Certified FSSC 22000 Lead Auditor

This FSSC 22000 Lead auditor training programme is structured to provide an overall understanding of ISO 22000:2018 food safety management system requirements, sector-specific prerequisite programs (PRPs), (ISO/TS 22002-x-series or other specific PRP standard), and FSSC 22000 additional requirements.

This 5- day FSSC 22000 lead auditor training course is an accredited training program conducted by our experienced auditors and tutors, who have relevant experience in auditing and have provided trainings to numerous organisations from diverse industries. They will share their experiences and knowledge on the standard's requirements to facilitate you while conducting audits. After completing the FSSC 22000 lead auditor training course, you will receive a globally recognised FSSC 22000 Lead Auditor certificate. This course satisfies the training requirements for becoming an approved FSSC 22000 Lead auditor.

Certification Objectives

The essential objective of this programme is to provide knowledge and skills required to perform, maintain & improve audits of food safety management systems (FSMS) against FSSC 22000 Version 5.1 as well as V.6 exposoure will be given within the organization or to conduct Supplier audit. To understand compliance with GFSI requirements. At the end of the FSSC Lead Auditor training program based on FSSC 22000 Ver 5.1, V.6 the delegates will be able to:

  • – Risks covered by an organization in the food chain
  • – The requirements of ISO HLS (High Level Structure) with PDCA
  • – The requirements of ISO 22000:2018 standards
  • – The sector specific PRP’s Eg: - ISO /TS 22002-1
  • – The requirements of FSSC 22000 Additional requirements
  • – The statutory & regulatory requirements of the standard
  • – The ISO 19011 standards interpreting it to auditing requirements
  • – Plan an audit against set audit criteria, execute audit, make report and communicate the findings


Certified Study Resources

FSMS Introduction and Process Approach

  • – Purpose and benefits of FSMS including understanding of the basic FSMS & QMS principles
  • – Terms, Fundamentals and Principles
  • – Process Approach with PDCA
  • – FSMS standards (ISO 22000:2018 Clause 1 to 10, ISO/TS 22002-1 and additional requirements)
  • – Auditing requirements of ISO/TS 22002-1 & FSSC Specific requirements

Auditing Principle

  • – Auditing objectives
  • – Types of audits
  • – Audit life cycle
  • – Principle of Auditing

Role and Responsibilities of Auditor

  • – Audit Programme objectives
  • – The auditees responsibilities
  • – The lead auditors’ responsibilities
  • – Auditors’ qualification and certifications

Role Planning an Audit

  • – Pre-Audit planning
  • – Reviewing documentation
  • – Developing an audit plan
  • – Preparing checklists or working documents
  • – Communication factors

Conducting an Audit

  • – Opening meeting
  • – Collecting objective/audit evidence
  • – Effective interviewing techniques
  • – Identifying and recording nonconformities
  • – Preparing for the closing meeting

Reporting Audit Result

  • – Conducting the closing meeting
  • – Preparing the audit report
  • – Distributing the audit report

Corrective Actions

  • – Corrective action responsibilities
  • – Follow up scheduling
  • – Monitoring corrective action


The Certification is especially beneficial for persons who

  • – Plan/Manage the implementation of ISO 22000:2018
  • – Require detailed knowledge of FSMS auditing process
  • – Is involved in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd party audits
  • – Need to learn about the regulatory framework and assessment for a FSMS assessment
  • – Food safety consultants, Managers, Technicians
  • – Aspiring Food Safety Professional


The food safety lead auditor training program based on version 5.1, transition to V.6 exposure will also be given for

  • – Food safety management representatives / quality professionals / consultants
  • – Professionals who have a role to play in the audit of food safety management system
  • – Personnel from certification bodies, consultants, technical and quality managers who are interested in learning FSSC requirements
  • – Auditors / Lead auditors for other management system


Any Graduate/ B. tech/ B.Sc. in Microbiology/ Life Sciences/ Botany/ Zoology/ Food Science/ Food Technology/ or any other discipline/ candidates with relevant work experience are eligible to apply for this certification.

Programme Duration

The duration of the training is 5 days.


The registration dates for this programme run by the Institute are updated timely on the webpage. Effective Online learning tools incorporated into the design of the webpage make the programme lectures and online live classes easily accessible. This gives a huge window of self-regulated and self-paced performance to the participants.

Programme Deliverables

The accompanying training is appropriately aligned with the current Industry’s expectations.

  • – Interactive or online live sessions on all key areas of the programme giving all flexibility to the participants.
  • – All the efforts are made by IGMPI faculty members to make the entire programme modules easily understandable.
  • – Assessment and evaluation for all the programme modules in order to enhance the levels of competencies and skills of the participants leading towards the objective of application in the job.
  • – At the end of each programme modules, the trainers shall obtain feedback from the participants using specially designed questionnaires.
  • – All learning and training delivery initiatives shall be conducted in English.

Assessment & Certification

All the participants are expected to appear for online assessment. After successfully qualifying the examination, the participants will be awarded the professional certification of FSSC 22000 Lead Auditor by Institute of Good Manufacturing Practices India (IGMPI). Details get updated on the website as well. The certification will be awarded after the required levels of knowledge, skills, professionalism, and attitude are assessed through the IGMPI assessment process.

Placement Assistance & Corporate Relations

The Institute has partnered with many organizations for providing placement assistance to its participants. The robust placement cell comprises of senior level Human Resources professionals and Talent Acquisition experts which maintains close links with business and industry. We are engaged in promoting the employability of our participants by maintaining good rapport and relation with HR cell and recruiting managers of leading food and agriculture companies across the globe. The efforts of our placement cell also include helping with professional resume writing, interview skills & conducting mock interviews etc.

In recent Months the Institute has witnessed more and more participation from professionals working global food labs and food giants like Britannia Industries Ltd., Hindustan Unilever Ltd., Kohinoor Foods Ltd. (Satnam Overseas Ltd.), LT Foods Ltd. (Daawat), McCain Foods India Pvt. Ltd., Mondelez India Foods Pvt. Ltd. (Cadbury), Haldiram’s, Mother Dairy, MTR Foods Pvt. Ltd. (Orkla), Nestle India Ltd., Amul, Parle Agro Pvt. Ltd., Venkys India Ltd., Vimta Labs, Nexus Test Labs, PepsiCo India, Patanjali, Heritage Food Ltd., Kwality Dairy India Ltd., KRBL Ltd., etc.

Future career prospects

The Professional Certification of Certified FSMS Lead Auditor equips an individual to take leading roles in the HACCP Team as well as in the new product development. This Professional Certification enables an individual to become a part of organization who wants to obtain an ISO or FSSC 22000 Certification. The FSSC 22000 Lead Auditor Certification Programme provides sufficient knowledge for specialized job roles in Food Industry like Food Safety Officer, Information Security Officer, Senior Auditor in Certification bodies, ISO Lead Auditor, FSSC 22000 Lead Auditor in Food Companies and many more.

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