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.

Enquire now 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

Upon completion, successful students will be able to:


  • 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.
  • 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);


  • 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.

Course Outline

What will i learn?

  • General Introduction
  • Quality Management Principles, Vocabulary and ISO 9001 requirements
  • Stage 1 Audit (including document review)
  • Audit Planning
  • Process auditing and audit Skills
  • Writing NC reports and audit reporting
  • Audit follow up

Who Should Attend?

  • Staff who are charged with the responsibility to develop and maintain a QMS.
  • All QMS auditors who wish to acquire an internationally recognized auditor status.
  • Those who wish to explore career opportunities in management system auditing.


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

  • Management systems including the PDCA cycle and the core elements of a management system
  • Quality management including the seven quality management principles
  • Relationship between quality management and customer satisfaction
  • The ISO 9001 requirements and the commonly used quality management terms and definitions


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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