Online ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Training | CQI, IRCA & Exemplar Global Certified

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  • Course Area:

    Quality Management

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs):


  • Course Duration:

    40 Hours

  • Accreditation:

    CQI and IRCA approved training partner
  • Format:

    Blended Course (16hrs Online & Self-Paced + 3-days Virtual Classroom)

Blended Lead Auditor Training with Comply Guru

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This CQI, IRCA and Exemplar Global Certified Online ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Training Course (via Blended Learning) is ideal for anyone that has a good understanding of Quality Management Systems (QMS) and the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 and wants to gain the knowledge and skills required to perform first, second and third-party audits of quality management systems against ISO 9001:2015, in accordance with ISO 19011:2018 and ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015

Did you know? This course is delivered both online (self-paced) & in a virtual classroom with a Live Instructor. Each learner must complete a 16hr online training course before attending a virtual classroom-based 3-day skills-based training session. The major benefit to this approach is that it offers each Learner the flexibility to learn at their own pace and reduce the overall time spent in ANY type of classroom!

Learning Objectives

On completion of the Blended ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Training Course, Learners will have gained the skills required to:

  • Plan, conduct, report and follow up an audit of a quality management system to establish conformity (or otherwise) with ISO 9001 in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021, as applicable

Course Certification

This course is certified by CQI-IRCA (Course No. 2192) & Exemplar Global.  Successful completion will entitle each Learner to receive a digital CQI, IRCA & Exemplar Global Recognized Certificate of Achievement.

Assessment Methodology

In order to successfully complete this blended course, each Learner will need to:

  1. Complete the online course modules and obtain 70% or higher in the final assessment (2 Online MCQ-based Assessments) by the required deadline set in advance of the given classroom dates you are registered for
  2. Fully attend the virtual classroom element as 100% attendance is required
  3. Obtain 70% or higher in the course continuous assessment during the virtual classroom modules
  4. Complete an eAssessment (Final Examination) via Remote Invigilation (meaning that it is Live Proctored). Each Learner must obtain 70% or higher in the eAssessment which is completed securely online (under strict examination conditions). This can be completed from home, work or another suitable location that meets the examination conditions.

Course Access & Support

Upon registering for this course, a Learner will be able to avail of the following:

  • Online Course Access up to the start of the virtual delivery
  • Comprehensive Learner Manual (hard copy)
  • Phone & Email Support (Virtual Instructor)
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Includes Online ISO 9001:2015 Foundation [+BONUS Course]

Over 80% of those who register for this type of training, including both new & experienced participants, are not sufficiently familiar with the core requirements of ISO 9001:2015. As a BONUS, each Learner will receive a complimentary license for our Online ISO 9001:2015 Foundation Course (7hrs) that focuses on the core ISO 9001:2015 requirements and other key prior learning topics! The successful completion of this ADDITIONAL course will ensure each Learner is well prepared, meets all the prior learning requirements & gets the most out of their training - all at no additional cost!

  • Module 0 - Course Introduction (Online & Self-Paced)

    In this module, an introduction to the course will be provided. This includes important information regarding the course content & learning objectives, duration, assessment methodology & how to successfully complete the course.

  • Module 1 - Introduction to Quality Management Systems (Online & Self-Paced)

    In this module we will explore the purpose and benefits of a QMS and an introduction to the ISO 9001:2015 standard will be provided.

  • Module 2 - Key Concepts of ISO 9001:2015 (Online & Self-Paced)

    In this module an introduction to the key concepts that underpin the standard and the significance of these for the QMS Auditor.

  • Module 3 - Introduction to QMS Auditing (Online & Self-Paced)

    In this module an introduction to QMS auditing including coverage of the certification audit process will be provided.

  • Module 4 - Planning the Audit (Online & Self-Paced)

    In this module we will explore the initial audit planning steps including determination of the audit objectives, scope and criteria and selection of the audit team.

  • Module 5 - Audit Initiation and Preparation (Online & Self-Paced)

    In this module we will explore the activities associated with the first two phases of the audit lifecycle including establishing contact with the auditee and development of the audit plan and audit work documents.

  • Module 6 - Conducting the Audit (Online & Self-Paced)

    In this module we will explore the opening meeting, the need for effective communication and the methods available to the QMS auditor for collecting information and audit evidence.

  • Module 7 - Generating Audit Findings and Closing Meeting (Online & Self-Paced)

    In this module we will explore the process for generating the audit findings, agenda for the final audit team meeting and the closing meeting.

  • Module 8 - Audit Reporting, Completion and Follow-Up (Online & Self-Paced)

    In this module we will explore the final three phases of the audit lifecycle including coverage of the audit report, steps required to complete the audit and requirements for following-up on the audit.

  • Module 9 - Course Introduction (Virtual Workshop)

    In this module, an introduction to the classroom element of the blended course will be provided. This includes important information regarding the course content & learning objectives, duration, assessment methodology & training delivery.

  • Module 10 - Planning the Audit (Virtual Workshop)

    In this module we will explore the key steps that are required to plan the audit using a risk-based approach. We will also conduct a document review in preparation for the audit and practice the skills required to prepare the necessary documents for the audit including the audit checklist.

  • Module 11 - Conducting the Audit (Virtual Workshop)

    In this module we will practice the skills required to effectively conduct an audit using a sample QMS case study. A variety of audit methods will be practiced during this session including interview, document review and data analysis.

  • Module 12 - Generating Audit Findings and Closing Meeting (Virtual Workshop)

    In this module we will practice the skills required to write and grade non-conformities and determine audit conclusions. We will also practice the skills required to conduct a closing meeting

  • Module 13 - Audit Report and Follow Up Activities (Virtual Workshop)

    In this module we will practice the skills required to prepare the audit report and to evaluate audit responses including differentiating between a correction and corrective action.

  • eAssessment (Lead Auditor Examination)

    At the end of the course, each Learner will complete a 2hr eAssessment which is a live proctored examination that can be completed from home/work.

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    Robert Hargreaves

    As a professional trainer, consultant, and auditor, Robert
    Hargreaves is enthusiastic to share the thirty years of experience
    he has gained internationally in the manufacturing industry as an
    engineer and manager.

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    Kristian Hill

    Kristian has over 20 years’ experience and is formally registered as a CQI & IRCA Lead Auditor for both ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 45001:2018, as well as registered with IEMA as a Principal Environmental Auditor.

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    Shane Curran

    Shane is a specialist in Management Systems & has been working with international ISO standards and a myriad of management systems for well over 15 years.

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Course Entry Criteria

What each Learner should know before completing this course:

Work Experience (Recommended)

  • It is recommended that anyone wishing to attend this course has some work-based experience in Quality Management (based on ISO 9001) or Internal Auditing in advance of registering for this training course

Management Systems (Recommended)

  • 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 continual improvement.

Quality Management (Recommended)

  • The fundamental concepts and the seven quality management principles (see ISO 9000)
  • The relationship between quality management and customer satisfaction

ISO 9001 (Required)

  • Knowledge of the requirements of ISO 9001 and the commonly used quality management terms and definitions, as given in ISO 9000, which may be gained by completing Comply Guru’s CQI & IRCA Certified Online ISO 9001:2015 Foundation (QMS) Course (FD116) or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of the requirements is a key pre-requisite in attending this course as without a good understanding, the course & final examination may be very challenging.

Fluency in spoken and written English (Required)

  • For participants whose first language is not English, we recommend a minimum English language competency of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) for successful completion of the program. This is not assessed by Comply Guru in advance & each participant must self-assess their competency.

Printed Copy of ISO 9001:2015 (Required)

  • Each participant should bring a printed clean copy of the standard with them to the course. This is not provided by Comply Guru.
Important Note: The Learners understanding of the prior knowledge requirements will be tested as part of the course continuous assessment and final written examination.  

Technology Requirements

The below are the recommended requirements for each Learner in wishing to complete any of our online training courses or modules. In our experience, Workplace IT environments’ internal configurations and available software can vary (new or old), and there may be various limitations or other restrictions in place, and as such, the functionality of any Learning Management System (LMS)  may be impacted, restricted and may not perform well.

Recommended Operating Systems

Windows 7/10, Mac OSX Sierra, iPad IOS10

Mobile Devices

Comply Guru’s LMS is not available on a mobile app at this time. We recommend using a web browser on a mobile device in completing any online modules. However, if completing any final graded assessment, we recommend completing via a desktop browser.

Internet Speed

We recommend using an internet connection of 256Kbit/sec or faster that will ensure that you can view videos and the online content

Recommended Internet Browsers

  • Google Chrome 32 bit version 50 or later
  • Safari 10 or later
Important Note: add-ons and toolbars can affect any browsers performance. MS Internet Explorer or Edge are not recommended as its not compatible with the LMS and the course functionality will not work properly.

Recommended Settings

We recommend that the following settings are enabled:
  • Cookies
  • Pop-ups (in both Internet Browser and security software)
  • JavaScript
  • Plugins
  • Latest Version of Adobe Flash Player
  • Latest Version of Adobe Acrobat Reader
To view all resources made available within our LMS, you will probably need Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or an equivalent (i.e Open Office, Viewer) installed.

Technology Requirements for Virtual Training

To participate in the virtual training sessions, you will need:
  • Laptop or desktop computer (Note: A tablet or mobile device is not suitable for this training)
  • Webcam – Built-in or USB plug-in
  • Speakers and a microphone – Built-in or USB plug-in. We strongly recommend a headset if you have this available
  • Internet connection – Minimum of 1.0Mbps
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$ 1,795
40 Hours

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