Peer & Consultant Auditors

Not sure of the difference between a ‘Peer Audit’ and a ‘Consultant Audit’ or which one your company is eligible for? This section will take you through the details of both and help you identify which is best suited to your needs.


Peer Auditor

For some companies, hiring a consultant is not an option, so we offer the Peer Program as an alternative. Through this program, our ACSA setup team will find an auditor on the behalf of the requesting company. In return, the requesting company must have a certified auditor on staff and agree to reciprocate the days owing within 6 months of their own audit.

Under this ‘pay it forward’ system, if your company requires an external audit, and has a full-time employee that is an ACSA certified auditor who can perform your audit, your peer auditor will be required to reciprocate that service back for another company once your own audit is complete.

Peer auditors are not paid by the company they are auditing, though the company they work for must continue to pay them.

To request a Peer Audit, complete the Site Assessment form through the e-audit system. The wait time to arrange a Peer Audit is approximately 4 – 6 weeks.

Consultant Auditor

For some companies, participating in the Peer Program is not a viable option, this is where a Consultant Audit is next best suited. For this, your ACSA is proud to maintain a comprehensive directory of ACSA-certified consultant auditors to choose from. Access to this directory is offered to our member companies and is intended to serve as a reliable source for selecting consultants to conduct COR audits. Each auditor within the directory has been screened through our application process and then deemed to be in full adherence with ACSA consultant auditor standards.

The consultant auditors are professionals who have met the requirements of the ACSA and passed the exam. They are held to a higher standard and as such, they charge companies for their time. Arrangements with consultant auditors are the responsibility of the company and dates / cost are negotiated between the two parties.

To request a Consultant Auditor, complete the Site Assessment Form through the e-audit system. The wait time to arrange a Consultant Audit is 2 weeks.

Consultant Auditor Application Process

In an effort to continually enhance our programs and processes, applications for Consultant Auditor Program were paused to allow time to explore improvements through a period of review.

During the review process, our first step was to meet with our member companies so that we could gather feedback on their past experiences with consultant auditors, as well as gain a clear understanding of their expectations from the program. Our second step was to host focus groups with a sample of our current consultant auditors to secure the auditor’s perspective on expectations from your ACSA, hiring companies, and fellow auditors. Additionally, we consulted with the On-Site Audit Review (OSAR) program, which identified gaps in our current program. We were able to draw on this information to ensure that appropriate processes are followed going forward.

Your ACSA appreciates and values all thoughts and contributions provided to us during these sessions. Having now completed our extensive review and consultation process, we have applied member, consultant and OSAR feedback to an enhanced program. We are confident that this improved program will ensure that your ACSA’s directory of Consultant Auditors are meeting the highest level of professionalism, expertise, and auditing knowledge.

We will be accepting applicants to the new Consultant Auditor Program as of June 1, 2017. The interactive application package is available in the Downloads section of this webpage. For full functionality, please download and open the package in Adobe Reader.

Looking for more information? Please contact your Consultant Auditor Program team for further details at


Useful Tips

We have a number of useful tips to help guide you through the Peer and Consultant Audit processes, including guidelines for reciprocation, how to manage auditor expenses and a general outline of your responsibilities. To help with your audit process, please download the Peer and Consultant Audit Tips package available in the Downloads section of this webpage.

If you have any concerns regarding the COR process, please visit our COR Process page.


Frequently Asked Questions – Auditing

Still have some questions? Hopefully our Frequently Asked Questions document can help answer some of them for you. This document provides helpful answers and guidelines for the auditing process, including information on timelines; writing auditor notes; scoring; and more. If you still feel like you need some help, you can always email or call our COR Department at: | Tel: 780.453.3311 | Toll Free: 1.800.661.ACSA.

Another great COR resource is the Alberta Labour website.


Revised: July 19, 2018