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Auditor Training Online courses are written using the language of ISO Standards. 

This language is not always consistent and is predominantly written in British English, however, does include some US spelling as demonstrated at the end of this article.  

In some cases, even ISO spelling and grammar is inconsistent across different Standard publications. A copy of the ISO language standards can be downloaded and viewed here.

Some specific language examples:

Organisation or Organization

  • In American English, organization the correct spelling.
    In Australian English, organisation is the preferred spelling.
    In British English, organisation and organization are both acceptable.
    However, in ISO language ORGANIZATION is always used.

Program v Programme

  • In American English, program is the correct spelling.
    In British English, programme is the preferred spelling.
    In Australian English, program and programme are both acceptable.
    However, in ISO language PROGRAMME is always used.

Recognise v Recognize

  • In American English, recognize the correct spelling.
    In Australian English, recognise is the preferred spelling.
    In British English, recognise and recognize are both acceptable.
    However, in ISO language RECOGNIZE is always used.

Realise v Realize

  • In American English, realize is the correct spelling.
    In British and Australian English, realise is the preferred spelling.
    However, in ISO language REALIZE is always used.

Standardise or Standardize

  • In American English, standardize is the correct spelling.
    In British and Australian English, standardise is the preferred spelling.
    However, in ISO language STANDARDIZE (and its variants) are always used.

Behavior v Behaviour

  • In American English, behavior the correct spelling.
    In British and Australian English, behaviour is the correct spelling.
    However, in ISO language BEHAVIOUR is always used.