Course Details

Course Objective

This course will help you to manage an audit program, audit team, communication with customers, and conflict resolution.

After acquiring the necessary expertise to perform this audit, you can sit for the exam and apply for a “PECB Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor” credential. By holding a PECB Lead Auditor Certificate, you will demonstrate that you have the capabilities and competencies to audit organizations based on best practices.

  • Understand the operations of a Quality Management System (QMS) based on ISO 9001
  • Acknowledge the correlation between ISO 9001 and other standards and regulatory frameworks
  • Understand the auditor’s role to: plan, lead and follow-up on a management system audit in accordance with ISO 19011
  • Learn how to lead an audit and audit team
  • Learn how to interpret the requirements of ISO 9001 in the context of a QMS audit
  • Acquire the competencies of an auditor to: plan an audit, lead an audit, draft reports, and follow-up on an audit in compliance with ISO 19011

Targeted Audience

  • Auditors seeking to perform and lead Quality Management System (QMS) certification audits
  • Managers or consultants seeking to master a Quality Management System audit process
  • Individuals responsible for maintaining conformance with QMS requirements
  • Technical experts seeking to prepare for a Quality Management System audit
  • Expert advisors in Quality Management

Delivery Method

Online Training

  • 7 Days – Online Training
  • Exam Simulation
  • Group Activity (Break-out Session) after each lesson
  • Access to additional References – Glossary/ Recommended Reading/ Syllabus
  • Material language will be in English

Exam & Certification


The “PECB Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor” exam fully meets the requirements of the PECB Examination and Certification Programme (ECP). The exam covers the following competency domains:

  • Domain 1 Fundamental principles and concepts of a Quality Management System (QMS)
  • Domain 2 Quality Management Systems (QMS)
  • Domain 3 Fundamental audit concepts and principles
  • Domain 4 Preparation of an ISO 9001 audit
  • Domain 5 Conducting an ISO 9001 audit
  • Domain 6 Closing an ISO 9001 audit
  • Domain 7 Managing an ISO 9001 audit programme

For more information about exam details, please visit Examination Rules and Policies.


After successfully completing the exam, you can apply for the credential PECB Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor. You will receive a certificate once you comply with all the requirements related to the selected credential. For more information about ISO 9001 certifications and the PECB certification process, please refer to the Certification Rules and Policies.

The requirements for PECB Auditor Certifications are:

  • Credential: PECB Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor
  • Exam: PECB Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Exam or equivalent
  • Professional experience: Five years: Two years of work experience in Quality Management
  • MS audit/assessment experience: Audit activities: a total of 300 hours
  • QMS project experience: Signing the PECB Code of Ethics

Course Outline

Introduction to Quality Management Systems (QMS) and ISO 9001
Standards and regulatory frameworks
Certification process
Fundamental concepts and principles of quality
Quality Management System (QMS)

Fundamental audit concepts and principles
Audit approacbased on evidence and risk
Initiating the audit
Stage 1 audit
Preparing the stage 2 audit (on-site audit)

Stage 2 audit
Communication during the audit
Audit procedures
Creating audit test plans
Drafting audit findings and nonconformity reports

Audit documentation and quality review
Closing the audit
Evaluation of action plans by the auditor
Beyond the initial audit
Managing an internal audit programme

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