Cognicert Limited

Lead Assessor Course

The “ISO 17025:2018 Lead Assessor” course provides comprehensive training in

  • Learn how to audit each and every ISO 17025: 2018 and ISO 17011 requirements
  • Learn basic auditing skills;
  • Implement methods to comply with the ISO 17025:2018 requirements.
  • Auditing process and techniques
  • Assessor’s skills and techniques
  • To examine the requirements of ISO 17025 from an Internal Assessor Perspective
  • Auditing reports process, corrective action and follow-up
  • Learn how to plan and conduct an internal ISO 17025 audit, and how to report audit results;
  • Learn how to effectively use root cause analysis as part of the ISO 17025 Laboratory procedure on corrective action

• Persons responsible for conducting internal and external audits according to ISO 17025:2018 requirements
• Persons involved in the Laboratory management systems ISO 17025:2018


 Lesson 1: Background and Development of ISO 17025:2018

Definition of ISO 17025:2018

History of Laboratory

Major Changes in ISO 17025:2018

The Laboratory Management Principles

Benefits of ISO 17025:2018

Types Of Audits

Why Management System Audits are needed

Lesson 2: Introduction to the Requirements of the ISO 17025:2018 Standard

Interpretations of Key Terms

Elements of a Laboratory System

The ISO 17025:2018 Standard

Eight Principles of Laboratory Management

Continual Improvement Cycle

Laboratory Management Process Model

Laboratory System Requirements

The Documentation Requirements of ISO 17025:2018

Management Responsibility

Resource Management

Product Realization

Measurement, Analysis and Improvement

Lesson 3: The Process Management Approach

Process Management Approach

The Planning Phase

Establish Process Measurements

Analyze the Process

Design or Redesign the Process

Process Mapping

Lesson 4: Introduction to Document Control

Elements of Documents

Process Approach to Documentation

Identifying Documents and their Owners

Types of Documents

Master Document List

Document Control

Revisions and Maintenance

Tips for Document Writers

Lesson 5: Introduction to Management Review

Making Management Review relevant to Management

What will be reviewed?

Establishing the Objectives

Planning the Management Review

Output of Management Review

Lesson 6: How to Deal with External Assessors – A Basic Guide for Internal Assessors

What is an External Laboratory Audit?

What should an Employee expect during an Audit?

How should Employees interact with Assessors?

Lesson 7: ISO 19011:2018 and ISO 17011:2017

Fundamentals of Internal Auditing

Decide how to Audit

Principles of Auditing

Managing an Audit Programme

Preparation & Planning Of Audits
Preparation Of checklist

Lesson 8: ISO 19011:2018 and ISO 17011:2017

Audit Activities

Identification of Non-Conformities [N/C’s].

Documenting the Audit (Audit Report)

Conducting Audit Follow-Up

Practical Auditing Exercise

Competence and Evaluation of Assessors.

Lesson 9: Creating a Corrective Action Plan

Who participates?

What is Root Cause Analysis?

When (and when not) to use Root Cause Analysis

The Root Cause Analysis Process

How to construct a Root Cause Analysis Checklist

Examples of how a well-run Root Cause Analysis Process works

Corrective and Preventive Actions

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Training Methodologies
    • Case Study
    • Individual Exercises
    • Role Play
    • Group Exercises
    • Group Presentation
    • Examination
  • Assessment and Qualification
    Learning is assessed through:


    • 4 hours open examination. Passing the exams qualifies the candidate for Cognicert ISO 17025 Lead Assesor (CPD Certificate)
    • Practical experience of 25 days with activity log qualifies participants for our Cognicert ISO 17025 Lead Assessor (Auditor Category) I.D Card and Certificate
    • Practical experience of 50 days with activity log qualifies participants for our Cognicert ISO 17025 Lead Assessor (Lead Auditor Category) I.D Card and Certificate

Self-Study Material, Exam and Certification 

Online Training, Material, Exam and Certification 

Classroom Training Location Here (Fee to be decided by delivery partners)




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January 22, 2022

March 24

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April 21

March 22, 2022

May 18

April 22, 2022

June 22

May 24, 2022

July 27

June 22, 2022

Aug 24

July 22, 2022

September 21

August 24, 2022

October 19

September 15, 2022

November  23

October 13, 2022

December 18

November 11, 2022

Cancellation: 3 weeks before examination attract 100% refund. 0% refund after.