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ISO 14001 Transition courses

A 1-day updater module for anyone seeking to refresh their ISO 14001 qualification.

  • Duration: 1 day.

    A 7-hour training programme for those previously trained to ISO 14001:2004.

  • CPD value: 7 points.

    Boost your CV and your Continuing Professional Development record.

  • Personal tuition option.

    Arrange this module as a 1-2-1 in our Virtual Classroom, or groups in-house.


Are you still officially certified to audit against the ISO 14001:2004 Standard?

Environmental Auditors who trained to the 2004 issue of ISO 14001, had a grace period of three years to update their qualification (as required by the replacement Standard, ISO 14001:2015). However this had to be completed by 2018.

Since no organisation is registered against the obsolete ISO 14001:2004, nowadays, it means auditors who haven't stayed up-to-date risk their audits being rejected during their employer's Certification audits.

We're occasionally contacted by auditors in this predicament, who've been unable to find a training provider still offering the required training. The good news is, it's still possible to rejuvenate your defunct Auditor certificate, thanks to our personal tuition service; as well as for groups of 3 or more, in-house or online.

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"Excellent course - helped me feel more confident about auditing."


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Clients enjoying our unrivaled aftercare include:


For auditors, managers, or anyone working with ISO 14001.

Update or completely re-train?

ISO 14001:2015 has been around for a long time. The previous edition, from 2004, was fully replaced by ISO 14001:2015 at the end of the 3-year "grace period" in 2018. Training providers usually stop offering "Transition" training at the end of the grace period, but at SQMC, auditors who were trained to 14001 don't have to retake a full Internal or Lead Auditor course again to be "valid." Instead, you can keep your qualification up-to-date by taking this single-day SQMC course, which we provide as one-on-one coaching, at a time that works for you. Of course, larger groups can be trained, too, if required.

Please note, however, that auditors who are personally registered with IRCA will not be able to use this SQMC course to maintain their registered status.

Is this mandatory?

The Standard requires it for those already trained to previous versions; the latter of which became obsolete in September 2018. While an outdated qualification may be initially treated as an 'Improvement Request' by gracious Certification Auditors, during your organisation's surveillance audit, it will (quite rightly) become a non-conformance on subsequent audits, if not remedied.

Please don't hesitate to contact SQMC if you have any questions.

What will I learn?
This ISO 14001 Transition course focuses predominantly on the 'nuts and bolts' of the latest Environmental Management Standard. The most notable issues we'll cover during your tuition are:
  • The major additional clause governing the Management of Risk.
  • The other major additional clause focusing on the Context of an Organisation.
  • An explanation of "Annex SL" - the inspired framework on which all Management Systems Standards are being built.

Participants who successfully complete SQMC's continuous assessment exercises throughout the module will be awarded a globally-recognised Certificate of Achievement.

Free copy of ISO 14001 for each participant (worth £142*)
As well as their own personal copy of ISO 14001, fully licensed for you to mark up and keep, participants receive:
  • Coaching from an experienced Chartered Quality Professional.
  • A globally-recognised certificate.
  • SQMC's highly-acclaimed aftercare.

*Non-member price from the British Standards Institute.

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"Karen was fantastic. Very enthusiastic and approachable. The course was fun, enjoyable and informative."


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Why choose SQMC?

A global standard in auditor certification.

SQMC began in 1989 as an ancillary unit within the Management Sciences faculties of one of the United Kingdom's leading universities, providing short auditing courses accredited by the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA). Within four years we were awarded Centre of Excellence status by the Institute of Quality Assurance (IQA).

Nowadays, the IQA is known as the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI), and SQMC has evolved into an independent, private training supplier to individual students and multinational corporations in 88+ countries.

Benefits of training with us:

  • Friendly guidance for your Training Needs Analysis
  • Courses for every experience level
  • Top tuition from leading, practicing QHSE auditors
  • Gain a deeper understanding of management systems
  • Develop key skills to help you shine in any audit scenario
  • Unsurpassed pass rates
  • First-class aftercare and learner support you can count on
  • Certificate verification service for employers
  • Our own internal QMS is held accountable by the CQI and IRCA.


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