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ISO 14001 Lead Auditor Course

Our online course provides all of the ISO 14001 knowledge you need, along with specialized instruction for becoming a certification auditor of Environmental Management Systems. Designed for beginners to both environmental management and certification audits, our course requires no prior knowledge or expertise.

The course exam is certified by ASIC. Upon successful completion of the exam, we will issue you a certificate. This certificate is proof of your newly acquired competency in Environmental Management Systems, as well as your ability to conduct certification audits and to lead audit teams.

This course is divided into three components: video lectures to watch, a workshop to attend, and an exam to take online. Each of these components gets you one step closer to becoming certified as an ISO 14001 certification auditor. Keep reading for explanations of these course components, and to discover how each will help you to prepare for certification as an ISO 14001 lead auditor.

Course Curriculum

Introduction to the course 00:00:00
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] 01:30:00
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
Module 6 - Auditing basics
Introduction & suggested reading 00:00:00
Auditor assumptions 01:00:00
Techniques for finding evidence 03:30:00
Sampling the records 01:30:00
Interviewing techniques 03:30:00
The audit findings 00:30:00
Nonconformities 01:30:00
Observations 00:30:00
Internal vs. external audit 01:00:00
Annual audit program 03:00:00
Audit plan for an individual audit 02:00:00
Creation of the checklist 02:30:00
Internal audit report 00:30:00
Corrective action follow up 00:30:00
Recording the evidence 02:30:00
Recap quiz 00:00:00
Module 7 - Understanding auditing standards
Introduction & suggested reading 00:00:00
What is certification? 00:00:00
Certification process 00:00:00
Certification of integrated management systems 00:00:00
Introduction to accreditation and ISO 17021 00:00:00
Competences of lead auditors required by ISO 17021-1 00:00:00
Introduction to International Accreditation Forum (IAF) documents 00:00:00
Introduction to ISO 19011 00:00:00
Principles of auditing 00:00:00
Recap quiz 00:00:00
Module 8 - Understanding audit roles and responsibilities
Introduction & suggested reading 00:00:00
Audit Team Leader / Lead Auditor 00:00:00
Auditor 00:00:00
Technical Specialist 00:00:00
Certification Reviewer 00:00:00
Audit Client 00:00:00
Management Team 00:00:00
Auditee 00:00:00
Hosts / Guides 00:00:00
Recap quiz 00:00:00
Module 9 - Planning the audit
Introduction & suggested reading 00:00:00
Audit criteria and objectives 00:00:00
Audit scope 00:00:00
Selecting audit methods 00:00:00
Sampling evidence in audits 00:00:00
Types of remote auditing techniques 00:00:00
Deciding when to use remote auditing techniques 00:00:00
Planning the use of remote auditing techniques 00:00:00
Selecting the audit team 00:00:00
Managing audit risks 00:00:00
Preparing the audit plan 00:00:00
Allocating audit activities to auditors 00:00:00
Making contact with the audit client 00:00:00
Preparation of audit resources 00:00:00
Recap quiz 00:00:00
Module 10 - Managing the audit process
Introduction & suggested reading 00:00:00
Opening meeting 00:00:00
Managing site visits 00:00:00
Interviews 00:00:00
Audit evidence requests 00:00:00
Debriefing sessions 00:00:00
Dealing with conflicts 00:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Recap quiz 00:00:00
Module 11 - Managing your audit team
Introduction & suggested reading 00:00:00
The importance of managing your audit team 00:00:00
Communication with the team before the audit 00:00:00
Managing audit progress 00:00:00
Team meetings 00:00:00
Managing audit findings 00:00:00
Managing audit records 00:00:00
What to do when you hit problems 00:00:00
Evaluating your audit management 00:00:00
Recap quiz 00:00:00
Module 12 - Completing a successful audit
Introduction & suggested reading 00:00:00
Audit findings 00:00:00
How to reach audit conclusions 00:00:00
Planning the closing meeting 00:00:00
Holding an effective closing meeting 00:00:00
Dealing with feedback at closing meetings 00:00:00
Effective audit report writing 00:00:00
Post-audit activities, corrections, and correction actions 00:00:00
Certification review process 00:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Recap quiz 00:00:00
Instructions for taking the exam and obtaining the certificate 00:00:00
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STEP 1: Watch video lectures

This part of the course is completely free. It is arranged into 12 modules, with each module containing a number of video lectures and quizzes to speed up your learning, plus a recap quiz to help you prepare for the certification exam. You can see the content of each module in the curriculum above. The video lectures are all recorded in advance, so you can watch them whenever you like, wherever you like.

Your instructors for this course are Garry Cornell and Strahinja Stojanovic. Garry is deeply experienced in ISO standards, having worked as a consultant, a senior manager, and a certification auditor. He has worked with businesses worldwide, in many types of industries, helping them with the implementation and continual improvement of their management systems. Strahinja has extensive experience as a certification auditor, a consultant, and a trainer in ISO 14001, ISO 9001, and OHSAS 18001. He has also authored dozens of articles featured on the leading ISO 14001 blog, and the ISO 14001 Documentation Toolkits.

ISO 14001 Lead Auditor Course

Type: Online video lectures

Course language: English

STEP 2: Attend a workshop

It’s difficult to develop the skills necessary to conduct certification audits by only watching video lectures. This is why we created an interactive workshop, which you can attend through an online webinar. This one-day workshop will allow you to gain practical knowledge of the steps in a certification audit, utilizing role playing activities, case studies, and other resources. You’ll also learn soft skills that will help you in preparation for the certification exam, as well as in the field as a certification auditor.

If you are interested in attending one of our live online workshops, check out the dates for the workshops, and you can participate from anywhere.

ISO 14001 Lead Auditor Course

Duration: 1-day workshop

Type: Online webinar

Workshop language: English

STEP 3: Pass the online exam

Once you have watched the video lectures and participated in the workshop, you will be eligible for the certification exam. Because this exam is online, you may take it from anywhere, at a time that’s convenient for you.

When you pass the exam, you will receive a certificate approved by ASIC. This certification is recognized around the world as evidence that you are authorized to conduct certification audits for ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems.

The exam fee is built into the price of the workshop, so once you have booked your workshop, you will also have access to the exam.

ISO 14001 Lead Auditor Course

Number of question: 92

Type: Online proctored exam

Exam language: English

Benefits of getting the certificate

Certificate of competence proves that you attended the eTraining course, and that you passed the exam certified by ASIC. 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) Attend the workshop.
3) Pass the online exam.

Bonuses with the certificate

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

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Internal Audit Checklist (Word document)

The internal audit checklist includes all necessary questions to ensure each requirement of the ISO 14001 standard is implemented and maintained within the Environmental Management System, and it includes the ability for the company to add additional questions to suit additional company needs.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

No, you may watch the video lectures at your own pace, although we recommend that you finish them within 3 or 4 weeks to get the most benefit.

No, all of the video lectures are recorded, so these and all of the other materials (articles, quizzes, etc.) are always available for you to access when it’s convenient.

None at all! We developed this course to be easily understandable, even for beginners in this field.

The fee is required for the certification by Exemplar Global. We do provide the video lectures and associated materials at no charge, but we have to charge for the workshop, the online exam, and the certificate. Please note that the fee is much less than you would pay to attend similar classroom-based courses and exams. And, included in the price are bonus materials to help you get ready for the workshop and exam, including PDF scripts from all of the video lectures, plus practice exams, activity questions, and links to additional information.

To participate in the online workshop, we will send you a special link to connect to the Zoom. All you need is a computer with microphone and speakers.

You will have to watch all of the video lectures in order to attend the workshop.

The exam is taken online, so you can take it from home, from your office, or anywhere else. We utilize an online proctoring service to make this happen – click here to learn more.

Once you have completed all of the video lectures and the workshop, you are free to take the exam. Assuming that you earn a passing score, you will then be sent the certificate. The convenience of the online exam is possible because of the online proctoring service, which will require proof of your identity and will monitor the exam to ensure that no outside help is used. Click here to learn more about this service.

It’s easy! All you need is a PC, Mac, or mobile device, a broadband internet connection, and access to a browser like Safari, FireFox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer. Just make sure you allow enough time to finish the course.

This course, along with the skills learned during the workshop, provides everything you need to pass the online exam and become certified, including video lectures, quizzes, and extra reading materials. And, if you decide to purchase the exam, you’ll not only gain access to the workshop — you will also receive bonus materials in the form of a PDF script of all of the video lectures, quiz questions, links to learn more, and access to the practice exams. Preparing for an exam has never been easier!



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