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ISO 37101 Lead Auditor

Why should you attend?

The PECB ISO 37101 Lead Auditor training course enables you to perform a management system for sustainable development in communities (MSSDC) 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 the certification process according to ISO/IEC 17021-1.
After completing the training course, you can sit for the exam, and if you pass, you can apply for a “PECB Certified ISO 37101 Lead Auditor” credential. By holding this credential, you demonstrate that you are capable and competent to audit organizations and communities that have based their management system for sustainable development on ISO 37101.

Who should attend?

  • Auditors seeking to perform and lead certification audits for a management system for sustainable development in communities  based on ISO 37101
  • Individuals seeking to master the audit process of an MSSDC
  • Internal auditors responsible for maintaining conformity to the requirements of ISO 37101
  • Technical experts seeking to prepare for an MSSDC audit
  • Expert advisors in sustainable development management

Learning objectives

  • Understand the operations of a management system for sustainable development in communities (MSSDC) based on ISO 37101
  • Acknowledge the correlation between ISO 37101 and other standards and regulatory frameworks
  • Understand the auditor’s role in planning, leading,  and following up on a management system audit in accordance with ISO 19011
  • Learn how to interpret the requirements of ISO 37101 in the context of an MSSDC audit

Educational approach

  • This training course is based on theory and best practices used in MSSDC audits.
  • Lecture sessions are illustrated with practical examples.
  • Participants are encouraged to communicate with each other and engage in discussions and exercises.
  • Exercise questions are similar to the certification exam questions.


Participants attending this training course are required to have a thorough understanding of the ISO 37101 requirements, sustainable development concepts and principles, a general understanding of the management system standard (MSS) audits, and knowledge of audit principles and techniques.

Course Agenda

Day 1: Introduction to the management system for sustainable development in communities (MSSDC) and ISO 37101

Day 2: Audit principles, preparation, and launching of an audit

Day 3: On-site audit activities

Day 4: Closing the audit

Day 5: Certification exam


The “PECB Certified ISO 37101 Lead Auditor” exam complies with the PECB Examination and Certification Program (ECP) requirements. The exam covers the following competency domains:

Domain 1: Fundamental principles and concepts of a management system for sustainable development in communities (MSSDC)

Domain 2: Management system for sustainable development in communities (MSSDC)

Domain 3: Fundamental audit concepts and principles

Domain 4: Preparation of an ISO 37101 audit

Domain 5: Conducting an ISO 37101 audit

Domain 6: Closing an ISO 37101 audit

Domain 7: Managing an ISO 37101 audit program

In case candidates fail the exam, they can retake the exam within twelve months following the initial exam for free.

*Note: This applies only to candidates who have attended the training course.

For detailed information on the PECB examination process, please visit Examination Rules and Policies.


After successfully passing the exam, you can apply for the credentials shown on the table below. You will receive the certificate once you comply with all the requirements related to the selected credential. Certification fees are included in the exam price. 

For more information about the certification, please refer to the Certification Rules and Policies.

The requirements for PECB ISO 37101 Auditor certifications are:

Note: Candidates that possess the PECB Lead Implementer and Lead Auditor credentials are qualified for the respective PECB Master credential, given they have taken four additional Foundation exams which are related to this scheme. For more detailed information about the Foundation exams and the overall Master requirements, please refer to: 

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

  1. Planning an audit
  2. Managing an audit program
  3. Drafting audit reports
  4. Drafting nonconformity reports
  5. Drafting audit working documents
  6. Documented information review
  7. On-site audit
  8. Following up on nonconformities
  9. Leading an audit team

General Information

  • Participants will be provided with the training material containing over 450 pages of explanatory information and practical examples.
  • An Attendance Record worth 31 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits will be issued to participants who have attended the training course.

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