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Understanding ISO 31000 Risk Management

Posted by: TÜV SÜD Expert Date: 05 Sep 2023

Risk management is identifying, analysing, evaluating, and treating the uncertainties that may affect the achievement of objectives. Risk management helps organisations protect their assets, reputation, and interested parties   from potential threats and seize opportunities for improvement and innovation. 

ISO 31000 is the international standard for risk management that provides principles, guidelines, process and a framework for managing risk effectively and consistently. ISO 31000 can be applied to any organisation, regardless of the size, nature, or complexity of the risks involved. 

We'll look at some of ISO 31000 risk management's most important components. These consist of the standard's guiding principles, goals, advantages, and characteristics. Additionally, we'll discuss the benefits of obtaining a qualification certificate in the ISO 31000 standard for risk management and how TÜV SÜD can assist you in doing so.

Risk Management Principles of the ISO 31000 Standard

An effective risk management system is guided by eight principles that ISO 31000 defines for its design, implementation, and maintenance. ISO principles of risk management are as follows:

  • Integrated: Risk management should be an integral part of all organisational processes and activities.
  • Structured and comprehensive: Risk management should follow a logical and systematic approach that covers all types of risks and their interrelationships.
  • Customised: Risk management should be tailored to the specific context and needs of the organisation and its stakeholders.
  • Inclusive: Risk management should involve relevant and appropriate stakeholders in the decision-making process.
  • Dynamic: Risk management should be responsive to changes in the internal and external environment and monitor and review risks regularly.
  • Uses best available information: Risk management should use reliable and accurate information from various sources and acknowledge its limitations and uncertainties.
  • Considers human and cultural factors: Risk management should consider the perceptions, values, behaviours, and capabilities of people involved in or affected by risk.
  • Practices continual improvement: Risk management should seek to learn from experience and improve its performance over time.

The Key Aspects of ISO 31000 Risk Management Framework

The ISO 31000 standard emphasises a proactive and holistic approach to risk management. Here are the key aspects of the ISO 31000 risk management framework:

  • Principles: These are the statements that provide the foundation and direction for risk management. They include aspects such as integration, value creation, stakeholder involvement, and continual improvement.
  • Framework: This is the structure and arrangement that supports the integration, design, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of risk management throughout the organisation. It includes leadership, policy, objectives, resources, communication, and culture.
  • Process: In the process, there is a systematic application of policies, procedures and practices that includes communication, context establishment, risk assessment, risk treatment, and risk reporting.
  • Integration: Integration is the alignment and coordination of risk management with other organisational activities, such as governance, strategy, planning, performance, compliance, and assurance.
  • Performance: Performance includes measuring and evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of risk management and its contribution to achieving objectives.
  • Continual improvement: It includes improving the risk management framework and the integration of risk management process into business processes.

Understanding the Objectives: The Importance of ISO 31000 Qualification Certificate

The main objective of ISO 31000 training is to help organisations to establish a risk management system that supports their strategic goals and enhances their performance. By applying ISO 31000, organisations can:

  • Increase the likelihood of achieving objectives.
  • Encourage the establishment of proactive risk management processes.  
  • Improve stakeholder confidence and trust.
  • Establish a consistent basis for decision-making.
  • Assess and treat risks effectively.
  • Improve governance, accountability, and compliance.
  • Reduce losses and optimise resources.
  • Increase resilience and sustainability.
  • Create value and competitive advantage.  

Certification in the ISO 31000 training course demonstrates that you have the knowledge and skills to implement and maintain a risk management system according to the standard. By getting certified in ISO 31000, you can:

  • Gain recognition as a competent and certified risk management professional.
  • Enhance your career prospects and credibility.
  • Contribute to the improvement of your organisation's risk culture.
  • Support the strategic objectives and performance of your organisation.

The Benefits of Risk Management Training

TÜV SÜD offers a comprehensive ISO 31000 risk management certificate course that covers all aspects of ISO standards for risk management. The ISO 31000 risk management   training is designed to provide you with:

  • A thorough understanding of the concepts, principles, framework, and risk management process according to ISO 31000.
  • Hands-on experience in conducting a risk assessment and developing a risk treatment plan.
  • Preparation for the certification exam based on multiple-choice questions.

The benefits of taking this course are as follows:

  • Learn from experienced and expert trainers in risk management.
  • Gaining access to relevant case studies, examples, exercises, and templates.
  • Interact with other participants who share similar interests and challenges.
  • Receive feedback and guidance from the trainers throughout the course.

The ISO 31000 Risk Management Certification Prerequisites

The prerequisites for attending the ISO 31000 Risk Management certification   course may vary depending on the training provider, but some general requirements are:

  • A fundamental understanding of ISO 31000
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the principles of risk management
  • Knowledge of Management Systems (ISMS and BCMS)
  • Understanding of the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle
  • Comprehending the process of risk assessment and risk treatment  

Why Should You Choose TÜV SÜD?

TÜV SÜD is a leading provider of testing, inspection, certification, training, and consulting services worldwide. With over 150 years of experience and expertise in various industries, TÜV SÜD is committed to delivering excellence and value to its customers. By choosing TÜV SÜD for your ISO 31000 risk management certificate course, you can benefit from: 

  • The reputation and recognition of TÜV SÜD as a trusted partner for quality and safety.
  • The global network and presence of TÜV SÜD in over 50 countries.
  • The accreditation and certification of TÜV SÜD by various national and international bodies.
  • The flexibility and convenience of TÜV SÜD's online and classroom training options.
  • The customer-centric and customised approach of TÜV SÜD's training solutions.


With a set of best practices, ISO 31000 can be tailored to meet the specific context, needs, and culture of an organisation. Rather than being a static document, it is dynamic and evolves with the latest developments and innovations in risk management. A qualification certificate in ISO 31000 can help you to demonstrate your competence and credibility in ISO 31000 risk management standard and support your strategic objectives and performance of your organisation. 

TÜV SÜD helps you achieve your certification goals. It provides a high-quality risk management certificate course covering all risk management aspects.

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