About the course

This course satisfies the training requirement for those seeking to register to the IRCA auditing scheme. It is also an essential for any serious environmental practitioner, particularly those who have the main responsibility for implementing and maintaining their environmental management system and manage an audit programme for internal audits.

This course is delivered in association with CQI and IRCA Approved Training Partner

Course Outlines

The course is designed to help delegates deliver value-added audits to understand the principles of good Environmental Management and to develop their knowledge of the environmental management standards and to enable you to lead an audit team.

It will also develop delegates’ knowledge & understanding of different environmental audit types, and the practical skills required to plan, execute and report environmental management audits.

On completion, delegates will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of an EMS based on the ISO 14001:2015 standard at a level acceptable to certification bodies.

  • Auditing the requirements of ISO 14001:2015
  • Key focus areas for auditing core environmental processes
  • Overview of auditing for compliance
  • Objectives and types of environmental audits
  • Roles and responsibilities of auditors and of lead auditors
  • Auditor skills & development
  • Processes and techniques for planning, conducting & reporting audits
  • Audit follow-up activities and auditing for continual improvement
  • Effective audit planning, execution and reporting based on current auditing standards
  • Identifying valid findings, non-conformities and corrective action management
  • Certification (based on ISO 17021) processes for EMS

Course Details


40 Hours


08.30 till 17.00


Monday 07 October 2024


Friday 11 October  2024


NOUV, 2nd Floor, MRO Frank Galea Road, Zebbug


Ing. Joseph Caruana


Exams are now given online. Each delegate will have 30 days from the completion (last day) of the course to write their exam.

CQI and IRCA online exams are delivered through an online assessment system called SARAS. You will have access to two SARAS portals – one for your practice questions and the other for your exam.

Exam duration: 1 hour 45 minutes (40 questions in total)

All questions will be computer-marked. Once you have answered a question and clicked Next, you will not be able to navigate backwards to review or change your answer. This is a security measure to reduce the risk of cheating.

All necessary information related to preparation and writing of the exam will be given to each delegate when they start the course.


  • Delegate Manual
  • Course Handouts and Materials
  • Examination
  • CQI & IRCA Certificate

Fee: €1,750 + VAT. The fee includes lunch, refreshments, all course material, examination and CQI & IRCA Certificate.

You may proceed to register online or request a registration form by email to: training@tfork.com or call 2137 7934.


Offering better value for money, they can be designed to closely match your specific requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Prior Knowledge

Those attending this course are expected to have prior knowledge of the following:

Environmental management principles and concepts:

  • The Plan, Do Check, Act (PDCA) cycle
  • Environmental issues, including an appreciation of environmental protection and pollution prevention and control
  • Environmental management terms and definitions
  • Appreciation of environmental compliance issues
  • Environmental management terms and definitions
  • Typical structures for environmental management systems including process-based systems
  • Structure, content and requirements of ISO 14001:2015

What are the Benefits?

This course is intended not only to assist people in performing value-added audits, but also to broaden delegates' understanding of environmental management system development and implementation. Delegates will learn about the level of performance required for successfully implementing an EMS and how to assess against the ISO 14001:2015 standard.

It will assist delegates in developing critical conceptual skills such as risk-based thinking, continuous improvement, life-cycle thinking, and process-based approaches. This course fulfills the formal training requirements for those wishing to join the CQI & IRCA auditing schemes.


ISO 14001:2015 Lead Auditor (Accredited)


This highly interactive, intensive and challenging 5-day training programme is designed for those people who require an in-depth understanding of auditing techniques and skills associated with the Lead Auditor role.  This course has been updated to reflect the latest changes in ISO 19011:2018 Auditing Standard and is  registered with CQI & IRCA.

This course is delivered in association with CQI and IRCA Approved Training Partner (IQMS Learning).

This course is eligible for Jobsplus IIS Funding and Get Qualified

Fee: €1,750 (Excl. VAT)