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ISO 45001 Occupational, Health & Safety Auditor

The ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OHSMS) auditor certification program has been developed by IRAB-QSA to provide international recognition for auditors who conduct occupational health and safety management system audits based on the ISO 45001 occupational health and safety management system standard. It is also suitable for those who conduct audits against OHSAS 18001 and AS/NZS 4801.

Through extensive examination of your knowledge and personal attributes, IRAB-QSA’s ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Certification program can give you proof of your competence to effectively audit ISO 45001 and give you assurance that your audits will be accepted globally.

Built in liaison with industry representatives in accordance with ISO 19011:2018, IRAB-QSA Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Certification Program provides individuals with proof of their competence to effectively manage safety issues.

Program Objectives

IRAB-QSA Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Certification Program has been developed to:

  • Assist organizations to select qualified ISO 45001 (and OHSAS 18001 and AS/NZS 4801) management systems auditors
  • Enhance the professional recognition of ISO 45001 management systems auditors

Frequently Asked Questions

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How long is my training certificate valid?

IRAB-QSA recognizes training completed with training providers who held/hold certification with us under our current name or previous trading names (RABQSA, QSA, RAB) for 10 years from the date the training was completed for our management system schemes, such as QMS, EMS, OHS, etc. Some of our schemes require that the training certificate to have been issued within the last three years. Please check the specific certification requirements for the scheme you wish to apply for. If your training was completed outside of the training requirement time, you will need to complete a relevant knowledge examination, if available.

If a knowledge examination is not available, you may substitute the knowledge exam with an audit log showing relevant audit experience. If you choose this method, we require that you show evidence of 10 audit days reflecting the specific scheme (e.g, QMS, EMS, OHS, etc.) and grade (i.e., auditor or lead auditor) you wish to apply for. Audits need to have been conducted within the past three years.


Do you recognize certification from other bodies?

There are current agreements with IRCA/CQI, PECB, and the CCAA. Applicants must be able to demonstrate holding a current certification with one of the above mentioned bodies in order to qualify.


How do I check on the status of my application?

You can check on the status of your application in your customer portal. To do so, visit the IRAB-QSA website at irab-qsa.com In the upper right-hand corner, click on the login button. This will take you to your online portal. From there, log into your online portal. Once logged in, select the Current Certifications tab. Then select the Applications in Progress button.


Where are the documents I uploaded in support of my application?

You will not see the documents you upload in support of your application. Please contact your certification specialist or info@irab-qsa.com if you need assistance.


How long does it take to process my application?

It usually takes between 7-10 business days, assuming all supporting documents have been uploaded by the applicant.


How do I access my IRAB-QSA account?

You can access your IRAB-QSA account through your online portal, which is available through the IRAB-QSA website at irab-qsa.com In the upper right-hand corner, click on the login button. This will take you to your online portal. From there, you will be able to download your certificate, upload documents, pay fees, access assessments, calculate fees, apply for certification, add schemes or scopes to your account, and more.


How do I apply for certification?

Before you apply for certification, please be sure that you meet all the requirements specific to the scheme you wish to apply for. It is best to review the requirements specific to the scheme you are interested in. You can find those on the IRAB-QSA website. Click on the Certifications tab in the upper left-hand corner. A large menu will appear showing all of our schemes. Select the scheme you are interested in. From there, click on the Certification Requirements button on the right side of the screen. Please review those requirements carefully to be sure that you meet the scheme, grade, and scope requirements.

If you are new customer, you will need to create an account on the IRAB-QSA website in order to access your customer portal. Click on the Login button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. From there you can enter your contact details and create your account.

Once you have an account, either as a new customer or as an existing customer, you can apply for certification by following the steps below:

  1. Be sure you are logged into your online portal.
  2. Click on the Apply for Certification button.
  3. Click on the category of certification you are interested in, such as Quality Systems.
  4. Click on the specific certification you want to apply for, such as Quality Management System Auditor.
  5. Select Qualification-Based certification, if prompted. This will vary by scheme. 
  6. Choose the grade desired. Note: Only existing customers with at least 12 years of continuous certification with IRAB-QSA may choose the Master Auditor grade.
  7. Review the certification, recertification, and expansion requirements relevant to your scheme and grade, and click Continue to Scopes. Please refer to the PDF Scope document for criteria.
  8. Select any scopes you wish to apply for and click Continue to Code of Conduct.
  9. Tick the box next to each item in the Code of Conduct. By doing so, you agree to adhere to this code. Failure to do so, may result in the termination of your certification. Click Continue to Authorisation.
  10. If your organization has given you an authorisation code, please enter it here and click Validate. If not, click Continue to Payment.
  11. Carefully review your application info and payment options. 
  12. Select a payment option and enter your payment details. Note that you may choose to pay your annual fees monthly. However, this will only take effect with your next annual fee.
  13. Click Pay Now. Note: All fees are non-refundable, so please be sure you meet the certification requirements before applying for certification. Also, we are required to collect GST from our Australian customers. GST will be added to your certification fees.

Once we have received your application, an IRAB-QSA certification specialist will contact you if any additional information or steps are required.

Transition Assessments


Can I still conduct audits to the AS/NZS 4801 standard under the ISO 45001 OHS auditor certification scheme?

Yes! Our ISO 45001 OHS scheme is inclusive of the requirements of ISO 45001, OHSAS 18001, and AS/NZS 4801. Please note that OHSAS 18001 has been withdrawn. We expect that AS/NZS will be withdrawn soon.


What is the ISO 45001 Transition Assessment?

All IRAB-QSA certified OHS 4801/18001 auditors who do not also hold an ISO 45001 OHS auditor certification are required to transition to the ISO 45001 OHS auditor scheme prior to March 2021. This is required because the OHS 4801/18001 auditor certification scheme was built on OHSAS 18001, a British standard that has been withdrawn and replaced by ISO 45001.

Organizations that are certified to OHSAS 18001 must transition to ISO 45001 by March 2021 if they want to maintain their OHS certification.

We are no longer accepting applications to the OHS 4801/18001 auditor certification scheme. Instead, please apply to the ISO 45001 OHS auditor scheme.

NOTE: Auditors who conduct audits to AS/NZS 4801 may do so with the IRAB-QSA ISO 45001 OHS auditor certification. 

If you currently hold an IRAB-QSA OHS 4801/18001 certification, all you need to do is to complete the ISO 45001 Transition Assessment through ONE of the following paths by March 2021:

  • Complete the ISO 45001 Transition Assessment through IRAB-QSA (via your online portal)
  • Complete an ISO 45001 training course through an IRAB-QSA certified training provider
  • Complete ISO 45001 training from an accredited certification body (or registrar) or registered training provider

If in the event you have met either of the above, please forward your training certificate to irab-qsa.com 

IRAB-QSA will then transition you to the ISO 45001 certification program and will transfer all your OHS: Dates/ Grade/ Scopes across to the ISO 45001 OHS certification program and your current OHS certification will be closed out.

Once your application has been transferred, you will be notified to retrieve your e-certificate via your online portal and a new ISO 45001 ID card will be posted to you.

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