CERTIFIED ISO 21500 LEAD AUDITOR

MASTERING THE AUDIT OF GUIDANCE ON PROJECT MANAGEMENT BASED ON ISO 21500, IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF ISO 19011 AND ISO 17021

This five-day intensive course enables the participants to develop the necessary expertise to audit Guidance on Project Management as specified in ISO 21500 and to manage a team of auditors by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures and techniques. During this training, the participant will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to proficiently plan and perform internal and external audits in compliance with ISO 19011 and ISO 17021. Based on practical exercises, the participant will develop the skills (mastering audit techniques) and competencies (managing audit teams and audit program, communicating with customers, conflict resolution, etc.) necessary to efficiently conduct an audit.

Who should attend?

  • Internal auditors
  • Auditors wanting to perform and lead guidance on Project Management (GPM) audits
  • Project managers
  • Senior managers
  • Quality managers
  • Members of a Project Management team

Learning objectives

  • To acquire expertise to perform an ISO 21500 internal audit following ISO 19011 guidelines
  • To acquire necessary expertise to manage a GPM audit team
  • To understand the concepts and processes of a Project Management
  • To understand the relationship between Project Management and compliance with the requirements of different stakeholders

Course Agenda

Day 1: Introduction to concepts and processes of Project Management as specified in ISO 21500

  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Terms and definitions related to Project Management
  • Project Management standards, frameworks and methodologies
  • Detailed presentation of the clauses of ISO 21500

Day 2: Planning and initiating an ISO 21500 audit

  • Fundamental audit concepts and principles
  • Audit approach based on evidence and on risk
  • Preparation of an ISO 21500 audit
  • Conducting an opening meeting

Day 3: Conducting an ISO 21500 audit

  • Communication during the audit
  • Audit procedures: observation, document review, interview, sampling techniques, technical verification, corroboration and evaluation
  • Audit test plans
  • Formulation of audit findings
  • Documenting nonconformities

Day 4:

  • Concluding and ensuring the follow-up of an ISO 21500 audit
  • Audit documentation
  • Quality review
  • Conducting a closing meeting and conclusion of an ISO 21500 audit
  • Evaluation of corrective action plans
  • ISO 21500 surveillance audit
  • ISO 21500 internal audit management program

Day 5: Certification Exam

Educational approach

  • This training is based on both theory and practice:
    • Sessions of lectures illustrated with examples based on real cases
    • Practical exercises based on a full case study including role playing and oral presentations
    • Review exercises to assist the exam preparation
    • Practice test similar to the certification exam
  • To benefit from the practical exercises, the number of training participants is limited

Examination and certification

  • The "Certified ISO 21500 Lead Auditor" exam fully meets the requirements of the PECB Examination Certification Programme (ECP). The exam covers the following competence domains:
    • Domain 1: FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTS IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    • Domain 2: QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (GPM)
    • Domain 3: FUNDAMENTAL AUDIT CONCEPTS AND PRINCIPLES
    • Domain 4: PREPARATION OF AN ISO 21500 AUDIT
    • Domain 5: CONDUCT OF AN ISO 21500 AUDIT
    • Domain 6: CONCLUSION AND FOLLOW-UP OF AN ISO 21500 AUDIT
    • Domain 7: MANAGEMENT OF AN ISO 21500 AUDIT PROGRAM
  • The “Certified ISO 21500 Lead Auditor” exam is available in different languages (the complete list of languages can be found in the examination application form)
    Duration: 3 hours

  • After successfully completing the exam, participants can apply for the credentials of Certified ISO 21500 Provisional Auditor, Certified ISO 21500 Auditor or Certified ISO 21500 Lead Auditor depending on their level of experience. Those credentials are available for internal and external auditors
  • A certificate will be issued to participants who successfully pass the exam and comply with all the other requirements related to the selected credential

General Information

  • Exam and certification fees are included in the training price
  • A student manual containing over 450 pages of information and practical examples will be distributed to participants
  • A participation certificate of 31 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits will be issued to participants
  • In case of failure of the exam, participants are allowed to retake the exam for free under certain conditions.

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