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    API Lead Auditor

    Course Description

    • This course will provide an informative look at the requirements, interpretations, and practical applications of the quality management principles based on the 9th Edition of API Specification Q1, Specification for Quality Management System Requirements for Manufacturing Organizations for the Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry.


    Day 1
    • Pre-Test
    • Fundamental concepts and quality management principles

    o   General

    o   Fundamental concepts

    o    Quality

    o    Quality management system

    • Quality management principles

    o   Customer focus.

    o    Leadership

    o   Engagement of people

    o    Process approach

    o   Improvement

    o   Evidence-based decision making.

    o   Relationship management

    • Developing the QMS using fundamental concepts and principles.

    o   QMS model

    o   Development of a QMS

    • QMS standards, other management systems, and excellence models
    Group discussion & Quiz


    Day 2
    • Ethics and Standards of Conduct for Auditors

    o This section relates to the ethical expectations from an API-certified auditor including:

    Conflict of interest

    Independence and objectivity

    • Confidentiality and integrity
    • Audit Programs

    o Identification of audit program objectives

    o Development and implementation of an audit program

    o Evaluation of the effectiveness of the audit program

    • Use of the audit program as a management tool to improve business performance
    • Group discussion & Quiz 


    Day 3

    • Process auditing

    o   Definition of a process

    o   Advantages of process auditing

    o   Difference between process auditing and other auditing techniques

    o   Use of audit trails in a process audit

    • Pre-audit activities

    o   Audit planning

    o   Preparation of auditing tools

    o   Review of audit documentation

    o   Coordinating logistics

    • Assignment of the audit team
    • Group discussion & Quiz

    Day 4
    • Conducting the audit

    o   Conducting/managing the opening/entrance meeting

    o   Identifying and collecting samples

    o   Reviewing documents/records, observing and interviewing

    o   Communicating with the audit team and auditee

    o   Using auditing tools

    o   Identifying/documenting/communicating findings

    • Analyzing audit data to develop the audit conclusion/summ Conducting/managing the closing or exit meeting
    • Group discussion & Quiz

    Day 5

    • Audit reporting/follow-up activities

    o   Writing a process audit report

    o   Writing a nonconformity

    o   Documenting conclusions

    o   Reviewing corrective action plans

    o   Evaluating corrective actions

    o   Verifying corrective actions

    • Lead Auditing

    o   Responsibilities of the Lead Auditor

    o   Competency requirements of the Lead Auditor

    o   Resolving conflicts within the audit team

    o   Coordinating and assigning audit activities

    • Making decisions on findings and audit conclusion
    • Group discussion & Quiz
    • Post Test

    • All API inspectors including piping inspectors
    • Pressure vessel inspectors
    • Storage tank inspectors
    • Process engineer
    • Operating engineers
    • Course Schedule 


    • Fundamental concepts and quality management principles
    • Fundamental concepts 
    •  Quality management system 
    • Quality management principles 
    • Customer focus.
    •  Leadership 
    • Engagement of people 
    •  Process approach 
    • Improvement
    • Evidence-based decision making.
    • Relationship management 
    • Developing the QMS using fundamental concepts and principles.
    • QMS model 
    • Development of a QMS 
    • QMS standards, other management systems, and excellence models
    • Ethics and Standards of Conduct for Auditors
    • This section relates to the ethical expectations from an API-certified auditor including:
    • Conflict of interest
    • Independence and objectivity
    • Confidentiality and integrity
    • Audit Programs
    • Identification of audit program objectives
    • Development and implementation of an audit program
    • Evaluation of the effectiveness of the audit program
    • Use of the audit program as a management tool to improve business performance
    • Process auditing
    • Definition of a process
    • Advantages of process auditing
    • Difference between process auditing and other auditing techniques
    • Use of audit trails in a process audit
    • Pre-audit activities
    • Audit planning
    • Preparation of auditing tools
    • Review of audit documentation
    • Coordinating logistics
    • Assignment of the audit team
    • Conducting the audit
    • Conducting/managing the opening/entrance meeting
    • Identifying and collecting samples
    • Reviewing documents/records, observing and interviewing
    • Communicating with audit team and auditee
    • Using auditing tools
    • Identifying/documenting/communicating findings
    • Analyzing audit data to develop the audit conclusion/summ Conducting/managing the closing or exit meeting
    • Audit reporting/follow-up activities
    • Writing a process audit report
    • Writing a nonconformity
    • Documenting conclusions 
    • Reviewing corrective action plans
    • Evaluating corrective actions
    • Verifying corrective actions
    • Lead Auditing
    • Responsibilities of the Lead Auditor
    • Competency requirements of the Lead Auditor
    • Resolving conflicts within the audit team
    • Coordinating and assigning audit activities
    • Making decisions on findings and audit conclusion

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