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ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems - Lead Auditor

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ISO Standards

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Yes (Optional)

Course Material

Downloadable Course Book

ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems - Lead Auditor

Master the Audit of Quality Management Systems (QMS) based on ISO 9001

The PECB ISO 9001 Lead Auditor training course enables you to develop the necessary competence to perform quality management system (QMS) audits by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures, and techniques. This training course combines the requirements of ISO/IEC 17021-1, the recommendations of ISO 19011, and other good practices of auditing and integrates them into a comprehensive methodology which enables you to successfully plan, conduct, and close ISO 9001 conformity assessment audits.

Apart from a theoretical basis, the training course also provides examples, exercises, and quizzes to help you practice the most important aspects of conformity assessment audits: interpretation of ISO 9001 requirements in the context of an audit, principles of auditing, application of audit methods, approaches to evidence collection and verification, leading an audit team, drafting nonconformity reports, and preparing the final audit report.

The successful completion of the training course is followed by an exam. If you successfully pass the exam, you can apply for the “PECB Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor” credential. An UKAS accredited and internationally recognized “PECB ISO 9001 Lead Auditor” certificate validates your professional capabilities and demonstrates that you have the knowledge and skills to audit a QMS based on ISO 9001.

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Learning Objectives & Outline

ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems - Lead Auditor


By the end of this training course, the participant will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental concepts and principles of a quality management system (QMS) based on ISO 9001

  • Interpret the ISO 9001 requirements for a QMS from the perspective of an auditor

  • Evaluate the QMS conformity to ISO 9001 requirements, in accordance with the fundamental audit concepts and principles

  • Plan, conduct, and close an ISO 9001 compliance audit, in accordance with ISO/IEC 17021-1 requirements, ISO 19011 guidelines, and other best practices of auditing

  • Manage an ISO 9001 audit program


Segment 1 - Introduction to Quality Management Systems (QMS) and ISO 9001

  • Course objectives and structure

  • Standards and regulatory frameworks

  • Certification process

  • Fundamental concepts and principles of quality management

  • Quality Management System (QMS)

Segment 2 - Audit principles, preparation and launching of an audit

  • Fundamental audit concepts and principles

  • Audit approach based on evidence and risk

  • Initiating the audit

  • Stage 1 audit

  • Preparing the stage 2 audit (on-site audit)

Segment 3 - On-site audit activities

  • Stage 2 audit

  • Communication during the audit

  • Audit procedures

  • Creating audit test plans

  • Drafting audit findings and nonconformity reports

Segment 4 - Closing the audit

  • Audit documentation and quality review

  • Closing the audit

  • Evaluation of action plans by the auditor

  • Beyond the initial audit

  • Managing an internal audit program

  • Competence, evaluation and closing the training


ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems - Lead Auditor

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

  • Domain 1 - Fundamental principles and concepts of a quality management system

  • Domain 2 - Quality management system (QMS) requirements

  • Domain 3 - Fundamental audit concepts and principles

  • Domain 4 - Preparing 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 program


Upon the successful completion of the exam, you can apply for one of the following credentials: 

  • PECB Certified ISO 9001 Provisional Auditor

  • PECB Certified ISO 9001 Auditor

  • PECB Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor

  • PECB Certified ISO 9001 Senior Lead Auditor

See more details in accompanying PECB Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Brochure 

Who Should Take this Course

ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems - Lead Auditor

The ISO 9001 Lead Auditor training course is intended for:

  • Auditors seeking to perform and lead QMS audits in behalf of certification bodies

  • Professionals wishing to adopt PECB’s AMS2 Methodology for conducting audits

  • Individuals responsible for maintaining conformity to the requirements of ISO 9001

  • Technical experts seeking to prepare for a QMS audit

  • Professionals wanting to pursue a career in conformity assessment

General Informatio

  • Certification and examination fees are included in the price of the training course

  • PECB will provide training material of over 450 pages of information and practical examples.

  • An attestation of course completion worth 31 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits will be issued to participants who have attended the training course.

  • In case of exam failure, the candidate can retake the exam once for free within 12 months following the initial exam date.


Enrollment & Payment


  • Registration and payment for this training course is a prerequisite to participation.

  • Upon payment, you will receive an "Invitation to create a PECB account" from PECB (Professional Evaluation and Certification Board), the global accreditation body for this course of study. This will allow you to set up your account with the requisite pass codes for access to the learning portal.  

  • Once completed your application will be processed within a maximum of two working days, after which you will receive notification by email with confirmation of finalization of registration to access the portal and commence this course of study. 

  • In accordance with exchange requirements, billings are done in Barbados dollars which exchange at a rate of Barbados $2 to every US$1.

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