While knowledge of ISO systems is useful from an employee perspective, unfortunately it is not a sufficient building block on which to base a career as an ISO consultant. You will need to undertake a training course in your field of choice followed up with sufficient work experience as an auditor or consultant in order to be taken seriously by clients or consulting companies. Consider your options carefully and pay attention to growth areas in your particular field of interest.
How to Become an ISO Consultant
In order to be successful as an International Standards Organisation (ISO) consultant, it is important to have the correct qualifications. Experience with maintaining an ISO system as an employee is useful but unfortunately not sufficient.
There are various courses you can undertake which are suitable depending on your level of current experience and your intended goal.
- If you know nothing at all about ISO there are demystifying courses.
- If you wish to set up management systems there is another training course for this.
- If you wish to be an internal or external auditor, you will need to complete a registered training course in this area.
Courses are routinely offered by Certification Bodies throughout the country.
Gaining Experience as an ISO Consultant
The challenge following any training you undertake is to get sufficient experience as an auditor or consultant in order to be taken seriously by clients or engaged by consulting companies such as Integrated Compliance Solutions.
The best way to gain experience is to offer your services to small businesses that require this level of service but cannot afford to pay a qualified consultant. Use your networks to identify companies that might benefit from ISO compliance but have ruled out this possibility due to lack of sufficient funds. Always ensure you get a testimonial as soon as you have completed the job and the client is satisfied.
In the meantime, a reputable course will go a long way to being seriously considered as an ISO consultant.
Specialisation & Establishing Your Area/s of Expertise
You also need to factor in your area of specialisation. Specialising in quality consulting is a limited market, therefore you may need to also train up in environmental or OHS, or preferably all three as part of an integrated management system. Alternatively consider other standards such as the information security standard or specialist standards in growth areas such as the NDIS.
Think carefully and research your options before you invest any money. The Google keyword tool can act as a good indicator as to commonly used search terms in regard to ISO in Australia. For example, at the time of writing, information security is a particular growth area.
Once you have your qualifications and some experience, then it’s time to contact other consultants and consulting companies and put yourself forward as a junior consultant.
ICS is committed to supporting consultants in the ISO compliance sector. If you would like to be considered for a position within ICS, feel free to call us on 1300 132 745 or contact us via our website. We will be more than happy to discuss any suitable vacancies within our organisation. We also refer very small companies to consultants with some experience, wishing to establish themselves.
Alternatively, for more information about employment opportunities at Integrated Compliance Solutions, see our dedicated careers webpage.