ISO 22000 Lead Auditor

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Course Overview

The ever-increasing popularity of food safety, as one of the key aspects of the food industry, has boosted demands from organizations to get certified against ISO 22000. Such certification demonstrates commitment from organizations toward the wellbeing of their consumers and provides sustainability in the market. A PECB auditor credential is a formal and independent recognition of your personal competences. It proves that you are qualified to conduct food safety management system (FSMS) audits for a certification body.

This training course has been developed to reflect the importance of an effective audit. It strengthens your knowledge and skills to plan and carry out an FSMS audit in compliance with the guidelines for auditing management systems provided in ISO 19011 and the certification process presented in ISO/IEC 17021-1.

Through practical exercises, interactive sessions, and discussions, you will be able to gain knowledge on the FSMS and audit techniques. You will also be able to perform an FSMS audit by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures, and techniques, as well as be able to manage an audit team.

After attending the training course, you can take the exam. If you pass, you can apply for the “PECB Certified ISO 22000 Lead Auditor” credential. An internationally recognized “PECB ISO 22000 Lead Auditor” certificate validates your professional capabilities and competences to audit organizations based on the requirements of ISO 22000 and auditing best practices.

Learning objectives

This training course enables you to understand the:

  • Operations of a food safety management system based on ISO 22000
  • Relationship between ISO 22000 and other standards and regulatory frameworks
  • Requirements of ISO 22000 in the context of an FSMS audit
  • Auditor’s role in planning, leading, and following up on a management system audit in accordance with ISO 19011

Educational approach

This training course is participant centered and contains:

  • Theories, auditing best practices used in FSMS audits, ISO 22000 requirements, and international auditing standards
  • Lecture sessions, which are illustrated with practical exercises based on a case study that includes role-playing and discussions
  • Interactions, made between participants by means of questions and suggestions
  • Exercises, which are a simulation and preview of the certification exam


The main requirements for participating in this training course are: a fundamental understanding of food safety concepts and a comprehensive knowledge of FSMS audit principles.


Target Audiance

  • Auditors interested in performing and leading food safety management system audits
  • Managers or consultants interested in mastering the food safety management system audit process
  • Individuals responsible for maintaining conformity to the FSMS requirements in an organization
  • Technical experts interested in preparing for a food safety management system audit
  • Expert advisors in food safety management

Schedule Dates

ISO 22000 Lead Auditor
11 March 2024 - 15 March 2024
ISO 22000 Lead Auditor
17 June 2024 - 21 June 2024
ISO 22000 Lead Auditor
23 September 2024 - 27 September 2024
ISO 22000 Lead Auditor
23 December 2024 - 27 December 2024

Course Content

  • Introduction to the food safety management system (FSMS) and ISO 22000

  • Audit principles and the preparation for and initiation of an audit

  • On-site audit activities

  • Closing of the audit

  • Certification exam


An ISO 22000 Lead Auditor is a professional who has undergone specialized training and certification to conduct audits of Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) based on the ISO 22000 standard. These auditors possess advanced knowledge and skills in auditing principles, techniques, and practices specific to food safety management, enabling them to lead audit teams, assess compliance with ISO 22000 requirements, and provide recommendations for improvement.

ISO 22000 Lead Auditor certification is ideal for experienced auditors, food safety managers, quality managers, food technologists, consultants, and individuals responsible for auditing FSMS within organizations involved in the food industry. It is also valuable for those seeking to enhance their auditing skills and specialize in food safety management compliance with ISO 22000.

ISO 22000 Lead Auditor training covers a comprehensive range of topics, including the principles and requirements of ISO 22000, FSMS documentation and implementation, hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), prerequisite programs, operational prerequisite programs (OPRPs), audit planning and preparation, audit techniques and methodologies, conducting audit interviews, collecting and analyzing audit evidence, reporting audit findings, writing non-conformity reports, audit follow-up, and auditor competency development.

Obtaining ISO 22000 Lead Auditor certification offers several benefits, including:

  • Recognition as a qualified auditor with specialized expertise in auditing Food Safety Management Systems for compliance with ISO 22000 requirements.
  • Enhanced auditing skills, including planning, conducting, and reporting audits effectively, while ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Increased confidence in assessing FSMS performance, identifying food safety hazards, evaluating control measures, and recommending improvements to enhance food safety.
  • Expanded career opportunities in auditing, food safety management, regulatory compliance, and consultancy roles within the food industry.
  • Contribution to the enhancement of food safety culture, consumer protection, and brand reputation through the rigorous assessment and improvement of FSMS.
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