Pre-Requisite: Students are expected to have the following prior knowledge:


  • The Plan, Do Check, Act (PDCA) cycle
  • The core elements of a management system and the interrelationship between top management responsibility, policy, objectives, planning, implementation, measurement, review and continuous improvement.


  • The three intended outcomes of an environmental management system (see ISO 14001) namely enhancement of environmental performance, fulfillment of compliance obligations, and achievement of environmental objectives.

ISO 14001

• Knowledge of the requirements of ISO 14001 and the commonly used environmental management terms and definitions, as given in ISO 14001, which may be gained by completing an IRCA Certified EMS Foundation Training course or the equivalent.


  •  This course meets the International Register of Certificated Auditors Criteria, IRCA/14153
  •  To provide students with the knowledge and skills required to perform first, second and third-party audits of environmental management systems against ISO 14001, in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021, as applicable. 
  • Students who complete this IRCA Certified EMS Auditor/Lead Auditor Training course successfully (within the three years prior to making an application to become a certificated auditor) will satisfy the training requirements for initial certification as an IRCA EMS auditor.



  • Explain the purpose of an environmental management system, environmental management systems standards, management system audit, third-party certification, and the business benefits of improved performance of the environmental management system.
  • Explain the role and responsibilities of an auditor to plan, conduct, report, and follow-up an environmental management system audit in accordance with ISO 19011, and ISO/IEC 17021, as applicable


  • Plan, conduct, report and follow up an audit of an environmental management system to establish conformity (or otherwise) with ISO 14001 and in accordance with ISO 19011, and ISO/IEC 17021, as applicable.


  • Delegates with some understanding of the content, application, development, and implementation of the ISO 14001 series of standards and who wish to subsequently practice as an EMS auditor.
  • Management Representatives, internal auditors, 2nd party & 3rd party auditors who are responsible to provide “value-added” EMS audit to enable Continual Improvement.



  • Explain the purpose of an environmental management system, and the business and societal benefits of improving environmental performance.
  • Explain the ISO 14001, PDCA cycle, and EMS requirements.
  • Explain the purpose of, and differences between, first-party, second-party, and third-party certification audits of management systems, including the role of the EMS auditor in evaluating an organization’s capability to protect against, reduce the likely occurrence of, prepare for, respond to, and recover from, disruptive incidents when they arise.
  • Explain the benefits of third-party accredited certification of environmental management systems for organizations and stakeholders.

Explain the role of an auditor to plan, conduct, report and follow up an environmental management system audit in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021, as applicable.


  • Skills are to be practiced and tested through tasks and in real, or simulated, audit situations such as when planning the audit, conducting the audit, auditing environmental management system requirements, generating audit findings, reporting the audit, and following up the audit.


An examination will be administered on the final day. The examination would cover the topics covered in the course and would last for 2 hours 30mins. The pass mark will be set at 70% and examination papers will be retained by IQCS.


All delegates who have successfully passed the above courses have the opportunity to register as EMS auditors/lead auditors with the IRCA. 


IRCA Reg. Lead Auditor / Auditor and approved Lead Tutors / Tutors who are highly qualified and professional graduates, experience in the field of QA, Environmental, OHS and are familiar with the local environment. 


Kindly complete the attached Nomination form and send it to:,,,


1. Training confirmation mail should be sent to:,,

2. Payments for training should be made as soon as possible to enable us to get your STUDY PACK 

     ready for pick up.  

3. Please note that the receipt for payment or bank deposit slip is the only formal authorization 

    that allows each participant into the class. Management Insists on payment before commencement 

    of the training.