Internal audits are fundamental to all environmental management systems as they are a means to establish status of conformity. However, with the latest update on management system standards based on Annex SL, the emphasis has shifted to process risks and a performance based approach. With this shift, an auditor has to understand not only how to audit a system based on the requirements of the standard but also at the same time understand how an organization addresses its risks to achieve its expected environmental performance.
Results of internal audits provide particularly useful information to management to continually improve its environmental management system. The efficacy of the audits depends mainly on the competence of the auditors. This course provides delegates with an understanding of how to conduct an audit on environmental management systems based on ISO 14001:2015 focusing on the organization’s processes, risks and its environmental performance.
This course is in line with ISO 19011, the guidance standard on auditing management systems. This course is particularly designed for new auditors but can also be attended by experienced auditors who need to enhance their auditing skills.
To provide delegates with:
- basic understanding of auditing protocols and the audit process based on the ISO 19011 guidelines for auditing management systems
- practical knowledge and skills necessary to plan, conduct, report and follow up of an internal audit
- the competency necessary to conduct an internal audit of an environmental management system based on ISO 14001:2015 and in accordance with ISO 19011.
Upon completion of the training, delegates will have the confidence to perform their role as auditors from planning to reporting and conducting follow-up, including attaining the following knowledge and skills:
- Understand the audit process and terminology
- Understand how to establish an audit plan and checklists
- Understand how to collect audit evidences relevant to the standard
- Understand how to audit the processes, risks and performance of an environmental management system
- Competence to write up the audit findings
The training is activity-based and includes an audit, either a simulated audit for public training or a live audit for in-house training. The course contents have been developed in accordance with the guidance provided in ISO 19011:2011, Guidelines for auditing management systems.
- Opening and introduction
- Overview of ISO 14001
- Audit process
- Auditor responsibilities
- Process risks and performance approach
- Planning the audit
- Conducting the Audit
- Reporting the audit and follow-up
- Auditor briefing
- Simulated/Live Audit Workshop
- Auditing selected processes
- Auditor review and report preparation
- Presentation of findings & debrief
This training is intended for those who are appointed to be internal auditors.
As an internal audit involves all processes of the environmental management system and personnel of various levels within the organization, this course is suitable for delegates from various functions and levels, especially those who are:
- appointed to organize the audit programme
- assigned to perform the internal audits
- tasked to train or guide other internal auditors in their organization.
It is recommended that delegates have knowledge of
- the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 standard and the commonly used environmental management terms and definitions
- the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) cycle, core elements and its interrelationship of management system
- the intended outcomes of an environmental management system:
- enhancement of environmental performance
- fulfilment of compliance obligations
- achievement of environmental objectives
- prior to attending this audit training.
We provide the following courses; which will cover the prior knowledge requirements:
- ISO 14001:2015 Interpretation and Application
All Neville Clarke tutors are full time consultants, auditors and trainers. The tutor assigned is always an experienced professional with practical application of the subject matter, who will be able to understand and meet the unique requirements of your industry.
This is a two-day course running from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm