Environmental & Energy

Update your environmental auditor qualification

It is still possible to update your current environmental auditing qualification in accordance with the Standard's training requirements by attending SQMC's single day ISO 14001:2015 Transition workshop. As most auditors are now up-to-date, SQMC will withdraw this module in 2019. Thereafter, those who haven't updated through the module can enrol to re-attend the full, two day, ISO 14001 Internal Auditor course. Please note that Auditor certificates quoting the '2004' issue of the Standard are no longer acceptable during certification audits (as of the global deadline of September 2018).

Is it mandatory to update?

The Standard requires it for those already trained to the 2004 version, which became obsolete in September 2018.

If you are an Internal Auditor or Supplier Auditor, you should update your qualification in order to continue auditing Environmental Management Systems -- all of which should now be transitioned from the previous (2004) version to the new (2015) Standard. 

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I'm not an auditor. Should I attend?

This Transition workshop will be beneficial for anyone responsible for the implementation or maintenance of an ISO 14001-based Environmental Management System. Managers affected by an EMS should also consider attending the course, to gain a clear understanding of how the changes will impact their role.

Freelance consultants and trainers will also want to attend, in order to meet certain CPD demands for their profession.

Annex SL

Annex SL is the new framework on which all business management systems are being built upon. We cover this adequately from an auditor's perspective on this single day module; however, those seeking an in-depth understanding of Annex SL will require to attend a 2 day programme from an alternative training provider.

If you have any questions, please contact our Technical Department for further advice.

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Length of course

1 day 

SQMC-trained auditors may save £100

Save £100 when purchasing your place on this Transition workshop if you previously undertook your ISO 14001 (2004 version) Internal Auditor or combined Internal Health, Safety & Environmental Auditor training with us (offer will be applied to your invoice after enrolling).  Your certificate number will be required to claim the saving, however, if you are unable to quote this, our admin staff can locate this information in our database.

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Creating confident, valuable internal EMS auditors

We pride ourselves in producing positive, enthusiastic auditors; and we award successful participants with a well-respected ISO 14001 Internal Auditor qualification which demonstrates a high standard of training – beneficial for particular HR developmental requirements. You'll have the confidence to go back to work and use your new skills and knowledge to add value to your current Environmental Management System (EMS), audit it, or perhaps even design and implement a new system from the ground up. An effective and efficient EMS can have a dramatic effect on your organisation's bottom line, and we want to prepare you to play a key role in this, gaining yourself kudos as an environmental professional.

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Unique: Foundation and Internal Auditor training in one

No prior experience of ISO 14001 or Environmental Management is necessary to enrol for this ISO 14001 Internal Auditor training course. Our qualified tutors quickly identify your personal experience level, and layer the training content according to you learning preferences and pace.  To maximise cost-effectiveness for our clients, we've chosen to condense the material that some other providers spread over three days, into just two: a foundational look at the clauses of ISO 14001, plus comprehensive coaching on how to prepare, conduct and report on an internal audit against the Standard.

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A 9-point rundown of what you'll learn

Delegates attending this ISO 14001 Internal Auditor training course take part in practical scenarios, dynamic case-studies, and team work. SQMC Tutors encourage your questions – no matter how basic you may think they are – as part of a series of lively (not lengthy!) lectures. In only two days, you can learn, understand and appreciate all of the following:

  • The world-famous International Standard for designing and assessing Environmental procedures – ISO 14001.
  • You'll be introduced to another important Environmental Standard in the 14000 'family': ISO 14004. You may encounter this when implementing an EMS.
  • The Requirements of an Environmental Management System, using the latest versions of ISO 14001 as your yardstick.
  • Getting to grips with Documentation and Interpretation.
  • Understand of the principles, methodology, preparation and performance of an Internal Audit, with the ISO 19,011:2018 Standard for Auditing Guidelines.
  • The key to selecting the Audit sample and the subsequent preparation of questions – get this right and you'll perform Process Audits with increased confidence.
  • How to prepare the findings and statements for a Corrective Action Report.
  • Master the art of straightforward Audit Reporting, against an EMS case study.
  • A look at Corrective & Preventive Action, the follow-up process, and then surveillance.

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Further enhancement of your CV

You will take away a very real, useable skillset and knowledge base. If you decide to add yet more auditing qualifications to your CV in this field, you might consider training as a Supplier Auditor; or complementing your environmental background with further qualifications in quality, energy, or health and safety management.

Length of course

2 days

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[SQMC's two trainers] created a unique, open ... atmosphere, thoroughly engaging. I left the course ... with the confidence to put [my new skills] immediately into practice.

Damian Tremlett, Project Manager (Sword Technology Services UK)

What will I gain from ISO 14001 awareness training?

Environmental issues have some degree of impact on every organisation. Attendance on this ISO 14001 Awareness Training Workshop will give you a fantastic grounding in the corporate and social importance and business benefits of the ISO 14001 International Standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS). You'll return to work familiar with the requirements of ISO 14001, and with a foundational knowledge of how to develop an EMS – as well as how to go about assembling the team to maintain it.

Where will I go from here?

By now, you'll have improved your ability to design, implement or continually improve your own Environmental Management System. A popular next step is to up-skill as either a quality Internal Auditor, or Supplier Auditor – or both.

Is this foundation level training suitable for me?

No prior experience of ISO 14001 or Environmental Management is necessary – we begin with the basics, and build each layer of the subject matter from there, with special consideration of your learning preferences and pace.

Length of course

1 day (9.30 – 16.30)

Course content

Attend our ISO 14001 Awareness Workshop to discover...

  • The ISO 14,001 Model, and related 'family' of Standards
  • The benefits of ISO 14,001 to your business
  • How to develop an EMS, and assemble the EMS Team
  • The evolution of environmental effects; and hazards
  • A detailed examination of the ISO 14,001 requirements



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