Exemplar Global Certified Quality Management Systems Lead Auditor, ISO 9001:2015
IAQG Certified AIEA (Lead Aerospace Auditor) OASIS #6144696167
Achieving RABQSA QMS LA status (ISO Lead Auditor) in 1997, and AIEA status (Aerospace Lead Auditor) in 2003, Chris Atherton has directed hundreds of registration audits on behalf of multiple Certification Bodies (CB) / Registrars. These audits have taken him all across the United States, into Mexico and Canada, and as far away as the Middle East. Though he has conducted hundreds of third party audits in countless types of businesses, Chris specializes in Aerospace, Transportation, Manufacturing, and Distribution. Chris' audit experience dates back to ISO 9001 and ISO 9002, and it includes Registration, Surveillance, and Revisit assessments to ISO 9001:2000; AS9100 and AS9120 standards. Chris has been "Witnessed" by the RAB, ANAB and Industry authorities on several occasions, and their positive reporting on his performance is testimonial to the level of competence Standards International brings to the table
Prior to auditing and consulting, Chris was employed by a Major Aerospace Organization from 1984-2002 as the Director of Quality Assurance and QMS Management Representative. Chris was responsible for this company's ISO 9002 certification in 1997, upgrade to ISO 9001 registration, upgrade to AS9100 registration and ongoing maintenance and improvement of the QMS. Chris' duties and responsibilities carried him all across the world, including France, Germany, Italy, England, Pakistan, Holland, Australia, playing a lead role in this organization's Global "Quality Council".
Chris is a graduate of Pierce College, successfully completing several courses in Industrial Technology, Quality Control and Quality Assurance Management. Since then he has maintained a high standard of continuing education, including successful completion of and ongoing Accredited Registrar provided training courses focused on ISO 9001 and AS9000/9100 Transition, AS9100, AS9120, ISO 9001, IS0 13485, and ISO 14001 Implementation, Assessment and Changes. Other significant training has included direct participation in on going AAQG Conferences and Workshops, successful completion of the Plexus "Train the Trainer" course, RABQSA Accredited Lead Assessor Courses, Quality Management, NDT, Inspection and Statistical Process Control courses.
Based on the high level of confidence audited Clients have in Chris, many have continued the business relationship after Registration by contracting for Maintenance of their QMS. Additionally, many companies have referred prospective consulting clients to Chris, based on their own positive, personal experiences with Standards International, LLC.
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