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Certified ISO 22301 Lead Auditor (5 days)

Mastering the Audit of a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) based on ISO 22301


This five-day intensive course enables participants to develop the expertise needed to audit a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) and to manage a team of auditors by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures and techniques. During this training, the participant will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to proficiently plan and perform internal and external audits in compliance with the certification process of the ISO 22301:2010 standard. Based on practical exercises, the participant will develop the skills (mastering audit techniques) and competencies (managing audit teams and audit program, communicating with customers, conflict resolution, etc.) necessary to conduct an audit efficiently. This training is compatible with BS 25999 audit (Business continuity management specification).

Who should participate?

  • Internal auditors
  • Auditors wanting to perform and lead Business Continuity Management System (BCMS)  certification audits
  • Project managers or consultants wanting to master the Business Continuity Management System audit process
  • Persons responsible for the Business continuity or conformity in an organization
  • Members of an business continuity team
  • Expert advisors in information technology
  • Technical experts wanting to prepare for an Business continuity audit function

Learning objectives

  • Acquiring the expertise to perform an ISO 22301  internal audit following ISO 19011 guidelines
  • Acquiring the expertise to perform an ISO 22301  certification audit following ISO 19011 guidelines and the specifications of ISO 17021
  • Acquiring the expertise necessary to manage a BCMS audit team
  • Understanding the application of the Business Continuity Management System in the context of ISO22301
  • Understand the relationship between a Business Continuity Management System, including risk management, controls and compliance with the requirements of different stakeholders of the organization
  • Improve the ability to analyze the internal and external environment of an organization, risk assessment and audit decision-making in the context of a BCMS

Course details

Day 1: Introduction to the management of a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) based on ISO 22301 

  • Presentation of the standards ISO 22301, ISO/PAS 22399, BS 25999 and regulatory framework
  • Fundamental principles of business continuity
  • The ISO 22301 certification process
  • The Business Continuity Management System (BCMS)
  • Detailed presentation of the clauses 4 to 8 of the ISO22301 standard

Day 2: Planning and Launching an ISO 22301 audit

  • Fundamental audit concepts and principles
  • Audit approach based on evidence and on risk
  • Preparation of an ISO 22301 certification audit
  • Documenting of a BCMS audit
  • Conducting an opening meeting

Day 3: Conducting an ISO 22301 audit

  • Communication during the audit
  • Audit procedures: observation, document review, interview, sampling techniques, technical verification, corroboration and evaluation
  • Drafting test plans
  • Formulation of audit findings
  • Drafting of nonconformity reports

Day 4: Concluding and ensuring the follow-up of an ISO 22301 audit

  • Audit documentation
  • Quality review
  • Conducting a closing meeting and conclusion of an ISO 22301 audit
  • Evaluation of corrective action plans
  • ISO 22301 surveillance audit
  • Audit management program
  • ISO 22301 internal audit and second party audit

Day 5: Exam


ISO 22301 Foundation certification or basic knowledge of BS 25999 and business continuity concepts is recommended

Educational approach

  • This training is based on the alternation of theory and practice:
    • Sessions of lectures illustrated with examples based on real cases
    • Practical exercises based on a full case study including role plays and narrative presentation
    • Review exercises to assist the exam preparation
    • Practice test similar to the certification exam
  • Given the practical exercises, the number of training participants is limited

Examination and certification

  • The “Certified ISO 22301 Lead Auditor” exam fully meets the requirements of the PECB Examination Certification Programme (ECP). The exam covers the following competency domains:
    • Domain 1: Fundamental principles and concepts of business continuity
    •  Domain 2: Business Continuity Management System (BCMS)
    • Domain 3: Fundamental Audit Concepts and Principles
    • Domain 4: Preparation of an ISO 22301 audit
    • Domain 5: Conduct of an ISO 22301 audit
    • Domain 6: Closing an ISO 22301 audit
    • Domain 7: Managing an ISO 22301 audit program
  • Duration of the exam: 3 hours
  • After successfully completing the exam, participants can apply for the credentials of Certified ISO 22301 Provisional Auditor, Certified ISO 22301 Auditor or Certified ISO 22301 Lead Auditor

General Information

  • Certification fees are included in the exam price
  • A student manual containing over 450 pages of information and practical examples will be distributed to participants
  • A 31 CPE (Continuing Professional Education) participation certificate will be issued to participants