Control Union organised training sessions to qualify auditors for the new certification program Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
After achieving accreditation for the GSTC Criteria for Hotels and Tour Operators in November 2016, Control Union Certifications (CUC) has started training its auditors to be able to provide this certification service to clients around the world.
GSTC, the standard owner, is in charge of training CUC’s auditors to ensure they obtain the required knowledge of the tourism sector. The training sessions took place in Bangkok, Thailand (20-23 February) and Dalfsen, The Netherlands (28 February – 3 March) and were tailored to the specific needs of CUC by combining theoretical knowledge with practical exercises. The latter included an on-site mock audit at several hotels (see pictures).
In total, 39 colleagues participated in the training, representing our offices in Hong Kong, Korea, Cambodia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Italy, Turkey, Bulgaria, Germany, The Netherlands, UK, Israel, France, US, Argentina, Brazil, and Peru. Those who want to become qualified as an auditor will have to complete the exam after the training within the coming month.
The GSTC training is only one of the qualification requirements auditors need to become qualified. Additionally, they need to complete an IRCA recognized Lead Auditor course, demonstrate ability to execute an audit according to ISO19011 requirements, follow ISO17065 requirements regarding impartiality and avoidance of conflict of interest, amongst others.
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