ISO 14001:2015 Internal Auditor Course


This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of the auditing skills required to plan and conduct Internal Audits within their own organisation and meet the requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Standard.

Duration: 2 days


This course aims to provide students with the skills necessary to plan, conduct and execute internal audits and to be able to write effective audit reports and associated nonconformity reports. 

Learning Objectives

In order for students to achieve the overall learning objectives, they will need to acquire and develop specific knowledge. This is specified below as ‘enabling objectives’ and can be considered as steps to the achievement of the learning objectives stated above. Students will be able to:

  • With reference to the Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle, explain the process-based environmental management system model for ISO 14001, and the role of internal audit in the maintenance and improvement of environmental management systems;
  • Explain the purpose of an environmental management system and the business benefits of improving the effectiveness of an environmental management system;
  • Explain the role and responsibilities of an auditor to plan, conduct, report and follow up an internal environmental management system audit, in accordance with ISO 19011;
  • Describe the role and responsibilities of the auditor at each stage of the audit process
  • plan, conduct, report and follow up an internal audit of part of an environmental management system based on ISO 14001, and in accordance with ISO 19011 Skills (to be practised and tested through tasks and in real or simulated audit situations;
  • Determine objectives for internal environmental management system audits, including determination of conformance, evaluation of capability, evaluation of effectiveness and identification of potential improvement, and suggest how these different types of audit can contribute to the maintenance and improvement of environmental management systems.





Environmental management

The concept of environmental sustainable development whereby an organisation 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 impacts of the environmental aspects identified and how their ranking influences operational control and priorities for improvement.

A pre-course assignment on the above subjects will be sent to students to complete prior to attending the course.

All QHSE courses involve a high level of student participation. A full set of student notes will be provided and a Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to students meeting the course assessment criteria.


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