SA8000® Basic Auditor Training

The SA8000 Basic Auditor Training Course has recently been updated to reflect the SA8000:2014 changes as well as incorporating the emerging issues and techniques in the field of social compliance auditing.  SAI trains certification auditors and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and interests. About 1,000 people take the course every year with SAI, and the Basic course has drawn auditors, corporate compliance staff, managers from brands, retailers and manufacturers, government officials, academics, and trade union and NGO representatives. 
As of July 1, 2015, the SA8000 Basic Auditor training course has been fully updated and is now structured differently. This course now takes a Modular Approach, so that our increasingly diverse audiences can tailor the training for their needs:
  • Module 1: The 3day Basic Social Auditing Course
    • This Module will teach students how to apply methods and techniques to plan and conduct a Social Responsibility audit.
  • Module 2: The 2day Introduction to SA8000 Course
    • This Module will teach students the principles of SA8000 and how to use tools, including Social Fingerprint, to plan and conduct an SA8000 audit.
These two modules will often be offered together as a 5-day course for participants hoping to obtain the SA8000 Basic Auditor Training Course Completion Certificate.
Therefore, in order to obtain the SA8000 Completion Certificate, participants must take both Modules 1 and 2. Participants may also take the 3day Basic Social Auditing Course as a standalone course for their own professional needs and/or requirements. More information on what it means to take the 3day Basic Social Auditing Course will be available for potential participants by September 1, 2015. 
Key topics include:
  • Module 1:
    • Core concepts and background on social compliance in the supply chain 
    • Practical knowledge of social auditing and performance 
    • Review of common compliance problems and possible solutions
    • Application of methods and techniques to gather, evaluate & triangulate satisfactory objective evidence during an audit to determine the conformance of a system
    • Ability to generate accurate, appropriate and comprehensive audit findings and conclusions
  • Module 2:
    • Understanding the elements of the SA8000 Standard
    • Effective auditing techniques related to each SA8000 social compliance element
    • A review of the SA8000 documents and tools, including in-depth review of Social Fingerprint 
    • Practical knowledge of the Management Systems Approach
    • Application of methods and techniques to conduct, and generate findings, on an SA8000 audit
Overall, the modules together involve in-depth case studies, virtual factory tours and highly interactive group exercises allow for hands-on learning and practical application methods and tools. The course concludes with a comprehensive exam, and students who successfully pass, after attending both Modules, are awarded a Certificate of Successful Completion. 
These courses are required for all SA8000 auditors. Please check with your Certification Body to determine what other requirements may be necessary for you. Complimentary places are available for NGO and trade union participants. As class sizes vary based on venue capacity, we limit these complimentary seats to two representative per class.  
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SA8000 Course Price Changes:
Due to the SA8000:2014 transition, which includes the integration of the Social Fingerprint online tool for SA8000 auditors and taking into account general inflation, the course prices will be adjusted slightly. These changes will not be dramatic, and they will not rise in all cases. The course price changes will begin September 1, 2015. 
Learn more about the SA8000:2014 transition and view our Training Schedule.
For more information, please refer to our Course FAQ page or contact the Training & Capacity Building Team at