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Cognicert ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Course

Certified by Cognicert Limited 

Training Overview: The ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Lead Auditor Course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills required to conduct audits of quality management systems according to ISO 9001:2015. This course provides comprehensive training on auditing principles, techniques, and best practices, enabling participants to effectively plan, conduct, report, and follow up on audits in various organizational contexts.

Target Audience:

  • ISO 9001 third party or certification auditor
  • Quality managers and auditors
  • Internal auditors
  • Lead auditors
  • Consultants and advisors
  • Compliance officers
  • Anyone involved in auditing quality management systems or seeking to become a certified auditor

Reference Standards: The course is aligned with ISO 9001:2015 – Quality management systems – Requirements. Additionally, it may reference other relevant standards such as ISO 19011 – Guidelines for auditing management systems.


  • To familiarize participants with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 and related auditing standards
  • To provide comprehensive knowledge of auditing principles, techniques, and methodologies
  • To develop practical auditing skills through hands-on exercises and case studies
  • To prepare participants to conduct audits of quality management systems effectively and professionally
  • To prepare participants for certification as quality management system auditors

Learning Outcome: Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the principles and requirements of ISO 9001:2015
  • Plan, conduct, report, and follow up on audits of quality management systems
  • Apply auditing techniques and methodologies in various audit scenarios
  • Identify non-conformities and areas for improvement in quality management systems
  • Communicate audit findings and recommendations effectively to stakeholders

Course Content:

  1. Introduction to Quality Management System Auditing
    • Overview of auditing principles and concepts
    • Understanding the role and responsibilities of auditors
    • Overview of ISO 9001:2015 and its application in auditing quality management systems
  2. Auditing Fundamentals
    • Types of audits and their objectives
    • Audit planning, preparation, and execution
    • Risk-based approach to auditing
  3. ISO 9001:2015 Requirements
    • Understanding the requirements of ISO 9001:2015
    • Quality management principles and their application
    • Process approach to quality management
  4. Auditing Techniques and Methodologies
    • Interviewing techniques and effective communication skills
    • Document review and evidence gathering
    • Sampling methods and data analysis techniques
  5. Audit Process
    • Audit initiation, scope determination, and planning
    • Conducting on-site audits, including opening meetings, document review, and interviews
    • Audit reporting, including non-conformity identification and reporting
  6. Audit Reporting and Follow-up
    • Preparation and issuance of audit reports
    • Follow-up activities and verification of corrective actions
    • Monitoring and measurement of audit program effectiveness
    • ISO 19011:2011 and ISO 17021:2018

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 Auditors.

8: Creating a Corrective Action Plan

Who participates?

Developing a Plan

Using the Form

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 daysTraining Methodologies
    • Case Study
    • Individual Exercises
    • Role Play
    • Group Exercises
    • Group Presentation
    • Examination
  • Assessment and Qualification
    Learning is assessed through:

    • 3 hours open examination. Passing the exams qualifies the candidate for Cognicert ISO 9001 Lead Auditor (CPD Certificate)
    • Practical experience of 25 days with activity log qualifies participants for our Cognicert ISO 9001 Lead Auditor (Auditor Category) I.D Card and Certificate
    • Practical experience of 50 days with activity log qualifies participants for our Cognicert ISO 9001 Lead Auditor (Lead Auditor Category) I.D Card and Certificate

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