ISO 14001 Lead Auditor Course

This comprehensive course enables participants to develop the necessary expertise  to audit an Environmental Management System (EMS) based on ISO 14001 and to manage a team of auditors by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures and techniques. During this training, the participant will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills  to proficiently plan and perform internal and external audits in compliance with ISO1911 the certification process according to ISO 17021. Based on practical exercises, the participant will develop the skills (mastering audit techniques) and competencies (managing audit teams and audit program, communicating with customers, conflict resolution, etc.) necessary to efficiently conduct an audit.


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Learning objectives

  • To acquire the expertise to perform an ISO 14001 internal audit following ISO 19011 guidelines
  • To acquire the expertise to perform an ISO14001 certification audit following ISO 19011 guidelines and ISO 17021 specifications
  • To acquire the necessary expertise to manage an EMS audit team
  • To understand the operation of an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
  • To understand the relationship between an Environmental Management System controls and compliance with the requirements of different stakeholders of the organization
  • To improve the ability to analyze the internal and external Environmental of an organization and audit decision-making in the context of an EMS

Course Agenda

Session 1: Introduction to Environmental Management System (EMS) concepts as required by ISO 14001:2015

  • 14001_3d_box_250x328Normative, regulatory and legal framework related to Environmental Management System
  • Fundamental principles of Environmental Management System
  • TISO 14001 certification process
  • Environmental Management System (EMS)
  • Detailed presentation of the clauses 4 to 4.6 of the 14001

Session 2: Planning and Initiating an ISO 14001 audit

  • Fundamental audit concepts and principles
  • Audit approach based on evidence
  • Preparation of an ISO 14001 certification audit
  • EMS documentation audit
  • Conducting an opening meeting

Session 3: Conducting an ISO 14001 audit

  • Communication during the audit
  • Audit procedures: observation, document review, interview, sampling techniques, technical verification, corroboration and evaluation
  • Audit test plans
  • Formulation of audit findings
  • documenting nonconformities

Session 4: Concluding and ensuring the follow-up of an ISO 14001 audit

  • Audit documentation
  • Quality review
  • Conducting a closing meeting and conclusion of an ISO 14001 audit
  • Evaluation of corrective action plans
  • ISO 14001 Surveillance audit
  • ISO 14001 internal audit management program

Session 5: Certification Exam

The “Certified ISO 14001 Lead Auditor” exam fully meets the requirements of the PECB Examination and Certification Program (ECP).

Duration: 3 hours

After successfully completing the exam, participants can apply for the credentials of Certified ISO 14001 Provisional Auditor, Certified ISO 14001 Auditor or Certified ISO 14001 Lead Auditor depending on their level of experience.  Those credentials are available for internal and external auditors. A certificate will be issued to participants who successfully pass the exam and comply with all the other requirements related to the selected credential.

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