ISO 14001:2015 Lead Auditor Training

Certified by Exemplar Global, this course will teach you to become an effective ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) lead auditor, conduct solo audits and manage audit teams.


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Duration: 40 hours

This ISO 14001:2015 Lead Auditor Training course teaches everything you need to know to conduct effective audits, either as a solo auditor or head of an audit team.

Learning is enhanced by live, real-time video examples that enable course participants to experience opening and closing meetings, as well as an authentic audit.

Learners will also learn how to correctly interpret ISO 14001:2015 requirements and prepare documented information. Additional topics include environmental aspects, the concept of impartiality, risk management, and risk evaluation techniques.

The ISO 14001 course includes an examination. Upon successful completion, graduates have the option to seek registration as an Exemplar Global Certified Environmental Management System (ISO 14001) Lead Auditor.

ISO 14001 lead auditor training and exam are online and on-demand. Both can be taken anytime and on any device.

Learning Objectives

On completion of the course you will:

  • Have a detailed understanding of the ISO 14001:2015 standard, along with its requirements, benefits, and high-level structure (Annex SL).
  • Fully understand what an Environmental Management System (EMS) is and the positive impacts it can have on both your organization and the environment.
  • Understand how to prepare and maintain documented information.
  • Be able to understand, identify, and communicate best practices.
  • Understand risk management and risk evaluation techniques.
  • Understand the processes involved in auditing, including the types of auditing and questioning techniques.
  • Have acquired the skills needed to conduct an internal audit, including preparation, and opening and closing meetings.
  • Know how to prepare and maintain lead audit reports.
  • Be able to set up and manage a team of lead auditors.
  • Have learned techniques to prepare you and your organization for the final certification audit.

Course Content

The online course is interactive and combines lectures with videos, presentations, and practical examples. Almost 200 pages of PDF handouts are provided, which learners are encouraged to retain and refer back to.

The course also provides a comprehensive set of Audit Checklists designed specifically for Environmental Management Systems. The set can be downloaded for future reference and used as a valuable tool when conducting internal audits.

Overview of ISO 14001:2015

This first part introduces ISO 14001, explaining what it is, how it's used, and the purpose and benefits of an Environmental Management System (EMS).

Requirements of an Environmental Management System (EMS)

This part takes a step-by-step look at the relevant clauses in the ISO 14001:2015 standard in order to understand what they mean and what your company needs to do to comply with them.

Documented Information

Clear, well-written, and non-bureaucratic documentation is an important part of an EMS.

A point worth noting here is that documents are used for storing and sharing information, while records are essentially hard copies of results (such as from an audit) or evidence of activities that have been performed. And while documents get revised from to time and are generally kept up-to-date, records are static and never revised.

Environmental Aspects

Implementing an ISO 14001:2015 EMS requires organizations to identify environmental aspects associated with their past, existing, or planned activities, products, and services. Organizations can manage these aspects by:

  • Identifying associated environmental impacts of products, activities and services.
  • Considering lifecycle perspectives with respect to environmental impacts within the supply chain or associated with product use, or the environmental impacts of end-of-life treatment and/or disposal.
  • Maintaining documented information regarding environmental aspects.
  • Prioritizing issues that could affect intended outcomes.

Risk Management

ISO 14001:2015 requires organizations to assess and manage environmental risks. Doing so is a key part of an Environmental Management System's performance and designed to foster a culture of continuous improvement.

Audit Process

This part introduces auditing techniques and includes a video tutorial that gives a practical "real-life" demonstration of an auditor conducting the opening meeting.

Audit Terms and Definitions, and Roles and Responsibilities

Terms and definitions are introduced and explained, as well as a discussion of the roles and responsibilities expected from a company's internal auditor.

Performing an Audit

This part includes a video tutorial that gives a practical "real-life" demonstration of audit questions and answers.

Nonconformities and Corrective Action

Nonconformities (also known as non-conformities or non-conformances) are the "gaps" in your EMS that don't fully comply with ISO 14001:2015 requirements. Corrective actions are actions taken to address these gaps. Keeping a record of all such nonconformities and corrective actions is a crucial part of auditing.

The lessons also include a video tutorial that gives a practical "real-life" demonstration of an auditor conducting the closing meeting.

Who Should Take ISO 14001:2015 Lead Auditor Training?

This ISO 14001 course is ideal for:

  • Staff who've been appointed solo auditor or leader of the company's ISO 14001 audit team.
  • Environmental management professionals who need an in-depth understanding of ISO 14001 EMS audit practices.
  • Individuals who want to conduct third-party audits, work as a registrar auditor, or otherwise seek to expand their career opportunities as a Certified ISO 14001 Lead Auditor.

Certificate of Completion

Graduates of this ISO 14001:2015 Lead Auditor Training course receive a Certificate of Completion with the Exemplar Global accreditation mark. The certificate provides evidence of successfully passing the training program.

Certificate ISO 14001:2015 Lead Auditor Training

To receive a Certificate of Completion, you need to pass the final exam. It's a multiple-choice assessment with a passing score of 60%. The exam can be re-taken unlimited times without additional charge.

What's Included

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Average Rating: 4.6 (423 ratings)

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Patricia Kelly

Reviewer Rating 5 Stars15 February 2024

Nice online course, easy to follow. Not too time consuming, was able to squeeze it into my schedule. Could use more colorful visuals though, found ...

Ian Thomson

Reviewer Rating 5 Stars12 December 2023

Yep, this was solid. Nothing to complain about. I've done a bit of auditing before at a factory in Sydney, so I had a pretty good ...

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