ISO 14001 Lead Auditor Course

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

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.


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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.