ISO 14001, Lead Auditor


This 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.

Target Audience:

·     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


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 playings 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

The “Certified ISO 14001 Lead Auditor” exam fully meets the requirements of the PECB Examination and Certification Programme (ECP). The exam covers the following competence domains:

Domain 1: Fundamental principles and concepts of Environmental Management System (EMS)

Domain 2: Environmental Management System (EMS)

Domain 3: Fundamental Audit Concepts and Principles

Domain 4: Preparation of an ISO 14001 audit

Domain 5: Conducting  of an ISO 14001 audit

Domain 6: Closing an ISO 14001 audit

Domain 7: Managing an ISO 14001 audit program

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

General Information

·     Certification fees are included in the exam price

·     A student manual containing over 450 pages of information and practical examples will be distributed to participants

·     A participation certificate of 31 CPE (Continuing Professional Education)credits will be issued to participant