Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA) Laboratory Assessor

Qualification Based Certification Exemplar Global RABQSA iNARTEThe Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA) Laboratory Assessor program provides a benchmark for other industry-based schemes in North America, and provides a base for the development and improvement of assessment practices in Canada and beyond. The benefits being:

  • Provides Industry confidence
  • International recognition ensuring that professionals have the necessary skills and attributes to conduct Laboratory accreditation audits in compliance with ISO/IEC17025:2005

This table provides a summary of certification requirements:

Certification Requirements CALA Assessor (CALA) CALA Lead Assessor (CALA-LA)
Knowledge
(page 7)
CALA Assessor Course

or

  • an Exemplar Global-certified Testing and Calibration Laboratory Competence Assessment Training Course or equivalent provided by an International Personnel Certification Association (IPC, formerly IATCA) signatory; and
  • evidence of CALA-specific training.
CALA Lead Assessor Course

or

  • an Exemplar Global-certified Testing and Calibration Laboratory Competence Assessment Training Course or equivalent provided by an International Personnel Certification Association (IPC, formerly IATCA) signatory; and
  • evidence of CALA-specific training.
Qualifications (education and work experience)
(page 8)
  • Min. post-secondary education in a scientific/technological discipline; and
  • Min. 2 years Quality assurance work experience obtained in the 5 years prior to application.
Assessment Experience
(page 9)
At least 4 assessments in the role of assessor.
  • At least 5 assessments
  • At least 2 of the 5 assessments in the role of lead assessor; and
  • At least 1 of the 2 assessments must be witnessed.
Personal Attributes Personal attributes will be verified by Exemplar Global Scheme Examiners with laboratories provided on an applicant’s assessment log, employers and through witnessed assessments where applicable.