PR315: EMS 14001:2015 Lead Auditor

A professional level course that covers the skills to perform first, second and third-party audits against ISO 14001.

Course ID: 2518

The aim of this course is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills required to perform first, second and third-party audits of environmental management systems against ISO 14001, in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO 17021, as applicable. Learners who successfully complete this CQI and IRCA Certified Lead Auditor (EMS) Training course successfully (within the five years prior to making an application to become a certificated auditor) will satisfy the training requirements for initial certification as an IRCA EMS auditor.

Who Should Attend?

This course satisfies the training requirements for those who wish to register with the IRCA auditor registration scheme. It is also essential for any serious environmental management practitioner involved in the design, management and implementation of an audit programme for internal, supplier and other external audits from customers and/or certification bodies.


Recommended prior knowledge:

a) Management systems

  • The Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) cycle
  • The core elements of a management system and the interrelationship between top management responsibility, policy, objectives, planning, implementation, measurement, review, and continual improvement.

b) Environmental management

  • The intended outcomes of an environmental management system:
  • Enhancement of environmental performance
  • Fulfilment of compliance obligations
  • Achievement of environmental objectives.

c) ISO 14001

  • Knowledge of the requirements of ISO 14001 and the commonly used environmental management terms and definitions, as given in ISO 14001, which may be gained by completing a CQI and IRCA Certified ISO 14001:2015 Foundation (EMS) training course or the equivalent.

Course Summary

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5 days

4-12 candidates

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Course Dates

Date Delivery Method Cost (+VAT)
11th Dec 2023 – 15th Dec 2023 Classroom £1400 Select Date
15th Jan 2024 – 19th Jan 2024 Virtual £1350 Select Date
12th Feb 2024 – 16th Feb 2024 Classroom £1400 Select Date
11th Mar 2024 – 15th Mar 2024 Virtual £1350 Select Date
15th Apr 2024 – 19th Apr 2024 Classroom £1400 Select Date
13th May 2024 – 17th May 2024 Virtual £1350 Select Date
10th Jun 2024 – 14th Jun 2024 Classroom £1400 Select Date
15th Jul 2024 – 19th Jul 2024 Virtual £1350 Select Date
12th Aug 2024 – 16th Aug 2024 Classroom £1400 Select Date
16th Sep 2024 – 20th Sep 2024 Virtual £1350 Select Date
14th Oct 2024 – 18th Oct 2024 Classroom £1400 Select Date
11th Nov 2024 – 15th Nov 2024 Virtual £1350 Select Date
16th Dec 2024 – 20th Dec 2024 Classroom £1400 Select Date

Course Outcomes

You will have the knowledge to:

  • Explain the purpose of an environmental management system and the business and societal benefits of improving environmental performance
  • Explain the role of an auditor to plan, conduct, report and follow up an environmental management system audit in accordance with ISO 19011 (and ISO 17021 where appropriate)

You will learn the skills to:

  • Plan, conduct, report and follow up an audit of an environmental management system to establish conformity (or otherwise) with ISO 14001 and in accordance with ISO 19011 (and ISO 17021 where appropriate)

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Frequently Asked Questions

IRCA and CQI stand for International Register of Certificated Auditors and Chartered Quality Institute. The CQI exists to make society better by supporting excellence in, and the widespread adoption of, quality management. IRCA is the leading professional body for management systems auditors.

We accept the following methods of payment, BACS transfer or credit/debit card. Please see our terms and conditions for further details.

Yes, all our training courses can be delivered in house for your team, we also offer a bespoke training option if you need the training tailored to your organisation or specific requirements.

Yes, all learners will receive a comprehensive set of training materials. As we are conscious of our environmental impact, our default position is that materials are provided digitally through our partner Mimeo Digital. This allows learners the flexibility to view materials on a laptop, tablet or to print if preferred.

We will also provide loan copies of the necessary standards for use during the course.

We don’t offer a residential option, but if you require accommodation during your training please contact us and we can provide you with a list of recommended local hotels.

All our open training courses are held at our bespoke training facility; Orbit Business Centre, Merthyr Tydfil. For an overview of the venue please click here.

Yes, refreshments throughout the day and a buffet lunch will be provided. If you have any dietary requirements, please make sure to tell us prior to the course start so that we can provide suitable catering.

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