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ISO 27701 Lead Auditor

Course description

Throughout this training course, you'll acquire the knowledge and abilities necessary to plan and conduct audits in compliance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021-1 certification procedures.

The curriculum is built on practical exercises, facilitating your understanding of privacy protection when processing personally identifiable information (PII). You will also gain proficiency in audit techniques and become adept at managing an internal audit program, communicating effectively with clients, and resolving potential disputes.

Once you've completed the course, you'll have the opportunity to take the certification exam. If you pass the exam, you'll earn the "Certified ISO/IEC 27701 Lead Auditor" credential. This certification signifies that you possess the capabilities and expertise to perform audits on organizations using best practice methods.

Target audience

  • Auditors looking to carry out Privacy Information Management System (PIMS) certification audits
  • Managers or consultants aiming to master the PIMS audit procedure
  • Personnel tasked with ensuring compliance with PIMS requisites
  • Technical specialists preparing for a PIMS audit
  • Expert counsellors in safeguarding Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

Learning outcomes

  • Comprehend a Privacy Information Management System (PIMS) and its processes according to ISO/IEC 27701
  • Recognize the correlation between ISO/IEC 27701, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 27002, and other standards and regulatory frameworks
  • Develop the skills necessary for the auditor's role in organizing, leading, and following up on a management system audit in accordance with ISO 19011
  • Understand how to interpret the requirements of ISO/IEC 27701 within the context of a PIMS audit

Our approach

  • This training is based on ISO 19011 best practices used in PIMS audits
  • Modules are illustrated with examples based on case studies
  • Exercises are based on a case study with real world application
  • Quizzes are similar to the Certification Exam


  • A foundational understanding of information security and privacy, and a comprehensive knowledge of audit principles.

Course Overview

  • Module 1 Principles and concepts of a Privacy Information Management System (PIMS). 
  • Module 2 Privacy Information Management System (PIMS) requirements 
  • Module 3 Planning an ISO/IEC 27701 audit 
  • Module 4 Preparing an ISO/IEC 27701 audit 
  • Module 5 Conducting an ISO/IEC 27701 audit 
  • Module 6 Closing an ISO/IEC 27701 audit 
  • Module 7 Improving and Managing an ISO/IEC 27701 audit programme

Course Agenda

  • Day 1: Foundational concepts of a Privacy Information Management System (PIMS)
  • Day 2: Audit principles, planning and preparation of an audit
  • Day 3: Conducting On-site audit activities
  • Day 4: Closing the audit, reporting and the Certification Exam


  • All candidates at official training courses are tested throughout their course with quizzes and exercises, in combination with a final exam held on the last day of the course.  Both elements are a part of the overall score. For this course, the final exam constitutes a 12 question essay type which should be completed within 180 minutes. A passing score is achieved at 70%. Self-study candidates can purchase an exam voucher from our Store.
  • Exam results are returned within 24 hours, with successful candidates receiving both a digital badge and a Certificate of Achievement
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