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Blended ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Training (CQI & IRCA Certified)

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This CQI & IRCA Certified Blended ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Training Course (online & classroom) is ideal for anyone that has a good understanding of Quality Management Systems (QMS) and the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 and wants to gain the knowledge and skills required to perform first, second and third-party audits of quality management systems against ISO 9001:2015, in accordance with ISO 19011:2018 and ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015

Did you know? This course is delivered both online & in a classroom. Each learner must complete a 16hr online theory training course before attending a classroom-based 2.5-day skills-based training session. The major benefit to this approach is that it offers each Learner the flexibility to learn at their own pace and reduce the overall time spent in a classroom!

Why not try our free, online demo course on ISO 9001:2015 today to see if our training is for you!

Blended ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Training (CQI & IRCA Certified)

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    Would Recommend Online or Blended Training over Classroom Training

Includes FREE ISO 9001:2015 Foundation Training

worth €295pp for each Participant!

This course is CQI & IRCA Certified (Course No. 2192)!

This course is CQI & IRCA Certified (Course No. 2192)!

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Start Date Location Cost Days Public Course Onsite
22nd June 2020

Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cork

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€ 1195 € 995
( + €60 CQI & IRCA Certification Fee )
Includes: Online ISO 9001:2015 Foundation Course
16 Hours (Online) + 3 Days (Classroom)
31st August 2020

Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick

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€ 1195 € 995
( + €60 CQI & IRCA Certification Fee )
Includes: Online ISO 9001:2015 Foundation Course
16 Hours (Online) + 3 Days (Classroom)
28th September 2020

Citywest Hotel, Saggart, Co. Dublin

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€ 1195 € 995
( + €60 CQI & IRCA Certification Fee )
Includes: Online ISO 9001:2015 Foundation Course
16 Hours (Online) + 3 Days (Classroom)
16th November 2020

Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cork

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€ 1195 € 995
( + €60 CQI & IRCA Certification Fee )
Includes: Online ISO 9001:2015 Foundation Course
16 Hours (Online) + 3 Days (Classroom)

Reduce Time Away from Work/Home

For many people, one of the toughest things about training is the time spent away from work or home – with Comply Guru™’s course, we can reduce the time lost away through online training that is completed prior to the classroom portion!

This blended lead auditor course will cut down the classroom time by 50% or 2.5 days which is a HUGE reduction compared to traditional classroom training. Boom!

Lower Costs & Expenses

With blended training, the overall cost of the training is much lower. As well as less downtime from work or precious time away from home/family, blended training involves less travel & lower lodging costs! Zing!

Increased Learning Effectiveness

Comply Guru™ believe that by introducing online training modules to be completed in advance, it enables each Learner to be better prepared in advance of the classroom portion of the training. As a result, it enables a more learning effective & focused classroom session – a better overall learning experience! Yay!

Includes CQI & IRCA Online ISO 9001:2015 Foundation Training

This certified online foundation course is the ideal preparation for anyone looking to complete CQI and IRCA Certified ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Training! This course is worth €295pp and is included FREE (excludes CQI-IRCA Levy Fee)! This makes this course the BEST value in Ireland!

  • Module 0 - Course Introduction (Online)

    In this module, an introduction to the course will be provided. This includes important information regarding the course content & learning objectives, duration, assessment methodology & how to successfully complete the course.

  • Module 1 - Introduction to Quality Management Systems (Online)

    In this module we will explore the purpose and benefits of a QMS and an introduction to the ISO 9001:2015 standard will be provided.

  • Module 2 - Key Concepts of ISO 9001:2015 (Online)

    In this module an introduction to the key concepts that underpin the standard and the significance of these for the QMS Auditor.

  • Module 3 - Introduction to QMS Auditing (Online)

    In this module an introduction to QMS auditing including coverage of the certification audit process will be provided.

  • Module 4 - Planning the Audit (Online)

    In this module we will explore the initial audit planning steps including determination of the audit objectives, scope and criteria and selection of the audit team.

  • Module 5 - Audit Initiation and Preparation (Online)

    In this module we will explore the activities associated with the first two phases of the audit lifecycle including establishing contact with the auditee and development of the audit plan and audit work documents.

  • Module 6 - Conducting the Audit (Online)

    In this module we will explore the opening meeting, the need for effective communication and the methods available to the QMS auditor for collecting information and audit evidence.

  • Module 7 - Generating Audit Findings and Closing Meeting (Online)

    In this module we will explore the process for generating the audit findings, agenda for the final audit team meeting and the closing meeting.

  • Module 8 - Audit Reporting, Completion and Follow-Up (Online)

    In this module we will explore the final three phases of the audit lifecycle including coverage of the audit report, steps required to complete the audit and requirements for following-up on the audit.

  • Module 9 - Course Introduction (Classroom)

    In this module, an introduction to the classroom element of the blended course will be provided. This includes important information regarding the course content & learning objectives, duration, assessment methodology & training delivery.

  • Module 10 - Planning the Audit (Classroom)

    In this module we will explore the key steps that are required to plan the audit using a risk-based approach. We will also conduct a document review in preparation for the audit and practice the skills required to prepare the necessary documents for the audit including the audit checklist.

  • Module 11 - Conducting the Audit (Classroom)

    In this module we will practice the skills required to effectively conduct an audit using a sample QMS case study. A variety of audit methods will be practiced during this session including interview, document review and data analysis.

  • Module 12 - Generating Audit Findings and Closing Meeting (Classroom)

    In this module we will practice the skills required to write and grade non-conformities and determine audit conclusions. We will also practice the skills required to conduct a closing meeting

  • Module 13 - Audit Report and Follow Up Activities (Classroom)

    In this module we will practice the skills required to prepare the audit report and to evaluate audit responses including differentiating between a correction and corrective action.

This course is certified by CQI-IRCA (Course No. 2192).



  • Great course training. Thanks.

    Sean Markham | March 2, 2020

  • Found Comply Guru to be very professional in approach from initial contact to completion. The provide a lot of support and encouragement throughout the training course and have a real in depth knowledge and experience of the subject matter.

    Richard Power | February 28, 2020

  • The blended learning approach was excellent efficient effective and the classroom exercises really did help to reinforce the learning. The facilitator was knowledgeable credible and had excellent business experience which made the course very real world. First Class course overall.

    Catherine Whelan | February 27, 2020

  • I learned so much this week and would strongly recommend this to others. I am looking forward to further learning with Comply Guru

    Peter Keating | February 26, 2020

  • Thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to train with Comply Guru. The opportunity to do half the course at home was crucial for me as I am self employed and cannot afford 5 days away from work. However more importantly I believe that doing the prescriptive element of the standard at home gave me the opportunity to really cement the information in my knowledge base before applying it to the practical element of the classroom portion.

    Angela Curran | February 26, 2020

  • Excellent. Having done several other ISO courses/seminars, Comply Guru's concept of "blended" training ticked all the boxes - giving the foundation at my own pace so that i felt confident and competent enough to enjoy and learn more at the classroom sessions. Very prompt response to any queries I had and support was readily available for any difficulty I experienced.

    Adrienne Sheehan | December 13, 2019

  • Extremely pleased with the entire course and I felt well prepared for the classroom learning. I liked the knowledge checks and scenarios throughout the online learning as this kept me engaged

    Nikky Slattery | December 12, 2019

  • I enjoyed this course very much. I found the online portion easy to follow and navigate. The classroom portion solidified all of the contents covered online. When carrying out the final online exam I was informed that I could leave any question and return to it at the end. This was a great comfort to me however I found that in fact it was not easy to do. I was fortunate that I only left 1 answer blank with the intention of returning to it. I would have liked to have been able to revue some of my answers though. I found the staff at Comply Guru to be very helpful and responsive to any queries or concerns I had.

    Diana Whelton | December 12, 2019

  • I would definitely recommend the blended style of learning over full time class room or full time online. The online section was great, because I was able to do it at my own pace and learn in my own way by taking lots of notes. I was comfortable going into the classroom, that I had a good idea of what I needed to know to complete the classroom training. I felt I really came away from the course with a strong knowledge of the subject matter and took very useful auditing tools with me that I can apply to my current role.

    Cora O Connor | November 19, 2019

  • I found everyone involved to be very knowledgeable, coming from a safety and not quality background. The tutors and observer were willing to share this knowledge and no question was ignored or not addressed to our satisfaction. The sharing of knowledge was brilliant and the right mix without being patronizing or showing off. I learnt very valuable lessons on this course which will help me going forward and I look forward to sending more people on this course int he new year or before that if possible.

    Nicholas Burke | November 13, 2019

  • Overall the course was excellent. The online sections of the course gave a chance to learn at my own pace as well as the chance to review any areas which I though was challenging. The online content was well presented and the inclusion of the mid module questions and end of module exam provided good learning points at differing stages. The classroom portion was well structured with a very knowledgeable and experienced tutor. The group exercises allowed me to put into practice what was learned from the online content. The tutors provided a relaxed feel in the class but put you out of your comfort zone in some areas which I felt was beneficial to the learning experience. During the classroom element, I was well prepared for the final written assessment. Overall I learned a great deal and have the extra confidence to carry out proper planned and executed audits from start to finish. . I would chose and recommend Comply Guru's blended learning courses again without hesitation.

    John Callaghan | November 12, 2019

  • The training with Comply Guru was excellent. The blended learning was difficult at first but once I got into it and distanced myself away from work activities for a day or two it went smoothly. The classroom learning was brilliant and the team exercise helped me learn the course content and material a lot easier. Breda was excellent as a tutor and went out of her way on numerous occasions to help me on the course. All in all a very enjoyable course and I have learned a lot from it.

    Brian Quinlan | November 11, 2019

In order to successfully complete this blended course, each Learner will need to:

Before The Classroom Modules

  • Complete all online course modules and obtain 70% or higher in the final assessment (2 Online MCQ-based Assessments) by the required deadline set in advance of the given classroom dates you are registered for

During The Classroom Modules

  • Fully attend the classroom element as 100% attendance is required
  • Obtain 70% or higher in the course continuous assessment during the classroom element
  • Obtain 70% or higher in a 2-hour CQI & IRCA set final examination
Successful completion will entitle each Learner to receive a CQI & IRCA Accredited Certificate of Achievement (Course No. 2192).
  • John Collins

    John has over 20 years’ experience as a Quality Professional & is a specialist in Quality Management Systems.

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  • Shane Curran

    Shane is a specialist in Management Systems & has been working with international ISO standards and a myriad of management systems for well over 15 years.

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  • Breda Kearney

    Breda leads the design of Comply Guru's internationally accredited CQI & IRCA Certified Online & Blended Training Programs.

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What each Learner should know before completing this course:

CQI & IRCA recommend that each Learner have the following prior knowledge before completing this course:

Management Systems

  • The Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) Cycle
  • The core elements of a management system and the interrelationship between top management responsibility, policy, objectives, planning, implementation, measurement, review and continual improvement.

Quality Management

  • The fundamental concepts and the seven quality management principles (see ISO 9000)
  • The relationship between quality management and customer satisfaction

ISO 9001

  • Knowledge of the requirements of ISO 9001 and the commonly used quality management terms and definitions, as given in ISO 9000, which may be gained by completing Comply Guru’s CQI & IRCA Certified Online ISO 9001:2015 Foundation (QMS) Course (FD116) or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of the requirements is a key pre-requisite in attending this course as without a good understanding, the course & final examination may be very challenging.

Fluency in spoken and written English

  • For participants whose first language is not English, we recommend a minimum English language competency of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) for successful completion of the program. This is not assessed by Comply Guru in advance & each participant must self-assess their competency.

Printed Copy of ISO 9001:2015

  • Each participant should bring a printed clean copy of the standard with them to the course. This is not provided by Comply Guru.
Important Note: The Learners understanding of the prior knowledge requirements will be tested as part of the course continuous assessment and final written examination.

E-Learning System Requirements

The below are the recommended requirements for each Learner in wishing to complete any of our online training courses or modules. In our experience, Workplace IT environments’ internal configurations and available software can vary (new or old), and there may be various limitations or other restrictions in place, and as such, the functionality of any Learning Management System (LMS)  may be impacted, restricted and may not perform well.

Recommended Operating Systems

Windows 7/10, Mac OSX Sierra, iPad IOS10

Mobile Devices

Comply Guru’s LMS is not available on a mobile app at this time. We recommend using a web browser on a mobile device in completing any online modules. However, if completing any final graded assessment, we recommend completing via a desktop browser.

Internet Speed

We recommend using an internet connection of 256Kbit/sec or faster that will ensure that you can view videos and the online content

Recommended Internet Browsers

  • Google Chrome 32 bit version 50 or later
  • Safari 10 or later
Important Note: add-ons and toolbars can affect any browsers performance. MS Internet Explorer or Edge are not recommended as its not compatible with the LMS and the course functionality will not work properly.

Recommended Settings

We recommend that the following settings are enabled:
  • Cookies
  • Pop-ups (in both Internet Browser and security software)
  • JavaScript
  • Plugins
  • Latest Version of Adobe Flash Player
  • Latest Version of Adobe Acrobat Reader
To view all resources made available within our LMS, you will probably need Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or an equivalent (i.e Open Office, Viewer) installed.

Custom Course Development

We can combine leading industry subject matter experts with an experienced eLearning team to help your organization with its compliance training needs.

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