ISO 21500 Lead Auditor

Why should you attend?

ISO 21500 Lead Auditor training enables you to develop the necessary expertise to audit a Project Management process, evaluate project performance and determine whether the project is being managed based on best practices and ISO 21500 guidelines. Through this training course, you will be able to effectively audit a Project Management process and measure project performance by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures, and techniques.

Based on practical exercises, you will be able to master audit techniques and become competent to manage a Project Management audit, audit team, and project performance.

After acquiring the necessary expertise to perform a Project Management audit, you can sit for the exam and apply for a “PECB Certified ISO 21500 Lead Auditor” credential. By holding a PECB Lead Auditor Certificate, you will demonstrate that you have the capabilities and competencies to audit organizations based on best practices.

Who should attend?

  • Auditors involved in the assessment of Project Management processes
  • Managers or consultants seeking to master the audit of Project Management processes 
  • Individuals responsible for managing projects based on ISO 21500
  • Technical experts seeking to prepare for a Project Management audit 

Learning objectives

  • Learn how to assess whether the project objectives have been met
  • Acknowledge the correlation between ISO 21500 and other standards and regulatory frameworks
  • Learn how to interpret the guidelines of ISO 21500 in the context of a Project Management audit
  • Understand an auditor’s role to: plan, lead and follow-up on a Project Management audit

Educational approach

  • This training is based on both theory and best practices used in PM audits
  • Lecture sessions are illustrated with examples based on case studies
  • Practical exercises are based on a case study which includes role playing and discussions
  • Practice tests are similar to the Certification Exam


A fundamental understanding of ISO 21500 and comprehensive knowledge of audit principles. 

Course agenda

Day 1: Introduction to Project Management and ISO 21500

Day 2: Audit principles, preparation and launching of a Project Management audit

Day 3: On-site audit activities

Day 4: Closing the audit

Day 5: Certification Exam


The “PECB Certified ISO 21500 Lead Auditor” exam fully meets the requirements of the PECB Examination and Certification Programme (ECP). The exam covers the following competency domains:

Domain 1: Fundamental principles and concepts of a Project Management Process 

Domain 2: Project Management Process

Domain 3: Fundamental audit concepts and principles

Domain 4: Preparation of an ISO 21500 audit

Domain 5: Conducting an ISO 21500 audit

Domain 6: Closing an ISO 21500 audit

Domain 7: Managing an ISO 21500 audit program

For more information about exam details, please visit Examination Rules and Policies.


Upon the successful completion of the exam, you can apply for the credentials shown on the table below. You will receive a certificate once you comply with all the requirements related to the selected credential. For more information about ISO 21500 certifications and the PECB certification process, please refer to the  Certification Rules and Policies.

The requirements for PECB Auditor Certifications are:

Credential Exam Professional experience MS audit/assessment experience Other requirements
PECB Certified ISO 21500 Provisional Auditor PECB Certified ISO 21500 Lead Auditor Exam or equivalent None None Signing the PECB Code of Ethics
PECB Certified ISO 21500 Auditor PECB Certified ISO 21500 Lead Auditor Exam or equivalent Two years: One year of work experience in Project Management Audit activities: a total of 200 hours Signing the PECB Code of Ethics
PECB Certified ISO 21500 Lead Auditor PECB Certified ISO 21500 Lead Auditor Exam or equivalent Five years: Two years of work experience in Project Management Audit activities: a total of 300 hours Signing the PECB Code of Ethics

Please be informed: PECB Certified individuals who possess the Lead Implementer and Lead Auditor credentials are qualified for a PECB Certified Master credential. More detailed information will be provided soon.

To be considered valid, these audits should follow best audit practices and include the following activities:

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

General Information

  • 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


Training Days
CPD Certification
Exam Duration hours
Retake Exam
Language : English
Type : Classroom
Certification Fees: N/A
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