ISO 14001:2015 Lead Auditor CQI IRCA 18036 Course

Effectively manage your organisation’s environmental responsibilities

Effectively manage your organisation’s environmental responsibilities


The purpose of this training course is to provide knowledge and skills required to perform first, second and third-party audits of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) against ISO 14001, in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO 17021, as applicable.

Capitalizing on the powerful Accelerated Learning Technique, this course spends a good portion of the time on discussions, exercises and case studies to help students to consolidate knowledge and acquire hands-on experience that are instrumental in their capacity as a EMS auditor or as an environmental personnel.

Students who passed the continuous assessment and the 2-hour closed book examination will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement. Based on CQI IRCA policy, this course satisfies the training requirement for certification as a CQI IRCA registered EMS Lead Auditor/Auditor.

In partnership with TÜV SÜD Middle East LLC

Course Objective

On completion, successful students will be able to:


  • Describe the purpose of an environmental management system, of EMS standards, of management system audit and of third-party certification, and the business and societal benefits of improving environmental performance;
  • Explain the role of an auditor to plan, conduct, report and follow up an EMS audit in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021-1, as applicable;


Plan, conduct, report and follow-up an audit of an EMS to establish conformity (or otherwise) with ISO 14001, and in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021-1 as applicable.


  • General Introduction
  • Environmental Management Principles, Vocabulary and ISO 14001 requirements
  • Stage 1 Audit (including document review)
  • Stage 2 on-site audit
  • Audit Planning
  • Process Auditing and Audit Skills
  • Writing NC Reports and Audit Reporting
  • Audit follow up


  • Staff who are charged with the responsibility to develop and maintain an EMS
  • All EMS auditors who wish to acquire an internationally recognized auditor status
  • Those who wish to explore career opportunities in management system auditing


CQI IRCA recommends that students are expected to have the following prior knowledge:

  • The PDCA cycle
  • The core elements of a management system and the interrelationship between top management responsibility, policy, objectives, planning, implementation, measurement, review, and improvement
  • The intended outcomes of an environmental management system:
  • Enhancement of environmental performance
  • Fulfillment of compliance obligations
  • Achievement of environmental objectives
  • Knowledge of the requirements of ISO 14001 and the commonly used environmental management terms and definitions, as given in ISO14001, which may be gained by completing a CQI IRCA Certified EMS Foundation Training course or equivalent


There is a balance between knowledge-based presentation, discussions, exercises and case studies. About two third of the time is spent on activity based learning. A mock examination paper will be discussed throughout the course to help students to be familiar with the style of the questions.

Duration: 5 Days (9:00 AM – 6:00 PM)



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