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Environmental Management System - lead auditor
This SAATCA-registered course focuses on transferring skills to participants in order to enable them to become qualified lead environmental management system auditors and audit in accordance with the guidelines of the ISO 19011: 2018. Furthermore, participants are introduced to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17021 series from the ISO/IEC 17021, ISO/IEC TS 17021-2 and ISO/IEC TS 17022 as well SAATCA lead auditor-related requirements. The primary aim of this course is to equip participants with knowledge and requirements to successfully plan, execute and report on environmental management system (EMS) audits as well as to act as lead auditors in EMS audits as outlined in ISO 19011: 2018. In addition to the ISO 19011: 2018 guidelines, this course introduces participants to the requirements and generic competencies for bodies providing audits and the certification of management systems outlined in ISO/IEC 17021. Complementary to the ISO/IEC 17021 requirements are technical specifications on the specific competence requirements for the auditing and certification of environmental management systems as outlined in ISO/IEC TS 17021-2. The course also covers the requirements and recommendations for content relating to a third-party audit report on management systems found in ISO/IEC TS 17022. Lastly, South African environmental legal requirements, EMS requirements (based on ISO 14001: 2015) and organisational own arrangements are used as auditing criteria. Some of the key characteristics of this programme are: • the down-to-earth and practical training techniques used to explain environmental auditing principles and techniques; and • demonstrations and role-play situations, as well as a take-away assignment to practically exercise auditing planning, execution, judgement and reporting skills as well as formulating corrective action requests, using simulated EMS documentation, specific scenarios and case studies.

Purpose of the course:

This course is designed to train lead environmental auditors to conduct audits against ISO 14001: 2015 and SAATCA requirements in accordance with the guidelines outlined in ISO 19011: 2018. Furthermore, the course introduces both the EMS certification audit requirements and the competence requirements for EMS certification auditors set out in ISO/IEC 17021 and ISO/IEC TS 17021-2.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
A Grade 12 certificate as a minimum Participants must objectively demonstrate prior learning in ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental management systems and Environmental law before registering for this short course. Prior learning may be demonstrated by means of courses successfully completed and/or verifiable experience. Proof of prior learning includes e.g. Certificates of Successful Completion issued during the past five years for: • Environmental Management systems - ISO 14001: 2015 (CEM-03.1.1 or a similar programme); or • Environmental Management systems - ISO 14001: 2004 AND training on transitioning from ISO 14001:2004 to ISO 14001: 2015; and • Applicable environmental legislation: Environmental law (CEM-02.1.1) or a similar programme. • Demonstration of competence acquired in the work place shall be by a detailed formal declaration by a line manager attesting to the competence acquired
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Gr12 or NQF level 4 competencies

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit

Outcomes

Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
1. Scope of knowledge and knowledge literacy

Have an integrated knowledge and understanding of, as well as an ability to correctly evaluate and apply the key terminologies, concepts, principles, requirements and processes for management system audits in general and environmental management systems (EMS) in particular relate to:

  • Internal EMS audits as provided for in ISO 19011; and
  • Third-party certification audits as provided for in ISO 17021 Parts 1 & 2 as well as 17022.

Have an understanding of how the key terminologies, concepts, principles, requirements and processes relate to other fields or practices such as:

  • An EMS based on ISO 14001;
  • Environmental management;
  • Environmental law;
  • Environmental science;
  • Environmental engineering;
  • The SA SQAM system, as well as
     
  • International quality assurance organisations and guidelines.

Have an understanding of conflicting knowledge and positions within the field of environmental management system auditing that are based on international best practice vs. sub-standard environmental auditing practices

Demonstrated ability to:

  • Have an integrated knowledge and understanding of,
  • correctly evaluate and apply the
    • key terminologies, concepts, principles, requirements and processes for management system audits in general and environmental management systems (EMS) in particular relate to:
  • Plan, prepare for and conduct:
    • Internal EMS audits as provided for in ISO 19011; and
    • Third-party certification audits as provided for in ISO 17021 Parts 1 & 2 as well as 17022.
    • How to use the key terminologies, concepts, principles, requirements and processes relate to other fields or practices.
2. Method and procedure

Correctly select, evaluate and apply a range of different but appropriate:

  • Requirements that may be used as the most appropriate requirements against which non-conformities may be formulated;
  • ISO requirements guidelines and that may be applied differently for internal and third-party certification audits.
  • Audit methods such as document review, interviews, observations etc. that best contribute to achieving the audit conclusion; and
  • Collect eligible audit evidence to confirm conformity or non-conformity to requirements.

Generate appropriate work documents.

Be aware of how to calculate audit time.

Manage audits in terms of the applicable audit processes and requirements.

Plan and manage the audit process and fellow auditors and other role players in the audit

Demonstrated ability to correctly select, evaluate and apply a range of different but appropriate:

  • Requirements that may be used as the most appropriate requirements against which non-conformities may be formulated;
  • ISO requirements guidelines and that may be applied differently for internal and third-party certification audits.
  • Audit methods such as document review, interviews, observations etc. that best contribute to achieving the audit conclusion; and

Collect eligible audit evidence to confirm conformity or non-conformity to requirements.

3. Problem solving

The ability to:

  • Identify eligible audit criteria against which conformity or non-conformity may be identified and assessed;
  • Analyse different types of evidence to make an objective judgment whether conformity or non-conformity to requirements do indeed exist;

Critically reflect on the audit evidence to formulate an audit conclusion and addresses the audit objective.

Demonstrated ability to

  • Identify eligible audit criteria against which conformity or non-conformity may be identified and assessed;
  • Analyse different types of evidence to make an objective judgment whether conformity or non-conformity to requirements do indeed exist;

Critically reflect on the audit evidence to formulate an audit conclusion and addresses the audit objective

4. Ethics and professional practice Understand the ethical challenges posed to environmental auditors and adhere to the defined auditor Code of Conduct Demonstrate the ability to understand the ethical challenges posed to environmental auditors and adhere to the defined auditor Code of Conduct
5. Accessing, processing and managing information

Access the correct information by using a range of information collection methodologies such as:

  • Document review;
  • Interviews;
  • Observations, etc.

Understand the need to select the correct sampling procedure to access the correct information so as to reliably formulate and audit conclusion that addresses the audit objective;

Formulate succinct audit findings that clearly demonstrate confirmed conformance or identified and verified non-conformity.

Summarise the audit findings into a succinct audit conclusion that addresses the audit objective.

Demonstrate the ability to:

Access the correct information by using a range of information collection methodologies such as:

  • Document review;
  • Interviews;
  • Observations, etc.

Understand the need to select the correct sampling procedure to access the correct information so as to reliably formulate and audit conclusion that addresses the audit objective;

Formulate succinct audit findings that clearly demonstrate confirmed conformance or identified and verified non-conformity.

Summarise the audit findings into a succinct audit conclusion that addresses the audit objective.

6. Producing and communicating information Develop and present accurate and coherent written and verbal information related to audit outcomes as well as to generate an audit report Demonstrate the ability to effectively record and present diverse information generated as part of practical exercises in a written and verbal format and to generate an audit report
7. Context and systems/ processes Understand how the learning material offered in this course relate to unfamiliar and variable contexts, and to recognise that problem-solving is context- and system bound and cannot occur in isolation Demonstrated ability to indicate how the learning material offered in this course relate to unfamiliar and variable contexts, and to recognise that problem-solving is context- and system bound and cannot occur in isolation

 

Assessment: 
Participants will receive a Certificate of Successful completion when: Attendance: A minimum attendance of 80% for the duration of the short course is required. Continuous Participant Assessment: Participants are continuously assessed on a daily basis. Tutors award a daily assessment score based on an evaluation of individual participants’ presence, punctuality and achievement of the learning objectives of the short course. Assessment of Practical Work: Participation in and the achievement of the objectives of the practical work are assessed by the presenters and when required also by participants’ peers, and a practical assessment score is awarded for the syndicate group work. Syndicate groups will submit a portfolio of evidence of the practical work done, either in hard-copy form or as electronic files on a CD. Calculation of Continuous Assessment Score: The practical assessment and daily assessment scores contribute to the continuous assessment score at a ratio of 60% (practical assessment score) to 40% (daily assessment score).
Method of assessment: 
Continuous Assessment;Structured Practical Work and Examination

Additional information

Target group: 
Environmental practitioners
Contact us
Name: 
Me Dydre Greeff
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Telephone number: 
018 299 2715