Mr. Andy Nichols (everyone should recognize the name) penned what I felt was a very thought-provoking article in "The Auditor" newsletter from Exemplar Global (I have no connection other than being a reader). The premise is that auditor competency based on professional development is probably under-serving the auditees now that the standards have shifted to organizational governance. Given the issues seen with companies (and as Andy points out in the article, the rise in automotive recalls), it'd be hard to say that the audit process is being fully effective! Andy concludes the article by suggesting that "Lead assessor training/competencies should be a more extensive, even-phased approach to address the need for not only auditing practices, but also quality tools and business governance." I'm posting here to get thoughts on what specific things auditors should / could be doing to improve competence. I see a lot of posts here and on other forums about less-than-stellar findings auditors make. What can Auditing Organizations do to start improving auditor competence or improve the audit experience?