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ISO 9001 Lead Auditor

Course description

The IECB ISO 9001 Lead Auditor training course provides you with the necessary expertise to execute quality management system (QMS) audits using broadly acknowledged audit principles, methodologies, and practices. The training amalgamates the standards of ISO/IEC 17021-1, the advisories of ISO 19011, along with other recommended auditing practices into a holistic approach, facilitating the successful planning, implementation, and closure of ISO 9001 compliance assessment audits.

In addition to theoretical knowledge, the course also offers practical examples, hands-on activities, and quizzes to help you master critical aspects of compliance assessment audits: interpretation of ISO 9001 standards within an audit context, auditing principles, audit method application, strategies for evidence collection and verification, leading an audit team, creating nonconformity reports, and crafting the final audit report.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will take an examination. If you pass, you earn the “Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor” credential. This certification affirms your professional expertise and signifies your ability to audit a QMS based on ISO 9001 standards.

Target audience

The ISO 9001 Internal Auditor training course is intended for:

  • Internal Auditors seeking to conduct internal QMS audits
  • organisations wishing to adopt a recognised methodology for conducting audits based on ISO 19011
  • Department Managers responsible for maintaining conformity to the requirements of ISO 9001
  • Technical experts seeking to prepare an organisation for a QMS audit
  • Individuals wishing to pursue a career in conformity assessment 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this training course, the participant will be able to:

  • Articulate the fundamental concepts and principles of a quality management system (QMS) as defined by ISO 9001
  • Decipher the requirements of ISO 9001 for a QMS through the lens of an auditor
  • Assess the alignment of a QMS with ISO 9001 standards, in line with the core principles and concepts of auditing
  • Design, execute, and finalize an ISO 9001 compliance audit, adhering to the stipulations of ISO/IEC 17021-1, the directives of ISO 19011, and other recognized auditing practices
  • Supervise an ISO 9001 audit program.

Our approach

This training course is delegate focussed and provides:

  • Theoretical foundations, methodologies, and industry best practices related to ISO management system audits
  • Instructional sessions enriched with examples derived from real-world case studies
  • Hands-on exercises grounded in a relevant case study
  • Interactive dialogue among participants through queries and recommendations
  • Individual and scenario-driven quizzes designed to help participants prepare for the certification examination


An understanding of ISO 9001 requirements for a QMS and knowledge of ISO 19011 audit principles.

Course Overview

  • Module 1 Principles and concepts of a quality management system 
  • Module 2 ISO 9001 Quality management system (QMS) requirements 
  • Module 3 ISO 19011 audit concepts and principles 
  • Module 4 Planning and preparing for an ISO 9001 audit 
  • Module 5 Conducting an ISO 9001 audit 
  • Module 6 Closing an ISO 9001 audit 
  • Module 7 Managing an ISO 9001 audit programme

Course Agenda

  • Day 1:  Foundations of a quality management system (QMS)
  • Day 2: ISO 19011 Audit principles and the preparation for and conducting an audit
  • Day 3: Day 1 & 2 On-site audit activities
  • Day 4: Closing of the Audit 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 exam 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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