PR328: QMS ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor

A professional level course that gives a deep understanding of the techniques associated with the lead auditor role.

Course ID: 18083

This CQI/IRCA certified ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor training programme is for learners who require an in-depth understanding of the range of auditing techniques and protocols associated with the Lead Auditor role. The objective of this training course is to enable learners to lead an audit team and audit the quality management system of an organisation to the requirements of ISO 9001:2015. Our Lead Auditor course is a natural progression course from ISO 9001 Foundation and ISO 9001 Internal Auditor.

Key auditing skills will be covered in this ISO 9001 Lead Auditor course. For example, the role of the auditor, principles of effective auditing, developing an audit plan, understanding the scope and objectives of the audit, practical examples of conducting an audit, and writing clear and concise audit reports against the requirements of ISO 9001.

Throughout the ISO 9001 Lead Auditor course, learners will be provided with essential auditing skills and knowledge, preparing them to conduct effective ISO 9001 audits and contribute to the improvement of quality management systems. This course will equip learners with the competencies required to become successful ISO 9001 Lead Auditors.

Who Should Attend?

This ISO 9001 Lead Auditor course satisfies the training requirements for those who wish to register with the IRCA auditor registration scheme.

It is essential for any serious quality professional, e.g. quality managers or those involved in the design, management and implementation of an audit programme for internal, supplier and other external audits from customers and/or certification bodies.

This ISO 9001 Lead Auditor course is suitable for Quality Consultants working with organisations to help them achieve ISO 9001 certification or improve their quality management systems.


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 continuous improvement.

b) Quality management

  • The fundamental concepts and the seven quality management principles (see ISO 9000):
    1. Customer focus
    2. Leadership
    3. Engagement of people
    4. Process approach
    5. Improvement
    6. Evidence-based decision making
    7. Relationship management

c) ISO 9001

  • Knowledge of the requirements of ISO 9001 and the commonly used quality management terms and definitions, as given in ISO 9000, which may be gained by completing a CQI/IRCA Certified QMS Foundation Training course or equivalent.

Course Summary

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5 days

4-12 candidates

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Course Dates

Date Delivery Method Cost (+VAT)
4th Dec 2023 – 8th Dec 2023 Virtual £1350 Select Date
8th Jan 2024 – 12th Jan 2024 Classroom £1400 Select Date
5th Feb 2024 – 9th Feb 2024 Virtual £1350 Select Date
4th Mar 2024 – 8th Mar 2024 Classroom £1400 Select Date
8th Apr 2024 – 12th Apr 2024 Virtual £1350 Select Date
6th May 2024 – 10th May 2024 Classroom £1400 Select Date
3rd Jun 2024 – 7th Jun 2024 Virtual £1350 Select Date
8th Jul 2024 – 12th Jul 2024 Classroom £1400 Select Date
5th Aug 2024 – 9th Aug 2024 Virtual £1350 Select Date
9th Sep 2024 – 13th Sep 2024 Classroom £1400 Select Date
7th Oct 2024 – 11th Oct 2024 Virtual £1350 Select Date
4th Nov 2024 – 8th Nov 2024 Classroom £1400 Select Date
9th Dec 2024 – 13th Dec 2024 Virtual £1350 Select Date

Course Outcomes

You will have the knowledge to:

  • Plan, conduct, follow-up an audit of a QMS to establish conformity to ISO 9001 and in accordance with ISO 19011 (and ISO/IEC 17021 as applicable)
  • Explain the role and responsibilities of an auditor to plan, conduct, report and follow-up a quality management system audit in accordance with ISO 19011, and ISO/IEC 17021, as applicable.
  • Explain the purpose of a quality management system, of quality management systems standards, of management system audit, of third party certification and the business benefits of improved performance of the quality management system.

You will learn the skills to:

  • Manage a successful audit and produce reports detailing levels of conformity to ISO 9001
  • Plan, conduct, report and follow-up an audit of a quality management system to establish conformity (or otherwise) with ISO 9001 and in accordance with ISO 19011 (and ISO/IEC 17021 as applicable).

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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.

Before attending this course, you would be expected to have prior knowledge of Management Systems, Quality Management and ISO 9001.

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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