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ISO/IEC 17025 Lead Auditor Training

This comprehensive five-day ISO/IEC 17025 Lead Auditor course provides hands-on training to ensure that your lead auditor thoroughly understands the role and acquires the expertise needed to perform it effectively

Course Summary
Course type : Classroom
Course Duration : 40 hours
Certification :
Continuing Education : units


  Course Description

This QMS Auditor/Lead Auditor based on ISO/IEC 17025:2005 course focuses on giving delegates the knowledge and skills to conduct effective audits for a Laboratory Quality Management System.  The primary aim of this training course is to instruct Laboratory Auditors in the principles and practices specific to auditing for conformance with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and ISO 19011:2002 including ISO 17021:2006.

Experienced Tutors guide delegates through the audit cycle using the process approach to determine the degree of conformity, compliance, effectiveness and efficiency of the Laboratory Quality Management System being audited.

  Course Certification

Kelmac Group Certified Course

This course has been designed by leading experts to provide high quality training to professionals seeking to effectively  understand a Laboratory Quality  Management System based on ISO/IEC 17025:2005.

  Business Benefits

  • The knowledge and skills to effectively audit your management system
  • To conduct a risk assessment of the effectiveness and maturity of your management system
  • The ability to conduct second party and third party audits of your supply chain.

  Course Agenda

A detailed course breakdown is as follows:

Day 1

  • 8 Principles of Quality Management
  • Auditor Certification and ISO/IEC 17024:2003
  • QMS Framework and Process Management
  • ISO 17025:2005 Application
  • Permissble Exclusions
  • ISO 17025:2005 Requirements

Day 2

  • ISO 17025:2005 Process Model/Requirements
  • QMS Documentation 
  • Customer Satisfaction Identification and Measurement
  • Employee Competence & Awareness
  • Audit Roles & Responsibilities including Accreditation and Certification
  • Two stage approach to Initial Registration
  • Audit Planning
  • Examination Techniques/Revision

Day 3

  • Developing an Audit Plan/Scope
  • Conducting the Document Review 
  • Developing Audit Protocols/Checklists
  • Conducting on-site Audit activities
  • Opening Meeting
  • Examination Techniques/Revision

Day 4

  • Collecting and verifying information 
  • Auditing Top Management 
  • Handling difficult situations
  • Audit Reporting
  • Summary Audit Report 

Day 5

  • Completing the Audit/Audit Follow up
  • Closing/Exit Meeting
  • Course Summary/Continuous Assessment Report
  • Course Examination
  • Course Evaluation/Feedback

  Who Should Attend?

  • Quality Managers
  • Quality Professionals/Technicians
  • Quality Engineers
  • Procurement Personnel
  • Financial Personnel
  • Document Controllers 
  • Internal Auditors 
  • Owner Managers 
  • Implementation Members 

  Learning Objectives

  • Understand the history, philosophy, concepts and benefits of a Laboratory Quality Management System
  • Explain the purpose of and intent of the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 
  • Review in brief the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 
  • Understand the responsibilities of an Auditor/Lead Auditor and describe the role of members of the Audit team in the maintenance and improvement of a Laboratory Quality management systems
  • Plan and prepare for an leading an Audit team
  • Gathering evidence through observation, interview and sampling of all aspects of a laboratory's work, including witnessing tests and calibrations
  • Write factual audit reports that help improve the effectiveness of the Laboratory Quality Management System
  • Conduct audit follow-up to verify the effectiveness of corrective and preventative actions
  • Understand the importance and benefits of improving auditor performance

  Course Pre-Requisites

IRCA recommend that any delegate attending this course has prior knowledge of ISO 9001:2008

  Course Assessment

The delegate is assessed based on participation and performance throughout the duration of the course. This includes all exercises, role plays, case studies and all other activities during the course. Please note, full attendance is required during the training course.

There is a 2 hour written examination at the end of the course. The exam is open book in that a delegate is entitled to use their own notes taken while on the course, the use of the delegate manual and any other supplementary material provided including their copy of the International Standard (s) in question. The minimum pass rate for the examination is 70%.

  Training Methodology

Accelerated learning is the most advanced teaching and learning method available today. Itʼs a total system of enhancing and speeding up both the design and learning process. What makes accelerated learning so effective is that itʼs based on the way we naturally learn. It does this by actively involving the whole person, using physical activity, creativity, collaboration among learners, variety that appeals to all learning styles, contextual learning with real-world immersion, the creation of a positive physical, emotional, and social environment and other methods designed to get people deeply involved in their own learning

  What's Included with Course Fee?

  • Comprehensive Course Manual
  • Expertise and Wisdom of Tutor (s)
  • Additional Handouts