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Virtual [VILT] EMS ISO 14001:2015 Lead Auditor Training Course I CQI-IRCA Certified

Course Overview

Our course is aimed at Environmental Professionals, Consultants, Auditors and Managers who:

  • want to audit the Environmental Management System [EMS] against the requirements of ISO 14001:2015
  • want to add to your credibility with a globally recognised and  accepted qualification
  • want to satisfy the formal training requirements for CQI-IRCA certification

This course provides Environmental Professionals, Consultants, Auditors, and Managers with the knowledge skills to perform first-party, second-party, and third-party audits of Environmental Management Systems against ISO 14001:2015, in accordance with ISO 19011:2018 and ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015, as applicable. 

Course Prior Learning Requirements

Management Systems

  • The Plan, Do, Check, Act [PDCA] Cycle
  • The core elements of a management system and the inter-relationship between top management responsibility, policy, objectives, implementation, measurement, review and continual improvement

Environment Management

  • The intended outcomes of an Environment Management System
  • Enhancement of Environmental performance
  • Fulfilment of compliance obligations
  • Achievement of environmental objectives

ISO 14001:2015

  • Knowledge of the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 and the commonly used environmental terms and definitions, as given in ISO 14000:2015, which may be gained by completing a Kelmac Group® and  Certified EMS ISO 14001:2015 Fundamentals training course or equivalent
 Where are you looking to attend this training?

We are sorry but there are currently no public training dates available for this course at the moment! If you would like to send us your details, we will contact you when a course becomes available near you. If you have any questions about this course, call +353.61.491224.

Course Learning Topics - What does the course cover?

Our virtual [VILT] CQI-IRCA EMS ISO 14001:2015 Lead Auditor course teaches Learners the audit principles, tools and techniques used for the assessment of the performance of the organization's  Environmental Management System [EMS]

The following is a breakdown of the course sessions;

  • Session 0 - Course Introduction

    Kelmac Group Profile; Course Introduction; Structure of the Learner Manual; Learner Attendance; Course Outcome; Continuous Assessment; Course Program; Course Aims and Objectives; Introduction to CQI-IRCA; Blbliography; Terminology; ISO in Brief

  • Session 1 - Environment Management System Overview/Refresher

    What is an EMS; Purpose/Benefits; Scope of ISO 14001; History/Evolution; ISO 14000 Family of Standards; EMS Terminology; Key Changes and Concepts; High Level Structure; Benefits of Certification/Registration; ISO 14001:2015 Requirement Application

  • Session 2 - Compliance Management System - How to audit compliance requirements?

    Introduction to ISO 19600:2014; Compliance Terminology; Manaqement System Auditor versus Inspector; Establishing the Compliance Management System; Compliance Principles; Implementation and Maintenance of the Compliance Management System; Compliance Auditing for Management System Auditors

  • Session 3 - Introduction to Auditing

    Auditing Terminology; Management System Audits; Principles of Auditing; CQI-IRCA Professional Code of Practice; Audit Life Cycle; Appointment if Lead Auditor and Audit Team; Desired Auditor Behaviours; Auditr Program Management; Conformity Assessment Standard - ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015

  • Session 4 - Initiation and Preparation

    Initiation the Audit; Initial contract with the Auditee; Audit Objectives, Scope and Criteria; Audit Feasability; Preparation for the Audit; Audit Working Documents; Audit Plan; Audit Checklists; 

    Session 5 - Conducting the Audit

    Pre-Opening Meeting Activities; Opening Meeting; Gathering Audit Evidence; Five Core Audit Methods; Auditor Note Taking; Audit Sampling; Managing the Audit Team; Audit Communications; Auditee Reactions; Audit Findings; Case Study - Simulated Audit  

  • Session 6 - Audit Reporting

    Writing/Grading Audit Findings; Audit Conclusion; Audit Report

  • Session 7 - Final Audit Team/closing-Exit Meeting

    Final Audit Team Meeting; Evaluating Correction/Corrective Action; Audit Finding Follow-up; Closing-Exit Meeting; 

The following are the workshops completed during this class:

ISO 14001:2015 Requirement Application; Auditing Compliance; Audit Terminology; Audit Principles; Audit Life Cycle; Auditor Team/Auditee Roles; Auditor Behaviours; Audit Program Management; Conformity Assessment Standard - ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015; Determination of Audit Feasability; Document Review prior to an on-site audit; Audit File/Working Documents; Audit Plan; Audit Checklist; Opening Meeting; Gathering Audit Evidence/Audit Methods; Communications; Case Study/Simulated Audit; Writing Audit Finding/Grading; Writing an Audit Conclusion; Evaluating Correction/Corrective Action; Determining Audit Follow-up/Auditee Risk Profile; Closing-Exit Meeting

What Does Our Course Cover?
Is This Course Certified?
Are There Any Course Pre-Requisites?
How Will I Be Assessed?
Learning Objectives
Who Should Attend?
Our Pre-Course Assignment Policy

The Kelmac Group® policy is each delegate shall successfully complete the pre-course assignment 1 working week in advance of the planned course start date.  If a delegate does not successfully complete the pre-course assignment by this specified time, the delegate may not be allowed attend the planned class and may forfeit the training fee.

Each delegate is expected to get an overall grade of 60%* in the pre-course assignment to fully satisfy the pre-course assignment requirement. Any delegate who does not meet this requirement will not be permitted to attend.

*some tests have a 70% pass mark - see more details on the 'Pre Course Assignment - Further Explained'

 

Business Benefits
Pre Course Assignment - Further Explained

Why the pre course assignment?

Many training organization’s claim their learning event is the best. Few training organization’s make any attempt to scientifically and objectively monitor and measure the effectiveness and benefits of their learning solutions.

Learner’s frequently attend learning events where their learning is adversely affected by Learner’s attending the learning event, where their knowledge and skill level is not appropriate for the learning event, where Learners of different knowledge and skill affects delivery by the Instructor, and ultimately the Learner outcome is not achieved, e.g. a low level of learners successfully completing the learning event.

At the Kelmac Group® we introduced pre-test assessments prior to the start of our learning event to enable us to demonstrate in a scientific and quantitative way to achieve learner outcome, to demonstrate the degree the Learner’s learning/development was enhanced following completion of a Kelmac Group® learning event. We do this by monitoring and measuring the Learner’s knowledge and skill level prior to, during and post the learning event. We also use the information obtained to ensure our (1) learning solution is the right solution for the Learner (2) learning solution achieves the optimum learner outcomes and (3) Instructor’s high delivery performance standards are maintained.

In summary, we put into practice what we teach, namely performance improvement.

So what is involved?

On a standard lead auditor course, we have developed 5 mini Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Tests. 

Four tests are broken into a pool of 10 questions each and a final fifth test of 40 questions each.

The pass mark on the first 4 MCQ tests is 70% (needing 7 out of 10 correct answers)

The pass mark on the final MCQ test is 60% (needing 24/40 correct answers)

The test topics are based on the discipline in question.

How long will it take you to complete?

The pre course will take on average 8 – 12 hours to complete for a standard lead auditor. For a combined lead auditor it will average 16-20 hours. 

However  the amount of time will vary depending on a persons knowledge and experience. The time is calculated based on the amount of study and pre-reading required. 

The tests themselves are short, however knowing the correct answers can only be achieved by reading the materials made available and understanding them.

When must I complete the test by?

The pre course test must be completed in advance of attending to confirm your eligibility to attend the course. 

In signing up for the course, you are accepting this mandatory element of the training which is to be completed in advance.

The standard deadline for completion is one working week in advance of the course start date.

Can I re-take the tests?

You can retake the tests as many time as necessary. Though we recommend you focus more on spending quality time reviewing and digesting the reference materials made available.

Can I review my tests and understand where I need to study and improve on?

Yes, my using the ‘My Gradebook’ feature you will be able to review your test and understand what you got correct and what you got incorrect. 

It will not inform you of the correct answers for where you got an answer incorrect. There is also a limit on the number of times you can review your test.

However this feature can be useful in assisting students understand how they performed in a test and what areas they need to focus on to be successful in the test.

Can I print documents from the online reference library?

Due to copyright law, you are not able to print out copies of the International Standards. You will only be able to view these securely online. However the reference folder (as the online library contains more than one folder) you can print.

What happens if I do not complete the test?

If you do not complete the test (s) by the deadline this may mean you will not be permitted to attend the training course and may forfeit the training fee.

If anyone is experiencing difficulties in completing the tests by any communicated deadlines, they must contact us immediately so we can work with you to assist in any way we can. 

However the final responsibility is with each student wishing to attend to ensure they complete this mandatory part of the training.

Online Reference Library - Using Watchdox

Each student on our certified lead auditor training courses, will receive online access to our library of International Standards and Reference Materials relevant to the training course they have chosen.

Watchdox is a very secure web based software and service which is why we chose it. Details are provided once a booking is made and secured with full payment.

Through Watchdox we are providing access on a view and print only basis to a series of important reference material and International Standards on a view only basis. We may add to this up to and during the training however, the reference material provided will assist in completing the pre course assignment and in preparing for the on-site training course.

It is possible to view our documents (with internet access) on mobile devices, tablets, smart phones, laptops and desktops. For each device you wish to use, for example, if you have a work laptop and home computer, you will need to complete the sort authentication process (completed by email) for each device.

Any mobile devices/laptops are welcome on the training to access these documents. Though all documents needed for the training, with the exception of the main standard for this discipline (e.g ISO 9001:2008) the delegate must bring this with them and we recommend a hard/paper copy.

If anyone experiences difficulties accessing this service, kindly notify us immediately.

Troubleshooting

Delegates experiencing problems in accessing the materials on watchdox should use the available troubleshooting guide at http://www2.watchdox.com/troubleshooting/ .  Delegates who are still experiencing problems should contact Kelmac and we will try and help you out.

Training Methodology
What's Included with Course Fee?
  • FREE online access to relevant reference material via the Kelmac Group® for the training
  • FREE online access to all primary and relevant standards from course registration until completion of the course program
  • Access to a two hour study preparation session led the Kelmac Group® Instructor on the evening prior to completing the IRCA EMS written examination
  • Comprehensive quality delegate manual that can be used as a reference manual by students following the on-site course
  • During delivery of the on-site class, students may have access to a variety of Instructors who are experts in their respective fields
  • The Kelmac Group® is an IRCA-Approved TORS. Kelmac Group® Instructors will be delighted to assist any student wishing to become an IRCA Registered Auditor, complete the IRCA Auditor application, and/or review the student's support documentation for conformity with the relevant IRCA's Auditor scheme.
  • The Kelmac Group® will also be delighted to process the student's completed application with IRCA. Students who meet IRCA's Auditor scheme requirements and who process their application via the Kelmac Group® qualify for a 25% reduction in the IRCA auditor application fee. Each student is responsible for and liable for online payment of the relevant fees with IRCA.
Certificate

An IRCA approved certificate for those who successfully complete all elements of the course, including 100% attendance, written and practical skills assessment.

This course satisfies the formal training requirements for those wishing to register with IRCA as an EMS Lead Auditor (Foundation/Internal Auditor course may be required dependant on your background).

This certificate is also fully recognised by RABQSA International as part of the training requirements for auditor registration under their lead auditor schemes.

All certificates have a validity of 3 years when applying to IRCA and/or RABQSA International for auditor registration. This is as if any student wishes to apply to become an auditor, a certificate of successful course completion will be required which has been completed within 3 years of applying. This can sometimes be confusing for people who believe their training is expired when it may not be case.

Just note, standards are subject to change including new standards being introduced plus changes to best practice so it is always good to remain up to date on changes for those active in auditing.

Why our course is unique?

  • With 50% more skill based exercises compared to our competitors. We focus on auditing that provides Assurance that the Environmental Management System meets the needs of the interested parties & our Learners are equipped to make higher quality insights for improved organizational performanceLearners practice using audit tools and techniques they can uses immediately and that inspire's Learner confidence
  • Access to digital copy of course documentation, relevant standards following completion of course registration and up to twelve months following completion of the course
  • Our investment in our Consultant-Trainer knowledge management, learning, and digital technologies means learners are challenged and encouraged to become the very best EMS Auditors/Lead Auditors in their respective industries 
  • Learners complete a phased CQI-IRCA eAssessment examination compared to a traditional 2 hour written examination 
  • Access to digital copy of course documentation, relevant standards following completion of course registration and up to twelve months following completion of the course
  • Our investment in our Consultant-Trainer knowledge management, learning, and digital technologies means learners are challenged and encouraged to become the very best EMS Auditors/Lead Auditors in their respective industries 
  • Learners complete a phased CQI-IRCA eAssessment examination compared to a traditional 2 hour written examination 

Others train followers, we prepare and develop EMS Auditor/Lead Auditors™ for the most pressing environment issues facing clients and society today

    No review available.

Basic Course Requirements

  • The Kelmac Group® is known for our in-person classrom and hands-on activities, and we use an extensive toolbox to foster similar engagement and attention in our virtual classes. Our Consultant-Trainer and learners interact in real time via our flexible, online learning platform, resulting in an engaging and real-class environment. This is an ideal alternative to the typical classroom setting for professionals who are unable to travel or who just prefer the convenience of attending a class without having to leave their own personal environment.
  • This class is delivered over five consecutive days, 08:00 to 17:30, Monday to Friday
  • Kelmac Group’s® virtual instructor-led training (VILT) is a live web-based learning experience where the Consultant-Trainer and learners are in separate locations.
  • Kelmac Group’s® VILT technology platform is designed to ensure similar interaction as a traditional in-person classroom experience and allows for 2-way dialogue, break-out sessions for engaging workshops and hands-on exercises, and group work using virtual breakout rooms. This provides for an engaging learning experience in which learners can connect with the content and interact with both the Consultant-Trainer and other learners.
  • The learning objectives and topics covered during the VILT are the same as the corresponding in-person version of the class. That said, to accommodate a virtual setting, the pace at which the VILT is delivered, and the structure of class workshops and exercises, is modified to support engagement in a virtual format. Virtual class participants receive eBooks instead of printed materials.
  • All VILT classes are taught by the same, experienced team of Consultant-Trainers you’ve come to expect from the Kelmac Group®. Our team of VILT Consultant-Trainers are trained in virtual facilitation - ensuring a lively, interactive learning experience.
  • How do I need to participate in a VILT class. First and foremost, your enthusiasm. In addition, course learners are required to have their own PC or laptop with a high-speed internet connection. We recommend a headset with microphone, video capability, and the ability to participate in the training from a private, quiet setting. If possible, have two monitors; one for the virtual classroom and the other for viewing training materials. Dual monitors may be helpful but are not required

Virtual Training Technology Requirements

To participate in the virtual training sessions, you will need:

  • Use the latest version laptop or desktop computer. The laptop or desktop computer should not be in use for more than 4 years. (Note: A tablet or mobile device is not suitable for this training).
  • HD Webcam – Built-in or USB plug-in
  • Speakers and a microphone – Built-in or USB plug-in. We highly recommend a headset if you have this available for optimal audio quality
  • Internet connection – Minimum of 2.5Mbps download, 3.0 Mbps upload
  • Two display monitors are highly recommended
    • One for joining the virtual classroom and, if applicable, viewing digital eCourse documentation
    • The other for completing class exercises/assignments

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Course Duration : 40 hours
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What Does Our Course Cover?
Is This Course Certified?
Are There Any Course Pre-Requisites?
How Will I Be Assessed?
Learning Objectives
Who Should Attend?
Our Pre-Course Assignment Policy

The Kelmac Group® policy is each delegate shall successfully complete the pre-course assignment 1 working week in advance of the planned course start date.  If a delegate does not successfully complete the pre-course assignment by this specified time, the delegate may not be allowed attend the planned class and may forfeit the training fee.

Each delegate is expected to get an overall grade of 60%* in the pre-course assignment to fully satisfy the pre-course assignment requirement. Any delegate who does not meet this requirement will not be permitted to attend.

*some tests have a 70% pass mark - see more details on the 'Pre Course Assignment - Further Explained'

 

Business Benefits
Pre Course Assignment - Further Explained

Why the pre course assignment?

Many training organization’s claim their learning event is the best. Few training organization’s make any attempt to scientifically and objectively monitor and measure the effectiveness and benefits of their learning solutions.

Learner’s frequently attend learning events where their learning is adversely affected by Learner’s attending the learning event, where their knowledge and skill level is not appropriate for the learning event, where Learners of different knowledge and skill affects delivery by the Instructor, and ultimately the Learner outcome is not achieved, e.g. a low level of learners successfully completing the learning event.

At the Kelmac Group® we introduced pre-test assessments prior to the start of our learning event to enable us to demonstrate in a scientific and quantitative way to achieve learner outcome, to demonstrate the degree the Learner’s learning/development was enhanced following completion of a Kelmac Group® learning event. We do this by monitoring and measuring the Learner’s knowledge and skill level prior to, during and post the learning event. We also use the information obtained to ensure our (1) learning solution is the right solution for the Learner (2) learning solution achieves the optimum learner outcomes and (3) Instructor’s high delivery performance standards are maintained.

In summary, we put into practice what we teach, namely performance improvement.

So what is involved?

On a standard lead auditor course, we have developed 5 mini Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Tests. 

Four tests are broken into a pool of 10 questions each and a final fifth test of 40 questions each.

The pass mark on the first 4 MCQ tests is 70% (needing 7 out of 10 correct answers)

The pass mark on the final MCQ test is 60% (needing 24/40 correct answers)

The test topics are based on the discipline in question.

How long will it take you to complete?

The pre course will take on average 8 – 12 hours to complete for a standard lead auditor. For a combined lead auditor it will average 16-20 hours. 

However  the amount of time will vary depending on a persons knowledge and experience. The time is calculated based on the amount of study and pre-reading required. 

The tests themselves are short, however knowing the correct answers can only be achieved by reading the materials made available and understanding them.

When must I complete the test by?

The pre course test must be completed in advance of attending to confirm your eligibility to attend the course. 

In signing up for the course, you are accepting this mandatory element of the training which is to be completed in advance.

The standard deadline for completion is one working week in advance of the course start date.

Can I re-take the tests?

You can retake the tests as many time as necessary. Though we recommend you focus more on spending quality time reviewing and digesting the reference materials made available.

Can I review my tests and understand where I need to study and improve on?

Yes, my using the ‘My Gradebook’ feature you will be able to review your test and understand what you got correct and what you got incorrect. 

It will not inform you of the correct answers for where you got an answer incorrect. There is also a limit on the number of times you can review your test.

However this feature can be useful in assisting students understand how they performed in a test and what areas they need to focus on to be successful in the test.

Can I print documents from the online reference library?

Due to copyright law, you are not able to print out copies of the International Standards. You will only be able to view these securely online. However the reference folder (as the online library contains more than one folder) you can print.

What happens if I do not complete the test?

If you do not complete the test (s) by the deadline this may mean you will not be permitted to attend the training course and may forfeit the training fee.

If anyone is experiencing difficulties in completing the tests by any communicated deadlines, they must contact us immediately so we can work with you to assist in any way we can. 

However the final responsibility is with each student wishing to attend to ensure they complete this mandatory part of the training.

Online Reference Library - Using Watchdox

Each student on our certified lead auditor training courses, will receive online access to our library of International Standards and Reference Materials relevant to the training course they have chosen.

Watchdox is a very secure web based software and service which is why we chose it. Details are provided once a booking is made and secured with full payment.

Through Watchdox we are providing access on a view and print only basis to a series of important reference material and International Standards on a view only basis. We may add to this up to and during the training however, the reference material provided will assist in completing the pre course assignment and in preparing for the on-site training course.

It is possible to view our documents (with internet access) on mobile devices, tablets, smart phones, laptops and desktops. For each device you wish to use, for example, if you have a work laptop and home computer, you will need to complete the sort authentication process (completed by email) for each device.

Any mobile devices/laptops are welcome on the training to access these documents. Though all documents needed for the training, with the exception of the main standard for this discipline (e.g ISO 9001:2008) the delegate must bring this with them and we recommend a hard/paper copy.

If anyone experiences difficulties accessing this service, kindly notify us immediately.

Troubleshooting

Delegates experiencing problems in accessing the materials on watchdox should use the available troubleshooting guide at http://www2.watchdox.com/troubleshooting/ .  Delegates who are still experiencing problems should contact Kelmac and we will try and help you out.

Training Methodology
What's Included with Course Fee?
  • FREE online access to relevant reference material via the Kelmac Group® for the training
  • FREE online access to all primary and relevant standards from course registration until completion of the course program
  • Access to a two hour study preparation session led the Kelmac Group® Instructor on the evening prior to completing the IRCA EMS written examination
  • Comprehensive quality delegate manual that can be used as a reference manual by students following the on-site course
  • During delivery of the on-site class, students may have access to a variety of Instructors who are experts in their respective fields
  • The Kelmac Group® is an IRCA-Approved TORS. Kelmac Group® Instructors will be delighted to assist any student wishing to become an IRCA Registered Auditor, complete the IRCA Auditor application, and/or review the student's support documentation for conformity with the relevant IRCA's Auditor scheme.
  • The Kelmac Group® will also be delighted to process the student's completed application with IRCA. Students who meet IRCA's Auditor scheme requirements and who process their application via the Kelmac Group® qualify for a 25% reduction in the IRCA auditor application fee. Each student is responsible for and liable for online payment of the relevant fees with IRCA.
Certificate

An IRCA approved certificate for those who successfully complete all elements of the course, including 100% attendance, written and practical skills assessment.

This course satisfies the formal training requirements for those wishing to register with IRCA as an EMS Lead Auditor (Foundation/Internal Auditor course may be required dependant on your background).

This certificate is also fully recognised by RABQSA International as part of the training requirements for auditor registration under their lead auditor schemes.

All certificates have a validity of 3 years when applying to IRCA and/or RABQSA International for auditor registration. This is as if any student wishes to apply to become an auditor, a certificate of successful course completion will be required which has been completed within 3 years of applying. This can sometimes be confusing for people who believe their training is expired when it may not be case.

Just note, standards are subject to change including new standards being introduced plus changes to best practice so it is always good to remain up to date on changes for those active in auditing.

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