HABC Level 3 Award in Effective Auditing and Inspection Skills

Auditing And Inspection Skills

HABC Level 3 Award

  • The Level 3 Award in Effective Auditing and Inspection Skills is a qualification aimed at supervisors, team leaders and line managers working in all sectors of the food industry, consumer products, hospitals and other industries where verification, auditing or inspection is undertaken.


  • There are no prerequisites for this qualification.
  • However, it is recommended that candidates have suitable technical knowledge of the relevant practices and procedures which will be subject to audit/inspection. E.g. Level 3 Food Safety/HACCP qualification.
  • It is advised that learners have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy or numeracy or equivalent.
  • This qualification is approved for delivery to those aged 16 and over.


  • This qualification is assessed through a 30-question multiple-choice question examination.
  • The duration of the examination is 1 hour.
  • Successful learners must achieve a score of at least 20 out of 30.
  • Learners will achieve a Merit if they achieve 25 out of 30.


Candidates will be able to explain audit/inspection terminology, by being able to:
  • Interpret the terms: Audit, Inspection, Standards, 1st party audit, 2nd party audit, 3rd party audit, full audit, partial audit and superficial audit.
  • Provide examples of different types of standards used for auditing.
  • Explain how to construct a “model” against which to inspect.
  • Outline the prerequisites, purpose, benefits and limitations of audits/inspections.
  • Describe the bases for audits/inspections 1.6 Identify the type of equipment that may be used by an auditor/inspector.
Candidates must be able to explain the need for a systematic approach to auditing and the need to plan effectively by being able to:
  • Explain the importance of planning and preparation to ensure an effective audit/inspection.
  • Distinguish between the terms audit scope and depth.
  • Evaluate the competencies required by an auditor/inspector, including characteristics, knowledge, experience and people skills.
  • Evaluate how the conduct and characteristics of an inspector/auditor can affect an audit/inspection.
  • Clarify how the frequency of inspections/audits is related to risk.
  • Describe the need to consider the timing of the inspection/audit.
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of checklists.
  • Construct a simple audit checklist.
Candidates must explain the stages involved in the inspection process by being able to:
  • Explain the auditing/inspection cycle and the purpose of the opening meeting.
  • List equipment likely to be used when auditing/inspecting.
  • Explain the importance of accurate and comprehensive data collection.
  • Differentiate between types of data collection techniques which may be used during audit/inspection.
  • Interpret different types of observation techniques by providing examples of when each may be most effectively used.
  • Clarify the types of questions available, including when they should be used and those which shouldn’t be used.
  • Distinguish between ‘look at’ and ‘look for’.
  • Explain the terms simulation, intervention, reconstruction, measurement, triangulation and verification in the context of audit/inspection.
  • Explain the importance of science and using evidence to support claims.
  • Explain the information required for a closing meeting.
  • Evaluate the purpose of a closing meeting including agreeing timeframes for remedial action.
  • Describe the importance of a re-visit.
  • Outline factors which could result in inspection failure.
Candidates must be able to apply analysis techniques by being able to:
  • Explain the importance of converting raw data into coherent facts by grouping similar items, determining sources of problems, assessing the context and looking for permanent solutions.
  • Interpret a variety of audit/inspection indicators.
  • Diagnose causes and effects.
  • Discriminate between different types of non-compliances.
  • Explain the purpose and content of a report.
  • Summarize examples of report content, style and presentation.


  • 2Day Course.
  • Total Quality Consultancy / Client facility.

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