Introduction to Internal Auditing and Management Training

Introduction to Internal Auditing and Management Training
£35 +VAT

This Introduction to Internal Auditing and Management Training course will help those working in food manufacturing identify areas which should be internally audited and have the skills to implement effective internal auditing procedures. Insufficient internal auditing procedures and risk assessments are one of the most common causes of a non-conformance in an external audit. This course will teach you how to maintain, monitor and continuously improve current systems - as well as how to investigate the root cause of a non-conformance, the effectiveness of the corrective and preventative actions, and what is involved in traceability exercises.

This course will help a food business operator comply with internal audit requirements within industry standards, such as GFSI standards and SALSA. By the end of this course, you will feel secure in your knowledge of the purpose of internal auditing and why it is important, have an understanding of a risk-based approach to internal auditing, know the roles and responsibilities of an internal auditor and understand what is involved in setting up an internal audit system, checklist and plan. Once learnt, these skills can be applied to any procedure or process you may have.

  • Developed by food safety professionals
  • Reviewed by a BRCGS approved lead auditor
  • Accredited by CPD
  • Ensures compliance with SALSA and GFSI industry standards
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 4 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next day

Who should take this course?

This Introduction to Internal Auditing and Management course is suitable for anyone who works in the food manufacturing industry, preferably with prior HACCP knowledge. It can be taken by those with no internal audit experience, anyone wanting to refresh their internal audit knowledge and individuals who would like an awareness of internal auditing. This certified online training is ideal for people working in positions such as, but not limited to:

  • Quality Assurance technicians
  • Business owners, managers and supervisors
  • Maintenance engineers
  • Health & safety officers
  • Storage and distribution operatives
  • Regulatory compliance officers


CPD Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 3 years. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

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Course content

1Introduction to Internal Auditing

What is an internal audit?, who is involved in an internal audit?, the benefits of internal auditing, legislation, industry standards, 3 lines of defence, maintaining current systems, monitoring current systems, continuous improvement of current systems, a risk based approach, an auditor's toolkit.

2Planning an Internal Audit

Key things to internally audit, frequency of auditing, creating an audit schedule, creating an audit checklist against standards, preparing for an internal audit, conducting an effective internal audit, roles and responsibilities of the internal auditor.

3Evaluating Evidence and Root Cause Analysis

Evaluation of the objective evidence, investigating different types of non-conformances, root cause analysis, writing non-conformance reports, corrective actions and verifying the effectiveness of corrective actions, communication.

4Traceability Exercises

The importance of traceability, scope of a traceability exercise, one step forward, one step back, good traceability practices, mock recall, supplier audits, defining a batch, bulk storage, key contact testing, crisis management.

5System Based Internal Audits - Summary of the Key Areas of Food Safety Management Systems: Part 1

Audit interviews, ATP hygiene monitoring tests, cleaning in Place (CIP), physical hazards - the 6 P's, foreign body detection and prevention, glass & hard plastics audit, hygiene and fabrication, thermal process validation, verification of Critical Control Points, TACCP & VACCP, food fraud, claims.

6System Based Internal Audits - Summary of the Key Areas of Food Safety Management Systems: Part 2

Regulatory compliance, quality control, packaging quality checks, prerequisites & GMP, training plans, legionella and water testing, waste review, cyber security, hand washing, food safety culture & whistleblowing, complaints database auditing, storage and distribution, health & safety and maintenance, HACCP document validation, validating flow charts, high-risk foods and groups of people.

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Aims of the course

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Have knowledge of the purpose of internal auditing and why it is important.
  • Understand a risk-based approach to internal auditing.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the internal auditor.
  • Understand what is involved in setting up an internal audit system, checklist and plan.
  • Understand how to complete a root cause analysis, type of non-conformances and how to evaluate corrective actions with objective evidence of the audit.
  • Understand the steps involved in a traceability and mock recall exercise.
  • Be able to identify the processes which need to be internally audited within a business.
  • Know more about the different types of audits.


The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 30 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don’t pass, don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

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