The Independent Association of Accredited Registrars (IAAR) has announced a major benchmark in its IAAR auditor apprentice program for management system auditors. IAAR member Eagle Certification Group has hired the first IAAR auditor apprentice.
The IAAR launched the auditor apprentice program to train and prepare the next generation of auditors, addressing the challenge of a shrinking pool of qualified auditors. The hiring of the first auditor apprentice opens a new revenue stream to fund the program via the U.S. Department of Labor’s Jobs for the Future program.
Open to all IAAR members, the program is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor and not only provides access to new and younger pools of auditors but also ensures consistent competencies for both new hires and existing employees. The program also enables registrars to provide additional evidence to stakeholders (such as industry groups) of their auditors’ expertise.
The robust two-part program involves both virtual coursework at the University of San Diego as well as simultaneous in-depth on-the-job training at the associated registrar’s offices, allowing completion in as little as six months. For transitioning veterans, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Skill Bridge program pays for a portion of the apprentice’s salary.
One of six IAAR members participating in the IAAR auditor apprentice program, Eagle Certification Group’s President Brad Shillito lauds the IAAR auditor apprentice for, “…elevating management system auditing to new heights, providing increased visibility, and trust in the industry as a whole.”
One of the first professional apprenticeship programs ever registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, the IAAR auditor apprentice program joins Labor Department’s stable of more than 1,000 established apprenticeship programs, which have produced over 500,000 active apprentices in a variety of occupations.
In the coming months, plans call for IAAR to open this program to non-member certification bodies and IAAR member customers.
IAAR is a trade association providing the leading voice in North American certification/registration to ISO management system standards, IAAR members have registered 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies to these ISO standards, resulting in over 650,000 certificates, and works to promote accreditation of certification bodies.