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Quality Systems Auditor Occupational Standard Certification Workshop

April 19, 2010, Alliston, Ont. – At the request of the Canadian aviation industry, the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council (CAMC) has documented an occupational standard for Quality Assurance Auditors in the aviation sector.

April 19, 2010  By Carey Fredericks

April 19, 2010, Alliston, Ont. – At the request of the
Canadian aviation industry, the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council (CAMC)
has documented an occupational standard for Quality Assurance Auditors in the
aviation sector.


Quality Assurance is a key component in all management
systems including safety management (SMS).  Quality systems auditors ensure an organizations’ processes
are effective and compliant.  To ensure
consistent and repeatable outcomes – regardless of the specific individual
performing the audit – it is important that auditors have equivalent knowledge
and skill levels. As a result CAMC has introduced a certification process for
system auditors in the aviation sector.



A workshop has been developed to prepare existing and
potential auditors.  The two day
workshop focuses on the knowledge components detailed in the occupational
standard and prepares auditors for certification.AvAd Inc. is pleased to be
working with CAMC in making this 
workshop and certification preparatory session available to the aviation


AvAd is facilitating this workshop on June 9th and 10th,
2010. Location is to be the Flight Education Training Center of Toronto Airways
Ltd. at the Toronto Buttonville Municipal Airport (CYKZ) – 2833 – 16th Avenue,
Box 100, Markham, Ontario, Canada L3R 0P8. There is a registration fee of
$100.00 per attendee and a lunch will be included with this each of the two
days. Start time will be 0830hrs each day.


The presenter for this session will be Bernie Wurster.
Bernie has been in the aviation industry for almost four decades and is an
active AME and pilot.  His
maintenance background includes the airframe/powerplant systems as well as
avionics. During a long career with Air Canada he held various positions
including being the PRT (Person Responsible for Training) and the Manager of
Technical Qualifications. He has been involved in various Transport Canada
committees including the CARAC committees for AME licensing, basic training and
type training.  In addition he has
held positions on numerous college advisory or strategic boards.  Bernie is a long standing member of the
CAMC accreditation board and self employed providing services to the aviation
industry principally in the areas of quality audits, policy development,
technical support and training.


Those interested in participating in this session should
contact Lorraine Glassford – Project Manager, AvAd Inc. by email at for additional information.


Workshop Content . . .




The workshop covers the following topics:


·   Quality
assurance and quality control


·   Quality
management basics


·   Quality
assurance and safety management systems


·   Audit


Principals of auditing


Measurement standards


Preparing an audit program


Checklists (developing and validating)


·   Risk
management as it applies to audits


·   Typical
quality assurance issues


Scheduling audits


Planning audits




·   Audit
meetings and briefings


·   Audit
evaluation methods


Analyzing evidence


·   Audit
team leaders


Findings and audit reports


·   Audit
rating systems


·   Audit
follow-up and corrective action plans


Assessing root cause


Improving audit performance




Day 1 of the workshop is focused on audit fundamentals as
they apply to the aviation industry including the links between quality
assurance and safety management systems.


Day 2 of the workshop is focused on the tasks associated
with the performance of an audit, documentation, corrective action plans, and
audit quality improvement.


With the introduction of safety management systems and the
ongoing desire of organizations to improve product quality, business
effectiveness, and safety; the role of the auditor has become one of the keys
to success.  This workshop combined
with certification assures organizations of audit outcomes which achieve the
business goals while at the same time provide a nationally recognized standard
for aviation auditors.




About AvAd Inc . . .




The Aviation Advantage Inc. (AvAd) is a uniquely Canadian
consulting firm, focused entirely on corporate aviation. Our business aviation
customer base spans the entire globe and includes small, single aircraft
operations up to large, multi-aircraft fleets. We also work with/for service
and support sector providers to the bizav industry and other aspects of
corporate aviation encompassing associations, industry relations and of course
government regulatory oversight, administration and communication.




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