IEMA Lead Environmental Auditor (ISO 14001:2015)

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The environment has been described as the ‘next competitive edge’, and is playing a key role in the strategies of proactive, forward-looking companies. An Environmental Management System (EMS) provides organisations with a framework to systematic... Read More

The environment has been described as the ‘next competitive edge’, and is playing a key role in the strategies of proactive, forward-looking companies. An Environmental Management System (EMS) provides organisations with a framework to systematically evaluate, manage and minimise the environmental impacts of its activities. An effective EMS can help to increase sales, reduce costs, ensure compliance and create a competitive advantage for the organisation.

Environmental audits are used to assess the environmental risks and liabilities of a business but also to help management improve business performance. The ISO standard for environmental management systems ISO 14001, and the associated EU Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Regulation require environmental audits to be carried out by companies on a regular basis.

This advanced Environmental Management System (EMS) auditing course will equip learners with:

  • A detailed understanding of how to audit and assess the effectiveness of any EMS;
  • A broad understanding of the range and diversity of environmental aspects, issues and environmental legislation and regulations pertinent to companies wishing to gain certification to ISO 14001 and EMAS;
  • A practical understanding of how to implement an EMS and troubleshoot EMS issues;
  • Knowledge of important related environmental tools and standards;

The course should also prepare delegates for the role of environmental auditors/assessors of EMS to standards acceptable to third party certification bodies. All attendees should be familiar with the requirements of ISO 14001/EMAS before attending this course.

The auditing elements of this course are designed to meet the international best practice standard for management system auditing, ISO 19011:2018 “Guidelines for auditing management systems”.

There is continuous assessment of practical work carried out throughout the course and a written examination at the end.


What's covered?

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Day 1

  • Global issues
  • Auditing of EMS
  • Recap and update of ISO 14001 and EMAS
  • Evaluating significance of aspects including actual and potential impacts arising from normal and abnormal conditions

Day 2

  • Sources and types of air pollution
  • Environmental risk assessment techniques
  • Environmental legislation (European/Irish)
  • ISO 14031 and environmental performance indicators
  • Developing objectives and targets

Day 3

  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • The EMS auditing process & “best practice” approach to auditing
  • The role of certifiers, auditors and verifiers
  • Internal audit and review
  • Life cycle assessment

Day 4

  • Comprehensive audit case-study and exercises
  • Preparation for audit
  • Audit role-play
  • Review and discussion of audit findings
  • Requirements of certification bodies

Day 5

  • Closing Meetings
  • Integrated management systems
  • Course Review
  • Examination

Approx. hours of study/time required for course as follows:

  • Pre course reading 1.5hrs
  • Pre course quiz 0.5hrs
  • Day 1 to 4:  9.00am – 5.30pm 36hrs (includes 1hr 30mins evening work)
  • Day 5 9am – 11am 2hrs

Total 40hrs (Lunch 45 mins and Morning Break 15 mins excluded from timings above)

This course necessitates approximately 1hr 30mins evening work each evening. For those who are attending the course on a non-residential basis we must stress that the course is quite intense and team based activities extend to each evening (please note the course times); delegates should be prepared for attending these hours and prepared to complete the evening work to be successful in the course.

Who should participate?

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This course is intended for environmental and quality professionals who have previously attended an IEMA approved course or who have a sound understanding of EMS and who wish to improve their environmental auditing skills and refresh their knowledge of environmental issues and themes.

What will I learn?

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Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Apply the Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills of Environmental Auditors as identified in ISO19011:2018
  • Apply techniques used in the identification of environmental aspects & impacts
  • Evaluate and explain the significance of environmental impacts.
  • Analyse and validate environmental objectives, targets, management and monitoring regimes relating to a range of industry types.
  • Describe and identify the relationship and differences between a range of audit types
  • Evaluate current environmental issues, their inter-relationships and how they relate to the auditing process.
  • Identify key pieces of environmental legislation and define their relevance in the context of environmental auditing.
  • Describe and explain the roles and responsibilities of the auditor, the audit teamand other relevant bodies.
  • Plan, initiate, implement, manage, monitor and review a broad range of audit programmes.
  • Demonstrate the main competences required for leading an environmental audit and the main competencies required in an audit team.

Who are the tutors?

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What are the entry requirements?

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In advance of attending all attendees must be familiar with the following texts;

  • ISO 14001 (or EMAS in the EU)
  • The latest issue of ISO 19011:2018
  • Appropriate extracts from the relevant accreditation authority guidelines (e.g. in ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/IEC 17021, IAF/ILAC-A4:2004 and IAF MD 5: 2009).

Suggested reading material should include:

  • ISO 14004 Environmental Management Systems – General Guidelines on principles, systems and supporting techniques
  • ISO 14031 Environmental Management – Environmental Performance Evaluation – Guidelines

For applicants whose first language is not English, SQT recommends a minimum English language competency of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) for successful completion of this programme. It is important to note that learners are not expected to have an IELTS or equivalent examination complete. Potential delegates are expected to self-assess their English language competency against the IELTS Band scores which can be found in this document.

How will I be assessed?

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All delegates who have successfully completed this IEMA approved course will gain credit towards an Environmental Auditor application on IEMA’s Environmental Auditors register.

Those gaining more than 70% have sufficient credit to apply for IEMA Associate Environmental Auditor registration. All delegates are encouraged to continue their development so that they can apply for registration to the higher levels of the IEMA auditor registration scheme.

  • Those specialising in environmental auditing may wish to apply for ‘Environmental Auditor’ and ‘Principal Environmental Auditor’
  • Those responsible for carrying out internal audits of their company EMS may wish to apply for ‘EMS Auditor’ or ‘Lead EMS Auditor’ levels.

All of these levels require a candidate to demonstrate appropriate auditing experience and further specialist training/education.

A certificate of attendance is issued to all learners who attend the full course. A certificate of competence is awarded to participants who satisfactorily complete the course continuous assessment and examination. This will be issued 8 weeks after course completion.

In addition, IEMA have a Skills Map that incorporates wider aspects of sustainability and governance and forms the basis for their updated membership levels and courses. Please click here to view the new Skills Map.

How do we train and support you?

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In-House Courses
For In-House courses, the tutor will contact you in advance to discuss the course programme in more detail in order to tailor it specifically for your organisation.

Course Manual
Delegates will receive a very comprehensive course manual.

Programme accreditation

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The course meets the training requirements for registration as an Associate Environmental Auditor with IEMA the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.


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Course Code
5 training days
Public Price
Virtual Training: €1125

(includes course documentation)

Delivery Mode
This programme is delivered by Classroom, Virtual Training, or In-Company training
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It was a hard course, very detailed
Craig Ó November 2, 2023
Well delivered course by a competent content matter expert. A nice group of people on the course too. Adherence to the schedule was good and a lot of material was covered.
Jason B November 2, 2023

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Virtual Training: €1,125
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