ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Certification Training

Become a Certified Lead Auditor and learn how to conduct effective ISO 9001 Quality Management System audits, manage audit teams, and set up and manage an internal audit program at your company. Exemplar Global accredited.


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Duration: 32 hours

Become a Certified Lead Auditor – the most prestigious auditor qualification you can get. This ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Certification Training gives you the official certification and skill set to set up and manage an audit program and conduct effective audits, either as a solo auditor or head of an audit team.

The online course starts by explaining the characteristics of an effective ISO 9001 system and the sort of operational processes you would typically expect to find. The course then explains all ISO requirements and the kind of evidence an auditor would look for when seeking to verify their correct implementation. Next, the course teaches auditing techniques and the various responsibilities of QMS auditors before focusing on setting up and managing an audit program and leading team audits.

Combining down-to-earth explanations with a clean, modern interface, this ISO 9001 course lasts about 32 hours and includes countless real-life examples and practical tips. It is as ideal for complete beginners as it is for auditors with prior experience.

The course includes the lead auditor examination and certification. Upon successful completion, graduates become Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditors; they'll also have the option to seek registration with Exemplar Global.

Lead auditor training and examination are online and on-demand. Both can be taken anytime and on any device. And in case of corporate purchases, an assigned manager can conveniently follow up on learning progress using our online dashboard.


On completion of the course you will:

  • Have a thorough understanding of the ISO 9001 standard, its requirements and how to interpret them according to the needs of your company.
  • Assess how effectively each ISO 9001 requirement has been implemented and determine if they could be improved.
  • Be able to understand, identify, and communicate best practices.
  • Have learned the skills needed to conduct an internal audit, including preparation, opening and closing meetings, and writing audit reports.
  • Understand the importance of your organization's audit program and how it can help with continuous improvement efforts, sustainability, and organizational success.
  • Have the knowledge and skills required to effectively manage a team of internal auditors at your organization.
  • Become a Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor.

Course Content

The online course is interactive and combines lectures, videos, and practical examples.

ISO 9001: The Basics

The first part teaches 9001 fundamentals such as how organizations use the standard, and what the standard means for you and your organization. The lessons conclude with a look at some of the factors that contribute to ISO 9001 success.

The Foundation and Structure of ISO 9001

This part introduces the seven quality management principles:

  • Customer Focus
    The organization must demonstrate its commitment to quality by cultivating a strong customer focus, and by striving to meet and exceed customer needs.
  • Leadership
    Endorse strong leadership that communicates the organization's vision and objectives.
  • Engagement of People
    Engage and empower people at all levels of the organization. The organization should foster a culture of frank, open communication in which employees feel valued and are encouraged to thrive.
  • Process Approach
    An ISO 9001 system consists of several different processes working together. Larger organizations might have dozens or even hundreds of different processes. Organizations need to make sure that designated people understand these processes and their expected outcomes.
  • Improvement
    Continual improvement is a key tenet of ISO 9001 and a core objective of an organization's Quality Management System.
  • Evidence-Based Decision Making
    Making decisions is not always easy, but decisions based on the analysis and evaluation of reliable data are more likely to produce desired outcomes.
  • Relationship Management
    Develop mutually beneficial relationships with interested parties, including suppliers, partners, customers, and other stakeholders.

Next, the lead auditor course discusses Annex SL, which is the new high-level structure for ISO management system standards. What this means, in a nutshell, is that a management system standard such as ISO 9001 can now be implemented fairly easily alongside other management system standards such as ISO 14001.

The Process Approach and PDCA Cycle

This part introduces the Process Approach and the Plan Do Act Cycle (PDCA). Topics include:

  • The Process Approach
  • The Elements of a Process
  • Real-Life Examples of the Process Approach
  • The PDCA Cycle
  • How the PDCA Cycle Benefits Organizations

ISO 9001:2015 Requirements

This part sheds light on all ISO 9001 requirements and their interpretation. The lessons look in detail at each and every requirement of the ISO 9001 standard and explain them from the auditor's point of view. Numerous examples and practical tips show the learner how to interpret the requirements for different companies and judge compliance.

ISO 9001:2015 Documentation

This part discusses documents and records.

A point to note 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.

Introduction to Internal Audits

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 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

Setting Up an Internal Audit Program

  • Audit Program Basics
  • Establishing the Internal Audit Program
  • Implementing the Internal Audit Program
  • Managing and Improving the Internal Audit Program

Managing and Leading Team Audits

  • Lead Auditors
  • Audit Preparation and Planning
  • Leading the Audit
  • Audit Reporting and Follow-Up


The ISO 9001 training concludes with the official lead auditor examination. It's a multiple-choice assessment with a passing score of 70% and includes free re-takes. It consists of 141 questions and takes about 2 - 3 hours to complete.

Who Should Take ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Certification Training?

This course is ideal for:

  • Staff who've been appointed solo auditor or leader of the company's ISO 9001 audit team.
  • The person in your company whose designated role is to set up and manage an ISO 9001 audit program.
  • 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 9001 Lead Auditor.

Exemplar Global Accreditation

StandardsCourses is an Exemplar Global Certified Training Provider and Examiner. What this means is that this training program meets the highest quality standards and the examination we administer for it has been audited to ensure it complies with contemporary assessment practices and meets the stringent international requirements set by Exemplar Global.

It also means that graduates of this professional training package receive an impressive Certificate of Attainment with the Exemplar Global accreditation mark. The certificate serves as evidence of ISO 9001 QMS training and – more importantly – provides documented proof of your newly acquired competencies.

Certificate ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Certification Training

To receive the certificate you need to pass the examination. It's a multiple-choice assessment with a passing score of 70% and includes free re-takes.

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