ISO 9001 Training
ISO 9001 is a quality management standard which is often implemented by organizations as a means to differentiate themselves from the competition and to carve a larger niche for themselves as quality discerning companies. As a standard which immediately elevates organizational positioning, most organizations seek ISO 9001 certification. But what is revealing, is the fact that while in 2010, certifications hit the one million mark, the percentage increase in ISO 9001 registrations annually is still in single digit numbers, i.e., 8% increase in new registrations compared with 3% increase in 2008 indicates the fact that many organizations are not ready to seek certification (Source: www.iso.org).
Barriers to Certification
What stops these organizations from seeking certification is debatable, but one good guess is the `fear of the unknown’. Anything to do with quality certification, immediately spells processes. Organisations fear non-compliance and the effort required to become compliant. Those organisations which decide to go for certification generally entrust the job to external consultants.
Reliable ISO 9001 Training
Having been in this business for more than eight years, ISO 9001 Checklist believes that any organisation can go for certification and all that is required is the belief that this can be achieved without resorting to costly consultants. Once the organization is convinced that it would like to go for certification, then a simple ISO 9001 training program is all that is required to understand the nuances behind the certification process.
About ISO 9001 Checklist’s ISO 9001 Training Program
The ISO 9001 training program is based on the simple PDCA cycle principle, P- Plan, D- Do, C- Check and A- Act. Planning the quality requirements to produce outputs which will align to ISO 9001 certification is the first stage of the training. With a plan in place, performing day-to-day activities becomes really simple and the training helps to draw up the processes and checkpoints required for certification. The training’s third step involves checking the results and this is the fun part as you actually get to see the results of your work. The last stage is to improve, and act upon those areas which require work.
Therefore, the ISO 9001 training program instead of being a `stand-alone’ set of dictatorial rules is created to align itself to individual organizations. This makes it easy for organizations to identify the necessary steps and processes. More importantly the ISO 9001 training program helps organizations to realise the value of implementing these quality processes, as day-to-day activities become well defined, meaningful and well thought out.
The Effectiveness of Training
It is certain that every element of standard has its own inherent training requirements. The ISO 9001 training requirements should be designed to meet continual improvement in the quality of the end product. The standard emphasizes that employee training and should make them skillful and knowledgeable in performing their roles. Thus, the training modules should be targeted such that all processes meet product specifications and be in accordance with ISO 9001 requirements.
ISO 9001 Checklist has grown from a project started in 2002 by ISO Auditors and Quality Manager Trainers to freely share their knowledge and experience with the ISO community online. The free ISO 9001 training section is an essential resource for any organization aiming to achieve ISO 9001:2008 accreditation through PDCA.
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Richard Keen ACQI, 10th November 2010