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ASME NQA-1 Lead Auditor Training (Virtual Classroom)

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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ASME NQA-1 Lead Auditor Training (Virtual Classroom)
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Course Schedule The course will run from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 2:00 PM – 6 PM Eastern each day.

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.

You Will Learn To

  • 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 price of the course)
Each participant will receive access to a digital access to ASME NQA-1 - Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications (QA) Standard in class, and a downloadable version of the course presentation.

Course Materials (not included in the price 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

Who Should Attend?

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

This ASME Virtual Classroom course is held live with an instructor on our online learning platform.
Certificate of completion will be issued to registrants who successfully attend and complete the course.

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About the Instructors

Norman P. Moreau, P.E., CSQE, CQA, ASME Fellow, CEO and Chief Instructor for Theseus Professional Services, LLC, has over 30 years of experience in quality management, project management, engineering, and organizational administration. He has been a member of the ASME since 1982, and since 1990, has been an active participant on the ASME NQA-1 Committee on Nuclear Quality Assurance. Mr. Moreau’s significant contributions have been in the areas QA for computer software, records management, and commercial grade dedication. He has been on the Main Committee since 2002, and from 2004 to 2008 he served as the Vice Chair of Subcommittee on Engineering and Procurement Processes. In 2008 he was elected to lead the newly formed Subcommittee on Software Quality Assurance. From 2014 to 2017 served as Main Committee Vice-Chair and Executive Committee Chair. 

Mr. Moreau’s nuclear experience includes working as a quality engineer, quality manager, and project manager at several NRC and DOE nuclear facilities, and various vendors within the nuclear supply chain. Representative projects include USQ program implementation, training, and support; successful NQA-1 implementations that include a construction company, testing lab, rebar splicing manufacturer, and two process control system fabricators; software QA program implementation and audits; and software dedications that lead to passing regulatory and industry audits. He is a registered professional engineer and holds a bachelor‘s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in software engineering administration. Mr. Moreau has been a certified NQA-1 Lead Auditor since 1989 and a certified (retired) ISO 9001 lead auditor since 1996.

Tim Kindelberger is a principal consultant with Theseus Professional Services, LLC. He has over 35 years of experience in quality management, quality program oversight, quality program auditing and quality control & inspections processes. Mr. Kindelberger has held positions with responsibility for maintaining company quality assurance programs in the nuclear power generation industry. Additionally, he has held positions with responsibilities that included quality program indoctrination for incoming personnel during plant outage ramp-up periods, with several hundred craft and staff employees being on-boarded in short periods of time.

Mr. Kindelberger has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an Associate Degree in Applied Science with a concentration in Technical Studies. He has been a certified lead auditor in the nuclear industry since 1993. He was certified Level III in several nondestructive examination and inspection disciplines including Liquid Penetrant & Magnetic Particle Examination, and Visual, Mechanical & Electrical Inspection. From 1993 to 2012 he was designated as the Corporate Level III Examiner for a maintenance and modification contracting company in the nuclear and fossil power generation industry. He has experience with both ISO 9001 and 14001 programs, including management and oversight of an ISO 14001 certified program.  Mr. Kindelberger is an active member of the ASME NQA-1 Assessment and Verification Sub-Committee.
 

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Outline

Day 1

  • 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 2

  • 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 3

  • 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 4

  • 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
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