IRCA EMS Auditor/Lead Auditor (ISO 14001)

Course Description

This IRCA registered lead auditor course is for the serious EMS management system auditor. A challenging course that will equip you with the planning skills to lead an audit team, carry out complex supplier audits, external 3rd party audits and deliver accurate, defendable and value adding reports. This course is also extremely useful for environmental system managers. It describes the key elements and supporting processes of an effective, ISO 14001 based management system that is focussed on continual environmental management system improvement.

What does IRCA Certification mean?

This course satisfies the training requirements for anyone that wishes to register to any grade of the IRCA’s EMS Auditor Scheme. The IRCA is the lead body worldwide for recognising management systems auditing courses. That means that virtually any employer anywhere in the world will recognise your achievement. In addition, as the IRCA is a sub-division of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI), successful completion of the course also gives you access to CQI membership at Practitioner (PCQI) Grade.

What you will learn

You will learn how to plan, conduct, report and follow up the results of environmental management system audits. You will learn how to audit an environmental management system for continual improvement, and understand the role that processes such as internal auditing and management review play in the continual improvement cycle The course will explain the relationship between critical system processes such as the identification of aspects and impacts and the evaluation of legal compliance in context of ISO 14001:2015 and a “Plan-Do-Check-Act” orientated management system.


In context of 1st, 2nd & 3rd party audits, the techniques and disciplines of:

  • Audit planning and checklist development
  • Performing the audit, including interviewing, following audit trails, process and procedural auditing
  • Audit report writing and feedback techniques
  • Following up the results of audits with an emphasis on continual OHS system improvement
  • Leading an audit team

The course will introduce you to the following environmental management system cornerstones:

  • The importance of robust and effective risk assessment
  • Plan-Do-Check-Act methodology
  • ISO 14001:2015 requirements

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