Advanced Auditor Training

Food safety auditor and MPI verifier conducting an FSSC audit in a dairy factory. The Quality manger (smiling lady) is talking to the two auditors standing next to her showing them a label on a food product.

Two-day Advanced Auditing Skills course.

  • Maintain quality & food safety management systems

  • Deliver effective food safety audits to protect public

  • Drive continuous improvements

  • Mitigate organisational risks

  • Based on NZQA Units 8084, 8085, 8086 & Exemplar Global – AU Management Systems Auditing (not assessed).

Why Food Surety Advanced Auditor Certification?

  • Audit process is complex

  • Conducting effective audits to protect customers and brands is not easy.
  • Food safety and quality management systems you are expected to maintain and audits are getting more complex and involved.
  • It takes a lot of technical and interpersonal skills to be a good auditor.
  • If auditors are not highlighting potential risks, eventually  customer complaints will!

Become an auditing star!

You will understand what is auditing, why it's important, the benefits of it, and what makes it effective.

You will learn how to plan, conduct, report and follow up on an audit effectively.

You will learn and practice techniques that will enhance your auditing skills.

Internationally recognised best auditing practices "ISO19011:2018"

This course will arm you with the skills needed to conduct process-based audits that are risk-based and capable of helping your auditees and their organisation. 

A long-lasting change that auditors, auditees & stakeholders... will appreciate

  • Provide your auditors with the understanding they need to conduct effective audits.

  • Equip auditors with audit tools & tactics they need to handle the various circumstances they will encounter when performing audits.
  • Help them understand process-based audits and risk-based thinking and apply these to audits that achieve set objectives

  • Bring you piece of mind and confidence that your systems, premises, teams and suppliers are delivering the expected results.

Completing this advanced auditing course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of quality management
  • Understand related concepts like risk-based thinking, the PDCA cycle, and process-based audits and how it applies to their audits
  • Recognise the different types of audits and stakeholders’ expectations of each

  • Define the purpose, scope, and objectives of an audit
  • Explain what makes a good audit and auditor
  • List and understand audit process steps
  • Organise and plan for audits in line with audit programmes
  • Conduct effective and objective audits
  • Practice good auditor’s soft skills like communication, listening, questioning, time management and dealing with potential difficult situations
  • Identify and classify observations and non-conformance
  • Understand audit report writing and effective follow up on these
  • Recognise best auditing practices and how they apply to the audits conducted at the workplace.

Your investment

What is the actual cost of ineffective audits? It could be costing you a great deal already!

This investment in your external/internal food safety auditors, health & safety auditors, operation managers, supervisors, quality assurance and compliance personnel,... is a winning investment for your organisation. Imagine conducting audits that help your team members making the changes expected, quality audits, verifications and inspections that satisfy all audit stakeholders and give you further confidence.
Price: NZ$1250/Person (GST and Fees Included)

What's included?

  • Learning methods

  • Presentation and workbook
  • Videos
  • Practical exercises
  • Live discussions
  • Links and resources
  • Who is it for?

  • Internal auditors, Supplier auditors and External auditors 
  • MPI Regulatory and council verifiers
  • Audit Programme managers
  • Regional managers
  • Anyone who is engaged in food auditing, verification and inspections

Certificate of Completion

An official Food Surety Advanced Auditor Training certificate demonstrating your advanced level of audit, inspection and verification skills and knowledge.

Your auditees, organisation and external auditors will able to tell without seeing your certificate anyway!

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Meet Your trainer

Ray Haddad

I am the Trainer & Managing Director at Food Surety Limited. I have worked in the food industry in quality assurance roles, auditing, consulting, training, instructional design, workplace assessment and as an advisor in international food safety projects. This varied experience has given me a depth of understanding of the needs and the pain points among the different parties in the food industry.

Since 2007, I've had a proven track record conducting hundreds of audits including external 3rd party certification audits as an auditor/verifier recognised by the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). In addition, I have trained thousands of food professionals from government agencies, NGOs, academia and businesses across the whole supply chain from farm to fork and across the different sectors,  not only in New Zealand but in Southeast Asia and Middle East.

I am driven by food professionals' experiences of light bulb moments and breakthroughs in their thinking. I enjoy supporting them protecting food for all.
Ray Haddad - Food Surety Food Auditor


We are a specialist avocado and persimmon fruit packhouse. Our new Compliance Officer felt the course was valuable and engaging. She enjoyed the format and being able to share ideas and experiences from other food based industries. Thanks Ray.

Sue Butler
NTL Fruit Packers - Whangarei
I highly recommend this course, Ray was a great tutor, I found his tutoring style great and felt at ease from the beginning, having real life experiences he shared that I could relate to made it so easy for me to learn.
Thank you Ray I look forward to more learning ahead with you 😀

Jacqui Marcroft
DMS Progrowers Ltd

Ray is very knowledgeable, has a very effective communication and ability to keep you engaged and interested. My team and I have learned a lot, and we feel more confident applying the knowledge back in our workplace.

Virginie Cazeaux
Quality Assurance & Compliance Manager

Frucor Suntory New Zealand Ltd
I would like to sincerely thank Ray Haddad of Food Surety for delivering an Insightful and Informative training session. My Acquaintance and connections who are in the Space of Food safety & Technical compliance who would require an in depth understanding on Food defense and Food fraud implementation. I would certainly recommend you to take up this course

Ravishankar Kumaresan
Food Safety & Regulatory Compliance Manager
Mercorella Group - Australia

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Advanced auditing skills course in New Zealand based on best auditing practices

What is Advanced Auditor Training?

A training workshop aimed at internal and external auditors alike helping them understanding the concepts of quality and food safety management, risk-based thinking and process-based auditing. This food audit course will arm you with the skills needed to plan, conduct, report and follow up on effective audits following ISO19011:2018 Guidelines for auditing management systems

Why do I need to be a good auditor/verifier?

If you have been tasked to conduct audits then you have to be good at it for two reasons, you don't want to embarrass yourself and you have to identify risks helping the organisation to mitigate them otherwise, there is no point!

Delivering good audits has lots of benefits:
  • Helping auditees and their business survive and thrive
  • Reduce time wasted on repeated mistakes, lost resources due to wasted products and rework
  • Reduce risk and improve processes, systems and outcomes
  • Etc.

What is process-based auditing?

Long ago we quality auditing has moved away from close-by-close auditing toward process-based auditing whee the auditor focus on the process, its effectiveness and efficiency delivering desired outcomes considering the organisational context.

What makes an excellent food auditor training workshop?

Simply put, an excellent food auditor training course should:

  • Have good balance between theory and practical skills.
  • Arm you with skills and techniques that you actually can/should use conducting management audits
  • Have hands on real life examples explaining and simplifying concepts
  • Help you doing what is right with confidence and manage difficult auditing scenarios.

Why Food Surety Advanced Auditor Training?

This course is based on and cover the requirements (not assessed) and guidance of:
  o ISO19011:2018 Guidelines for auditing management systems
  o NZQA Unit standard 8085 Demonstrate understanding of quality and its management
  o NZQA Unit standard 8086 Demonstrate knowledge required for quality auditing
  o Exemplar Global – AU - Management Systems Auditing

  • This course satisfies MPI’s expectations on theoretical training/ Competency Framework for verifiers and evaluators
  • The course delivery and example used to be tailored to suit your industry, workplace, and team
  • This course includes practical exercises on audit conducting and report writing as well as auditing role plays.

What are the key audit types?

Based on who is the auditor and auditee there are three types of audits::

Also, based on what is being audited, we have product audits, system audits, process audits,...

Advanced Auditor Training

Two-day food audit course
9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Cost per Person is
NZ$1250 (including GST & Fees)
Contact us for group discounts and booking