ISO 37101 Lead Auditor

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Course Overview

The PECB ISO 37101 Lead Auditor training course enables you to perform a management system for sustainable development in communities (MSSDC) audit by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures, and techniques. During this training course, you will acquire the knowledge and skills to plan and carry out internal and external audits in compliance with ISO 19011 and the certification process according to ISO/IEC 17021-1.
After completing the training course, you can sit for the exam, and if you pass, you can apply for a “PECB Certified ISO 37101 Lead Auditor” credential. By holding this credential, you demonstrate that you are capable and competent to audit organizations and communities that have based their management system for sustainable development on ISO 37101.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the operations of a management system for sustainable development in communities (MSSDC) based on ISO 37101
  • Acknowledge the correlation between ISO 37101 and other standards and regulatory frameworks
  • Understand the auditor’s role in planning, leading,  and following up on a management system audit in accordance with ISO 19011
  • Learn how to interpret the requirements of ISO 37101 in the context of an MSSDC audit

Educational approach

  • This training course is based on theory and best practices used in MSSDC audits.
  • Lecture sessions are illustrated with practical examples.
  • Participants are encouraged to communicate with each other and engage in discussions and exercises.
  • Exercise questions are similar to the certification exam questions.


Participants attending this training course are required to have a thorough understanding of the ISO 37101 requirements, sustainable development concepts and principles, a general understanding of the management system standard (MSS) audits, and knowledge of audit principles and techniques.


Target Audiance

  • Auditors seeking to perform and lead certification audits for a management system for sustainable development in communities based on ISO 37101
  • Individuals seeking to master the audit process of an MSSDC
  • Internal auditors responsible for maintaining conformity to the requirements of ISO 37101
  • Technical experts seeking to prepare for an MSSDC audit
  • Expert advisors in sustainable development management

Schedule Dates

ISO 37101 Lead Auditor
01 July 2024 - 05 July 2024
ISO 37101 Lead Auditor
07 October 2024 - 11 October 2024
ISO 37101 Lead Auditor
13 January 2025 - 17 January 2025
ISO 37101 Lead Auditor
14 April 2025 - 18 April 2025

Course Content

  • Introduction to the management system for sustainable development in communities (MSSDC) and ISO 37101

  • Audit principles, preparation, and launching of an audit

  • On-site audit activities

  • Closing the audit

  • Certification exam


ISO 37101 Lead Auditor is a certification program designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, conduct, manage, and report on audits of sustainable development management systems for communities based on the ISO 37101 standard. This certification focuses on developing auditing competencies to assess the conformity and effectiveness of sustainable development practices within communities, identify areas for improvement, and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and community objectives.

The ISO 37101 Lead Auditor certification is intended for professionals responsible for auditing sustainable development management systems within communities, including community auditors, consultants, lead assessors, urban planners, and individuals involved in sustainable development, community management, environmental management, or quality management roles.

Obtaining ISO 37101 Lead Auditor certification offers several benefits, including advanced knowledge and skills in auditing sustainable development management systems, ability to effectively plan and conduct audits of community sustainability practices, enhanced understanding of ISO 37101 requirements, improved audit performance and reporting capabilities, increased credibility in sustainable development fields, and potential career advancement opportunities in auditing and community development roles.

To prepare for the ISO 37101 Lead Auditor certification exam, individuals can enroll in training courses offered by accredited training providers. These courses cover key aspects of auditing sustainable development management systems, including audit planning, conduct, reporting, and follow-up, as well as the requirements of the ISO 37101 standard and relevant auditing principles and techniques. Additionally, studying the standard itself, practicing with sample audit scenarios, and gaining practical experience in auditing community sustainability practices can further enhance readiness for the certification exam.

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