Course Description

If you are interested in serving as an ANAB technical assessor for the ISO/IEC 17025 or ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation programs 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 ISO/IEC 17025 Internal Auditor or Forensic ISO/IEC 17020 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 provides a review of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 or ISO/IEC 17020:2012, 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, attendees will gain knowledge about the ANAB assessment process, learn numerous assessment methods, and acquire skills for performing an assessment and collecting, verifying, and recording objective evidence.

Please note: The information presented during this course assumes a basic understanding of the 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 on site.

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 about 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 Prerequisite: Approximately, eight to 12 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 relevant ANAB requirements for forensic accreditation; and tips for applying ISO/IEC 17025 or ISO/IEC 17020 to a forensic management system. An email message with a link for the online portion of this course will be sent at least two weeks prior to the start of the on-site training. The online prerequisite portion must be completed prior to the first day of the on-site portion of the course.

On-site Course Schedule: 3.25 days

Days 1-3: 8:00 am-5:00 pm; Day 4: 8:00 am-10:30 am

On-site, 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, and discussion and use through practical exercises of various assessment methods for collecting and verifying objective evidence.

Note: Each participant needs to bring a laptop, tablet, or iPad with internet capability for full participation in practical exercises.

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 nlarrimer@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: Contact ANABAssessors@anab.org or call 414-501-5494  and select option 2.

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