ISO 21500 - Lead Auditor


This five-day intensive course enables participants to develop the necessary expertise and knowledge to support an organization in auditing and managing projects as specified in ISO 21500. Participants will also gain a thorough understanding of best practices used to appropriately govern and audit projects across all the principles of ISO 21500.


Who should attend?

  • Internal auditors
  • Auditors wanting to perform and lead guidance on Project Management (GPM) audits
  • Project managers
  • Senior managers
  • Quality managers
  • Members of a Project Management team


Learning objectives

  • To understand the audit of Guidance on Project Management based on principles of ISO 21500
  • To gain a comprehensive understanding of the concepts, approaches, standards, methods and techniques required for the effective implementation of project management guidance
  • To acquire the necessary expertise to support an organization in auditing , managing and maintaining projects as delineated in ISO 21500
  • To acquire the necessary expertise to manage a team implementing Guidance on Project Management
  • To develop the knowledge and skills required to advise organizations on best practices in the implementation of project management guidance
  • To improve the capacity for analysis and decision making in the context of the management of project management


Course Agenda

Day 1: Introduction to Project Management and ISO 21500

  • Establishing the Project Team and drafting the Project Plan
  • Presentation of the ISO 21500 standard
  • Overview of the fundamental principles of project management
  • Management model for projects
  • Assigning roles and accountabilities
  • Establishing the Project Team and drafting the Project Plan

Day 2: Project Management Strategy and Acquisition

  • Project related objectives with enterprise objectives through goal cascading
  • Balancing benefits opportunities, costs, and risks
  • Managing investments through project management
  • Preparing an acquisition and procurement process
  • Calculation of benefits using financially-oriented and non-financially oriented cost-benefit techniques
  • Drafting and implementing cost optimization strategies

Day 3: Introduction to Project Management concepts as required by ISO 21500

  • Implementation of a Project Management plan
  • Continuous improvement through the Project Management frameworks
  • Project management: identification, analysis and treatment of risk

Day 4: Resource Management, Conformance, and Human Behaviour

  • Establishing an effective Human Resource Management
  • Drafting and incorporating HR strategies
  • Management and governance of data
  • Record and monitor Project Management resource utilization and availability
  • Outsourcing practices: Onsite, Offsite, and Offshore
  • Measure continuous performance of service delivery
  • Project governance of conformance to legal requirements and other standards
  • Project governance of human behavior and management of organizational and cultural change

Day 5: Certification Exam




Knowledge on Project Management is preferred.

Educational approach

  • This training is based on both, theory and practice:
    - Sessions of lectures illustrated with examples based on real cases
    - Practical exercises
    - Review exercises to assist the exam preparation
    - Practice test similar to the certification exam

Examination and Certification

  • The “PECB Certified ISO 21500 Lead Auditor” exam fully meets the requirements of the PECB Examination and Certification Program (ECP). The exam covers the following competence domains:
    • Domain 1: Principles for good Project Management
    • Domain 2: Project Management model
    • Domain 3: Guidance for Project Management
    • Domain 4: Evaluate the need and applicability of each principle
    • Domain 5: Direct the adherence to each principle
    • Domain 6: Monitor all or key activities related to all the principles
  • The “PECB Certified ISO 21500 Lead Auditor” exam is available in different languages (the complete list of languages can be found in the examination application form)
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • For more information about the exam, refer to PECB section on ISO 21500 Lead Auditor Exam
  • A certificate will be issued to the participants who successfully pass the exam and comply with all the other requirements related to the selected credential
  • For more information about ISO 21500 certifications and the PECB certification process, refer to the PECB section on ISO 21500

General Information

  • Exam and certification fees are included in the training price
  • A student manual containing over 500 pages of information and practical examples will be distributed to the participants
  • A participation certificate of 31 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits will be issued to the participants
  • In case of failure of an exam, the participants are allowed to retake the exam for free under certain conditions