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Become a certified Environmental Lead Auditor

EMS Auditor/Lead Auditor Conversion - CQI & IRCA Certified.

CQI & IRCA certified training course number: 18074

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This three day course can help if you need to extend your auditing competence to include environmental management systems and you have already completed a lead auditor course. It provides the knowledge required to conduct second and third-party EMS audits effectively.

Successful completion of this course satisfies all the requirements to become a certified Environmental Lead Auditor.

Who should attend?

  • Those who have successfully completed an IRCA certified Lead Auditor course and wish to extend the knowledge and skills to encompass EMS auditing
  • Anyone who wants to satisfy the formal training requirements for IRCA certification.

What will you learn?

  • The benefits of implementing an EMS and the background to ISO 14001 and EMAS
  • Essential definitions and terminology for ISO 14001
  • The purpose, intent and key requirements of ISO 14001 and similarities with ISO 9001
  • The contribution that audits make to the effectiveness of a management system
  • The role and responsibilities of an EMS auditor/lead auditor
  • The relevance of environmental aspects and impacts
  • To plan your audits by developing effective checklists
  • To verify current practice conformity with defined requirements
  • To improve the stability and robustness of a management system
  • To gather objective evidence through observation, interviewing and reviewing documentation
  • To report your findings accurately against the requirements of ISO 14001
  • What is corrective action and who takes responsibility
  • The requirements to become a certificated auditor/lead auditor with IRCA.

What do you need to prepare?

  • To have successfully completed an IRCA approved Lead Auditor course, or accepted equivalent. (If you do not meet the above criteria, you need to attend first the EMS Auditor/Lead Auditor training course)
  • To have good knowledge of ISO 14001 standard, environmental management principles and concepts
  • To have extensive experience in auditing management systems
  • To complete approximately 2 hours of pre-course work prior to attending the course.

Course length

  • 3 days for the traditional face to face & virtual classroom course.

All courses are followed by an online IRCA facilitated exam which may be taken at the delegates’ convenience within 30 days. The individual login link will be provided to each delegate at the end of the course. For further info see: CQI and IRCA online exams | CQI | IRCA (quality.org)

What's included?

  • 24 CPD hours
  • Training course materials
  • Lunch and refreshments for public attendees only
  • CQI & IRCA certificate

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CQI & IRCA certified

This LRQA training course satisfies the formal training requirements stipulated by the CQI & IRCA.

CQI and IRCA certified training is mapped to a unique competency framework based on the latest skills needed by employers. As an Approved Training Partner, LRQA has been thoroughly assessed to ensure the highest standards.


For more information on LRQA Approved Training Partner status, please visit the CQI & IRCA website.

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If you are looking for a course for four or more people, you may find our in-house option more cost-effective. Contact the team for a quote.

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