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ISO 14001 Lead Auditor

Mastering the implementation and management of an Environmental Management System (EMS) based on ISO 14001.



This five-day intensive course enables participants to develop the necessary expertise to support an organization in implementing and managing an Environmental Management System (EMS) based on ISO 14001:2015. Participants will also gain a thorough understanding of best practices used to implement environmental management processes that will address risks of environmental impacts and opportunities in environmental protection, and thus lead the organizations in achieving a balance between the environment, society, and the economy - essentials for sustainable development. Furthermore, this training is consistent with the project management practices established in ISO 10006 (Quality Management Systems - Guidelines for Quality Management in Projects) and also fully compatible with ISO 14004 (Environmental management systems-General guidelines on principles, systems, and support techniques) and ISO 10012 (Measurement management systems-Requirements for measurement processes and measuring equipment).

Who should attend?

Project managers or consultants wanting to prepare and to support an organization in the implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS).

ISO 14001 auditors who wish to fully understand the Environmental Management System implementation process.

Persons responsible for the Environmental conformity in an organization.

Members of an Environmental team.

Environmental expert advisors.

Technical experts wanting to prepare for an environmental function or for an EMS project management function.

Learning objectives

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

To gain a comprehensive understanding of the concepts, approaches, standards, methods and techniques required for the effective management of an Environmental Management System based on ISO 14001.

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

To gain the knowledge and skills in identifying the risks and opportunities associated with an organization.

To acquire the necessary expertise to support an organization in implementing, managing and maintaining an EMS as specified in ISO14001.

To acquire the necessary expertise to manage a team implementing ISO14001.

To develop the knowledge and skills required to advise organizations on best practices in the environmental management.

To improve the capacity for analysis and decision making in the context of environmental management.

Course Agenda

Day 1: Introduction to ISO 14001 and initiation of an EMS

•    Course objective and structure
•    Standard and regulatory framework
•    Environmental Management System (EMS)
•    Fundamental principles of environmental management
•    Initiating the EMS implementation
•    Understanding the organization and clarifying the environmental objectives
•    Analysis of the existing management system

Day 2: Plan the implementation of the EMS

•    Leadership and approval of the EMS project
•    EMS scope
•    Policies for environmental management
•    Identification of Environmental Aspects
•    Risk assessment
•    Definition of the organizational structure of Environmental Management

Day 3: Deploying the EMS

•    Definition of the document management process
•    Design of controls and drafting of specific policies & procedures
•    Communication plan
•    Training and awareness plan
•    Operations Management
•    Emergency Preparedness and Response

Day 4: EMS measurement, continuous improvement, and preparation for the certification audit.

•    Monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation
•    Internal audit
•    Management review
•    Treatment of problems and non-conformities
•    Continual improvement
•    Preparing for the certification audit
•    Competence and evaluation of implementers
•    Closing the training

 Day 5: Certification Exam

ISO 14001 Foundation Certification or basic knowledge of ISO 14001 is recommended.

Educational approach

This training is based on both theory and practice:
•    Sessions of lectures illustrated with examples based on real cases.
•    Practical exercises based on a full case study including role playings and oral presentations.
•    Review exercises to assist the exam preparation.
•    Practice test similar to the certification exam.

Examination and certification

The “Certified ISO 14001 Lead Implementer” 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 System.
•    Domain 2: Environmental Control Best Practice based on ISO 14004.
•    Domain 3: Planning an EMS based on ISO 14001.
•    Domain 4: Implementing an EMS based on ISO 14001.
•    Domain 5: Performance evaluation, monitoring, and measurement of an EMS based on ISO 14001.
•    Domain 6: Continual improvement of an EMS based on ISO 14001.
•    Domain 7: Preparing for an EMS certification audit.
The “Certified ISO 14001 Lead Implementer” exam is available in different languages (the complete list of languages can be found in the examination application form).
•    Duration: 3 hours
For more information about the exam, refer to the PECB section on ISO 14001 Lead Implementer Exam.

After successfully completing the exam, participants can apply for the credentials of Certified ISO 14001 Certified Provisional Implementer, Certified ISO 14001 Implementer, or Certified ISO 14001 Lead Implementer depending on their experience level.
•    A certificate will be issued to participants who successfully pass the exam and comply with all the other requirements related to the selected credential.
•    For more information about ISO 14001 certifications and the PECB certification process, refer to the PECB section on ISO 14001 Lead Implementer Certification.

General Information

Certification fees are included in the exam price.

A student manual containing over 450 pages of information and practical examples will be distributed to participants.

A participation certificate of 31 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits will be issued to participant.

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

For more, visit PECB.