The 2nd Auditor Certification pilot took place in Shenzhen, China on 7 & 8 March.
We had 48 auditors representing 29 Member Firms over the two days with auditors having a range of experience from just starting in the social compliance industry to 20+ years’ experience. They all completed the following assessments:
Multiple Choice\Short Answer.
3 x Simulated Interviews.
Overall, we received great feedback from the auditors as they were willing to help improve the process. The day 1 auditors did find it challenging to be without their phones all day, but day 2 auditors were more accepting of the “no phone” rule and came with a great attitude.
Some of the suggestions received: · Reduce redundancy of some of the online multiple choice \ Short Answer questions.
· For Short Answer and Interview format, try to offer guidance on expectations.
· For online exam, group the questions that are similar types: multiple choice / Select All that Apply, short answer.
· Chinese translation should incorporate more technical terms, even including English where appropriate (for example “root cause analysis”).
· Prefer multiple case studies to test issue identification, rather than in one large case study.
· Auditors want to complete the exam, which require fewer questions or longer exam time.
· Interview: allocate briefing and planning time prior to conducting mock interview.
· Provide guidance on how interviews are evaluated.
· Provide better context for the interview and expected outcomes.
Two debrief sessions were held with management of the Member Firms participating in the pilot; one in Shenzhen and one in Hong Kong, which enabled open discussions about the process and where improvements will be made.
All the feedback and exam results are now being collated and further refinement will be made in the coming months.
Thank you to all the auditors for their participation in this important milestone!
Please see our "Certification Pilot" page on this website for more photos.
Day 1 Participants
Day 2 Participants
Examiners & APSCA Team
Newsletter February 2018
Auditor Certification Pilot - China The dates for our second Auditor Certification Pilot have been confirmed as 7 & 8 March 2018 in Shenzhen, China. The pilot will have 48 participants, 24 each day, representing 29 Member Firms. Upon arrival the participants will be allocated a number and divided into 3 groups, with each group rotating throughout the day to complete the following exams: 1. Multiple Choice & Short Answer. 2. Case Studies. 3. Simulated Interviews.
The simulated interviews will be based on the following scenarios:
Following the China pilot, we will be meeting with third party experts to incorporate additional learnings and determine the pass score in preparation for implementation later in 2018. There are still a number of steps to achieve before we go live - but exciting progress continues!
Look out for our next Newsletter as we share the results of our 2nd pilot in China.
New Member We are pleased to announce our new member: Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Ltd (Lloyd's Register). Welcome to APSCA !
APSCA Registered Auditors We now have approx. 2,500 auditors registered from our 41 Member Firms. Auditor information received from our Member Firms was assessed and uploaded into APSCA's data system. We have begun the process of having those auditors access their account, via a secure password, to complete the registration process. This involves the completion of an on-line consent to manage their information, signed APSCA Code of Professional Conduct and to upload their image. Once this is complete each auditor is assigned an APSCA Membership No. They will be able to access and update their details at any time. This work is being completed in 3 waves and is estimated to be completed by June 2018. Following this the public will be able to validate APSCA registered auditors' key credentials - stay tuned to our Newsletter for an update on when this will be available.
APSCA's Code of Professional Conduct and Confidentiality Framework Agreement have been sent to all Member Firms for their signature - to review a copy of the Code of Professional Conduct please visit our "Working Group" page on this website.
2018-2020 Strategy Progress In the December Newsletter we shared with you APSCA’s Strategy Plan which consists of 5 key pillars: · Validation · Governance · Compliance · Communication · Supporting Processes & Systems
We began 2018 with a great start and all elements are on time or in some cases ahead of time, with the only exception being the release of the new Confidentiality Framework Agreement which was delayed by a month due to the Christmas holiday break.
Sedex 2018 Conference – Come by APSCA’s booth and say "Hi"! We are proud to be supporting Sedex’s 2018 Conference, which will bring together more than 600 leaders in responsible sourcing for two days' of discussion, insight, networking and real-world advice, all with the aim of providing practical ways to achieve impact through leadership. If you are going to be there – pop by and see us at our booth! If you haven’t booked your ticket to secure your place at Europe’s largest responsible sourcing conference in 2018: 13th - 14th March, London, UK - see more at:http://bit.ly/2CDIvB6
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