ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Lead Auditor Training

Certified by Exemplar Global, this course will teach you to become an effective ISO/IEC 17025 Laboratory Management System (LMS) lead auditor, conduct solo audits and manage audit teams.


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Duration: 40 hours

This ISO/IEC 17025:2017 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.

Learners will also learn how to correctly interpret ISO/IEC 17025:2017 requirements and prepare documented information, understand the principles of the PDCA cycle, know how to assess and manage risk, and have a broad understanding of implementation techniques and how to prepare for the certification audit.

The ISO 17025 course includes an examination. Upon successful completion, graduates have the option to seek registration as an Exemplar Global Certified Laboratory Management System (ISO 17025) Lead Auditor.

ISO 17025 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/IEC 17025:2017 standard, along with its technical requirements, benefits, and high-level structure (Annex SL).
  • Be familiar with the concepts of impartiality, decision rules, measurement uncertainty, and the process approach.
  • Understand how to prepare and maintain documented information.
  • Know how to use the Plan Do Check Act cycle (PDCA) to create a sustainable Laboratory Management System (LMS) that fosters a culture of continuous improvement.
  • 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.
  • Understand the steps required to implement an ISO/IEC 17025:2017 LMS.
  • Have learned techniques to prepare your organization for the final certification audit.

Course Content

The online course is interactive and combines lectures with video tutorials, audio-visual presentations, and practical examples. Almost 100 pages of PDF handouts are provided, which learners are encouraged to retain and refer back to.

The ISO 17025 course also provides a comprehensive set of Audit Checklists designed specifically for Laboratory Management Systems. The set can be downloaded for future reference and used as a valuable tool when conducting internal audits.

Overview of ISO/IEC 17025:2017

This first part introduces ISO/IEC 17025, explaining what it is, how it's used, and the purpose and benefits of a Laboratory Management System.

ISO 17025:2017 Lab Accreditation Process

This part examines the steps necessary to implement an ISO/IEC 17025 LMS and achieve certification (also known as accreditation).

Requirements of a Laboratory Management System (LMS)

This part takes a step-by-step look at the relevant clauses in the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 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 LMS.

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.

Risk-Based Approach

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 emphasizes risk-based thinking, preventive action, and process design. This module examines how risk-based strategies are employed as a means to prevent or minimize risk and enhance opportunity.

Audit Process

This part introduces auditing techniques, including the fundamentals (audit methodologies), and the roles and responsibilities expected from a company's internal auditor.

  • Internal Auditing Basics
  • Audit Types
  • Roles and Responsibilities

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

Audit proceedings and findings must be documented according to ISO's specific requirements. The reports you compile (which show nonconformities and the corrective actions taken to address them) must be retained as they will be reviewed during the certification audit and subsequent surveillance audits. Points covered in this module include:

  • Audit Preparation
  • Conducting an Audit
  • Audit Reporting
  • Audit Completion and Follow-Up

Nonconformities and Corrective Action

Nonconformities (also known as non-conformities or non-conformances) are the "gaps" in your LMS that don't fully comply with ISO/IEC 17025:2017 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.

Who Should Take ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Lead Auditor Training?

This course is ideal for:

  • Staff who've been appointed solo auditor or leader of the company's ISO 17025 audit team.
  • Laboratory management professionals who need an in-depth understanding of ISO 17025 LMS 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 17025 Lead Auditor.

Certificate of Completion

Graduates of this ISO/IEC 17025:2017 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/IEC 17025:2017 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.

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Alexander Stanislaus

Reviewer Rating 5 Stars29 April 2023

I liked this training and already it is working well for us. We have established our audit team and designated roles to team members. If you have ...

Mitch Stewart

Reviewer Rating 4 Stars26 March 2023

The content has been put together by pros who know their stuff. That much is very evident. The certificate claims I'm now a Certified Lead ...

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