This five-day in-depth course will provide an understanding of the Standard in terms of the protocol, requirements and how to audit effectively. Delegates will gain an in-depth guide to the requirements of the Standard, and learn how to undertake a BRC Global Standards audit, including effective planning, conducting and reporting of the audit. Auditing techniques will be practised and developed, to include the auditor competency skills required of Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) scheme auditors.

Delegates must have a prior working knowledge of quality management systems and auditing within the relevant manufacturing sector, and also have completed a hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) course of at least two days’ duration.

Successful completion of this course, including the exam, forms part of the training necessary to become a BRC Global Standards auditor. The steps necessary to complete your training must be arranged with a BRC Global Standards-approved certification body.

Before the course you must have read and reviewed a copy of the Standard which will be available free of charge from the BRC Bookshop from August 2018.

At the end of the course you will be assessed with an exam.

This course is part of the BRC Global Standards Professional recognition programme.


  • certification body auditors or new auditors seeking registration;
  • technical and quality managers who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of the audit process; and
  • consultants.


  • Understand the background and benefits of the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety.
  • Understand the relationship with other Standards: SALSA, ISO and the GFSI-benchmarked Standards.
  • Know the fundamental clauses and statements of intent.
  • Understand BRC Global Standards audit methodology, the enrolment program and the unannounced audit schemes.
  • Know how to close an audit and deal with corrective actions.
  • Know how reports are uploaded onto the BRC Global Standards Directory and how certificates are issued.
  • Understand the benefits of a BRC Global Standards Directory listing.
  • Understand how certification bodies are monitored for compliance by BRC Global Standards.