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ISO 37001 Lead Auditor

Why should you attend?

The PECB Certified ISO 37001 Lead Auditor training course provides the necessary knowledge and skills that enable you to perform anti-bribery management system (ABMS) audits by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures, and techniques.

Many organizations seek competent auditors to determine whether the policies and anti-bribery controls, implemented as part of an ISO 37001-based ABMS, are effective. This training course aims to help you complete these tasks successfully and intends to reflect the importance of effective ABMS audits. Additionally, it aims to strengthen your knowledge and skills to plan and carry out ABMS audits in compliance with the guidelines for auditing management systems provided in ISO 19011 and the certification process described in ISO/IEC 17021-1.

The exercises, quizzes, and case studies provided are designed to help you practice the most important aspects of an ABMS audit: ISO 37001 requirements, auditing principles, tools and techniques used to obtain evidence, leading a team of auditors, conducting interviews with auditee, reviewing documented information, drafting nonconformity reports, and preparing the final audit report.

The successful completion of the training course is followed by an exam. If you pass the exam, you can apply for the “PECB Certified ISO 37001 Lead Auditor” credential. An IAS accredited and internationally recognized “PECB ISO 37001 Lead Auditor” certificate validates your professional capabilities and demonstrates your ability to audit an ABMS based on ISO 37001.

Who should attend?

The ISO 37001 Lead Auditor training course is intended for:

  • Auditors seeking to perform and lead ABMS audits
  • Managers or consultants seeking to master the ABMS audit process
  • Individuals responsible for maintaining conformity to ISO 37001 requirements in an organization
  • Technical experts seeking to prepare for an ABMS audit
  • Expert advisors in anti-bribery management

Learning objectives

By the end of this training course, the participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the fundamental concepts and principles of an anti-bribery management system (ABMS) based on ISO 37001
  2. Interpret the ISO 37001 requirements for an ABMS from the perspective of an auditor
  3. Evaluate the ABMS conformity to ISO 37001 requirements, in accordance with the fundamental audit concepts and principles
  4. Plan, conduct, and close an ISO 37001 compliance audit, in accordance with ISO/IEC 17021-1 requirements, ISO 19011 guidelines, and other best practices of auditing
  5. Manage an ISO 37001 audit program

Educational approach

This training course is participant centered and contains:

  • Theories, approaches, and best practices used in anti-bribery management system auditing
  • Lecture sessions, which are illustrated with case studies inspired by real events and practical exercises based on a case study that includes role-playing and discussions
  • Interaction between participants by means of questions and suggestions


The main requirements for participating in this training course are a fundamental understanding of ISO 37001 requirements for an ABMS and a comprehensive knowledge of audit principles.

More Details

  • Day 1: Introduction to the anti-bribery management system (ABMS) and ISO 37001

    Day 2: Audit principles and the preparation for and initiation of an audit

    Day 3: On-site audit activities

    Day 4: Closing of the audit

    Day 5: Certification exam

  • The PECB Certified ISO 37001 Lead Auditor exam fully meets the requirements of the PECB Examination and Certification Program (ECP). It covers the following competency domains:

    Domain 1: Fundamental principles and concepts of an anti-bribery management system 

    Domain 2: Anti-bribery management system requirements

    Domain 3: Fundamental audit concepts and principles

    Domain 4: Preparing an ISO 37001 audit

    Domain 5: Conducting an ISO 37001 audit 

    Domain 6: Closing an ISO 37001 audit

    Domain 7: Managing an ISO 37001 audit program

    For specific information about exam type, languages available, and other details, please visit the List of PECB Exams and the Examination Rules and Policies.

  • Upon the successful completion of the exam, you can apply for one of the credentials shown in the table below. You will receive a certificate once you fulfill all the requirements related to the selected credential. 

    For more information about the ISO 37001 certifications and the PECB certification process, please refer to the Certification Rules and Policies.

    The PECB ISO 37001 Auditor certification scheme has the following requirements:

    Credential Exam Professional experience MS audit/assessment experience Other requirements
    PECB Certified ISO 37001 Provisional Auditor PECB Certified ISO 37001 Lead Auditor Exam or equivalent None None Signing the PECB Code of Ethics
    PECB Certified ISO 37001 Auditor PECB Certified ISO 37001 Lead Auditor Exam or equivalent Two years: One year of work experience in Anti-bribery Management Audit activities: a total of 200 hours Signing the PECB Code of Ethics
    PECB Certified ISO 37001 Lead Auditor PECB Certified ISO 37001 Lead Auditor Exam or equivalent Five years: Two years of work experience in Anti-bribery Management Audit activities: a total of 300 hours Signing the PECB Code of Ethics
    PECB Certified ISO 37001 Senior Lead Auditor PECB Certified ISO 37001 Lead Auditor Exam or equivalent Ten years: Seven years of work experience in Anti-bribery Management Audit activities: a total of 1,000 hours Signing the PECB Code of Ethics

    Note: PECB certified individuals who possess both the Lead Implementer and Lead Auditor credentials are qualified for the respective PECB Master Credential, given they have taken 4 additional Foundation Exams related to this scheme. For more information about the Foundation Exams and the overall Master Requirements, please go to PECB Master Credentials.

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

    1. Planning an audit
    2. Managing an audit program
    3. Drafting audit reports
    4. Drafting nonconformity reports
    5. Drafting audit work documents
    6. Reviewing documented information
    7. Conducting on-site audit
    8. Following up on nonconformities
    9. Leading an audit team
    • Certification and examination fees are included in the price of the training course
    • PECB will provide training material of over 450 pages of information and practical examples.
    • An attestation of course completion worth 31 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits will be issued to participants who have attended the training course.
    • In case of exam failure, the candidate can retake the exam once for free within 12 months following the initial exam date.