The Diploma of Quality Auditing teaches students the skills to participate in, initiate, lead and report on a quality audit. You’ll learn to present findings and communicate effectively with a group. Graduates will receive a 12 month certification with Exempler Global to boost their professional recognition.

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

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training

Your industry experience

The Lead Auditor program is recognised by Exemplar Global. Attendees who successfully complete this course will receive 12- months of an Exemplar Global Graduate Certification to boost their professional recognition and the option to apply for certification with the internationally recognised body as Provisional QMS/QMS Auditor (based on experience) or provisional OHS Auditor/OHS Auditor (based on experience).

Skills you’ll learn

  • Review audit documents
  • Presentation skills
  • Map compliance requirements
  • Stakeholder relationship building

Learning outcomes

  • Prepare for and participate in a quality audit as a member of a quality audit team
  • Initiate and organise a quality audit with an auditee
  • Present and negotiate persuasively, lead and participate in meetings and make presentations to customers, clients and others
  • Report on the outcomes of a quality audit and to take appropriate follow up action
  • Lead and report in a WHS environment
  • Work within compliance framework and interpret compliance requirements
  • Lead an audit team as it runs a quality audit
  • Lead and manage continuous improvement systems and processes
  • Prepare, deliver and review a presentation to a target audience
  • Manage a range of meetings including overseeing the meeting preparation processes, chairing meetings, organising the minutes and reporting meeting outcomes

Your career opportunities

  • Auditor

Location options

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.


Applicant should have at least 3 years of relevant work experience.

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

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

This course is delivered in workshop Clusters. The participants complete 12 units of competency delivered across 4 clusters.

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
Elective units
Facilitate continuous improvement
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Elective units
Write complex documents
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
Lead initial response to and investigate WHS incidents
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
Lead the development and use of WHS risk management tools
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Elective units
Work within compliance frameworks
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
Interpret compliance requirements
Elective unit, 20.0 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Elective units
Communicate with influence
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Manage meetings
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points

Course delivery

Due to our training partnership, Swinburne Edge offers the Diploma of Quality Auditing as a recognised course with Exemplar Global. 

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.

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

WHS Incident Investigation and Risk Management
  • all workshops are delivered Live Online

Compliance Frameworks
  • all workshops are delivered Live Online
Communication in the Workplace
  • all workshops are delivered Live Online


All clusters have an assessment that needs to be completed in 6 weeks after the completion of the cluster.

The lead auditor cluster will have a series of assessment activities conducted within the training room during the face-to-face delivery and then required to complete the knowledge questions as part of the overall assessment which is due 6 weeks after the workshop.

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.

2024 fees

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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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Course timetables and start dates

Course timetables

2024 Diploma of Quality Auditing
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2023 Diploma of Quality Auditing
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The dates shown indicate when the Lead auditor cluster commences. Students are eligible to commence this course during one of the other clusters if desired. Please see timetables further down for more information on all cluster dates. 

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