About the course

Why should you take this training course?

ISO 26000 Lead Auditor training enables you to gain comprehensive knowledge of the key principles and subjects of social responsibility, which are required to audit the integration of a Social Responsibility Program (SRP) within an organisation. The Lead Auditor training will equip you with the necessary expertise to measure an organisation’s performance in terms of sustainable development, legal compliance and society’s welfare based on ISO 26000.

Based on practical exercises, you will be able to master audit techniques and become competent to manage an audit program, audit team, communication with customers, and conflict resolution.

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Course Outlines

Course Agenda

Day 1: Introduction to Social Responsibility Programs (SRP) and ISO 26000

  • Course objectives and structure
  • Standard and regulatory framework
  • Fundamental principles of social responsibility
  • Social responsibility legal framework

Day 2: Audit principles, preparation and initiation of an audit

  • Fundamental audit concepts and principles
  • Audit approach based on evidence and risk
  • Initiating the audit
  • Stage 1 audit
  • Preparing the stage 2 audit (on-site audit)
  • Stage 2 audit (Part 1)

Day 3: On-site audit activities

  • Stage 2 audit (Part 2)
  • Communication during the audit
  • Audit procedures
  • Creating audit test plans
  • Drafting audit findings and non-conformity reports

Day 4: Closing of the audit

  • Documentation of the audit and its review
  • Closing the audit
  • Evaluating action plans by the auditor
  • Beyond the initial audit
  • Managing an internal audit programme
  • Competence and evaluation of auditors
  • Closing the training

Day 5: Certification Exam (3-hours)

The exam complies with the PECB Examination and Certification Program (ECP) requirements. The exam covers the following competency domains:

Domain 1: Fundamental principles and concepts of a Social Responsibility Program (SRP)

Domain 2: Social Responsibility Program (SRP)

Domain 3: Fundamental audit concepts and principles

Domain 4: Preparing an ISO 26000 audit

Domain 5: Conducting an ISO 26000 audit

Domain 6: Closing an ISO 26000 audit

Domain 7: Managing an ISO 26000 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

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the recent trends, characteristics and principles of social responsibility based on ISO 26000 guidelines.
  • Acknowledge how organisations integrate social responsibility and how ISO 26000 guidelines complement it.
  • Learn the core principles and subjects of social responsibility.
  • Understand how ISO 26000 guidelines contribute to sustainable development.
  • Understand an auditor’s role to: plan, lead and follow-up on an audit.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the prerequisites?

A fundamental understating of ISO 26000 and comprehensive knowledge of audit principles.

Can I retake an exam?

In case of exam failure, the candidate can retake the exam once for free within 12 months following the initial exam date.

Which Audit Activities are Considered Valid Experience?

  1. Audit planning
  2. Audit interview
  3. Managing an audit program
  4. Drafting audit reports
  5. Drafting non-conformity reports
  6. Drafting audit working documents
  7. Documentation review
  8. On-Site Audit
  9. Follow-up on non-conformities
  10. Leading an audit team

ISO 26000 Lead Auditor – Self-Study


Master the Audit of Social Responsibility Programs (SRP) based on ISO 26000

Self-Study Course: €1,000 + VAT