Key details

Cost: $3,095 (inc. GST)

Duration: 5 Days

CPD Points: 40

Qualifications: AU TL FS + NFS1, NFS2, NFS3, NFS4, HP

About the course

Get the skills you need to conduct internal or external Food Safety audits and a comprehensive and practical understanding of the food safety regulatory standards, such as HACCP, ISO 22000:2018, and the National Food Safety Auditor (NFSA) scheme.

Our 5-day Food Safety Management Systems Lead Auditor course will show you how to audit a food safety management system in alignment with ISO 19011:2011. We also cover how to identify, evaluate, and control food safety hazards so you can give confidence that your food safety management system meets national and international standards. 

This course meets the formal HACCP training requirements of Australian Retailers, GFSI Standards (BRC, SQF) and other relevant Standards. 

This course has the equivalent of 40 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

Plus, you receive a complimentary licensed copy of:

  • ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Systems 


Whilst this training package uses the word “audit” and its derivatives, this does not equate with the terms audit, review, or assurance in accordance with Pronouncements or Standards issued by the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. References to the term “audit” and similar terminology within this training relate to the process of auditing in accordance with ISO 19011:2018.

Course overview

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course, you will understand:

How to conduct a management system audit
  • The principles and procedures of auditing
  • Auditor roles and responsibilities
  • The benefits of a risk-based audit programme
  • How to plan an effective audit
  • Timetabling
  • Resource allocation
  • Interpersonal skills and personal behaviours of an auditor
  • How to conduct effective opening and closing meetings
  • Preparing and distributing an audit report
Food Safety management system requirements
  • Food legislation
  • HACCP – Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points
  • Food Safety programmes
  • What an auditor should look for
  • What an auditor needs to know about Food Safety and the audit programme
  • Terminology and concepts of Food Safety programmes
  • How to apply Food Safety management principles in the context of ISO 22000
  • Relating the Food Safety management system to the organisational products, including services and operational processes
  • Documentation required by ISO 22000
  • Issues arising from implementing a Food Safety Management System


Course content

This course is divided into two modules, enabling you to attend all modules in the one week, or spread across different sessions. The first 2-day module is equivalent to our ‘Becoming a Skilled Lead Internal/External Auditor’ course where you learn how to conduct an audit of any management system in accordance with ISO 19011. The remaining 3-day module covers the ISO 22000 management system standard and HACCP requirements respectively.



Management Systems Auditing – preparation
  • What is auditing?
  • Roles and responsibilities of an auditor and an audit team leader
  • The 6 principles of auditing from ISO 19011
  • Effective audit planning and timetabling
  • Communication skills, interview techniques and useful questioning methods
  • Setting appropriate audit objectives, scope, and criteria
  • Developing audit checklists


Management Systems Auditing – the audit
  • Conducting an opening meeting
  • Identifying objective evidence and taking good notes
  • Reviewing auditing scenarios
  • Writing audit findings including nonconformities and non-compliances
  • Presenting a closing meeting
  • Compiling a meaningful audit report


Introduction to Food Safety & HACCP
  • Context of Food Safety
  • Overview of Industry Recalls
  • Food Safety Legislation including Food Standards code
  • Prerequisite programmes
  • HACCP Steps 1 to 6 including Workshops
  • Assemble HACCP team
  • Describe product
  • Identify intended use
  • Hazard analysis and control.


Documenting and Implementing a HACCP Plan
  • Food Safety Hazard Identification and Controls
  • Food Pathogens
  • HACCP Steps 7 to 12 including Workshops to determine and establish Critical Control Points (CCP) including: critical limits, monitoring systems, corrective actions, verification & validation requirements, documentation and record keeping
  • Validation of CCPs
  • Validation v Verification
  • HACCP Plan Review.


Auditing scenarios
  • ISO 22000:2018
  • Food safety audit scenarios and case study
  • Course review


This course is internationally recognised by Exemplar Global. Upon successful completion of the course, you will achieve the internationally recognised units of competency of:

  • Exemplar Global – AU Management Systems Auditing
  • Exemplar Global – TL Leading Management Systems Audit Teams
  • Exemplar Global – FS Food Safety Management Systems
  • Exemplar Global NFS-1 – Assess Compliance with Food Safety programs
  • Exemplar Global NFS-2 – Communicate Food Safety Audits 
  • Exemplar Global NFS-3 – Conduct Food Safety Audits
  • Exemplar Global NFS-4 – Identify, Evaluate, and Control Food Safety Hazards
  • Exemplar Global HP – Developing HACCP Plans

This course has the equivalent of 40 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.


There are no prerequisites.


All assessment is during the course and there is no homework. Throughout the course, you will complete:

  • A documentation review
  • An audit plan and audit timetable
  • An audit checklist
  • An audit report, with findings attached

There is also assessment of:

  • Audit interview skills
  • Performing an Opening and Closing Meeting
  • Participating in an audit team meeting
  • Case study review
  • Evaluation of Food Safety audit scenarios

The final piece of assessment is a short exam.

You will prepare, complete, and hand in copies of their assessments during class – there is never any homework!

Who should attend?

You should attend if you:

  •  want to be able to conduct Food Safety internal audits within your organisation either as a team member or a team leader
  •  want to become an independent Food Safety external auditor
  •  want to become an internal Food Safety auditor
  •  are developing and implementing a Food Safety management system
  •  are looking to work in the area of audit planning
  •  wish to consolidate any informal experience you may have gained in your career
  •  If your existing FSMS is not giving you the benefits it should

Prior experience in auditing and management systems is not essential.  

Study Pathway – Where to from here?

    If you wish to become a registered third-party, or external Food Safety Management Systems auditor with Exemplar Global, you need to have obtained the competency units from this course.

    Additional competencies for Quality Management Systems (Exemplar Global QM) Environmental Management Systems (Exemplar Global EM) and/or OH&S Management Systems (Exemplar Global OH 45001), Information Security Management Systems (Exemplar Global IS), and Business Continuity (Exemplar Global BC) may be attended separately. We also offer courses in Risk Management and Psychological Health and Safety at Work


    The price of this course is $3,095 (inc. GST). Discounts for multiple attendees are available – please contact us to find out what discounts can be applied.

    How to enrol

    We offer an easy, streamlined enrolment process – you can either enrol directly into your course online, or call us on 1300 95 96 92 to enrol over the phone.

    How to pay

    We offer a variety of payment methods:

    • Direct debit
    • Credit card
    • Cheque
    • Payment plans

    Payment plans

    We are able to arrange flexible payment plans on an individual basis. Please be aware that your certificate will be held until full payment has been received.


    Public – Face-to-face

    Our public training courses are offered in multiple convenient locations across Australia, ensuring we can provide education for participants nationwide. You can attend our Integrated Management Systems Lead Auditor courses in most major capital cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide. These locations provide a perfect setting for face-to-face learning, where you can interact directly with our experienced trainers and network with other professionals in the field.

    Public – Virtual/Online

    If online learning is more your style, we also offer virtual training for those who prefer or require flexibility. Our online courses are available to participants in Australia and New Zealand, providing the same premium education as our face-to-face sessions, with the added convenience of online learning. The virtual platform is designed to mimic in-person learning and aims to be engaging and interactive, with real-time group exercises, Q&A sessions, and online assessments. No matter your location, you can benefit from our expert-led training and become proficient in auditing integrated management systems.

    Please note: Due to licensing restrictions, our virtual courses are open to participants from Australia and NZ only.

    In-house – Face-to-face or virtual

    In-house training can provide a cost-effective training solution for organisations with a number of staff who require training. We can also customise a course to suit your own individual needs, and include your own audit documentation. Call us on 1300 95 96 92 or complete the form below to request a quote. 

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