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CQI IRCA Certified ISO 14001:2015

EMS Auditor/Lead Auditor Course

This course is supported by HKV (CQI IRCA Training Organization Approval No.0118 5621)

Date and Time:

20 – 24 March 2017 (Mon-Fri) 5 days

(40 hours including a 2 hour written examination)

20 – 23 March 2017 9:00am – 6:10pm

24 March 2017 9:00am – 1:00pm

Venue: To be announced

Language: Cantonese with English terminology

Fee: HKD11,000/*HKD10,000

*Discount for payment settled on or before 27 Feb 2017, or 3 enrolments apply together.


The purpose of this training course is to provide knowledge and skills required to perform first, second and third-party audits of environmental management systems (EMS) against ISO 14001, in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021-1, as applicable.


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 an EMS auditor or as an environmental personnel.

Course Objectives:

On completion, successful students will be able to:


  • Explain the purpose of an EMS, of EMS standards, of a management system audit and third-party certification, and the business and societal benefits of improving environmental performance;

  • Explain the role and responsibilities of an auditor to plan, conduct, report and follow-up an EMS audit in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021-1, as applicable.


  • Plan, conduct, report and follow-up an audit of an EMS to establish conformity (or otherwise) with ISO 14001, and in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021-1 as applicable.

Target Audience:

  • Staff who are charged with the responsibility to develop and maintain a EMS;

  • All EMS 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

  • The Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) cycle

  • The core elements of a management system and the interrelationship between top management responsibility, policy, objectives, planning, implementation, measurement, review, and improvement.

Environmental management

The intended outcomes of an environmental management system:

  • Enhancement of environmental performance

  • Fulfilment of compliance obligations

  • Achievement of environmental objectives.

ISO 14001

  • Knowledge of the requirements of ISO 14001 and the commonly used environmental management terms and definitions, as given in ISO 14001, which may be gained by completing a CQI IRCA Certified EMS Foundation Training course or the equivalent.


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.



  • General introduction;

  • Environmental management principles, vocabulary and ISO 14001 requirements;

  • Stage 1 audit (including document review); Audit planning;

  • Process auditing and audit skills;

  • Writing NC reports and audit reporting;

  • Audit follow up.


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

Tel: 2153 9887

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