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Environmental Management System (EMS, ISO 14001:2015) Auditor / Lead Auditor Training Course

ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system (EMS). It helps organizations improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste, gaining a competitive advantage and the trust of stakeholders.


The successful completion of Environmental Management System (EMS) Auditor / Lead Auditor Training Course, is pre-requisite and essential to become a EMS Auditor.  

To participate this training course, the following prior knowledge were expected: 

  1. Knowledge of Management System Compliance (ISO 19600)
    • Process approach (Plan-Do-Check-Act)
    • Business overall compliance risk management (ISO 31000), includes legal, legislation, contractual obligations, standards, policies and procedures.
    • Top management leadership, other roles and responsibilities to support management system
    • Consideration of planning a management system - identify the organisational and technical measures to manage the identified risk
    • Supporting required by the management system 
    • Management system operation consideration - monitoring, reporting and communicating 
    • Performance evaluation of a management - objectives evaluation, Internal Audits and Management Review 
    • Continual improve the effectiveness of a management system
  2. Knowledge of environmental management principles and concepts, includes but not limited to:
    • Environmental protection related legal, legislation, standard and contractual requirements 
    • Environmental risk analysis
    • Environmental management objectives and counter measures
    • Environmental management processes 
  3. Management system audit (ISO 19011)
    • Audit programme management 
    • Initial the audit
    • Prepare for an audit
    • Document review
    • Preparing for on-site audit
    • Audit skills
    • Conducting on-site audit 
    • Preparation of Audit evidences and findings
    • Audit report
    • Audit follow-up 
  4. ISO 14001 : Knowledge of the requirements of ISO 14001 and the commonly used environmental management terms and definitions.
  5. Understand the management system certification requirements, i.e. ISO/IEC 17021-1 Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems - Part 1: Requirements 

Note. You are advised that course examination questions can relate to any requirement of ISO 14001 and the expected prior knowledge. For delegates who do not have these, we recommend attending our foundation training course. 

Who should attend?

This is intended for those who will be involved in leading audits of an EMS that conforms to latest ISO 14001 any organization.

Suggested job functions and their teams include:

  • Managers who involved in environmental management activities
  • Corporate governance managers
  • Risk and compliance managers
  • Management system representative 
  • Consultant and management system professional
  • Legal and compliance 

Learning objectives

  • Learn how to explain the purpose and business benefits of an EMS, of EMS standards, of management system audit and of third-party certification
  • Learn how to explain the role of an auditor to plan, conduct, report and follow-up an EMS audit in accordance with ISO 19011 (and ISO 17021) where appropriate
  • Learn how to plan, conduct, report and follow-up an audit of an EMS to establish conformity (or otherwise) with ISO 14001 in accordance with ISO 19011 (and ISO 17021 where appropriate)

Course benefits

  • Your organization will have an internal resource and process to be able to conduct its own audit of its EMS to assess and improve conformance with ISO 14001
  • You will gain a professional qualification that certifies that you have the knowledge and skills to be able to lead a team to conduct an audit of an EMS in any organization
  • Successful auditing will improve the protection of any organization’s environmental management processes to meet market assurance and corporate governance needs
  • Understand how to identify gaps in an EMS system
  • Accurately audit will be able to provide continuous improvement to a management system
  • Meet training requirements for auditor certification 

Course outline

Day 1, management system knowledge (ISO 14001)

  • The benefits of EMS
  • Process approach, Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) and EMS
  • EMS terms and definitions 
  • The EMS processes and meaning for EMS auditor
  • Documented information for EMS

Day 2, guidelines for auditing management systems (ISO 19011 and ISO 17021)

  • Purpose of audit
  • EMS internal audit, supplier audit and certification audit requirements
  • Audit processes
  • Auditor responsibilities 

Day 3, simulate the process of planning, preparation for an audit

  • Planning an audit
  • Preparation of audit work documents includes checklist
  • Conduct a Stage 1 audit (document review)
  • Prepare a Stage 2 (on-site) audit plan

Day 4, simulate the opening meeting, on-site audit activities, and role-play

  • Opening meeting 
  • Role play for audit scenarios 
  • Practice audit skills of collecting audit evidence
  • Prepare audit findings, includes conformance, non-conformity (NC), and opportunity for improvement (OFI) 
  • Prepare audit report 

Day 5, simulate the closing of on-site audit - close meeting and follow-up

  • Closing meeting 
  • Audit follow-up
  • Management system certification 
  • Course examination 

What's included?

  • Course material
  • Course examination 
  • Course certificate

Organizational information

  • Delegates should note that there are evening works during the course
  • The minimal numbers of delegates for this course is 4 and maximum is 20. If the students less than 4, the course will be postponed.
  • This course is facilitated by TKSG.Global online learning management system (LMS). The participants should have the capability to use their own PC, laptop notebook or suitable mobile devices to access the LMS.
  • This course is run in collaboration with CQI/IRCA Approved Training Partner - Hermes infotech Inc.

Additional Info

Venue (地點): Public or In-house training
Time (時間): 5 days
Facilitator (講師): Authorized tutor
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