ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Certification Training

Master ISO 9001 auditing and become a certified lead auditor.

ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Certification Training

Focusing on practical applications, this comprehensive online course equips you with the necessary knowledge and skills required to proficiently conduct and lead audits that drive value within your organization. The curriculum goes beyond standard lead auditor training, encompassing the setup and management of an audit program and providing a detailed explanation of all ISO 9001 requirements through the eyes of an auditor. Our high-quality online training program features a multimedia format, including interactive elements, real-world examples, and actionable insights. On demand – so you can learn anytime, anywhere.

This Exemplar Global training program includes 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! The ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Certification Training grants you the prestigious certification and equips you with a comprehensive skill set needed to effectively conduct internal and third-party audits.

Whether your goal is to conduct solo audits, lead audit teams, oversee your company's audit program, or manage ISO 9001 audit projects, this course is designed to give you the confidence, skills, expertise, and professional certification required for success.

Flexibility is key. Our self-paced, interactive online training and exam are available on demand, allowing you to study whenever and wherever suits you best. While the course and examination are structured to be completed within 22-32 hours, you have the freedom to learn at your own pace. Our bite-sized modules ensure easy comprehension and digestion of the content.

Revised in 2023, this Exemplar Global accredited course is fully compliant with ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 19011:2018 and incorporates the latest interpretations and best practices.


Upon successful completion of this training program, you will:

Develop the practical skills necessary to conduct thorough internal and external audits, including preparation, opening and closing meetings, auditing, and writing audit reports

Be capable of conducting solo audits and effectively managing and leading a team of auditors

Gain the knowledge to set up and operate an efficient audit program

Add significant business value to audits and your company's audit program

Be recognized as a Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor, opening doors to enhanced career opportunities and greater employment potential

Be eligible for registration as an Exemplar Global Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor


We start by giving you an overview of the characteristics and operational processes you can expect in an effective ISO system. Next, we explain in detail all ISO requirements from the auditor's perspective and the kind of evidence they would seek to verify their effective implementation. We then teach you various auditing techniques to help sharpen your auditing skills. Lastly, we focus on setting up and managing an audit program and leading team audits. With many practical examples, this intensive course not only develops competent lead auditors but also provides them with the skills to add value to the company's audit program.

The thoughtfully designed curriculum, down-to-earth explanation of the ISO requirements, and the countless examples and practical tips we provide all contribute to effective and enjoyable learning. As a trusted Exemplar Global Certified Training Provider and Examiner, we assure you that this online course is of the highest quality.

Course Content

The course combines lectures, videos and practical examples.


ISO 9001 – The Basics
Our course begins with a thorough overview of ISO 9001, delving into what it is, what it is used for, and how it applies to different organizations. By exploring the potential benefits and certification requirements of ISO 9001, participants gain a solid understanding of its impact on employees and their work. Additionally, we provide valuable insights into identifying common mistakes that lead to ineffective ISO 9001 systems.

The Foundation and Structure of ISO 9001
This crucial section of the course focuses on two key elements that shape the understanding of ISO 9001: Annex SL and the Quality Management Principles. Participants receive an in-depth explanation of Annex SL and its significance in the realm of management systems. Furthermore, we thoroughly examine each of the seven Quality Management Principles that form the bedrock of ISO 9001, empowering learners to interpret the requirements and ensure compliance in various situations.

The Process Approach and PDCA Cycle
At the heart of ISO 9001 lie the Process Approach and the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) Cycle, intricately interconnected concepts that are explored exhaustively in our course. Combining theoretical knowledge with practical examples from diverse industries, we facilitate a comprehensive understanding of these fundamental aspects, enabling participants to conduct the necessary process audits with confidence and precision.

ISO 9001:2015 Requirements
In this section, participants gain a profound comprehension of each ISO 9001:2015 requirement. With a meticulous breakdown of the meaning and intent behind each requirement, we provide detailed guidance on interpreting them in different scenarios and applying them effectively across various organizations. Throughout the 31 lessons, participants are provided with numerous real-life examples to reinforce their understanding, and each clause's discussion concludes with valuable tips on verifying compliance.

ISO 9001:2015 Documentation
The importance of documentation in ISO 9001 systems and auditing cannot be overstated. In this module, we offer a comprehensive explanation of the different types of documented information and their potential formats. We also review the mandatory documents and records stipulated by ISO 9001:2015, along with additional recommended ones commonly found in effective ISO systems.

Introduction to Internal Audits
To establish a strong foundation in auditing, participants are first introduced to the basics. We delve into essential topics such as audit program concepts, the various types of audits, and the roles key actors play in the process. This section also sheds light on the significant benefits organizations can reap from a well-implemented audit program. Moreover, we explore different audit approaches tailored to specific circumstances.

Our comprehensive training covers every step of the audit process, equipping participants with the necessary skills to excel. From audit preparation and planning, including feasibility checks and risk-based approaches, to conducting the audit itself, participants learn the intricacies of every facet. Throughout the lessons, we address various scenarios participants may encounter and provide techniques for handling them effectively. The module culminates in instruction on preparing an audit report, completing the audit, and following up on findings.

Setting Up an Internal Audit Program
This module empowers participants with the ability to establish and manage internal audit programs, offering a substantial advantage over other Lead Auditors. We begin by outlining the components of an audit program and clarifying the role of the audit program manager. Participants then dive into the details of setting up an internal audit program, including addressing risks and opportunities. Comprehensive guidance is provided on developing an internal audit schedule, along with other necessary documentation and tools. Additionally, we explore methods of managing the audit program and strategies to optimize its value for the organization.

Managing and Leading Team Audits
The final part of the course imparts the critical knowledge and skills required to effectively coordinate and manage team audits as a lead auditor. Participants gain a thorough understanding of the lead auditor's responsibilities and necessary competencies. Building upon this foundation, we guide participants through each step of the audit process, from preparation and planning to follow-up. Topics covered include team coordination, achieving consensus, and managing conflict and disputes.


Included Materials

Study Guide
The course includes a comprehensive 335-page Study Guide that summarizes the entire course. Download and utilize it to follow the lectures, take notes, prepare for the exam, and as a reference and reminder of what you have learned.

Audit Checklist
We provide an audit checklist template, complete with customization instructions. This allows freshly trained auditors to start auditing without delay.

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


This course includes the ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Examination, a rigorous assessment that meets the stringent requirements set by Exemplar Global. The online exam can be completed in approximately 2-3 hours and consists of 141 questions in multiple-choice format. It has a passing score of 70% and no time limit.

Upon completion of the exam, you will receive a comprehensive review of your answers, along with an explanation of any mistakes made. In the event that you do not pass, you have the option to retake the assessment free of charge or receive a Certificate of Attendance as evidence of your training.


After successfully completing the exam, you will be awarded the prestigious ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Certification. Endorsed by a Certificate of Attainment from Exemplar Global, this certification provides 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 ISO 9001 Auditor Certification is accepted worldwide, enhancing your career opportunities. Additionally, our certification satisfies the training and competency requirements for individuals seeking registration under the Exemplar Global Lead Auditor Registration Scheme.

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ISO 9001 Online Lead Auditor Certification Training

Exemplar Global

As an accredited Exemplar Global Certified Training Provider and Examiner under TPECS (see our badge), 9001Simplified ensures that our course meets the highest international standards. By enrolling in our training program, you not only gain valuable knowledge and skills but also receive an Exemplar Global certification that holds international recognition.

You will also gain access to a wealth of online resources, including webinars and the ExemplarLink community. This network allows you to engage with other graduates and industry professionals, providing valuable opportunities for ongoing learning and professional development, further enhancing your expertise and career prospects.

Certificate: ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Certification Training

Professional Certification

Obtaining a professional certification can help you advance in your career and increase your earning potential. The ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Certification offers valuable features, including:

Proof of attaining Exemplar Global Competency Units for Quality Management (QM), Auditing Management Systems (AU), and Leading Team Audits (TL), providing tangible evidence of your expertise in these areas

3.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) that contribute to your ongoing professional development

Easy and reliable verification of authenticity using blockchain technology, ensuring the credibility of your certification

Digital integration with LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media platforms, allowing you to securely promote your professional skills to a wider audience

What Is TPECS?

The Training Provider and Examiner Certification Scheme (TPECS) by Exemplar Global is a rigorous certification program dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of training and certification processes. Choosing a course offered by a TPECS member, such as 9001Simplified, guarantees effective learning and skill development.

TPECS members undergo independent audits to ensure compliance with international standards, enabling them to issue globally recognized Certificates of Attainment with Exemplar Global Competency Units. These certificates substantiate the knowledge and proficiency of certified individuals, validating their expertise to employers and clients worldwide. As well as 9001Simplified, TPECS Training Providers include industry giants such as BSI, Bureau Veritas and TUV.

Benefits of our Online Training

How does our course format benefit learners and employers?

Flexibility for Learners

With on-demand access to this course, learners can personalize their learning schedules, optimizing time management. Learners study independently wherever they are, no matter if in the office, at home or by the beach, and manage the duration and frequency of their study sessions. The self-paced course and exam can be taken from any device and easily paused and resumed as needed, providing the ultimate flexibility and time savings.

Cost Savings for Corporations

Our on-demand training not only benefits learners but also reduces employee downtime, resulting in substantial cost savings for employers. By utilizing our online training, corporations can effectively maximize resource utilization and enhance overall efficiency.

Convenience for Corporations

Corporate buyers can easily purchase bulk course access and utilize our user-friendly online course management dashboard to assign employees to their respective courses and monitor their progress. With instant access granted upon payment, the entire process is streamlined for convenient administration.

Branding and Delivery Options for Corporations

To ensure a seamless alignment with your brand and technical resources, we offer customization options:

Custom Branding We can provide a custom branding package that includes a course player featuring your company name, logo, and colors, as well as a custom URL (e.g., and branding of the Study Guide using your company's logo. Please contact us to specify your needs. A one-time customization fee of USD 1,990.00 applies.

Your Own LMS We can enable corporations to run our courses on their own Learning Management System (LMS), allowing seamless integration with their HR and training processes. Please contact us to specify your requirements.

Educational Approach

Educational Approach

Our learning content is logically structured, gradually developed, and easy to understand. Real-life examples are plentiful, illustrating the subject matter, and you'll benefit from numerous practical tips and best practices that can be readily applied. Stand-alone and scenario-based quizzes are designed to prepare you thoroughly for the certification exam.

Professional E-learning Instructor

Authors and Presenters

Our course has been designed and developed by an in-house team of senior consultants, lead auditors, and experienced instructors. It has undergone audits for quality and effectiveness. All lessons are presented by our professional e-learning instructor in clear, easy-to-understand, and accent-free English.

Graphics and Animations

Award-Winning Design

Our course lessons are visually reinforced by our award-winning graphic designer. With rich animations, videos, and text that can be viewed on any device, you'll experience an engaging learning journey that remains with you long after the course is completed!

Login credentials for course / course management dashboard, downloadable materials, official examination, Competency Units, digital certificate, Exemplar Global access

Technical Requirements
A computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access (high speed connection not essential)

No prior knowledge of ISO 9001 required. You need to have a copy of the ISO 9001:2015 standard available.

Duration & Schedule
About 32 hours to complete | 3.2 CEUs
Self-paced and on-demand

Revised April 2023 | Compliant with ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 19011:2018

Technical support and instructor access available as needed

Money-Back Guarantee
Comprehensive 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee for risk-free purchase

Course Access
Immediate access after payment for 3 months (extendable)

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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