About the course

Why should you take this training course?

ISO 45001 is the first global occupational health and safety management system standard that replaces OHSAS 18001. The PECB Certified ISO 45001 Lead Auditor course helps in  developing the necessary skillset to perform OH&S MS audits. This course is developed to reflect the importance of an effective audit. It strengthens your knowledge and skills to plan and carry out an OH&S MS audit in compliance with the guidelines for auditing management systems provided in ISO 19011 and the certification process described in ISO/IEC 17021-1.

The exercises provided for this course are designed to help you practice the most important aspects of an OH&S MS audit:

  • ISO 45001 requirements,
  • auditing principles, tools and techniques used to obtain evidence,
  • leading a team of auditors,
  • conducting interviews with auditees,
  • reviewing documented information,
  • drafting nonconformity reports, and
  • preparing the final audit report.


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Course is available on the Get Qualified scheme



Course Outlines

Course Agenda

Duration: Can be taken at your own pace.

Day 1: Introduction to OH&S MS and ISO 45001

  • Training course objectives and structure
  • Standards and regulatory frameworks
  • Certification process
  • Fundamental concepts and principles of OH&S
  • ISO 45001 requirements for an OH&S MS — Clauses 4 to 10

Day 2 Audit principles and the preparation for and initiation of an audit

  • Fundamental audit concepts and principles
  • The impacts of trends and technology in auditing
  • Evidence-based auditing
  • Risk-based auditing
  • Initiation of the audit process
  • Stage 1 audit

Day 3 On-site audit activities

  • Preparing for stage 2 audit
  • Stage 2 audit
  • Communication during the audit
  • Audit procedures
  • Creating audit test plans

Day 4 Closing of the audit

  • Drafting audit findings and nonconformity reports
  • Audit documentation and quality review
  • Closing of the audit
  • Evaluation of action plans by the auditor
  • Beyond the initial audit
  • Managing an internal audit program
  • Closing of the training course

Day 5 Certification Exam (3 Hours)

The PECB Certified ISO 45001 Lead Auditor exam fully meets the requirements of the PECB Examination and Certification Program (ECP). It covers the following competency domains:

  • Domain 1 Fundamental principles and concepts of an occupational health and safety management system.
  • Domain 2 ISO 45001 requirements for an OH&S MS – Clauses 4 to 10.
  • Domain 3 Fundamental audit concepts and principles.
  • Domain 4 Preparing for an ISO 45001 audit.
  • Domain 5 Conducting an ISO 45001 audit.
  • Domain 6 Closing an ISO 45001 audit.
  • Domain 7 Managing an ISO 45001 audit program.

Course Details

Duration: Up to 6 months

Starts: Upon Registration

Ends: After Examination

You'll be signed up to our PECB platform KATE where you will have access to all training procedures.

  • Certification fees are included on the exam price.
  • Training material containing over 450 pages of information and practical examples will be distributed.
  • A participation certificate of 31 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits will be issued.
  • In case of exam failure, you can retake the exam within 12 months for free.

Educational Approach

This training course is participant centered and contains:

  • Theories, best practices used in occupational health and safety management auditing
  • Lecture sessions, which are illustrated with practical exercises based on a case study that includes role-playing and discussions
  • Interactions, made between participants by means of questions and suggestions
  • Quizzes, which are a simulation and preview of the certification exam

Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing the training course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental concepts and principles of an occupational health and safety management system (OH&S MS) based on ISO 45001.
  • Interpret the ISO 45001 requirements for an OH&S MS from the perspective of an auditor.
  • Evaluate the OH&S MS conformity to ISO 45001 requirements, in accordance with the fundamental audit concepts and principles.
  • Plan, conduct, and close an ISO 45001 compliance audit, in accordance with ISO/IEC 17021-1 requirements, ISO 19011 guidelines, and other best practices of auditing.
  • Manage an ISO 45001 audit program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Prerequisites

The main requirements for participating in this training course are: a fundamental understanding of ISO 45001 and a comprehensive knowledge of audit principles.

Who should attend?

  • Auditors interested in performing and leading OH&S MS certification audits.
  • Managers or consultants interested in advancing their knowledge of the OH&S MS audit process.
  • Internal auditors and individuals responsible for maintaining conformity to the requirements of ISO 45001.
  • Technical experts interested in preparing for an OH&S MS audit.
  • Expert advisors in occupational health and safety management.

How do I maintain my Certification?

PECB certifications last three years. PECB certified professionals must meet the following requirements in order to maintain their certification:

  • CPDs must be submitted to PECB.
  • Annual Maintenance is payable to PECB.
  • Follow the PECB Code of Ethics.

ISO 45001 Lead Auditor – Self-Study


Master the Audit of Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) based on ISO 45001

Self-Study Course: €1,000 + VAT