ISO 14001 Foundations Course

In this online course you’ll learn everything you need to know about ISO 14001, including all the requirements and best practices for compliance. The course is made for beginners in environmental management and ISO standards, and no prior knowledge is needed to take this course.

The exam from this course is certified by Exemplar Global (formerly RABQSA). After passing the exam you will receive a certificate proving that you attained Environmental Management System competency.

The course is organized into 5 modules, where each module has several video lectures and quizzes that will help you learn more quickly, as well as a recap quiz that will prepare you for the certification exam – please see below for the content of each module. All the video lectures are pre-recorded, so you can take the course from anywhere, at any time for your convenience.

  • The total course duration, including the reading of required materials, is approximately 8 hours.
  • Materials provided in the course (video lectures, articles, and practice exams) are everything you need to successfully pass the certification exam.
  • There is no time limit for taking the course, but it is recommended that you finish it within one week’s time.
  • Access to this course and the quizzes is completely free; the fee for the certification exam is US$ 249– after you pass the exam we’ll send you your certificate in a matter of days.
  • After you purchase the exam, you will receive the (eBook) The ISO 14001:2015 Companion, and a bonus PDF containing scripts from all of the video lectures and quizzes, links to additional reading, and access to the practice exams.

Course Curriculum

Introduction to the course 03:30:00
Module 1 - Introduction to ISO 14001
Introduction & suggested reading 00:00:00
What is ISO 14001? 01:00:00
The structure of ISO 14001 03:00:00
Introduction to environmental management system 02:00:00
Implementing ISO 14001 requirements 02:30:00
Implementing ISO 14001 as a project 01:30:00
Documenting ISO 14001 requirements 03:30:00
ISO 14001 Benefits 02:30:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Certification FAQs 00:00:00
Recap quiz 00:00:00
Module 2 - The planning phase
Introduction & suggested reading 00:00:00
Understanding your organization and its context [clause 4.1] 02:30:00
Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties [clause 4.2] 02:00:00
Determining the scope of the EMS [clause 4.3] 02:30:00
Leadership and commitment [clause 5.1] 02:00:00
Environmental Policy [clause 5.2] 01:00:00
Organizational roles, responsibilities and authorities [clause 5.3] 03:00:00
Environmental objectives [clause 6.2] 02:30:00
Resources [clause 7.1] 02:00:00
Competence [clause 7.2] 01:30:00
Awareness [clause 7.3] 01:30:00
Communication [clause 7.4] 01:30:00
Documented information [clause 7.5] 04:30:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Recap quiz 00:00:00
Module 3 - Risks, opportunities and environmental aspects
Introduction & suggested reading 00:00:00
Addressing risks and opportunities [clause 6.1.1] 03:00:00
Environmental aspects and impacts – an introduction [clause 6.1.2] 01:50:00
Identification of environmental aspects [clause 6.1.2] 03:30:00
Evaluation of environmental aspects [clause 6.1.2] 02:30:00
Compliance obligations [clause 6.1.3] 02:30:00
Planning the implementation [clause 6.1.4] 02:30:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Recap quiz 00:00:00
Module 4 - Operation
Introduction & suggested reading 00:00:00
Operational planning and control – introduction [clause 8.1] 04:30:00
Managing outsourcing of operations [clause 8.1] 02:30:00
Controlling changes [clause 8.1] 02:30:00
Emergency preparedness and response [clause 8.2] 06:00:00
Operating the EMS [clause 8.1] 02:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Recap quiz 00:00:00
Module 5 - The Check and Act phases
Introduction & suggested reading 00:00:00
Monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation [clause 9.1] 06:00:00
Internal audit [clause 9.2] 02:30:00
Management review [clause 9.3] 05:30:00
Nonconformities and corrective actions [clause 10.1] 04:00:00
Continual improvement [clause 10.2] 02:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Recap quiz 00:00:00
Instructions for taking the exam and obtaining the certificate 00:00:00

Benefits of getting the certificate

Certificate of competence proves that you attended the eTraining course, and that you passed the exam certified by Exemplar Global (formerly RABQSA). This ensures that you understand and can apply the knowledge you gained in each of the course's modules.

How to get certified?

It's simple:
1) Watch complete videos of all lectures, and answer all practice exams.
2) Pass the online certification exam.

Bonuses with the certificate

Once you purchase the certificate, you will receive the following bonuses:

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The ISO 14001:2015 Companion (eBook)

A straightforward guide to implementing an EMS in a small business.

This new book by experienced environmental management consultant and certification auditor, Garry Cornell, is packed full of the knowledge you need to successfully implement ISO 14001. Written in an easy-to-follow format, reading this book means you will never struggle with your Environmental Management System again!

Course Script (PDF)

If you decide to purchase the exam you will get the PDF script from the course completely free. The script includes everything said in the videos and all quizzes.

This way, you can access course materials any time you like, making it much easier to practice and prepare for the exam.

Free exam retake

Once you purchase the exam, you will be able to retake it.

This means, if you do not pass the exam on your first attempt, you can retake it one time, free of charge.

There is no mandatory waiting period between the two attempts.

Practice Exam

With the purchase of the exam, you get access to practice exams. You can use these exams to test your knowledge and familiarize yourself with the exam environment.

The results from the practice exam do not have any effect on the results of the final exam.

Course Reviews

  1. Online Training Courses

    The courses from Advisera is not only nice and understandable, but they contain information that is in line with the standard, full of practical examples to ease understanding and provide details of the standard. Other trainings that i have attended, does not maintain the standard I have found here. I actually felt informed and equipped for the task after completing a course from Advisera. Certificates obtained from Advisera is something you can be proud of.

  2. ISO 14001 Foundations Coure - Feedback

    I enjoyed the training and how it is organised. It gives us an overview on how to mange a EMS. Additionally the training is supported by very useful examples,

  3. Great Course

    I have been selected to oversee our current ISO 14001:2015 EMS and with very little experience this course was a perfect start up for me. I plan on taking the exam in the next few days and may go through the course one more time. Strahinja was easy to follow and the course was spaced out correctly and didn’t throw too much information at you all at once.

  4. I found this to be a very good introduction to the Standard. It was a good introduction ahead of auditor training. I completed the videos and questions in about 4 hours. I haven’t taken the exam so I don’t know if everything covered in this course fully helps with the exam, but I feel more informed now.

  5. Interesting course

    I went thhrough this course as we are about to embark on the road to acheiving ISO14001. The course had lots of useful information to help guide me over the next few months. There is lots of additional material to read as well as the main course so it is very comprehensive. I’ll think about taking the exam at a later date when I know more about ISO14001.

  6. Very good!

    I found this to be a very good introduction to the Standard. I haven’t taken the exam so I don’t know if it provides all the information needed to pass it, but I did find it quite comprehensive with all the additional reading materials.
    It took me a lot longer than 8 hours – maybe I’m a slow reader… I spent between 16-20 hours to cover all the material.
    Thanks a lot for making it available!
    Kim Williams.

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  8. It was so simple to understand

    It’s easy to follow and clear to the students specially when you gives examples
    Hope to find some videos talks about how to implement Iso 14001 -2015 in drinking water field

  9. ISO 14001

    Excellent, was quite straight forward and easy to understand

  10. ISO 14001

    Excellent and Thank You very much

  11. Delivery by presenter

    For a course this technical, it will be better if the presenter is less monotonous on his speech delivery. Providing transcript will be helpful as well as some may learn/pick up faster through reading instead of listening.

  12. ISO 14001 Foundations Course

    Thank you for this course. The presentation was direct and easily understood, This foundation will help for future implementation,

  13. Week 6 Auditing

    Enjoyed this weeks learning because it apply’s a lot to my current job which is about employee safety and what to do in case of emergencies.

    For this weeks post, this was all about the auditing process. I enjoyed this because it was very relatable to my specific area of work!

  14. ISO14001

    Thank you…..a very good understanding is provided of the course content. I have one comment. I would like to have access to a few full 12 question sample exams. The reason is that the questions and practice exams dont give me enough understanding and feel for what type of questions and or content I can expect in the exam. To retake the exam at the South African exchange rate will make failing an expensive excercise and unaffordable. Thank you for your consideration. Regards Thomas

  15. Feedback for ISO14K W5

    Enjoyed this weeks learning because it apply’s a lot to my current job which is about employee safety and what to do in case of emergencies.

  16. Very Good

    The video lectures along with the suggested articles and related documentations make this a very good course.

  17. It was a good learning experience.

    Great learning.

  18. Excellent

    This will prepare me for the auditor certification.
    You guys are A(+).
    Thank you for all that you do.

  19. Great !!!!

  20. ISO 14001 Foundations Course

    I am a management system expert and consultant in South Africa. I know the standards well (certified lead auditor – IRCA), and present training on SHEQ Management Systems often, as well as related training material. I also carry out audits on behalf of clients. I found this course so far to be excellent. It is straight to the point, and easy to understand. It clarifies the new requirements very clearly. Personally I will continue through the other courses as well. One never knows everything, and there is always more to learn, and getting it from other expert sources is a good way to go about it. I will easily recommend that persons enroll and do these courses.

    Just on the negative side: There are a few small spelling mistakes that I have noticed so far.

  21. this is a great foundational course. the reference material is written in an easy to read and understand language, an aspect that allows for easy understanding, and follow-through.

    Great work guys!

    I’d love to see what you can do for the ISO22000 standard.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No, you can attend the course as long as you like; however, you should try to finish it in a couple of weeks because otherwise, you won’t get enough benefits out of it.

You can access it any time – the course is a combination of recorded video lectures, quizzes, reading, and other activities, and because all those materials are readily available, you can access them at a time that is convenient for you.

None. The course was made in such a way that a beginner in this topic can easily understand it.

Well, we have to make money somehow :). We have made most of the course freely available, but to access the exam and get the certificate you’ll have to pay a fee – by the way, this fee is by far smaller than the fee for attending the classroom-type course. Additionally, when you pay for the certificate, you will be able to download a PDF scripts from all of the video lectures, activity questions, practice exams, and links to additional reading. This way, you can access the content from the course and prepare for the exam much more easily.

The exam, as well as the whole course, is completely done online, from your office, your home, or any other place convenient for you. For the exam we use an online proctoring service – click here to learn more.

After you finish attending the course, you can go for the exam – if you finish this exam successfully, i.e., if your score is above the minimum, then you will receive the certificate. By the way, during the exam we use an online proctoring service that will ask for proof of your identity, and make sure that you have taken the exam with no external help. Click here to learn more about online proctoring.

The course is a combination of recorded video lectures, quizzes, reading, and other activities – the course takes you through all these materials in an optimal way.

You can access the course using your PC, Mac, or mobile device, using any major browser (i.e., Chrome, Mozilla, Internet Explorer, Safari); a broadband Internet connection will also be needed. And, of course, enough time to attend the course.

The materials provided in the course – recorded video lectures, quizzes, readings, practice exams, and other activities – are everything you need to successfully pass the exam and obtain the certificate. The best part is: they are completely free with unlimited access!

If you decide to purchase the exam, you will receive a bonus PDF containing scripts from all of the video lectures, quiz questions, links to additional reading, and access to the practice exams. This way, you can prepare for the exam much more easily.



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