Food Safety Systems Internal Auditing

Course Summary

This internal auditor training course is designed for individuals who wish to learn how to plan for and perform a Food Safety Systems internal audit.

Event Details

16 hours
Combination lecture and classroom exercises
Available at QSG’s training facilities and on-site at your organization


Food Safety System Internal Auditor training is designed specifically for the food and food-related industries. Founded on proven techniques, this course provides a comprehensive introduction to internal auditing for Safe Quality Food (SQF) Systems that can also be applied to other auditing schemes. Training covers essential elements of the SQF Standard, key concepts and skills necessary for internal auditing, and the development of risk-based auditing schedules. This course emphasizes clear communication of results, the effective use of corrective action, and follow-up to ensure internal auditing contributes toward successful attainment of company business and food safety objectives.

Who Should Attend

This internal auditor training course is designed for individuals who wish to learn how to plan for and perform an audit. A combination of discussions and interactive exercises enable participants to gain a better understanding of the SQF Code and provide guidance on how to prepare for an audit, conduct the audit, and report results.

Learning Objectives

This course will enhance participants’ understanding of process and risk-based metric driven auditing designed to meet SQF Code, internal, and customer requirements. Participants will develop or sharpen practical audit skills such as interviewing, documenting objective evidence, and implementing corrective action programs to reduce risk and drive improvement.

Course Outline

Day One (8 hours)
Welcome, Introductions, Objectives
What is a Food Safety/Quality Management System?
Why do we need Certification SQF? Challenges and Benefits
What is internal auditing?
Why do it? Existing Challenges/Potential Benefits
Overview of the Key SQF Requirements
Process Modeling Documentation & Planning
Understanding the Process Map and Plan
Exercise: Create a Process Map and Audit Plan
Exercise – Audit Situations

Day Two (8 hours)
Day One Review
Exercise: Audit Situations (role play)
Audit Planning
Key Skills and Attributes for Conducting the Audit:

  • Observing
  • Reviewing
  • Interviewing
  • Sampling

Writing the Audit Report – Key Attributes
Documentation Reviews (Exercise: Details and Objective Evidence)
Solutions for Common Auditing Challenges
Management of Corrective Action Systems
Using Results for Risk-Based Decisions and Continuous Improvement

*Agenda subject to change based on participant needs and participant organization regulatory or customer requirements




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