Certified ISO 26000 Lead Auditor (5 days)

Mastering the audit of a social responsibility guidance based on ISO 26000

This five-day intensive course enables participants to develop the necessary expertise to audit a social responsibility program based on ISO 26000 and to manage a team of auditors by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures and techniques. During this training, the participant will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to proficiently plan and perform internal and external audits following the guidance provided by ISO 26000:2010 standard. Based on practical exercises, the participant will develop the skills (mastering audit techniques) and competencies (managing audit teams and audit program, communicating with customers, conflict resolution, etc.) necessary to conduct an audit efficiently. This training is fully compatible with SA8000 (Global social accountability standard by the Social Accountability International).

IMPORTANT NOTE: ISO 26000 is a reference document that provides guidance for socially responsible behavior into the organization. Organizations that implement these social responsibility guidances based on ISO 26000 cannot be certified by certification bodies nor call themselves ISO 26000 certified. Although it is not possible to get an organization certified to ISO 26000, it is possible to implement its guidance and to audit an organization against this guidance. The personnel certifications PECB offers (Lead Implementer and Lead Auditor) serve to fulfill this market need.

Who should attend?

  • Internal auditors
  • Auditors wanting to perform and lead social responsibility program audits
  • Project managers or consultants wanting to master the social responsibility program audit process
  • Persons responsible for the social responsibility in an organization
  • Members of a social responsibility team
  • Expert advisors in social responsibility
  • Technical experts wanting to prepare for a social responsibility audit function

Learning objectives

  • To acquire the expertise to perform an ISO 26000 internal audit following ISO 19011 guidelines
  • To acquire the expertise to perform an ISO 26000 external audit (gap analysis, assessment, second party audit, third party audit) following ISO 19011 guidelines
  • To acquire the necessary expertise to manage a social responsibility audit team
  • To understand the  operation of a social responsibility program based on ISO26000
  • To understand the relationship between a social responsibility program with the requirements of different stakeholders of the organization
  • To improve the ability to analyze the internal and external environment of social responsibilities of an organization based on ISO26000

Course Agenda

Day 1: Introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility concepts as defined by ISO 26000

  • Normative, regulatory and legal framework related to organizations’ social responsibility 
  • Fundamental principles of organizations’ social responsibility
  • Presentation of ISO 26000 clauses and its six core subjects
  • Social responsibility program
  • Detailed presentation of ISO 26000 clause-by-clause

Day 2: Planning and Initiating a social responsibility audit based on ISO 26000

  • Fundamental audit concepts and principles
  • Audit approach based on evidence and on risk
  • Preparation of a social responsibility audit*
  • Social responsibility documentation audit
  • Conducting an opening meeting

Day 3: Conducting a social responsibility audit based on ISO 26000

  • Communication during the audit
  • Audit procedures: observation, document review, interview, sampling techniques, technical verification, corroboration and evaluation
  • Audit test plans
  • Formulation of audit findings
  • Documenting nonconformities 

Day 4: Concluding and ensuring the follow-up of a social responsibility audit based on ISO 26000

  • Audit documentation
  • Quality review
  • Conducting a closing meeting and conclusion of an ISO 26000 audit
  • Evaluation of corrective action plans
  • ISO 26000 internal audit management program

Day 5: Certification Exam


ISO 26000 Foundation Certification or basic knowledge of ISO 26000 is recommended

ISO 26000 is guidance on social responsibility and it is not intended to be used for certification of an organization

Educational approach

  • This training is based on both theory and practice:
    • Sessions of lectures illustrated with examples based on real cases
    • Practical exercises based on a full case study including rôle playings and narrative presentation
    • Review exercises to assist the exam preparation
    • Practice test similar to the certification exam
  • To benefit from the practical exercises, the number of training participants is limited

Examination and certification

  • The “Certified ISO 26000 Lead Auditor” exam fully meets the requirements of the PECB Examination and Certification Programme (ECP). The exam covers the following competence domains:
    • Domain 1: Fundamental principles and concepts of social responsibilities
    • Domain 2: Social responsibility program
    • Domain 3: Fundamental Audit Concepts and Principles
    • Domain 4: Preparation of an ISO 26000 audit
    • Domain 5: Conducting of an ISO 26000 audit
    • Domain 6: Closing an ISO 26000 audit
    • Domain 7: Managing an ISO 26000 audit program
  • The “Certified ISO 26000 Lead Auditor” exam is available in different languages (the complete list of languages can be found in the examination application form)
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • After successfully completing the exam, participants can apply for the credentials of Certified ISO 26000 Provisional Auditor, Certified ISO 26000 Auditor or Certified ISO 26000 Lead Auditor depending on their level of experience.  Those credentials are available for internal and external auditors
  • A certificate will be issued to participants who successfully pass the exam and comply with all the other requirements related to the selected credential

General Information

  • Certification fees are included in the exam price
  • A student manual containing over 450 pages of information and practical examples will be distributed to participants
  • A participation certificate of 31 CPE (Continuing Professional Education) credits will be issued to participants
  • ISO 26000 is guidance on social responsibility and it is not a certifiable standard for an organization
  • In case of failure of the exam, participants are allowed to retake the exam for free under certain conditions

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