Course Description

If you are interested in serving as an ANAB Technical Assessor for either ISO/IEC 17025 or the ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation program and learning the mechanics of the assessment process, this is the course for you! 

If you are NOT interested in being a Technical Assessor, please see the Forensic Internal Auditor course.

The primary goal of this course is to train individuals to serve as an ANAB technical assessor in the application of ISO 19011, Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems, during an assessment of a forensic science testing or calibration laboratory or a forensic inspection body. This course will provide participants with a review of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 or ISO/IEC 17020:2012 and the relevant ANAB Forensic Accreditation Requirements (AR 3125 or AR 3120) and the assessment process. In addition, through various practical exercises, classroom discussions and a final examination, each attendee will gain knowledge regarding the ANAB assessment process, learn numerous assessment methods and acquire skills for how to perform an assessment and collect, verify and record objective evidence.

Please NOTE: The information presented during this course assumes that the attendee has a basic understanding of the existing structure and content of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 or ISO/IEC 17020:2012. A thorough review of the requirements is provided in the online training portion of this course, but requirements will not be reviewed in detail while onsite.

Learning Objectives

  • Acquire sufficient knowledge and skills to be a competent Technical Assessor when serving on an ANAB assessment
  • Gain an understanding of the accreditation requirements and the ANAB accreditation process
  • Learn how to evaluate and apply ISO/IEC 17025 or ISO/IEC 17020 and the forensic accreditation requirements (AR 3125 or AR 3120) to a forensic management system
  • Gain information regarding various assessment methods and risks
  • Acquire assessment skills using various sampling mechanisms for collecting, verifying and recording objective evidence

Course Schedule

Course Duration: 4.25 days, 34 hours

Online pre-requisite: (8 hours): Approximately, eight hour to twelve hours of online self-paced, web-based review of quality concepts, ISO and the Development of ISO standards; ANAB History and the Accreditation Program; Review of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 or ISO/IEC 17020 and the relevant ANAB requirements for forensic accreditation; as well as tips for applying ISO/IEC 17025 or ISO/IEC 17020 to a forensic management system. An email with a link for the online portion of this course will be sent, at a minimum, two weeks prior to the start of the on-site training. The online pre-requisite portion must be completed prior to the first day of the onsite portion of this course.

Onsite Course Schedule (3.25 days):

Days 1-3: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Day 4: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Onsite/in-person course content includes a thorough review of the ANAB assessment process detailing the technical assessor’s role and responsibilities, preparing for and conducting an assessment activity, using ShareFile and the assessor’s note form as well as discussing and employing, through practical exercises, various assessment methods for collecting and verifying objective evidence.

Note: Individual participants will need to bring a laptop, tablet or iPad with internet capability for full participation in practical exercises.

Upcoming Public Training Dates

September 24-27, 2019, Largo, FL - Registration deadline: August 30

Venue - National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC)
               8285 Bryan Dairy Road, Suite 125
               Largo, FL

October 27-30, 2019, Austin, TX (Hosted by SWAFS) -  Full - Waitlist only

Register through SWAFS

Venue - Renaissance Hotel
               9721 Arboretum Blvd
               Austin, TX 78759

December 10-13, 2019, Mesa, AZ - Registration deadline: November 15

Venue - Hyatt Place Phoenix/MesaPhoenix/Mesa
               1422 West Bass Pro Drive
               Mesa, AZ 85201

Cost: $1,195 per person

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Note: The registration fee includes a copy of ISO/IEC 17025. Attendees will be responsible for any travel, lodging, and meal expenses. Lunches and breaks will be on your own and are not included in the fee.

Registration and Billing Information:
Amy Levasseur, Program Assistant, 414-501-5376

Private On-site Training

The Forensic Technical Assessor Training course is also available as on-site training. Private on-site courses are a great option for organizations that have several staff members who need training. Contact us at training@anab.org or 414-501-5445 for more information.

Interested in Being a Technical Assessor for ANAB Forensic Accreditation Programs?

Download and complete the Forensic Technical Assessor Application.

Questions: Please contact ANABAssessors@anab.org or call 414-501-5494  and select option 2).