Environmental Management Systems Auditor Conversion Training Course

(3 days)

Focus Standard: ISO 14001:2004
8 Workshops!

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*This intensive 3-day course is certified by the Governing Board of the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA Cert. No. A17557).

*This training course and certificate of attainment is recognized by RABQSA as equivalent to their EMS Auditor for QMS-Experience Auditors Course (TCD-19).

Delegates successfully completing this course satisfy the formal training requirement for individuals seeking certification under the IRCA EMS Auditor Certification Scheme.

On successful completion the delegate will know the ISO 14001 Standard, be trained EMS Auditors, be competent to audit their own organization, subcontractors and suppliers as Auditors or Lead Auditors, be able to prepare for audits and understand the economic and environmental advantages of Environmental Management Systems.

Interactive learning techniques are used to maximize delegate participation, including workshops designed to broaden the knowledge of system and audit applications.

From an auditor's perspective, persons who should attend this course include:

  • Managers introducing Environmental Management Systems,
  • Personnel who audit within their organization and those of their suppliers,
  • Management consultants who need to know more about ISO 14001, and
  • Persons wishing to pursue a career as third party EMS Auditors and Lead Auditors.

NOTE: This course is not intended to be an implementer’s course, or one that will create an expert in environmental legislation.


The course is designed for those persons who are qualified auditors having already successfully completed a QMS or OH&S Auditor / Lead Auditor course and who have experience in environmental management.


This 3-day Environmental Management Systems Auditor Conversion Training Course offered by Ashbrooke has been developed to progress the delegate through a series of modules, each containing a day's activities of presentation and participation.

Developing good communication skills is encouraged early and is reinforced throughout the course as it is essential for an Auditor / Lead Auditor to hold well developed written and verbal communication skills. This is achieved with verbal and written evaluation activities, open forum presentation format and active delegate participation throughout the course.

The course examines these issues by opening with the Auditor’s Code of Conduct. This is followed by examining and exploring:

  • ISO 19011:2011
  • Environmental Management Principles
  • ISO 14001:2004
  • Environmental Management Process Model
  • Environmental Objectives and Targets
  • Environmental Aspects and Impacts
  • Continual Improvement
  • Corrective and Preventive Action
  • Environmental Management System Documentation
  • Audit Plans
  • Audit Reports
  • Follow-up and Completion

Plus, over 90% of the course timing is dedicated to syndicate activities designed to examine and explore the disciplines of planning and conducting EMS audits. This course contains 2 Questionnaires and 8 Workshops.

Prior Knowledge Expectation...

Knowledge of management systems audit through satisfactory completion of an IRCA-certificated (or acceptable alternative) Auditor/Lead Auditor training course in another discipline

Knowledge of the following environmental management principles and concepts:

  • The concept of environmental sustainable development whereby an organization must ensure that actions of today do not degrade the environment of the future
  • The purpose of an initial review as the basis for establishing an environmental management system where none currently exists
  • Evaluation of activities, products and services in order to establish the environmental aspects associated with normal operating conditions, abnormal conditions such as start-up and shutdown and emergency situations and accidents
  • Considerations of environmental aspects with respect to
    • Emission to air, release to water and release to land
    • Use of raw materials, natural resources and energy
    • Energy emitted and lost e.g. heat, radiation, vibration, steam, and compressed air
    • Public nuisance such as light pollution, noise, and odour
  • Environmental legislation and how legal compliance forms part of an environmental management system
  • Typical methods for evaluation of the significant impact of the environmental aspects identified and how their ranking influences operational control and priorities for improvement

Knowledge of the ISO 14001 requirements may be gained by completing the respective EMS Foundation Training Course or equivalent.

Published course dates are subject to change or cancellation. Ashbrooke Quality Assurance Ltd. is not responsible for any expenses incurred prior to confirmation that the course is running. Student initiated date change or cancellation is permitted only with written notice received into Ashbrooke's offices not less than ten working days prior to course commencement.

Please note that course dates are subject to change without notice.

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