What is the format of CQI & IRCA Lead Auditor exams?

CQI and IRCA certified Lead Auditor training courses include a two hour written exam that takes place on the final day of the course. The exam, which is closed book, includes 4 sections. Delegates are permitted to use a clean copy of the relevant ISO standard during the exam and a bilingual dictionary, where required. There are 90 marks available within the paper. Delegates are required to achieve at least 50% in each section and achieve a score of at least 63 marks (70%) overall to pass the exam.

  • Section one includes 5 questions, each worth two marks
  • Section two includes four questions, each worth five marks
  • Section three includes three questions, each worth ten marks
  • Section four includes three questions, each worth ten marks

During our certified Lead Auditor training courses delegates will work through the specimen exam paper to ensure they are prepared for the exam on the final day. The Lead Auditor exams can be written (at venue-based training courses) or undertaken online. All exams are invigilated.

Additional time is available for some delegates. Where English is your second language you may be entitled to an additional 20% (24 minutes) whilst those suffering from particular disabilities, for example, dyslexia, are entitled to 30% (36 minutes) additional time. If you wish to apply for additional time please email contact@bywater.co.uk prior to the exam date or discuss your requirements with your course tutor.

Successful completion of the Lead Auditor training course, including successfully passing the exam and continuous assessment, satisfies the training requirements for IRCA certification as a Lead Auditor. Delegates will receive a Certificate of Achievement within 4 weeks of successfully completing the course.

All of our CQI & IRCA certified Lead Auditor training courses, including our ISO 9001 Lead Auditor, ISO 45001 Lead Auditor and ISO 14001 Lead Auditor training course can be viewed here.

If you have previously undertaken and successfully passed a CQI & IRCA Lead Auditor training course, we would recommend viewing our 3-day Auditor Conversion training courses.