ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Course (CQI IRCA 18101)

The purpose of this training course is to provide knowledge and skills required to perform first, second and third-party audits of quality management systems (QMS) against ISO 9001, in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO 17021, as applicable.

DURATION: 5 DAYS (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Course Description

Capitalizing on the powerful Accelerated Learning Technique, this course spends a good portion of the time on discussions, exercises and case studies to help students to consolidate knowledge and acquire hands-on experience that are instrumental in their capacity as a QMS auditor or as a quality function personnel.

Students who passed the continuous assessment and the 2-hour closed book examination will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement. Based on CQI IRCA policy, this course satisfies the training requirement for certification as a CQI IRCA registered QMS Lead Auditor/Auditor.

Course Objective

  • 5:03 PM
    Describe the purpose of a quality management system, of QMS standards, of management system audit and of third-party certification and the business benefits of improved performance of the QMS.
  • 5:03 PM
    Explain the role of an auditor to plan, conduct, report and follow up a QMS audit in accordance with ISO 19011 (and ISO 17021-1 where appropriate);
  • 5:03 PM
    Plan, conduct, report and follow up an audit of a QMS to establish conformity (or otherwise) with ISO 9001 and in accordance with ISO 19011.
  • 5:03 PM
    What will i learn?
    General Introduction
  • 5:03 PM
    Quality Management Principles, Vocabulary and ISO 9001 requirements
  • 5:03 PM
    Stage 1 Audit (including document review)
  • 5:03 PM
    Audit Planning
  • 5:03 PM
    Process auditing and audit Skills
  • 5:03 PM
    Writing NC reports and audit reporting
  • 5:03 PM
    Audit follow up

Who Should Attend?


CQI IRCA recommends that students are expected to have the following prior knowledge:


There is a balance between knowledge-based presentation, discussions, exercises and case studies. About two third of the time is spent on activity based learning. A mock examination paper will be discussed throughout the course to help students to be familiar with the style of the questions.

Note: Certificates will only be issued to participants with 100% full attendance

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