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ISO 14001 Foundation

Become acquainted with the best practices for implementing and managing an Environmental Management System (EMS) based on ISO 14001.



This course enables participants to learn about the best practices for implementing and managing an Environmental Management System (EMS) as specified in ISO 14001:2015. This training also helps to understand how ISO 14001 relates to other management systems. The participant will learn the different components of an EMS, including the EMS policy, procedures, measuring performance, management’s commitment, internal audit, management review, and continual improvement.

Who should attend?

Members of an Environmental team.

Professionals wanting to gain a comprehensive knowledge of the main processes of an Environmental Management System (EMS).

Staff involved in the implementation of the ISO 14001 standard.

Staff involved in operations related to an EMS.


Learning objectives

To understand the implementation of an Environmental Management System in accordance with ISO 14001.

To understand the relationship between an Environmental Management System with the requirements of different stakeholders of the organization.

To know the concepts, approaches, standards, methods and techniques allowing to effectively manage an Environmental Management System.

To acquire the necessary expertise to contribute in implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) as specified in ISO 14001.

Day 1: Introduction to Environmental Management System (EMS) concepts as required by ISO 14001

Introduction to the ISO 14000 family of standards.

Introduction to management systems and the process approach.

Fundamental principles in Environmental Management.

General requirements: presentation of the clauses 4 to 4.6 of the ISO 14001 standard.

Implementation phases of the ISO 14001 framework.

Continual improvement of Environmental Management System.

Conducting an ISO 14001 certification audit.

Day 3: Exam


Day 2: Implementing an Environmental Management System and Certification Exam

Identification and Evaluation of Environmental Aspects/Impacts and their Significance.

Principles and design of processes and controls.

Documentation of processes and controls of an EMS.

Implementation of a document management framework.

Monitoring and reviewing the system.

Certified ISO 14001 Foundation exam.

Educational approach

This training is based on both theory and practice:

Sessions of lectures illustrated with examples based on real cases.

Review exercises to assist the exam preparation.

Practice test similar to the certification exam.

To benefit from the practical exercises, the number of training participants is limited.

Examination and Certification

The “Certified ISO 14001 Foundation” exam fully meets the requirements of the PECB Examination and Certification Programme (ECP). The exam covers the following competence domains:

Domain 1: Fundamental principles and concepts of Environmental Management.

Domain 2: Environmental Management System (EMS).

The “Certified ISO 14001 Foundation” exam is available in different languages (the complete list of languages can be found in the examination application form).

Duration: 1 hour

For more information about exam, refer to PECB section on ISO 14001 Foundation Exam.

A certificate of Certified ISO 14001 Foundation will be issued to participants who successfully pass the exam and comply with all the other requirements related to this credential.

For more information about ISO 14001 certifications and PECB certification process, refer to PECB section on ISO 14001 Foundation Certification.

General Information

Certification fees are included in the exam price.

A student manual containing over 200 pages of information and practical examples will be distributed to participants.

A participation certificate of 14 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits will be issued to participants.

In a case of failure of the exam,participants are allowed to retake the exam for free under certain conditions

For more, visit PECB.