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This course is designed to give participants the knowledge and skills they need to perform their duties as a fully trained lead auditor of ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems.

The course covers a two-stage audit approach for certifying Environmental Management Systems (QMS) in accordance with the ISO/IEC 17021 standard.

This course adheres to ISO 19011, the management system auditing guideline.


Participants will be able to:

  • Lead and manage 1st, 2nd or 3rd party audits
  • Participate in the planning, preparation, conduct, and reporting of audits
  • Present their audit findings in a formal and clear manner to the interested parties concerned
  • Assess the effectiveness and adequacy of corrective action taken on audit findings
  • Handle different situations encountered during the audits

Key Topics
  • ISO 14001 requirements
  • Auditing concepts and standards
  • Auditing principles, techniques and responsibilities
  • Stage 1 and stage 2 audits
  • Audit stages – planning, conducting the audit, reporting, follow up
  • Life cycle concepts and life cycle assessments
  • Sustainability and organisational strategy
  • Environmental aspects and impacts environmental
  • Legislation environmental objectives,
  • Environmental policy and continual improvement


A two-hour written test is included in this course.

Full attendance, as well as passing the examination and practical assessment, are required for certification.

Participants must demonstrate that they have met the learning and enabling objectives using the PERAC’s methods of continual assessment and evaluation.

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 management team
  • Expert advisors in Environmental Management