ASME NQA-1 Nuclear Lead Auditor Qualification Requirements

Looking to become a Lead Quality Auditor for ASME NQA-1 or other related nuclear quality standards?  The requirements are provided in NQA-1 Requirement 2, Para 303 are as follows.  Arsenal Consulting’s ASME NQA-1 Lead Auditor Training Course provides the training required per paragraph 303.2 and examination per 303.4 to meet these requirements.

303.1 Communication Skills – The Lead Auditor shall be capable of communicating both in writing and orally.

303.2 Training – Lead Auditors shall receive training to assure auditing competence including

(a) knowledge and understanding of this Standard and other nuclear-related codes, standards, regulations, and regulatory guides, as applicable

(b) general structure of quality assurance programs as a whole

(c) auditing techniques of examining, questioning, evaluating, and reporting; methods of identifying and following up on corrective action items; and closing out audit findings

(d) planning audits of activities affecting quality

(e) on-the-job training to include applicable elements of the audit program

303.3 Audit Participation. Prospective Lead Auditors shall participate in a minimum of five quality assurance
audits within a period of time not to exceed 3 years prior to the date of qualification, one audit of which shall be a nuclear quality assurance audit within the year prior to qualification.

303.4 Examination. Prospective Lead Auditors shall pass an examination that shall evaluate comprehension of and ability to apply the body of knowledge identified above. The examination may be oral, written, practical, or any combination thereof.