ISO 22301 BCMS Lead Auditor


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


This five-day intensive course enables participants to develop the necessary expertise 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 necessary knowledge and skills to proficiently plan and perform internal and external audits in compliance with ISO 19011 the certification process according to 17021. 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 effenciently conduct an audit. This training is compatible with BS 25999 audit (Business continuity management specification) and ISO 27031 (Guidelines for information and communication technology readiness for business continuity).

Who should attend?

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 conformity in an organization
Members of a business continuity team
Expert advisors in information technology
Technical experts wanting to prepare for an Business continuity audit function

Learning objectives

To acquire the expertise to perform an ISO 22301 or BS 25999 internal audit following ISO 19011 guidelines
To acquire the expertise to perform an ISO 22301 or BS 25999 certification audit following ISO 19011 guidelines and the specifications of ISO 17021
To acquire the expertise necessary to manage a BCMS audit team
Understanding the operation of the Business Continuity Management System in accordance with ISO22301, ISO 27031 or BS 25999
To understand the relationship between a Business Continuity Management System, including risk management, controls and compliance with the requirements of different stakeholders of the organization
To 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 Agenda
Day 1: Introduction to Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) concepts as required by ISO 22301

Presentation of the standards ISO 22301, ISO 27031, ISO/PAS 22399, BS 25999 and regulatory framework
Fundamental principles of business continuity
ISO 22301 certification process
Business Continuity Management System (BCMS)
Detailed presentation of the clauses 4 to 10 of ISO22301

Day 2: Planning and Initiating an ISO 22301 audit

Fundamental audit concepts and principles
Audit approach based on evidence and on risk
Preparation of an ISO 22301 certification audit
BCMS documentation 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
Audit test plans
Formulation of audit findings
Documenting of nonconformities

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
ISO 22301 internal audit management program

Day 5: Certification Exam

ISO 22301 Foundation Certification or basic knowledge of BS 25999 or ISO 27031 and business continuity concepts is recommended

Educational approach

This training is based on both theory and practice:

Sessions of lectures illustrated with examples based on real cases
Practical exercises based on a full case study including role playings and oral presentations
Review exercises to assist the exam preparation
Practice test similar to the certification exam

To benefit from 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 Examination and Certification Programme (ECP). The exam covers the following competence 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: Conducting  of an ISO 22301 audit
Domain 6: Closing an ISO 22301 audit
Domain 7: Managing an ISO 22301 audit program

The “Certified ISO 22301 Lead Auditor” exam is available in different languages (the complete list of languages can be found in the examination application form)
Duration: 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 depending on their level of experience.  Those credentials are available for internal and external auditors.
A certificate will be issued to participants who successfully pass the exam and comply with all the other requirements related to the selected credential.

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 particpation certificate of 31 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits will be issued to participants 
In case of failure of the exam, participants are allowed to retake the exam for free under certain conditions


  • Price2850.00 €
  • Limit date of registration31 December 2021
  • LocationLuxembourg
  • Minimum enrollment2 participants
  • TermsGeneral conditions of sales


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