Employed as independent consultants, auditors are rigorously trained, pass a competence test prior to being registered. After a minimum of two audits in the field under the supervision of a Lead Auditor, they can become themselves Lead auditors (i.e. they can manage an audit under their own responsibility).
Excluding exceptional circumstances, auditors need to conduct a minimum of two audits per year to maintain their registration. In addition, they 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 HQAI auditors participate in the audit preparation, carry out the actual audits, prepare audit reports and make recommendations on certification to HQAI, as relevant.