ISO 14001:2005 E M S

Certified ISO 14001 Lead Auditor (5 days)

Mastering the Audit of an Environmental Management System (EMS) based on ISO 14001

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This five-day intensive 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.

Who should attend?

  • Internal auditors
  • Auditors wanting to perform and lead Environmental Management System (EMS)  certification audits
  • Project managers or consultants wanting to master the Environmental Management System audit process
  • Persons responsible for the Environmental conformity in an organization
  • Members of an Environmental team
  • Expert advisors in Environmental Management
  • Experts wanting to prepare for an Environmental audit function

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 conformant 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

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

  • Normative, 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
  • Day 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
  • Day 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
  • Day 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

Day 5: Certification Exam


  • ISO 14001 Foundation Certification or basic knowledge of ISO 14001 is recommended

Educational approach

  • This training is based on both theory and practice:
  • Sessions of lectures illustrated with examples based on real cases
  • Practical exercises based on a full case study including role play s and oral presentations
  • Review exercises to assist the exam preparation
  • Practice test similar to the certification exam
  • To benefit from the practical exercises, the number of training participants is limited

Examination and certification

  1. The “Certified ISO 14001 Lead Auditor” exam fully meets the requirements of the QCA Examination and Certification Programme (ECP). The exam covers the following competence domains:
  2. Domain 1: Fundamental principles and concepts of Environmental Management System (EMS)
  3. Domain 2: Environmental Management System (EMS)
  4. Domain 3: Fundamental Audit Concepts and Principles
  5. Domain 4: Preparation of an ISO 14001 audit
  6. Domain 5: Conducting  of an ISO 14001 audit
  7. Domain 6: Closing an ISO 14001 audit
  8. Domain 7: Managing an ISO 14001 audit program
  9. The “Certified ISO 14001 Lead Auditor” exam is available in different languages (the complete list of languages can be found in the examination application form)

Duration: 3 hours

  • For more information about exam, refer to QCA section on ISO 14001 Lead Auditor Exam
  • 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
  • For more information about ISO 14001 certifications and QCA certification process, refer to QCA section on ISO 14001 Lead Auditor

General Information

Certification fees are included in the exam price

In case of failure of the exam, participants are allowed to retake the exam for free under certain conditions