If your current job is no longer providing the challenge you love, it might be time for a change of career. And if you are someone who thrives on responsibility, lead auditor training could be the perfect solution.
Lead auditors work across all major industries these days, covering key management systems such as quality assurance, workplace safety and environmental management. The fastest growing sector, however, is probably food safety management.
The number of organisations seeking HACCP food safety certification is on the rise, as businesses seek better ways of complying with strict food safety legislation. With around 4 million Australians suffering from food poisoning every year, there is clearly a need for major improvements in food safety.
Knowledge of Food Industry
If you are considering food safety lead auditor training, it is generally required that you have some knowledge of, or experience in the food industry. Requirements may differ from state to state, but most ask for at least a Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology. Knowledge of food microbiology is a great asset.
The training provider you choose for your FSSC 22000 lead auditor training will be able to explain more fully what is required to begin the course.
The great thing about this career is that you can start as a provisional food safety auditor, and then work your way up through the grades to the highest level, with a mix of hands-on experience and training.
Choosing Exemplar Global
Also, by choosing food safety lead auditor training based on ISO 22000 / HACCP – and certified through Exemplar Global – you are opening many doors to working overseas in your chosen career.
Exemplar Global-certified courses provide international recognition, and successful completion is proof that you can effectively manage food safety issues. If you are in Queensland, you will find Exemplar Global-certified food safety lead auditor training in Brisbane, at SC Training Centre.
The ISO 22000/ HACCP/ Food Safety Lead Auditor course runs over five or three days, depending on what qualifications you already have. Successful completion is judged on both assessment during the course, and a written examination on the final day.
7 Principles of HACCP
HACCP food safety certification is based on seven very important principles. This food safety and risk assessment plan was formulated in the 1960s, to help reduce food contamination and minimise the potential risks to consumers.
The seven principles are Hazard Analysis, Critical Control Points, Critical Limits, Critical Control Monitoring, Corrective Action, Procedures, and Record Keeping.
While these may sound complicated, they are actually very straightforward, and they are proven to work. For example, hazard analysis simply means identifying potential food safety hazards in a particular food industry, such as contamination.
The critical control points are the points in the manufacturing process when this hazard could occur, and so on.
Systematic Approach to Safety
The reason that ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 work so well with HACCP is that these systems use the same methods. They identify potential problems, put systems in place to avoid them, and monitor and update the systems on a regular basis to keep them relevant.
The work of the food safety lead auditor is to check that all this is being done properly, and in accordance with regulations. But note, food safety auditing is separate to auditing for HACCP food safety certification.
Once you have completed your training and required national competencies, you will be approved as a regulatory food safety auditor. At this stage you will find many job avenues available to you. For example, you could take up a position with a government health department, or a state food authority.
Become a Regulatory Food Safety Auditor
Your work will consist of undertaking regulatory food safety audits on those businesses required to have food safety programs in place. You must be able to analyse the program and the systems being used, communicate with staff and management, and report back to the appropriate agency. Your report should include positive actions that could be taken to rectify any problems.
Without a doubt, the demand for food safety lead auditor training – and food safety lead auditors – is increasing, and has been for some months now. Much of the impetus came from changes to the Food Safety Modernization Act. This is an American act, originally brought into force by President Obama in 2011, but its effect is global.
Global Opportunities for Work
As a result, thousands of organisations will be required to go through the audit process, and therein lies the growing demand for trained food safety lead auditors.
So, as you can see, the time has never been better to move into this field of expertise. It’s a career with variety, responsibility and daily challenges. It’s also a career that demands a mix of skills, including a great eye for details and an analytical mind.
If you believe this to be the career for you, it’s time to find your local provider and get started.