In order to become an authenticated auditor, you must meet the audit and work experience requirements outlined in the 9104-3:2020 standard (also known as AS9104/3A).
IAQG established the following two categories of auditors:
- Authenticated Auditor (AA) recognizes the individual has the demonstrated competence (i.e., knowledge, skills, and personal attributes) to conduct an audit on ASD organizations.
- Authenticated Experienced Auditor (AEA) recognizes the individual has the demonstrated competence (i.e., knowledge, skills, and personal attributes) to lead an audit on ASD organizations [...] together with appropriate recognized work experience and demonstrated knowledge in the ASD industry.
Authentication is also specific to the AQMS standard you wish to audit (9100, 9110, 9120), although the same auditor can be qualified to multiple standards.
The following table, found in 9104-3:2020, explains the applicable requirements for initial auditor authentication:
|Element||Authenticated Auditor (AA)|
Authenticated Experienced Auditor (AEA)
|Baseline Training||Evidence of passing a TPAB approved ASD Lead Auditor Course (see 3.11)|
|Audit Experience (see 3.4)||Evidence within the past three years of:||Experience within the past three years of:|
|IAQG Sanctioned Requisites (see 3.16)||Evidence of successful completion (including examination, as applicable) of any IAQG requisites*.|
|Work Experience (see 4.3)||Evidence of 2 years work experience within the past 10 years (see 4.3.1).||9100/9120: Evidence of four years ASD work experience (see 4.3.2) within the last 10 years.|
|9110: 9100 above, plus evidence of two years aviation maintenance work experience (see 4.3.3) within the last four years.|
|ASD Industry Knowledge (see 4.4)||Evidence not required.||9100/9120: Evidence of industry knowledge (see 4.4.1).|
|9110: Evidence of industry knowledge (see 4.4.2).|
* NOTE 1: The current IAQG Sanctioned Requisite is the Aerospace Auditor Transition Training (AATT) Course.
9104-3:2020 also defines a process whereby, after completing a full auditor authentication cycle (3 years), Authenticated Auditors (AA) can advance to the Authenticated Experienced Auditor (AEA) role after gaining necessary AQMS audit experience, industry knowledge, and demonstrating good audit performance.
To become authenticated, prospective auditors must reach out to an Auditor Authentication Body (AAB). The approved AABs are listed in IAQG's OASIS database at the following page:
(You will need to create a free OASIS account to access this page.)
Although IAQG established the overall requirements in 9104-3, the specific decision to authenticate any prospective auditor rests with the AAB. If you have any specific questions about your personal audit or work experience, please reach out to your chosen AAB for further information.
NOTE: If you are going seek authentication before January 2023, the AAB may not have yet finished their transition to the 9104-3:2020 requirements listed above. Under the previous requirements, auditors were required to already be a qualified QMS (ISO 9001) auditor, but were not previously required to complete an ASD Lead Auditor Course. The previous requirements also had an additional option for AEA with less work experience. If you pass the AATT before the end of 2022 and are ready to seek auditor authentication, please reach out to the AAB to confirm the applicable requirements according to their specific transition timing.