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ISO 9001 Foundations Course

In this online course you’ll learn everything you need to know about ISO 9001, including all the requirements and best practices for compliance. The course is made for beginners in quality management and ISO standards, and no prior knowledge is needed to take this course.

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

The course is organized into 4 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) Discover ISO 9001:2015 Through Practical Examples, 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 9001
Introduction & suggested reading 00:00:00
What is ISO 9001? 01:00:00
The structure of ISO 9001 03:00:00
Quality management principles in ISO 9001 02:00:00
Introduction to the Quality Management System 01:30:00
Implementing ISO 9001 requirements 02:30:00
Implementing ISO 9001 as a project 01:00:00
Documenting ISO 9001 requirements 04:00:00
ISO 9001 Benefits 04:00:00
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 QMS [clause 4.3] 02:00:00
Leadership and commitment [clause 5.1] 02:00:00
Quality Policy [clause 5.2] 01:00:00
Organizational roles, responsibilities and authorities [clause 5.3] 02:30:00
Addressing risks and opportunities [clause 6.1] 03:30:00
Quality objectives [clause 6.2] 02:30:00
Resources [clause 7.1] 02:30:00
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] 04:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Recap quiz 00:00:00
Module 3 - Operation
Introduction & suggested reading 00:00:00
Operational planning and control [clause 8.1] 04:00:00
Requirements for products and services [clause 8.2] 06:00:00
Design and development of planning and inputs [clause 8.3] 05:30:00
Design and development controls, outputs and changes [clause 8.3] 05:00:00
Control of externally provided processes, products and services [clause 8.4] 03:00:00
Control of production and service provision [clauses 8.5 ] 04:00:00
Post production activities [clauses 8.5 and 8.6] 03:00:00
Control of nonconforming outputs [clause 8.7] 03:30:00
Operating the QMS [clause 8] 02:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Recap quiz 00:00:00
Module 4 - The Check and Act phases
Introduction & suggested reading 00:00:00
Monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation [clause 9.1] 05:00:00
Internal audit [clause 9.2] 03:00:00
Management review [clause 9.3] 04:30:00
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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Discover ISO 9001:2015 Through Practical Examples (eBook)

A straightforward way to adapt a QMS to your own business.

Author and experienced quality management consultant Carlos Pereira da Cruz has written this book with one goal in mind: to offer you a practical and straightforward way to adapt your Quality Management System to your business, while meeting the standards of ISO 9001:2015.

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. ISO 9001 Foundation Course

    Really good course and presenter. Has given me an understanding of ISO 9001. Thank you!

  2. ISO 9001 Foundation Course

    Very nice Course, thank you for giving people the opportunity to learn more about ISO

  3. ISO 9001

    Great course and really useful. Thank you Advisera for giving people such an opportunity for free. I appreciate very much your efforts.

  4. Successful Training

    I weighed a few different ISO 9001 Foundations trainings and went with the Advisera option. The tough part was making the ~8 hours happen. Taking the time to read blogs and consume the video content is what needed to be prioritized to make things happen. Some good materials to take away from the training and help prepare for the Exam. The exam was quick and the training prepared me well for what was to come.

  5. Fundamentals. Check!

    What a great, easy to follow fundamentals course. I recommend anyone who is staring their ISO 9001 journey to start here.

  6. excellent

  7. Easy to Understand and with Practical Examples

    This is an excellent training. It’s very easy to understand and the training uses relatable and practical examples of the application of the standard in companies. The training also emphasizes on differences of application to small and larger, more complex companies.

  8. ISO 9001 Foundations Course

    Thank you, enjoyed the format and structure, ie introduction with list of reading material , followed by short, but concise videoclips and then the questions and practical exam.

    Some practical questions/case studies would be nice.

  9. ISO9001

    A very good introduction to the subject. Thank you

  10. ISO9001 Foundations course

    Really helpful training course very clear and start to basic knowledge


    Difference in documentation

    ISO 9001 Foundations course,

    Under Module 1, section “What is ISO 9001:2015”: 10 steps are defined.
    In the required reading, at the beginning of section 1, an article called “What is ISO 9001”, only 8 steps are shown
    The two should match

  12. ISO9001 Foundations course

    Really helpful training course to give a very good feeling and understanding of the implementation requirements. Also very useful training tools.

  13. Lot's of practice tips

    I have finished the ISO 9001 Foundations Course online. It was very great overview for ISO standard with lots of practice knowledge. The fact that you can do it online, in your own time is great! The information are clear and easy to understand. The compulsory readings are well prepared as well.

  14. Great information

    The videos were informative and they provided a wealth of reference documents that could be printed off or links to material for purchase

  15. Introduction to the course

    I just watched the first video of the introduction of the ISO 9001 foundations online course. It is really very useful and well designed for the starters of the course. It gives enough details about the ISO 9001 and the structure as well as the implementation mandatory documents needed to implement the project. It gives you an idea about the modules of the course which are divided into four modules including the basics of ISO 9001, structure, benefits, planning and evaluation including both internal audit and management review.

  16. Practice test

    Would like to see a full blown practice test so I am confident to take exam and apply for exam.

  17. Great course on learning the new ISO 9001

    Found this course interesting and able to get me started on going from ISO 9001-2008 to 2015 with the knowledge needed to complete the task.

  18. Very good course

    Very good course. I came here knowing nothing so it was nice to learn more about what ISO 9001 is all about. I think they need to provide more practical examples. I am finding it difficult to apply now

  19. ISO 9001 Foundation Course

    It’s wonderful course, and very systematic approach to the subject especially for novices like myself.

    I wish to have had more healthcare related material. Maybe you can direct me to more specific information or site as I am looking forwards to implementing and accreditation of our Eye Hospital.

  20. ISO 9001 simplified

    I thought the ISO standard was a complex, difficult stuff but this course made it so easy to understand. Thank you for simplifying the standard for a newbie like me.

  21. ISO 9001 Foundations Course

    Very useful course with good and practical examples. The great addition to the videos are questions which help you to check your understanding of the modules.

  22. I found it very helpful

    Well presented and quick paced. Helped bring me back up-to-speed, after being away from ISO for a few years. Articles are a major plus, with loads of info.

  23. Thanks

    I really liked the lesson, the questions and then the explanations as well. Thank you

    I have some English language problems and make some mistakes in English grammar Sorry. I’ve understood poorly about criteria and control process example of bread company. Can you send me this lesson on topic of “Operational planning and control [clause 8.1]” by written document /.pdf etc/ . I can very interested in an example of bread production control process and criteria. Thanks

  24. Great Overview

    This overview of ISO 9001 was great. I really liked the questions and then the explanations as well.

  25. One of best short review courses I have gone through

    This covers the standard requirements well. Thank you

  26. ISO Foundation course

    The best I have seen in my 27 years of QMS experience

  27. RAKAN


  28. great course

  29. Good Job: The course is down to earth.

    Information presented is clear and concise

  30. ISO 9001

    Great Course. This course provides great resources for increased understanding and the presentation was ideal. It was a good blend of video presentation with literature.

  31. ISO 9001

    Very helpful when looking for fast connecting to ISO 9001, clear explained and with many additional lecture for deeper understanding.Thank you for sharing.

  32. ISO 9001

    I like the manner in which this is set-up, especially how we are able to start-stop at our leisure. Great into to ISO training.

  33. E-training ISO9001

    I like the way it is organized and easy to follow the progress, it was very helpful. Also I liked all additional reading texts. I am sure I will be back from time to time to listen to again. Thank you, very good concept.

  34. multiple choice questions

    Laws and regulations are part of the QMS since it integrates into the business system; for some reason we identify the interested parties ; eg department of labour that does inspections for safety in the plant ; so i dont agree with you that laws and regulations are not part of the QMS . ; also a QMS is the collection of policies , processes , procedures and records that set up rules in a company ….; also the planning phase is from clause 4 to clause 7 ; ….. clause 8 is do ; clause 9 is check and clause 10 is act .

  35. ISO 9001 - Foundation

    I was very easy to follow and also to answer the questions asked after each module.

  36. ed

    ISO 9001 Foundations

    Returning today I cannot see my 55% progress meter from yesterday or where to restart the course. I am sure I can find it though. Also some of the practice tests seem to grade questions as marked when they are not clicked, sending me back to review answers. This is a great course overall, and the compulsory readings are helpful as well. Good job!

  37. ISO 9001 Foundations course

    the course being online it is limited. so it is not possible for students to perform activities like, create documentation, and evaluate . it would be nice though

    note also some of the articals are from 2014 and still refer to ISO 9001:2015 as a draft.


  38. Great course for a great price!

    I’m happy to have found this course! I’ve been looking for a course to prepare Top Management for our ISO 9001:2015 certification and this ended up working perfectly. I like that it’s broken down into various modules, and that each module has separate videos which you can skip and go back to if needed. In addition, it’s not just a basic review of the standards, but there are good examples provided.

  39. Best for home use e-learning course

    At first it is noticed already that everything about ISO training in advisera is very informative and sufficient enough for exams but here in my company where I work some of the illustrative videos can’t play due to some restriction in opening websites…anyway I could still access in my own laptop and net connection…

  40. ISO 9001 Foundations course

    Thank You, very informative. You can do this in your own timing at your own speed and go back and review if necessary. Very clear.

  41. Very Educative

    The course is highly educative and its simply structured for greater understanding. Thank you!

  42. Awareness training Feedback

    Excellent delivery of information required and balanced ideally for my requirements.

  43. Excellent course

    Precise, consistent and educative. Thanks!


    The course was precise and clear with ease of understanding. the quality of documents referenced is good. I recommend anyone to go for this training.

  45. Excellent

    Perfect, and it will be more effective if supported with PDF format.

  46. Excellently explained concepts.

    Excellently explained concepts by the instructor and the articles mentioned as compulsory on the suggested reading page make the course very knowledgeable.

  47. Closed Caption

    Please provide closed caption for hearing impairement.

  48. Great course for a starter

    This course helped me a lot as I have been simultaneously implementing ISO 9001:2015 in the current company I work for. This helped me understand the key aspects that I need to be looking for.

  49. Excellent & best course enjoyed

    Thank you for sharing. Very good, very neatly structured, very informative. I would recommend. It would be the more great, if there was information on overcoming some of the practical challenges in Agile project during first time implementation at the end of the course.

  50. Course Module 1

    Course is clear and informative. Thank you!

  51. Informative

    Excellent and good practice sessions provided during the course

  52. Clear and Informative

    Excellent course. Very thorough and organized presentation without being dull.

  53. Excellent

  54. Excellent Training

    The online training course conducted for foundation in ISO 9001:2015 is excellent, and very simple to understanding. the presenter gave live examples. I would recommend this site and training to all in Sri Lanka. only one draw back I noticed was that I could not down load the lecture modules, and thus I had to write down each and every word the presenter was saying, so that later I could review it. It is very much helpful if you could please make arrangement to down load these lecture series , where by we could give more concentration to the subject matter being taught in the lectures.
    Well Done please Keep it up and please convey my best wishees to Mr. Alan who was the presenter.
    Priyanka Beligaswatte,
    Sri Lanka

  55. Totally recommended!

    As being new to ISO subject, this course helped me to get basic intro info I needed. Structured, good advises from the instructor. Really appreciate the effort of creating this course! Thank you, team!

  56. Excellent Course


  57. Great Course!

    I began the course not really knowing what to expect, also being new to the whole QMS. I have learnt so very much from the simple yet very informative videos supported by related reading. I thank you for all your effort and look forward to benefiting more from your website. Thank you.

  58. Very good

    It is very good, very neatly strctured, very informative. I would recommend

  59. good course


  60. ISO 9001

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  61. Mon

    Would definitely recommend

    Very good, comprehensive, easy to go through.

  62. Great one!

    The best online course ever taken. Even better than onsite course because you can go over the video severally until you have a good grasp of what is being taught. Many thanks!

  63. Clear and helpful

    The material is clear and easy to understand.

    Just a comment, few times was difficult to understand the pronunciation of some words, most the time was clear for me. Could you add subtitles?

  64. ISO 9001

    I must say this is a good introductory course, i learnt a lot from your resources available . Nice one!

  65. Iva

    Excellent Course

    I definitely recommend this course, great tools, I exceeded my expectations , thanks very much

  66. ISO Foundation Course

    The coourse was really excellent. It was really very very helpful.Thank u

  67. ISO 9001

    Very rich course . The best online tutoring ever.
    Clean language, and presentation .
    I love every bit of this course.

  68. Informative

    Great clause by clause explanation of the standard.
    I really enjoyed it.

  69. JE



  70. The ISO 9001 Foundations Course

    The foundation course was a good course and gave me the foundation needed for understanding ISO.

    I think I am well prepared and ready to take the exam next.

  71. Very Good Course

    Good work and well presented very professionally cannot make any complaint especially for a Free course. And it is worth paying $99 to take the exam for mutual benefit of supporting a good cause as well as to get some accreditation in the process of gaining career advancement

  72. Very Good Course

    Good work and well presented very professionally cannot make any complaint especially for a Free course. And it is work paying $99 to take exam for mutual benefit of supporting a good cause as well as to get some accreditation in the process of gaining career advancement

  73. Good Course

    I have 30 years of Quality Management experience and still learned from this course – not so much new principles, but about the new ISO9001:2015 requirements.

    The questions at the end of each section could be improved. Some almost seem worded to solicit an incomplete or incorrect answer.

    I found the audio file to be poor quality – choppy and broken at times but it is possible that isn’t experienced by all users.

  74. Good Course

    The course is decent, I’ve 20 years of ISO 9001 experience and still learned from it.
    However, some questions could be improved. Some are not clear, and almost seem worded to solicit an incorrect answer. I’ve not purchased the exam yet, and may not for that reason.

  75. Excellent ISO Foundation Course

    It’s an amazing Course that cover almost everything in the ISO requirements.

  76. Nice work

    The course is well structured and gives a nice overview on the standard and on the changes in the new version.

  77. ISO9001 Foundations Course

    Very interesting. thank you

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  79. Whole course

    Very informative and Excellent.

  80. Excellent

    It was very good

  81. Where’s the free scope?

  82. WoW.. amazing course, Simple.. Clear.. and not Boring can’t wait to attend the next one Internal Auditor

  83. ISO9001 Foundation Course

    Good Clarification of each Clause. Presented well with activity after each segment and practise exam.

  84. iso 9001 foundation course

    I have found it very helpful as I am getting back into quality management after having a year off and the course has definitely given me a good understanding about the changes made and what this new revision is about.

  85. ISO 9001 Foundations Course Review

    Very interesting.

  86. ISO 9001 Foundations Course Review

    I found the course very helpful in clarifying the requirements of each clause of the ISO 9001:2015. I also enjoyed liked how the course was put into small segments to allow persons to work according to their pace. Finally, the mini-quiz in each segment made it interactive and helped to reinforce the information shared.

  87. Informative and directly simple

    Very easy to follow and use. Being able to work at your own pace allowed for good use of time.

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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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