ISO 22301 Lead Auditor

ISO 22301 Lead Auditor training enables you to develop the necessary expertise to perform a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) audit by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures and techniques. During this training course, you will acquire the knowledge and skills to plan and carry out internal and external audits in compliance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021-1 certification process.

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.

Course objectives:

  • Understand the operations of a Business Continuity Management System based on ISO 22301
  • Acknowledge the correlation between ISO 22301 and other standards and regulatory frameworks
  • Understand an auditor’s role to: plan, lead and follow-up on a management system audit in accordance with ISO 19011
  • Learn how to lead an audit and audit team
  • Learn how to interpret the requirements of ISO 22301 in the context of a BCMS audit
  • Acquire the competencies of an auditor to: plan an audit, lead an audit, draft reports, and follow-up on an audit in compliance with ISO 19011


  • Auditors seeking to perform and lead Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) certification audits
  • Managers or consultants seeking to master a Business Continuity Management System audit process
  • Individuals responsible for maintaining conformance with Business Continuity Management System requirements
  • Technical experts seeking to prepare for a Business Continuity Management System audit
  • Expert advisors in Business Continuity Management


A fundamental understanding of ISO 22301 and comprehensive knowledge of audit principles.


  • Introduction to Business Continuity Management Systems (BCMS) and ISO 22301

    1. Course objectives and structure
    2. Standards and regulatory frameworks
    3. Certification process
    4. Fundamental principles of Business ContinuityManagement Systems
    5. Business Continuity Management Systems (BCMS)


  • Audit principles, preparation and launching of an audit

    1. Fundamental audit concepts and principles
    2. Evidence based audit approach
    3. Initiating the audit
    4. Stage 1 audit
    5. Preparing the stage 2 audit (on-site audit)
    6. Stage 2 audit (Part 1)


  • On-site audit activities

    1. Stage 2 audit (Part 2)
    2. Communication during the audit
    3. Audit procedures
    4. Creating audit test plans
    5. Drafting audit findings and non-conformity reports
  • Closing the audit

    1. Documentation of the audit and the audit quality review
    2. Closing the audit
    3. Evaluating action plans by the auditor
    4. Benefits of the initial audit
    5. Managing an internal audit program
    6. Competence and evaluation of auditors
  • Certification Exam

    1. Preparation for exam
    2. Exam
    • The exam duration is three (3) hours. Non-native speakers receive an additional half an hour.
    • The exam contains essay type questions.

    As the exam is “open book”, candidates are authorized to use:

    • A copy of the standard
    • Course notes from the Participant Handout;
    • Any personal notes made by the student during the course; and
    • A hard copy dictionary

    Exam preparation guides

    Examination rules and policies

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