Becoming a registered HQAI auditor is a multistep process. Auditors must demonstrate their qualification and experience in the humanitarian and auditing sectors in order to apply for HQAI training of auditors. If accepted, candidates participate in this training, that focuses mainly on the good system auditing practices and the reference standard. All candidates are required to take a final test that consists of a mock audit, which is evaluated by HQAI team and trainers. Only those who pass at a sufficient level are accepted to become registered auditors for HQAI.
All auditors are submitted to a complete performance review after each audit, are required to comply with HQAI Code of Conduct, and must demonstrate active understanding of the relevant standards and the third party quality assurance processes.
Registered independent HQAI auditors participate in the audit preparation, carry out the actual audits, prepare audit reports and make recommendations on certification to HQAI.
By 2021, a pool of 25 to 35 registered auditors will undertake audits for HQAI. The size of this pool will be built according to the growing demand for HQAI services, to make sure we have the adequate people to deal with the volume of activity.