Origins of deGRANDSON Global
Founded in 2011, deGRANDSON Global now offers a wide range of online training courses for those wishing to become Certified Auditors for the ISO series of management system standards.
Dr John FitzGerald, who has over 25 years experience as a consultant and trainer in management systems, and who first developed systems to comply with ISO 9000 in 1994, saw a need for online training.
Fulfilling a learning need
“A constant complaint from both learners and training organistions has been the difficulty of successfully organising public courses for internal and lead auditors. Aside from ISO 9001 Auditor Courses, numbers for public auditor training courses are rarely sufficient and courses just don’t materialise”, he said. “Very frustrating for learners, HR people and those managing their organisation’s management systems, alike”.
“If there was ever a problem that can only be adequately satisfied by e-Training, this is it”.
e-Training: any time – any place – any device
And so, from early in 2011 deGRANDSON Global was founded, issues surrounding adult learning, best methods of e-Training and the tools to deliver it were researched. We then proceeded to prepare Learning Plans for a series of Courses, to develop these Courses and the to make them available via a fully-featured Learning Management System (LMS).
A New Grade – the Lead Implementer & Auditor
For want of an alternative those acting as Audit Programme Managers for their organisations (management representative, QMR and the like) have been forced to complete Lead Auditor Courses. These Lead Auditor Courses are, correctly, focused on the needs of Certification Body auditors and include much material – managing certification audits, for example, superfluous to in’house Audit Programme Manager (APM).
With the freedom that e-Training provides we have been able to develop a series of Implementer & Auditor Courses directed specifically to fulfilling the needs of APMs and including Scenarios, FAQs and other directly relevant materials not to be found in a Lead Auditor course.
Course Development Goes On
Not only are we constantly extending the range of Management System Standards for which courses are available, we are also revising existing courses to address the changes that revised ISO Standards will introduce in coming years.