ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Certification Training

Master ISO 9001 auditing and become a certified lead auditor.

ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Certification Training

Become a Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor – the highest and most prestigious auditor qualification. This comprehensive lead auditor training includes detailed explanations of all ISO 9001 requirements from the auditor's point of view, and setup and management of an audit program. The high-quality online course is in multimedia format, interactive, and full of real-life examples and practical tips. On demand – so you can learn anywhere and anytime.

This Exemplar Global training program includes the official ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Examination and Certification.

About 32 hours (on demand) | Materials & Exam included | Exemplar Global Certification

USD 1,290.00


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Become a Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor and improve your pay and career opportunities. The ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Certification Training provides you with the official certification and comprehensive skill set to conduct effective internal and third-party audits. You'll be able to serve as a solo auditor, audit team leader, audit program manager, or own ISO 9001 audit projects.

On-demand flexibility – the interactive online training and exam are self-paced and can be taken on any device, anytime and anywhere to fit your schedule.

Revised in 2023, this Exemplar Global accredited course is compliant with ISO 19011:2018 and incorporates the latest interpretations and best practices.


First we give you an overview of the characteristics and operational processes you can expect in an effective ISO system. The course then explains all ISO requirements and the kind of evidence an auditor would seek to verify their effective implementation. Next we teach you auditing techniques and the various responsibilities of QMS auditors before focusing on setting up and managing an audit program and leading team audits.

This intensive course not only develops competent lead auditors but also provides them with the skills to add value to the company. The thoughtfully designed curriculum, our down-to-earth explanation of the ISO requirements and the countless examples and practical tips all contribute to effective and enjoyable learning. It's a high-quality online training program – certified by Exemplar Global.

ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Examination

The course includes the official ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Examination. The online assessment meets the stringent requirements set by Exemplar Global and takes about 2-3 hours to complete. It consists of 141 questions in multiple-choice format, has a passing score of 70%, and no time limit.

The exam concludes with a comprehensive review of your answers and explanation of any mistakes. In case you fail, you may re-take the assessment as many times as needed free of charge, or, alternatively, be issued a Certificate of Attendance as evidence of training.

ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Certification

After successfully completing the exam, you'll receive your official ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Certification as evidenced by a powerful Certificate of Attainment with Exemplar Global Competency Units. Your credentials provide certified proof of competence in the areas of Quality Management Systems (Exemplar Global Competency Unit QM), Auditing Management Systems (Exemplar Global Competency Unit AU) and Leading Audit Teams (Exemplar Global Competency Unit TL)).

Your prestigious credentials are accepted worldwide; they enhance your career opportunities and prepare you to work as a registrar auditor and to own ISO 9001 auditing projects. Your certification also satisfies the training and competency requirements for individuals seeking registration under the Exemplar Global Lead Auditor Registration Scheme.


Upon successful completion of this training program, you will:

Have the practical skills to conduct a complete internal or external audit, including preparation, opening and closing meetings, auditing, and writing audit reports

Be able to conduct solo audits, as well as manage and lead a team of auditors

Know how to set up and operate an audit program

Be able to add business value to audits and your company's audit program

Be recognized as Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor

Enjoy enhanced career opportunities and employment potential

Be able to get registered as Exemplar Global Registered ISO 9001 Lead Auditor

Course Content

The course combines lectures, videos and practical examples.


ISO 9001 – The Basics
The course starts with an overview of ISO 9001, what it is and what it is used for. We then take a high-level view of how the standard applies to different organizations, what they could gain from it, and what certification entails. Next we review the impact that a well implemented ISO 9001 system has on employees and their work. And last but not least, we show you how to identify some typical mistakes that lead to an ineffective ISO 9001 system.

The Foundation and Structure of ISO 9001
This part addresses two key aspects of ISO 9001 that impact your understanding of the standard: Annex SL and the Quality Management Principles. We first explain Annex SL and its importance to management systems, and then look at each of the seven Quality Management Principles that build the foundation of ISO 9001. Understanding these principles will help you interpret the requirements and verify compliance in different circumstances.

The Process Approach and PDCA Cycle
The Process Approach and the PDCA Cycle are at the core of ISO 9001 and complement each other. A grasp of both concepts is necessary for you to conduct the required process audits. Our lessons – illustrated with numerous real-life examples from different industries – gradually develop your understanding of these important concepts.

ISO 9001:2015 Requirements
This part of your course details the meaning and intent of each ISO 9001:2015 requirement. We explain how to interpret the requirements in different circumstances and how they could be applied in different situations and at different organizations. The 31 lessons contain numerous real-life examples. Discussions of each clause conclude with valuable tips on how to verify compliance with each requirement.

ISO 9001:2015 Documentation
Documentation is an important part of every ISO 9001 system. We first explain the different kinds of documented information and how each could look like. Next we review which documents and records are mandatory and which, though not mandatory, you can expect to find in an effective ISO system.

Introduction to Internal Audits
This part of the course explains the basics of auditing and develops a foundation upon which we build your auditing skills. We start by explaining the concept and workings of an audit program, the different kinds of audits, and the roles of the main actors. We then look at the benefits that organizations gain from a well-implemented audit program. Last, we explain the different approaches to audits and how each fits different circumstances.

This part teaches you each step of the audit process. Topics include feasibility checks, the risk-based approach to auditing, how to conduct opening and closing meetings, how to ensure information security, interviewing techniques, and how to prepare an audit report and follow up on your findings.

Setting Up an Internal Audit Program
This part teaches you how to set up and manage an internal audit program – a professional ability that will give you an edge over most other Lead Auditors. After explaining your role as audit program manager, we teach you how to address risks and opportunities, and how to develop an internal audit schedule, supporting documentation and tools. We then show you how to manage and improve the program in order to maximize its organizational value.

Managing and Leading Team Audits
The last part of this course teaches you what lead auditors need to do to coordinate and manage team audits effectively. We start by reviewing the lead auditor's responsibilities and required competencies. Having set the foundation, we teach you what you need to do at each step of the audit process, from preparation and planning until follow-up. Topics include keeping the team on track, achieving consensus and managing conflict and disputes.


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ISO 9001 Online Lead Auditor Certification Training

Exemplar Global

9001Simplified is an Exemplar Global Certified Training Provider and Examiner (TPECS). For you, this translates into several benefits:

A course that meets the highest international standards – you're truly learning from the best

You'll get an Exemplar Global certification that's recognized internationally

Ability to seek registration as an Exemplar Global Registered ISO 9001 Lead Auditor

Access to Exemplar Global online events and resources, including webinars and the ExemplarLink community where you can interact with other graduates and industry professionals

Certificate: ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Certification Training

Professional Certification

Certificates impact career success and income. Your ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Certification is guaranteed to impress with these features:

Proof of attaining Exemplar Global Competency Units for Quality Management (QM), Auditing Management Systems (AU), and Leading Team Audits (TL)

3.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Easy and reliable verification of authenticity using block-chain technology

Secure integration with LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media to promote your professional skills

What Is TPECS?

TPECS is a competency-based certification scheme designed to reflect contemporary and innovative learning practices. Members of TPECS have been independently audited to ensure their training programs meet the standards required by business professionals seeking the best quality tuition and certification.

As well as 9001Simplified, TPECS Training Providers include industry giants such as BSI, Bureau Veritas and TUV.

Convenient for Individuals and Corporations

Learners study independently whenever and wherever they choose, no matter if in the office, at home or by the beach. Pause and resume the self-paced course and examination as and when needed.

Corporate buyers may use the online course management dashboard to assign employees to purchased courses and monitor their progress. Simply select the course quantity you need and get instant access to the online dashboard upon payment.

Included Materials

Study Guide
Included is a Study Guide that summarizes the entire course in 335 pages. Download and use it to follow the lectures and take notes, to prepare yourself for the examination, and as a reference and reminder of what you have learned.

Audit Checklist
The course includes an audit checklist template, complete with customization instructions, so that freshly trained auditors can start auditing without delay.

List of Required Documents and Records
Also included is a guide that shows which documents and records are strictly required by ISO 9001:2015, which are recommended, and which can be omitted.

Educational Approach

Educational Approach

Learning content is logically structured, gradually developed, and easy to understand. Plenty of real-life examples illustrate the subject matter, and the numerous practical tips and best practices can be readily applied. Stand-alone and scenario-based quizzes prepare you for the certification exam.

Professional E-learning Instructor

Authors and Presenters

This course has been designed and developed in-house by our team of senior consultants and experienced instructors, and has been audited for quality and effectiveness. All lessons are carefully presented by our professional e-learning instructor in clear, accent-free English.

Graphics and Animations

Award-Winning Design

Lessons are illustrated by our award-winning graphic designer to visually reinforce learning content and concepts. The multimedia format with its rich animations, videos and text creates a learning experience that's both enjoyable and effective.

What's included
Login credentials for course / course management dashboard, downloadable materials, proctored examination, Competency Units, digital certificate, Exemplar Global access.

Technical Requirements
A computer, tablet or smartphone, and internet access. High speed connection isn't essential.

No prior knowledge of ISO 9001 required. You need to have a copy of the ISO 9001:2015 standard at hand when taking this course.

The course and exam take about 32 hours to complete (on-demand) with 3.2 CEUs.

Revised April 2023 / compliant with ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 19011:2018

Technical support and access to an instructor are available when needed.

30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Buy without risk and get a full refund if you're not completely satisfied.

Course access
Access to course and examination is available immediately after payment for 3 months (can be extended).

Exam format:  multiple-choice
Total questions:  141
Duration:  2-3 hours
Passing score:  70%

Title:  Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor
Competency Units:  QM, AU, TL
Accreditation:  Exemplar Global

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