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FAQ - PECB MS Auditors

Last updated on August 31, 2021

Note: These are the most frequently asked questions about PECB MS Auditor Certification Program and this document will be updated constantly.

Q: What are the requirements of becoming a PECB MS Auditor?
A: Main requirements of becoming PECB MS Auditor are:

  • Holding a recognized and valid Lead Auditor certificate for a specific scheme
  • At least 5 years of related professional work experience
  • Have performed at least four complete audits, the total duration of which should be a minimum of twenty days.

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Q: How can I initiate the process for becoming a PECB MS Auditor?
A: By contacting us at auditor@pecb-ms.com and sending your CV and any valid Lead Auditor Certificate(s).

Q: If I do not have sufficient experience in auditing, can I still apply?
A: Yes, however if you don’t have experience in auditing you will be approved as a Trainee Auditor. As soon as you gain the necessary experience, you can upgrade your status.

Q: Is the application process free of charge?
A: Yes, the application process is free of charge.

Q: Can I be approved for more than one standard?
A: Yes, you can be approved for multiple standards depending your experience and certificates you have.

Q: What type of audits does a PECB MS Auditor conducts?
A: PECB MS is accredited under ISO/IEC 17021 to provide audit and certification services of management systems, so PECB MS Auditors would conduct only third-party audits.

Q: What is the difference between an Interim MS Auditor and Fully Approved MS Auditor?
A: PECB MS has two statuses that can be obtained by auditors: Interim MS Auditor and Fully Approved MS Auditor.

After successfully completing the application process, Auditor Documentation Package and the Online Interview, the applicant will get approved as an Interim MS Auditor. The interim period will be valid for one year. In order to upgrade to the Fully Approved MS Auditor status, the Interim MS Auditor will need to: 

  • Complete the PECB Certified Management Systems Auditor (CMSA) Training Course.
  • Be witnessed (observed) while conducting an audit on behalf of PECB MS.

The main difference is that Interim MS Auditors can conduct audits on behalf of PECB MS as a sole auditor or as part of the audit team but cannot lead an audit team, meanwhile Fully Approved MS Auditors can conduct audits on behalf of PECB MS as a Lead Auditor and as well as lead an audit team.

Q: How long is the interview and what questions are included?
A: The interview is approximately 20-30 minutes long and there will be questions regarding audit experience and general knowledge in auditing.

Q: What is the CMSA Training Course?
A: The Certified Management Systems Auditor (CMSA) Training Course is designed for participants who want to develop the necessary knowledge to plan and perform management systems audits in compliance with the best practices, including the guidelines and requirements from ISO 19011:2018 and ISO/IEC 17021.

This training course will:

  •  prepare you for future professional challenges,
  •  help you enhance your personal development,
  •  build networking opportunities, and achieve worldwide recognition.

In addition, the CMSA Training Course is one of the mandatory requirements that needs to be completed in order to obtain the Fully Approved MS Auditor status.

Q: How is the witness audit organized? Is it one-time thing or is it done annually?
A: Each auditor will need to be witnessed (observed) in order to become a Fully Approved MS Auditor. Frequency of witness audits will be based on all monitoring information available (previous observation, review of audit reports, feedback from clients, etc.).

Q: If I am approved for more than one standard, do I need to be witnessed for each standard specifically?
A: In general, the witness audit session is conducted once, regardless of the standards the Interim MS Auditor is approved for, and it is conducted on the first audit mandate of the Interim MS Auditor. Nonetheless, it is up to PECB MS discretion to decide whether another witness audit is required.

Q: How long will my PECB MS Auditor Certificate be valid for?
A: The PECB MS Auditor Certificate is valid for three years. It can be renewed for another cycle +/- six (6) months before expiration. Meanwhile, the Interim MS Auditor Certificate is valid for one year (pending to completion of the CMSA Training and Witness Audit).

Q: Do I need to pay to maintain the PECB MS Auditor Certificate?
A: There is no fee included for auditors in order to maintain the PECB MS Auditor Certificate.

Q: How do I get recertified?
A: In order to get recertified, the PECB MS Certified Auditor should have performed a minimum of three complete audits with at least ten (10) audit days during the last three years. For PECB MS Certified Lead Auditor, one of the audits should be in the capacity of a Lead Auditor leading a team of at least one other auditor.

The recertification process can be performed within the six (6) months period, prior/after the expiry date of the PECB MS Auditor Certificate. However, if the recertification has not been performed within this period, the MS Auditor may be required to pass an additional observation.

Q: How much does PECB MS Auditor get paid?
A: There is no fix fee as this depends on many factors like the location of the client, the standard(s) to be audited, the duration of the audit, etc.

Q: When do I need to prepare and submit the Audit Plan?
A: The audit plan should be submitted to PECB MS two weeks before the audit begins.

Q: When do I need to prepare and submit the Audit Report? 
A: The audit report will be prepared by the MS Auditor and it is recommended to be submitted to PECB MS within 1-3 days after the completion of the audit.

Q: Are MS Auditors allowed to give recommendations and solutions to the organization they are auditing?
A: The MS Auditor can only provide recommendation to the certification body regarding the certification of the audited organization, however, they are not allowed to provide specific solutions or recommendations to the auditee. Nonetheless, auditors can share best practices with the auditee as this is not considered consultancy.

Q: Can I audit clients to whom I have provided consultancy services?
A: Our PECB MS Auditors are not allowed to be part of an audit team or audit organizations to whom they have provided consultancy services in the past two years.

Q: What would I benefit by being a PECB MS Auditor?
A: Becoming a Certified PECB MS Auditor includes amongst others the following benefits:

  • Establish a reputable image as a professional MS Auditor in our network and conduct audits through a continual interaction with PECB MS.
  • Well-paid audit mandates.
  • Opportunity to conduct audits worldwide.
  • Improve audit expertise in the respective certification field.
  • Work by applying best auditing practices.

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