Our Lead Auditor Training course gives you the skills and knowledge to become a quality auditor.

This course is ideal for practitioners who have an understanding of quality management and for those who have been, or will become, involved in internal quality assurance audits.

Upon completion, you'll have a comprehensive understanding of techniques and methodologies required to effectively audit a quality management system and be able adapt your new skills to any auditing process.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training

Skills you’ll learn

  • Audit planning
  • Audit management
  • Audit reporting
  • Feedback and continuous improvement process

Learning outcomes

  • Initiate and organise quality audits
  • Prepare for and participate in quality audits
  • Lead quality audits
  • Report on quality audits and take appropriate follow-up actions
  • Lead and manage continuous improvement systems and processes

Location options

  • Online
  • Hawthorn

Professional endorsement

Exemplar Global affiliation

Successfully completing the Lead Auditor Training course will provide you the pathway to complete the Diploma of Quality Auditing that is recognised by Exemplar Global. The Lead Auditor Training is recognised by Exemplar Global, a globally recognised body that has provided certification and credential management for people seeking professional recognition for 25 years.

Individuals who successfully complete the course will receive a personalised self-coaching report that details their strengths and areas for professional improvement, and 12 months of an Exemplar Global and SUT Graduate Certification to boost their professional recognition.

Participants gain access to an exclusive LinkedIn community to interact with other graduates and industry professionals to facilitate networking opportunities and skill sharing.

Why Swinburne?

Delivered by facilitators who are industry experts

Participant course training manual

Live Online delivery allows you to do the course from anywhere

Access to our team of Customer Development Advisors

Live Online Delivery

Our Live Online delivery

Our Live Online delivery is a dynamic, engaging and interactive way to learn remotely. It’s just like face-to-face but with the added benefits of digital technology. Your facilitator will present in real-time, and you will be able to participate in group discussions and collaborate on exercises and group activities using our interactive platforms.


Participants should be familiar with ISO 9001:2008, ISO 19011:2003, AS/NZS 9004 and AS/NZS 4801.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

Students must complete five core units to qualify for this skill set.

Core units
Short course
Course outline
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Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Participate in quality audits
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
Initiate quality audits
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
Lead quality audits
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
Report on quality audits
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
Facilitate continuous improvement
Core unit

Course delivery

Please note that this course covers both the requirements specific to Quality Management and Occupational Health and Safety management system audits. You will also learn the skills  to effectively lead a team of auditors, and the course will provide you with a solid knowledge of planning and conducting management system audits.

Blended delivery (Face-to-face and Live Online)

Some workshops in this program are delivered face-to-face at the Hawthorn (Melbourne) campus while the rest are delivered Live Online. See details of the delivery.

  • Day 1 and Day 2 - Face to Face Delivery at Hawthorn Campus.
  • Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5 - Live Online

Workplace delivery

This course (or units from it) can be tailored to industry delivery within the workplace for groups of eight or more students. Students may enrol in the course at any stage during the year. Students have the chance to select from a range of dates for elective units to determine the duration of their course.


The 5-day Lead Auditor cluster is assessed through written knowledge questions and a series of assessment activities conducted within the training room and Live Online delivery.

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)


Yearly fee* ($AUD)


2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)


Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Employer sponsored training

Many organisations are more than willing to help employees build on their skills and knowledge through professional development opportunities. In some circumstances, employers may be able to assist you in your professional development by sponsoring all or part of your fees.

Register your interest

To register your interest and request an application form you can submit our online enquiry form. Alternatively, you can call us on 1800 633 560, or email us at edge@swinburne.edu.au with the relevant information.

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Start dates
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Course timetables

2024 Lead Auditor Training
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  • “The course was presented in an interesting and engaging format.  Thank you for the good experience.”

    Participant , Lead Auditor Training