I would like to apply as an ISO Auditor or Consultant but I do not know where to start. I worked for 6 years as a Quality Manager/ Patient Safety Specialist. I underwent an intensive training with the Joint Commission International as Nurse Surveyor
Regarding to the part of the auditors -There are two types of auditors:
Internal auditors, who carry out internal audits, and lead auditors, who work for certification bodies and perform the certification audits.
Regarding internal auditors - There are not mandatory qualifications to become an internal auditor, but certain skills, competencies, and qualifications can help a person become an internal auditor. A combination of knowledge of the ISO 9001:2015 internal process knowledge and attention to detail remain the primary attributes.
Regarding the Lead auditor - To become a Lead Audito r first you need to have experience in applying ISO principles, procedures and techniques in the auditing. The next thing a candidate needs to become a lead auditor is to pass the Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor exam. This Lead Auditor course ISO 9001 is offered by many accredited bodies like certification bodies or approved training organizations. The scheme more widely offered by the main auditor registration organzations is a qualification scheme that requires you to pass a 5 day lead auditor class, demonstrate with a resume that you have work experience of about 4 years, that you have more specific work experience of about 2 years (e.g. in environmental sectors that you want to audit in) and then participate in audits to demonstrate audit experience.
If you are interested in working as a consultant implementing ISO 9001:2015 you can attend a Lead Implementer Course, since that course can help you to understand and implement the standards and then get the Lead Implementer certificate in order to prove your competence. Also, a Project Manager Certificate can be helpful because you will learn how to run projects.