American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)

Internal Auditing



This 2-day training course practices the internationally-recognized approaches to conducting effective internal audits. The techniques learned promote the involvement of laboratory personnel. The course includes easy-to-implement methods for continual improvement and preparing for external assessments.


This course is appropriate for all laboratory staff who participate in the operation of the laboratory management system:

  • Conducting testing or calibration
  • Supporting laboratory activities
  • Managing the laboratory management system
  • Training laboratory staff
  • Managing the laboratory


  • How to plan and conduct internal audits within laboratories
  • Auditing principles and techniques
  • Required skills 


Day 1 - (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Introduction and Objectives

  • Course aims
  • Approaches to learning

Internal Audit Concepts

  • Management system requirements
  • Continual improvement processes

  • Process auditing

Internal Audit Planning

  • Internal audit cycles and planning

  • Planning workshop

Day 2 - (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Meetings and Interviews

  • Auditor responsibilities
  • Interview workshop

Writing Findings and Reports

  • Identifying findings
  • Audit report content

  • Closing meeting workshop

Monitoring and Follow-Up

  • Follow up workshop
  • Developing enduring solutions

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