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ASME NQA-1 Lead Auditor Training

Review auditing program methods and techniques to conduct audits of nuclear quality assurance programs per ASME NQA-1 and N45.2.23 auditors.

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  • Orlando, FL, USA Oct 28-31st, 2024



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The ability to interact with ASME instructors who bring real world experience, examples, and best practices to life in our learning experiences is a major reason learners choose face to face training. Networking with peers is also a valuable part of the time spent together

Schedule: ​This course commences at 8:30 AM and ends at 5:30 PM local time, each day, with breaks scheduled throughout. 

October Venue: This course will be held at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace in conjunction with ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code Week.  Please follow this link for hotel reservations.

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The objective of this course is to provide the prospective lead auditor, with sufficient formal training to assist in meeting the training requirement for ASME NQA-1 and N45.2.23 auditors. This course gives each student the body of knowledge and understanding of auditing methods and techniques to conduct audits of nuclear quality assurance programs. The material includes the development, organization and administration of an audit program; the mechanics of an individual audit; audit objectives; and auditing techniques.

By participating in this course, you will learn how to successfully:

  • Identify and become knowledgeable of rules and regulations, standards and guidance applicable to nuclear facilities
  • Explain how to examine the general structure of quality assurance programs such as NQA-1 and ISO 9001
  • Describe how to establish an audit program and how to plan for conducting audits
  • Identify the four phases of the audit life cycle: 1) preparation, 2) performance, 3) reporting, and 4) follow-up
  • Identify the duties and responsibilities of both an auditor and lead auditor
  • Evaluate quality assurance program documents and associated procedures.
  • Explain how to prepare and perform internal and supplier audits including how to report and follow up on findings
  • Demonstrate an understanding of auditing methods and techniques through participation in practical exercises and examination

Course Materials (included in the purchase of the course)

  • Participants will receive access to the following Code/Standard(s) via ASME’s Digital Collection for the duration of the course:
    • ASME NQA-1 - Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications (QA) 
  • Downloadable version of the course presentation via ASME's learning platform

Course Materials (not included in the purchase of the course)

The instructors recommends that learners obtain the book, Nuclear Auditing Handbook: A Guide for Quality Systems Practitioners, by Charles Moseley, Karen Douglas, and Norman Moreau.


For learners who are not familiar with ASME NQA-1, or who need a quick refresher, the following Self Study courses provide an excellent overview of the Standard:

Who should attend?

Quality Engineers, Auditors, Engineers, Project Managers, Inspection Personnel, Production Supervisors, Facility Representatives, Procurement Personnel, Safety System Oversight Staff, and Assessment Personnel.


Day One

  • Course Introduction
  • Rules, Regulations, Standards, and Guidance
    • Purpose, content, use, and interrelationships of 10 CFR 50, 10 CFR 21, 10 CFR 830, DOE O 414.1C, NQA-1, and ISO 9001

Day Two

  • Review
  • Rules, Regulations, Standards, and Guidance Workshops
    • Determine how to compare earlier editions of the Standard against the current version
    • Case study - apply what you learned about the regulations, orders, and standards
  • Audit Program and Planning
    • Introduction of the elements of an audit program and planning for an audit program
  • Audit Preparation
    • How to prepare for an audit, including the necessary resources, where information can be obtained, and the purpose of a checklist and how to use it
  • Audit Preparation Workshops

Day Three

  • Audit Preparation Workshop (cont’d)
  • Review
  • Audit Performance
    • Activities that occur during an audit
  • Audit Performance Workshops
    • Determine whether proper and improper audit techniques were used and if any findings, observations, and opportunities for improvement should be noted
    • How to write effective deficiency statements and evaluate proposed corrective action
  • Audit Reporting and Follow-up
    • Discuss the iterative nature of finding responses and how to verify corrective action and action to prevent recurrence

Day Four

  • Audit Performance Workshop
    • Interactive exercise: performance phase of the audit and the use of the audit checklist when performing the examination
  • Review and prepare for exam
  • Exam

Norman P. Moreau, P.E., CSQE, CQA, ASME Fellow

Senior Principal Consultant for Theseus Quality Assurance, LLC

Norman P. Moreau, P.E., ASME Fellow and Instructor, CSQE, CQA, Senior Principal Consultant for Theseus Quality Assurance, LLC, has over 35 years of experience in quality assurance, project management, engineering, and organizational administration.

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