FSSC 22000 Version 6 version 5 Lead Auditor (FSMS) workshop


This course is a CQI and IRCA Certified training course, course PR368 (2200)

Auditing in an organisation is aimed at reducing and managing risks. Auditors involved in the certification process have a responsibility towards the organisation in identifying food safety risks and projecting a professional image with regards to certification. The success of the internal and external audit process is determined by the competence of persons performing these audits.

The Progress Excellence Approach

  • Every aspect of the audit process is simulated by using examples as well as practical activities, role plays and case studies to reinforce concepts.
  • Unpacking FSSC 22000 Version 6:2018, FSSC 22000 Version 6 version 5 additional requirements and ISO 19001:2018 from an auditor’s perspective.
  • The material was developed to incorporate the requirements of ISO/TS22002-1 in support of the ISO 22000 PRP requirements.
  • Discover and explore the traits of an auditor and the audit methods by means of roleplay, discussions and self-reflection.


The International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA) is the leading professional body for management system auditors, offering a globally recognised business qualification.  It represents 10 000 registered auditors in 150 countries.  Around 60 000 delegates attend an IRCA approved training course every year.

Benefits of a CQI and IRCA certified course include:

  • Courses are regularly reviewed by independent learning specialists to maintain the standard of training.
  • The course has a maximum delegate limit to maximise participation and optimise learning.
  • This course is taught by independently assessed facilitators to guarantee the quality of tuition.
  • The course follows a recognised learning style that encourages participation and reinforces learning.
  • It only uses material and techniques that have been proven to add value.
  • This course is recognised by employees globally, as providing employees with the highest standard of tuition.
  • The course was designed to deliver a quality, delegate-focused learning experience.
  • This course is the entry route for registration with IRCA.

Who should attend?

  • Internal auditors
  • Persons seeking a career in auditing of food safety management systems
  • Third-party auditors

Entry requirements

It is recommended that delegates for this course have prior knowledge as listed below:

  • 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, measurements, review and continual improvement
  • Relevant key food safety legislation, which may be specific to the delegate’s food industry context and location
  • Knowledge of PRPs specified in ISO/TS 22002-1 and HACCP
  • Knowledge of the principles of food safety management 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
  • Knowledge of the requirements of ISO 22000 and commonly used food safety management terms and definitions
  • Knowledge of the FSSC 22000 Version 6 additional requirements.

Delegates are required to bring their own copy (unmarked) of the ISO 22000 standard for examination purposes.  Delegates should also bring a copy of the ISO/TS 22002-1 standard that will be used during the course, but not during the examination.


  • Delegates will be required to do daily after-hours activities and should make arrangements to this effect.
  • End-of-day tests are written on each of the 4 days.
  • The target for daily tests is 70 % to evaluate learning progress and marks below 70 % will be subject to revision of the relevant topics between the facilitator and delegates.
  • An ongoing skills-assessment will be performed for each delegate.
  • A 2-hour CQI and IRCA examination is written on the last day (day 5).

Duration of the course

5 days


The course material will equip delegates with the following:

  • Explain the purpose of a food safety management system and the benefits of improved performance of the food safety management system
  • Explain the role of an auditor to plan, conduct, report and follow up a FSMS audit in accordance with FSSC 22000 Version 6 requirements, ISO 19011 (and ISO22003 including ISO 17021 as applicable)
  • Plan, conduct, report and follow up an audit of a FSMS to establish conformity (or otherwise) with FSSC 22000 Version 6 and in accordance with ISO 19011 (and ISO22003 including ISO 17021 as applicable).

Each delegate receives

A full colour delegate manual


Click here to register or e-mail info@progress-excellence.co.za to obtain more information.