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ISO 26000

Why Should You Attend?

ISO 26000 Lead Auditor training enables you to gain comprehensive knowledge of the key principles and subjects of social responsibility, which are required to audit the integration of a Social Responsibility Program (SRP) within an organization. The Lead Auditor training will equip you with the necessary expertise to measure an organization’s performance in terms of sustainable development, legal compliance and society’s welfare based on ISO 26000. Based on practical exercises, you will be able to master audit techniques and become competent to manage an audit program, audit team, communication with customers, and conflict resolution.

After acquiring the necessary expertise to perform this audit, you can sit for the exam and apply for a “GITCHIA Certified ISO 26000 Lead Auditor” credential. By holding a GITCHIA Lead Auditor Certificate, you will demonstrate that you have the capabilities and competencies to measure organizations SRP performance based on best practices.

Who should attend?

  • Auditors seeking to master the skills needed to measure an organization’s Social Responsibility performance
  • Managers or consultants seeking to master the audit of a Social Responsibility Individuals responsible for integrating Social Responsibility behavior within an organization
  • Auditors seeking to gain comprehensive knowledge of Social Responsibility principles, core subjects and best practices

Learning objectives

  • Understand the recent trends, characteristics and principles of social responsibility based on ISO 26000 guidelines
  • Acknowledge how organizations integrate social responsibility and how ISO 26000 guidelines complement it
  • Learn the core principles and subjects of social responsibility
  • Understand how ISO 26000 guidelines contribute to sustainable development
  • Understand an auditor’s role to: plan, lead and follow-up on an audit

 Educational approach

  • This training is based on both theory and best practices used in SPR audits
  • Lecture sessions are illustrated with examples based on case studies
  • Practical exercises are based on a case study which includes role playing and discussions
  • Practice tests are similar to the Certification Exam 

Prerequisites: A fundamental understanding of ISO 26000 and comprehensive knowledge of audit principles (ISO 19011).

How long: 4+1 days (4-day training plus an extra day for the exam)


The “GITCHIA Certified ISO 26000 Lead Auditor” exam fully meets the requirements of the IDA Examination and Certification Programme (ECP). The exam covers the following competency domains:

Domain 1: Fundamental principles and concepts of a Social Responsibility Program

Domain 2: Social Responsibility Program (SRP)

Domain 3: Fundamental audit concepts and principles

Domain 4: Preparation of an ISO 26000 audit

Domain 5: Conducting an ISO 26000 audit

Domain 6: Closing an ISO 26000 audit

Domain 7: Managing an ISO 26000 audit program

Provided the candidate is successful in the exam, s/he can apply for the GITCHIA certification.