SGS Academy United Kingdom - Social Systems (SMETA) Auditor Conversion Course

Social Systems (SMETA) Auditor Conversion Course

The objective of this course is to provide existing lead auditors of other standards with the skills and techniques to audit against this new standard.

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This training is designed to help transfer your existing auditing skills from other management systems to those needed for audits of Social Management Systems (SMETA). If you have already completed a Lead Auditor Course in another discipline then the Social Systems Auditor Conversion Training will broaden your skills and knowledge base to understand and audit to SMS criteria. The principles of SMETA/Sedex set out management system that you can examine and control an organization’s occupational health risks and vulnerabilities. This course is designed for those who have already passed a Lead Auditor course.

IRCA Accreditation

We are accredited by the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) and International Register of Certified Auditors (IRCA) globally. This course is accredited by CQI / IRCA, reference number 17281 - PR 346.

Prior Knowledge Requirements

This course is designed for experienced management systems auditors who seek an understanding of the additional knowledge and skills required to audit social systems.

All delegates must have:

·       successfully completed an IRCA certified (or equivalent) 5-day Lead Auditor training course in another discipline (QMS, EMS, OH&S etc);

·       a basic understanding of relevant key labour / social issues and legislation (this may be specific to their industry context and location).

Pre-Course Reading and Requirement

The Best Practice Guidance document is now two documents:

·       SMETA Best Practice Guidance V6

·       SMETA Measurement Criteria V6

Delegates are required to print off and bring both documents to this course; the expectation is that where there are references to SMETA Guidance throughout this course that this also references SMETA Measurement Criteria.

Both documents are available free from the SEDEX website.

Trusted SMETA auditor conversion training from a leading course provider

Our courses are delivered by tutors who are social systems experts and experienced trainers. Your knowledge and skills will be developed through an interactive and practical approach to learning. Case study materials and role-play exercises are used to develop and practice skills in all phases of auditing. Participants are continually assessed and required to complete an end-of-course written examination.

Contact your local SGS office for full details of the courses available in your region.


What will you learn on our SMETA auditor conversion course?

On completion of the training you will be able to:

  • Possess in-depth knowledge of the SMS audit and certification process
  • Have the skills and knowledge needed to conduct third party audits against the requirements of the SMETA / Sedex



This three day course provides an opportunity for Social Systems Management professionals to update their skills in interactive and supportive surroundings.
 Case study materials and role-play exercises are used to develop and practice skills in all phases of auditing. Participants are continually assessed and required to complete a midcourse test along with an end-of-course written examination.

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24 hours

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