-in or USB plug-in
  • Speakers and a microphone – Built-in or USB plug-in. We strongly recommend a headset if you have this available
  • Internet connection – Minimum of 1.0Mbps

How will Comply Guru help you prepare in advance?

1 week in advance of every  training course, we will be hosting an on-boarding & familiarisation virtual training session with all Participants.

This advance session will recap on the key learning outcomes from the online modules completed & ensure every Participant is comfortable and familiar with the software and tools that we will use during the virtual training.

For any Participant that is experiencing any issues, these can be identified & support will be available both before and during any virtual training course.

In order to successfully complete this blended course, each Learner will need to:

Complete the Self-Paced Modules

  • Prior to the virtual classroom modules, each Learner must complete the online & self-paced course modules and obtain 70% or higher in the final assessment (2 Online MCQ-based Assessments) by the required deadline set in advance of the given classroom dates you are registered for

Attend the Virtual Classroom Modules

  • Fully attend the virtual classroom element as 100% attendance is required
  • Obtain 70% or higher in the course continuous assessment during the virtual classroom modules

Pass the Final Lead Auditor Examination via eAssessment – NEW!

    • Complete an eAssessment (Final Examination) via Remote Invigilation (meaning that it is Live Proctored). Each Learner must obtain 70% or higher in the eAssessment which is completed securely online (under strict examination conditions). This can be completed from home, work or another suitable location that meets the examination conditions.
Successful completion will entitle each Learner to receive a CQI, IRCA & Exemplar Global Accredited Certificate of Achievement for FSSC 22000 V5 (incl. ISO 22000:2018) Lead Auditing.
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    Breda Kearney

    Breda leads the design of Comply Guru’s internationally accredited CQI & IRCA Certified Online & Blended Training Programs.

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CQI & IRCA recommend that each Learner have the following prior knowledge before completing this course. Its important to note that the Learners understanding of the prior knowledge requirements will be tested as part of the course continuous assessment and final written examination. Management Systems
        • The Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) cycle
        • The core elements of a management system and the interrelationship between top management responsibility, policy, objectives, planning, implementation, measurement, review and continual improvement.
Food Safety Management
        • A knowledge of the principles of food safety management including prerequisite programmes as specified in ISO/TS 22002 (All parts) and HACCP
        • The relationship between food safety management and the provision of safe food products to prevent or minimise adverse effects on human health and the proactive improvement of food safety performance.
        • Awareness of common examples of relevant national and local FSMS legislation and requirements
FSSC 22000
        • Knowledge of the requirements of FSSC 22000 V5.1 and the commonly used food safety management terms and definitions, as given in ISO 22000:2018, which may be gained by completing a CQI and IRCA Certified ISO 22000:2018 Foundation (FSMS)Training course or acceptable equivalent.
Fluency in spoken and written English
        • For participants whose first language is not English, we recommend a minimum English language competency of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) for successful completion of the program. This is not assessed by Comply Guru in advance & each participant must self-assess their competency.
Printed Copy of FSSC 22000 V5.1 and ISO 22000:2018 
      • Each participant should bring a printed clean copy of each standard with them to the course. This is not provided by Comply Guru.

E-Learning System Requirements

The below are the recommended requirements for each Learner in wishing to complete any of our online training courses or modules. In our experience, Workplace IT environments’ internal configurations and available software can vary (new or old), and there may be various limitations or other restrictions in place, and as such, the functionality of any Learning Management System (LMS)  may be impacted, restricted and may not perform well.

Recommended Operating Systems

Windows 7/10, Mac OSX Sierra, iPad IOS10

Mobile Devices

Comply Guru’s LMS is not available on a mobile app at this time. We recommend using a web browser on a mobile device in completing any online modules. However, if completing any final graded assessment, we recommend completing via a desktop browser.

Internet Speed

We recommend using an internet connection of 256Kbit/sec or faster that will ensure that you can view videos and the online content

Recommended Internet Browsers

  • Google Chrome 32 bit version 50 or later
  • Safari 10 or later
Important Note: add-ons and toolbars can affect any browsers performance. MS Internet Explorer or Edge are not recommended as its not compatible with the LMS and the course functionality will not work properly.

Recommended Settings

We recommend that the following settings are enabled:
  • Cookies
  • Pop-ups (in both Internet Browser and security software)
  • JavaScript
  • Plugins
  • Latest Version of Adobe Flash Player
  • Latest Version of Adobe Acrobat Reader
To view all resources made available within our LMS, you will probably need Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or an equivalent (i.e Open Office, Viewer) installed.

Technology Requirements for Virtual Training

To participate in the virtual training sessions, you will need:
  • Laptop or desktop computer (Note: A tablet or mobile device is not suitable for this training)
  • Webcam – Built-in or USB plug-in
  • Speakers and a microphone – Built-in or USB plug-in. We strongly recommend a headset if you have this available
  • Internet connection – Minimum of 1.0Mbps

The Numbers - How We Are Doing

  • 100%

    Our Pass Rate

  • 100%

    Would Recommend Comply Guru

  • 99%

    Gave us 4/5 Stars or higher Overall Training Experience

  • 95%

    Would Recommend Online or Blended Training over Classroom Training

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