At what stage are the ISO 9001 & 14001 standards at?
I am finally in a position to be able to offer some concrete information regarding IRCA approved auditor transition training to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, when it is likely to be available and what it will look like.
The FDIS for the standards are anticipated to be released on 2nd July (14001) and 9th July (9001). The IRCA will be publishing criteria for transition training courses (based on the respective FDIS) to IRCA approved training providers like Capable People a few days later.
What format will the transition training take?
The format of the transition training will be modular. Both ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 have adopted the Annex SL format (as will ISO 45001 when it is issued next year). Transition training for each standard will involve attendance of a 1 day Annex SL module. In addition, transition training will require attendance of a 1 day standard specific module (i.e. on ISO 9001 or ISO 14001). So effectively we are looking at a 2 day duration for transition training to a single standard. As the Annex SL module is common, it is applicable to both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards. That means a person wishing to transition to both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 will be required to attend 3 days worth of transition training in total. That is, 1 day for Annex SL, 1 day for ISO 9001:2015 and 1 day for ISO 14001:2015.
The same will apply to OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001 transition when those changes take place in 2016.
What will be the training delivery options?
At this stage I am have no information as to whether the IRCA will mandate classroom delivery only, or whether Distance Learning formats will be approved. I anticipate to be able to clarify this detail, and be able to outline what options Capable People will be able to offer its customers, by the end of July. At that point I will also be in a position to estimate accurately when the first IRCA approved IRCA transition courses will be offered. At this stage my best guess is late November.
For some background on this matter, here is a link to the IRCA’s Transition Policy Statement.
Keep your eyes peeled on this blog and also in the Capable People Discussion Forum on LinkedIn for real time updates on transition training.It looks like things might start to move very fast from here on in. IF you aren’t already a member of the Capable People Discussion Forum, you’ll note it is not an open group – you have to request membership and be approved – this is a sensible precaution that we have to take to keep spammers and trolls out. It helps to keep the integrity of the discussion and the quality of information discussion high.