Effective Audit Techniques for Regulators

TQ04 | 3 days

Auditors need to maintain a thorough and consistent approach to assessing compliance; the truly effective auditor also adds value by aligning audit findings into system improvements that can lead to increased compliance, efficiency and safety. Designed especially for personnel working as Regulators, this course covers the complete audit cycle from initial planning to final closure.

This proven course has provided numerous global regulators, including EASA, with the latest thinking and industry best practice concerning audit techniques across the aviation regulatory environments.

Upcoming Training

02 Dec - 04 Dec 2024

Virtual Classroom

£1,360.00 (excl. VAT)

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How will this course benefit me?

Designed exclusively for regulatory authority staff, this course is beneficial for both new and experienced auditors, and those with associated auditing management responsibilities who wish to enhance their professional competence.

This course will increase your knowledge, skills and abilities so that you:

  • Gain a clearer understanding of the role of regulatory auditor
  • Achieve consistency and thoroughness of approach across all your areas of responsibility, leading to improved regulatory oversight
  • Add value to the auditing process whilst providing a catalyst for system improvements
  • Reduce exposure to industry risk and increase regulatory effectiveness


Key areas of focus

  • The global aviation picture and transition to auditing in a performance based environment
  • Understanding management systems
  • ‘Traditional’ and ‘System’ auditing philosophies and key terms 
  • Effective, layered audit planning
  • Opening and closing meetings; questioning techniques; dealing with difficult people
  • Gathering evidence; product sampling techniques and limitations
  • Audit findings and root cause analysis
  • Audit reporting, tracking, closure and analysis
  • Auditing for performance
  • Assessment tools and methodologies (SMICG/PSOE, SMARRT MAP and EASA MSAT)


Is this course right for me?

The course is designed primarily for those who work within a Regulatory organisation and primarily for new regulatory professionals who have auditing resonsibilities. It is also suited to those who have prior audit experience but have not completed Continual Professional Development in the auditor role in the past 2 years.

It will also benefit:

  • Heads of Departments and Standardisation Team Leaders
  • Surveyors and Flight Operations Inspectors
  • Regulatory support staff with auditing process responsibilities



Essential requirement: Attendees must be working within a Regulatory organisation/role. We reserve the right to remove any delegates who do not meet this criteria and an admin fee will be applicable in this instance.

An understanding of Quality and/or Compliance Management concepts and systems would be advantageous. 

Course details

Course format: This course is a balanced mix of group discussions, flipchart work and PowerPoint presentations. Managed syndicate exercises give you the opportunity to practise the application and evaluation of new processes and techniques.
Course level: This course is suitable for those with little or no prior experience in Audit techniques who are looking to develop a fundamental understanding of the subject and for those who have worked in the subject for some time, are familiar with core terminologies and concepts and are looking to develop or update their level of knowledge and practical understanding.
Assessment process: No formal assessment. Two-way dialogue and exercises enable the facilitator to assess and optimise delegate learning.
Course size: 12 persons maximum at our Aviation Safety Academy or on-site at your facility