1. General


ISO 14001:2015 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified.

It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. It can be used by any organization regardless of its activity or sector. To have credibility, accredited certification needs competent auditors. To be efficient and competitive, business and industry needs competent auditors. The purpose of our Environmental Management Systems Auditor Certification Program is to provide confidence to accredited certification and to business and industry that auditors certified to this program are competent. As part of the certification process, we will evaluate you against requirements that reflect the key skills, knowledge and experience that define competence and which you, the EMS auditor, need to have and demonstrate during an audit. The EMS Programme is based on the auditing key standard:





ISO 14001:2015, Environmental Management Systems –

Requirements and the auditing guidance standard:

ISO 19011:2011, Guidelines for auditing management systems



Our award of certification means we have recognized that you understand and are competent (depending on the grade awarded) to:


• Uphold the principles of proper ethical conduct, fair presentation and due professional care
• Communicate clearly orally and in writing with personnel at all levels of an organization
• Plan and organize an audit of an EMS
• Identify and understand relevant business processes
• Evaluate objective evidence and determine the effectiveness of an EMS
• Report accurately audit findings and conclusions
• Lead the audit team and manage the audit process
• Audit a management process


And have demonstrated:


• Basic knowledge of environmental aspects and impacts and the ability to judge their significance
• Knowledge of relevant legislation
• Knowledge of the industrial process being evaluated.



2. Environmental Management System Auditor Requirements


1) Basic Requirements





* The requirements of training certificate are as followings:


• Certificate of successful completion of applied management system lead auditor training course from GPC approved, which meet the procedure of training provider.
• Certificate of successful completion of applied management system lead auditor training course provider by ISO 17024 accredited as a personnel certification body.
• Certificate of successful completion of applied management system lead auditor training course from IRCA approved as a training provider.
• The training provider should implement the requirements either ISO 9001 or ISO 29990 in order to keep the quality management as a training provider.



2) Environmental Management System Auditor Scheme, Specific (Additional) Requirements


Understand the interaction of organization’s activities, products, services and operations with the environment is the most important part of competency as an EMS auditor. Environmental science and technology can enable to auditor for the understanding of the fundamental relationships between human activities and the environmental aspects.


Environmental auditor should know environmental management methods and techniques that enable auditor to examine environmental management systems and to generate appropriate audit findings and conclusions.


EMS audit team must have the following 10 knowledge competencies as EMS audit team member:


• Environmental terminology
• Environmental metrics
• Environmental monitoring and measuring techniques
• Techniques for identifying and evaluating environmental aspects and impacts and their environmental significance
• Environmental aspects of design
• Environmental performance evaluation
• Legal and other requirements
• Emergency preparedness and response
• Operational control
• Site-related factors
• Understanding prior environment review


Audit teams also need to have a sound understanding of aspects, monitoring and measurement, and operational control in the following environment-related areas:


• Emissions to air
• Releases to land
• Releases to water
• Releases of raw materials, energy and natural resources
• Energy emitted
• Waste
• Physical attributes



As part of the certification process, GPC will evaluate applicant against requirements that reflect the key skills, knowledge and experience that define competence that need to have and demonstrate during an audit.



4. Examination


1) About the exam


The exam consists of two types of written exams, Knowledge exam and Attribution test.


The exam is performed at a place that GPC evaluated and finally approved in advance, and generally, it starts at 10:00 am on Saturday (it will be notified prior to the exam).


The applicants should be arrived at the examination site at least 10 minutes before the start and if late or absent, 0 score is automatically given.


Any ID with picture on it for the identification of the candidate has to be presented, and any prohibited items at the examination site have to be left with the invigilator before the star of the exam.


If cheating is detected, the invigilator will ask the candidate to leave immediately and no more exam is allowed.


Please see the exam notification for the details about the examination location and contact information.


2) Knowledge exam


This exam questions were set up based on ISO 14001:2015 standard and the purpose of the exam is to evaluate the qualifications and competence of the candidate who wants to conduct audit activity by the standard the candidate is applying for.


The knowledge exam has a total of 100 questions and consists of 4 sections divided.


1 point for 1 correct answer and the pass criteria is as follows.



* Even if the total points are more than 70 points, the applicant cannot pass the exam without meeting the minimum points required for each section.


Time limitation is only 120 minutes for the examination and it is an open-book condition.


If one is failed in the exam, candidate is given one more chance of examination. If candidate fails to the consecutive examination, the candidate has wait another year to take examination.


3) Attribution test


The purpose of the attribution test is to evaluate the characteristics and the qualification as an auditor and it asks how much the application understandable agree with the questions.


It is based on ISO 19011:2011 and consists of 25 questions only. The candidate should choose the answer that comes to mind first.


Up to 4 points are given for each question and as the answer is further from the correct answer, 1 point each is deducted. (0 point for no answer)


The pass criterion is 70 points


If one is failed in the test, another chance of attribution interview is given. If candidate fails the attribution interview, candidate has to wait another year to take a test.