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ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Training Course

Ready to become a LEAD auditor? This intensive ISO 9001 lead auditor training course is designed for first-, second-, and third-party auditors and professionals leading corporate ISO 9001:2015 compliance activities. This course is perfect if you are involved with your organization's internal audits and wish to broaden your understanding of the quality management system (QMS) audit process. Certified by Exemplar Global, this course meets the training portion of the requirements for certification of individual Quality System Provisional Auditors, Auditors, and Lead Auditors and meets the requirements for QMS Senior Auditor training. We also offer an ISO 9001 internal auditor class

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Brief Overview of This ISO 9001 Lead Auditing Training Course

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Class Content


Class Duration

9 Half-Days

Teaching Format

Live, Instructor-Led

Delivery Options

Virtual or In Person

Certification of Completion


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)


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Upcoming ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Classes

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Course Overview

Here's What We Cover in This Intensive ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Certification Class

Learn how to assess quality management system conformance with ISO 9001:2015 and other applicable standards by understanding how to plan, conduct, and follow up on audits based on the guidelines of ISO 19011:2018. Presented largely through hands-on workshops, this class will teach you the skills you need to plan, conduct, and follow-up on ISO 9001 compliance audits.

Course Overview
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Overview of Training Course for Quality Management System Lead Auditors

  • Certification criteria for quality management system (QMS) auditors
  • Professional behavior for auditors
  • Auditors’ Code of Conduct
  • Auditor competence and evaluation

Quality Management System Requirements

  • QMS basics, including process and risk-based approach
  • ISO 9000 series
  • ISO 9001:2015
Workshop! Interpretation of ISO 9001

Auditing Basics and ISO 19011:2018

  • Auditing basics
  • Role of ISO 19011:2018
  • Principles of auditing
  • Managing an audit program: Plan-Do-Check-Act
  • Identifying risks and opportunities related to the audit
  • Key terms

Auditing: Process Approach and Risk-Based Approach

  • The process approach to auditing, including interrelationships with other processes
  • Using a risk-based approach to auditing
Exercise! Process Mapping as an Auditor Tool

Audit Planning

  • Initiating the audit; role of remote audits
  • Reviewing documented information
  • Preparing for the audit
  • Checklists
  • Verification methods
Workshop! Compare Documented Information to ISO 9001:2015
Workshop! Prepare Audit Plan and Working Documents

Performing the Audit

  • Audit roles
  • Auditing guidelines and best practices
  • Conducting an opening meeting
  • Audit communication
  • Reviewing documented information
  • Collecting and verifying information
  • Sampling
  • Interviewing
  • Auditing risk in the QMS
  • Evaluating and recording audit findings and nonconformities
  • Determining audit conclusions
  • Conducting the closing meeting
Workshop! Plan and Conduct Opening Meeting
Workshop! Interviewing Techniques
Exercise! Nonconformity Reports
Workshop! Audit Conduct
Workshop! Closing Meeting

Recording and Following Up on the Audit

  • Recording and presenting audit results
  • Audit report writing
  • Follow-up and corrective action
Individual Exercise! The Final Report
Individual Exercise! Evaluate Corrective Actions
Workshop! Final Report – Team Component

QMS Certification

  • Describe the systems of accredited certification
  • Describe the process of certification of an organization’s QMS
What You Will Learn

What You Will Learn

At the conclusion of this training class, you will be able to

Describe auditor certification, expected competence, roles, and responsibilities.

Identify QMS requirements from ISO 9001:2015.

Describe ISO 19011:2018 and the overall audit process.

Explain how to use a process and risk-based approach to auditing. 

Plan an audit, including the creation of auditor working documents.

Perform an audit, including managing an audit, collecting audit evidence through document review, interviewing and observation, and documenting audit findings.

Record and follow up on an audit, including an audit report. 

Describe the QMS certification process. 

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

Designed for quality management system auditors and professionals leading organizational ISO 9001 conformance activities. Perfect for those involved with their organization’s internal auditing process who wish to broaden their understanding of the total audit process. Highly recommended for anyone involved in supplier quality assurance activities. This class and the associated exam provide the necessary body of knowledge and assessment techniques to cover the requirements for ISO 9001 lead auditor certification, when combined with appropriate documentation of education, professional experience, and auditor practice. All participants must be familiar with the standard before attending this course as this is a requirement from Exemplar Global, our certification body. We highly recommend that you purchase your own copy of the standard well before class begins as we are unable to give you a PDF or printed copy due to copyright restrictions.

  • ISO 9001 Internal Auditors
  • Supplier QA Personnel
  • ISO 13485 Lead Auditors
  • QMS Consultants
  • QMS Professionals

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