ISO 14001:2015 Requirements and Transition Guidance

The new ISO 14001:2015 edition is considered to be a major revision of the ISO 14001:2004 standard. Are you aware of the changes? Will your organization be ready to make the transition in a timely and successful manner?

Our 1.5 day on-site course will explain and interpret the ISO 14001:2015 requirements and identify the changes from the ISO 14001:2004 standard.  In addition, guidance will be provided on transition activities and how to adjust your internal audits for the new requirements.

NOTE: Students that are Exemplar Global certified auditors will be required to take later an online Transition Assessment to update their certification scope for ISO 14001:2015. The transition assessment costs $79.00 and can be taken at the Exemplar Global College website:

Course Outline – Day 1

Course Introduction
Environmental Concepts
Reasons for Revision
Annex SL
Key Changes
Clause Structure
Requirement Grouping

Introduction to ISO 14001:2015
0.1 Background
0.2 Aim of an Environmental Management System
0.3 Success Factors
0.4 Plan, Do, Check, and Act Approach

1. Scope
2. Normative References
3. Terms and Definitions

4. Context of the Organization
4.1 Understanding the Organization and its Context
4.2 Understanding the Needs and Expectations of Interested Parties
4.3 Determining the Scope of the Environmental Management System
4.4 Environmental Management System
Class Workout – Clause 4
Team Activity – Clause 4

5. Leadership
5.1 Leadership and Commitment
5.2 Environmental Policy
5.3 Organizational Roles, Responsibilities, and Authorities
Class Workout – Clause 5
Team Activity – Clause 5

6. Planning
6.1 Actions to Address Risk Associated with Threats and Opportunities
6.1.1 General
6.1.2 Significant Environmental Aspects
6.1.3 Compliance Obligations
6.1.4 Risk Associated with Threats and Opportunities
6.1.5 Planning to Take Action
6.2 Environmental Objectives and Planning to Achieve Them
6.2.1 Environmental Objectives
6.2.2 Planning Actions to Achieve Environmental Objectives
Class Workout – Clause 6
Team Activity – Clause 6

7. Support
7.1 Resources
7.2 Competence
7.3 Awareness
7.4 Communication
7.4.1 General
7.4.2 Internal Communication
7.4.3 External Communication
7.5 Documented Information
7.5.1 General
7.5.2 Creating and Updating
7.5.3 Control of Documented Information
Class Workout – Clause 7
Team Activity  Clause 7

Course Outline – Day 2 (Morning)

8. Operation
8.1 Operational Planning and Control
8.2 Emergency Preparedness and Response
Class Workout – Clause 8
Team Activity – Clause 8

9. Performance Evaluation
9.1 Monitoring, Measurement, Analysis, and Evaluation
9.1.1 General
9.1.2 Evaluation of Compliance
9.2 Internal Audit
9.3 Management Review
Class Workout – Clause 9
Team Activity – Clause 9

10. Improvement
10.1 Nonconformity and Corrective Action
10.2 Continual Improvement
Class Workout – Clause 10
Team Activity – Clause 10

Annex A and B
Auditing the New Standard
Transition Guidance

Course Summary
Questions and Answers
Course Evaluations
Student Certificates


Copy of Presentation Slides
Clause Map – ISO 14001:2004 to ISO 14001:2015
Clause Map – ISO 14001:2015 to ISO 14001:2004
Clause Quick Reference
Required Documented Information
Environmental Aspect Categories
Environmental Rating Table
Risk Assessment Worksheets


1.5 days


Day 1 – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Day 2 – 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM


The on-site class is $3500, plus instructor travel expenses, plus $75 per student for materials. An all-inclusive price will be quoted. A copy of the standard will not be needed for the course exercises. The class size should be at least 4 students and no more than 25 students.


If you are interested in scheduling an on-site class, please call us at 770-862-1766 or send an email to [email protected].