Lead Auditor Courses


Welcome to the Gladhill Associates International on-line and virtual classroom ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 lead auditor courses. Our courses are Exemplar Global certified. 

Due to the latest pandemic news the following is what Exemplar Global sent to their training providers: 

“Virtual Training Is Acceptable as an Alternative to Classroom Training" 

“Given the concern for public health in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is understandable that many training organizations are canceling their public training courses. Many of these training organizations are replacing those public courses with virtual (online) training courses.

Exemplar Global has been asked if those virtual courses are acceptable under the RTP and TPECS training certification schemes. The answer is yes! Under the RTP and TPECS programs, training providers are free to design and deliver their courses as they see fit, so long as they continue to meet the requirements of the program their courses are certified to”. 

There is no need to travel when you take a virtual or on-line course

Gladhill Associates International has the courses and content available in an on-line and virtual, easy-to-access format that can help you meet your career goals from the comfort of your own home or office. 

You don't have to wait for classrooms to open back up either; with over 50 courses that cover topics across the quality domain, Gladhill Associates International’s virtual training helps you start or continue your improvement journey.  

Lead Auditor Courses

Prepare yourself for real-life ISO 9001:2015, AS 9100D and ISO 14001:2015 auditing situations and learn how to manage and complete the audit process.

Understand the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, AS 9100D and ISO 14001:2015 and be able to conduct a successful audit. The course includes case studies, quizzes and scenarios to prepare you for real-life auditing situations. You’ll learn to manage the audit process and complete reporting in a collaborative and engaging environment.

This virtual, instructor-led course is comprised of three successive components delivered in convenient, 3 or 4 six to eight-hour days

Day 1 - Competency Unit-QM

Day 2 – Competency Unit-AU

Day 3 – Competency Unit TL

Many of Gladhill Associates International’s virtual and on-line courses provide electronic access to course materials for 30 to 90 days depending on the course. For virtual lead auditor courses the participant will be e-mailed the course materials, case studies, quizzes, scenarios as well as copies of the applicable standards.

Note: Refunds cannot be issued if course materials have been sent and/or accessed.  Chrome and Edge browsers are recommended – Internet Explorer is not supported. 

Virtual Format

An Internet-based, instructor led course utilizing web and teleconferencing technologies to allow participants to interact without traveling.  Virtual and on-line courses offer interaction with instructor and participants using Internet capabilities.

Participants have access to interaction both with the instructor and other participants in an Internet-based learning environment (white board, Q&A tools, application sharing, and breakout rooms).  Virtual and on-line courses are classroom-like experiences offered using the latest Internet tools. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the ISO 9001, AS 9100 and ISO 14001 Quality Management System (QMS)/Environmental Management System (EMS) - Requirements standard and development process;
  • Identify ISO 9000:2015, AS 9100D and ISO 14001:2015 QMS terms;
  • Describe the intent and requirements of ISO 9000:2015, AS 9100D and ISO 14001:2015;
  • Determine the evidence needed to demonstrate conformity to ISO 9000:2015, AS 9100D and ISO 14001:2015;
  • Apply the process approach and Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) methodology;
  • Evaluate documented information required by ISO 9000:2015, AS 9100D and ISO 14001:2015 and the interrelationships between the quality/environmental processes, quality/environmental planning, policy, and objectives; 
  • Apply the principles, processes, and methods of auditing;
  • Demonstrate the activities involved in preparing for an audit;
  • Determine an effective audit in the context of the auditee’s organizational situation;
  • Apply effective audit skills and practice personal behaviors necessary for an effective and efficient conduct of a management system audit; 
  • Establish and plan the activities of an audit team;
  • Manage the audit process;
  • Prepare the audit report and perform an audit follow-up; 

Lead Auditor Course Outline

Introduction to Quality, Environmental or Safety Management Systems

Analysis of ISO 9000:2015, AS 9100D and ISO 14001:2015 (Introduction and Clauses 4-10)         

Organizational Impact on Quality/Environmental Management System Auditing Quality, Environmental or Safety Management Systems

         Management System Audits

         Auditor Competence

         Audit Program

         Audit Techniques 

         Audit Cycle

         Team Leader Roles and Responsibilities

         Prepare for an Audit

         Conduct an Audit

         Prepare an Audit Report

         Audit Completion and Follow-Up

 Who Should Attend:

Those responsible for planning and scheduling an internal audit program for ISO 9001:2015, AS 9100D and ISO 14001:2015.

Those who wish to become an Exemplar Global certified/registered auditor.

Those who must perform audits to ISO 9000:2015, AS 9100D and ISO 14001:2015. Manufacturing personnel, suppliers, managers, or anyone interested in conducting first-party, second-party, or third-party audits.

Internal Audit Courses



Learn to design and install an internal audit program that will meet the requirements of the applicable standard.


The courses are designed for personnel responsible for developing and conducting an internal audit program.

General Content 

The courses assist the attendees with structured exercises to analyze the requirements in detail of the standard relating to the internal audit program. 

Attendees learn how to design an internal audit program (program scope and schedule, auditor selection and training, audit resource allocation, audit documentation and records, etc.). 

These interactive courses assist participants, using structured exercises, to analyze in detail the requirements of the standard relating to the internal audit program.

Participants learn how to design an internal audit program that includes program scope and schedule, auditor selection and training, audit resource allocation, internal audit documentation and records, etc. Participants take part in simulated internal audit exercises to:

  1. Review the requirements of the standard.
  2. Participate in simulated exercises where an auditor conducts an audit interview and examines related documents, work instructions and records.
  3. Record their findings and prepare an audit report.


AS 9100D Internal Audit Course

AS 9110C Internal Audit Course

AS 9120B Internal Auditing

IATF 16949:2016 Internal Auditing

ISO 13485:2016 Internal Audit Course

ISO 14001:2015 Internal Audit Course

ISO 17025:2017 Internal Audit Course

ISO 22000 Food Safety Internal Auditor Course

ISO 22000:2018 Internal Auditor Training

ISO 27001:2013 Internal Audit

ISO 45001:2018 Internal Audit Course

ISO 45003:2021 Internal Audit Course

ISO 9001:2015 Internal Audit Course

ISO 9001-ISO 14001-ISO 45001 Integrated Internal Audit Course

Transition Courses


ISO 9001:2015 Transition Course - ISO 14001:2015 Transition Course - ISO 19011:2015 Transition Course - AS 9100D Transition Course - AS 45001 Transition Course  

Welcome to the Gladhill Associates International virtual classroom and on-line transition courses.

Transition Courses

The standards require process audits. These courses are designed for practicing auditors as well as organizations that want training on auditing to the new standards.

Learn how to meet these new requirements while gaining valuable skills. The changes from the previous standard to the new standard are considered significant. The principles upon which the revisions are based will require changes in audit practice among auditors.

Auditors will need to understand the significance and impact of the revisions.

Key Session Topics

               Transitioning in the principles and practices of auditing the new requirements.

               Review of process auditing techniques.

               Auditing against the new requirements.

               Differences between the previous version of the requirements.

               Role and purpose of a QMS/EMS/SMS.

               Seven quality management principles.

               Revisions to the standards.

               Requirements of the applicable standard.

               Differences between the requirements.

               Implications of revisions on auditing techniques.

These courses can also be an introduction to the new applicable standard

    News - Stories - Ideas 


 IA9100 May Be Released as “Rev. A” in 2024, Working Draft Already Completed

Posted by Christopher Paris | Apr 25, 2023

[UPDATE: The IA9100 standard will be released as rev “null” and not as “Rev. A.” See latest news here.]

The latest news on the pending AS9100 update comes from multiple high-placed sources within the IAQG itself. They didn’t give me permission to use their name, but they also didn’t tell me not to, but I’m being sensitive and not naming them just in case it could cause problems for them.

Keep in mind when reading the information below: the picture is about 90% clearer, but there may still be some things that need correction. I received a little mixed messaging on the revision lettering point, and it’s still not at all clear why IAQG is suggesting they could still wait for ISO 9001 to update.

But here’s the latest:

  1. AS9100 will be revised to “IA9100” to follow the new “IA” branding. This is being done to unify the standard under one brand, whereas right now it is “AS9100” in the US, “EN9100” in Europe, etc. 
  1. Contrary to my reporting the other day, IA standards won’t only be sold solely on the SAE website, but also through authorized resellers around the world. I think this is just a behind-the-scenes licensing issue, and has no actual effect on end users. SAE stands to make a mint, though. It’s good to have friends. 
  1. All SAE aerospace standards will undergo the new “IA” branding when they are revised, but won’t be revised purely to update the name. The name will change only when a standard gets revised for other reasons. That means we face a long period where we will have both IA and AS standards, side by side. Confusing, but at least you won’t have to buy new standards just because the cover art changed. 
  1. There is a working draft of IA9100 Rev A already completed and it’s been circulated internally for review. No one outside the IAQG has seen it, except for some leakage onto TC 176.  
  1. IAQG was hoping to schedule IA9100 Rev A with ISO 9001’s intended update, but IAQG also wants to publish IA9100 Rev A in 2024, after final balloting. That balloting is already scheduled, so it’s a near certainty we will get Rev. A in that year, or slightly into 2025 (allowing time for the document to appear on SAE’s website, etc.) 
  1. Because ISO/TC 176 won’t have Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) text likely ready for the ISO 9001 revision until 2025 or 2026, and that assumes they skirt nearly all the rules in order to rush it, then we would likely see IA9100 Rev B follow on around 2027 or 2028. IA9100 would need to have the FDIS text in hand in order to know how to update IA9100; they couldn’t update based on early draft ISO 9001 text.
  1. That would mean we get two IA9100 revisions in three years. Not fun, and will cause some clients to drop the standard entirely. 
  1. Only if ISO was somehow able to get the ISO 9001 revision FDIS text completed in 2025 would IAQG hold off, and even then, only by a year at most. 
  1. IAQG still has no plans to decouple IA9100 from ISO 9001, so we will likely see “climate change” and “gender equity” language inside an aerospace quality management standard.

IAQG is also claiming that all of this has been very transparent and in the open, but their vision is skewed. They do not view the customers who buy standards and certification audits as their customers; instead, they view themselves as the customer.

So when they say “transparent” that only means it was transparent if you were in one of the closed-door meetings. Since the public isn’t allowed in, and they have rules barring participants from talking about this publicly, it wasn’t at all transparent. For example, they’ve had a Working Draft for over a year, and no one outside of IAQG knew it. That’s not good.

I’ll have more on this coming shortly, but already one major aerospace player is considering dropping AS9100 for their own company, because of the drama surrounding ISO 9001’s updates, and now the IA9100 revisions. And this is a company you definitely know. The IAQG may be overplaying its hand, still relying on the input of its echo chamber and denying the existence of the companies that actually pay for this stuff. That may not be a sustainable business model.


Exemplar Global Recognized Training Provider Program (RTP)


Gladhill Associates International is now part of the Exemplar Global Recognized Training Provider (RTP) Program.

Many of our Internal Audit courses are certified as well as our TPECS Lead Auditor courses. 

Extend your Learning

Graduate Certification

To help you get started and realize the full benefits that come with being a Gladhill Associates International and Exemplar Global Recognized Training Provider (RTP) student, we’ve compiled this guide for you.

Benefits for Students:

  • 12 months of ongoing professional development and support through direct access to a series of tailored learning content Access to Exemplar LINK, a dedicated platform to help professionals build their career pathway and identify and capitalize on opportunities. 
  • Access to an exclusive LinkedIn community to interact with other graduates and industry professionals to promote networking opportunities and skill sharing. 
  • An Exemplar Global Graduate certificate in addition to the Gladhill Associates International certificate.

The Bigger Picture

Gladhill Associates International and Exemplar Global are passionate about supporting the auditing profession and the industry as a whole to grow and deliver strong outcomes for the community. The Recognized Training Provider (RTP) program is one of our efforts to achieve this goal.

Not only does the program foster and promote the best training providers around the world, but it supports those interested in the auditing profession, our students, to become the best professionals they can be. Therefore, improving the entire community as a whole.

Why should I choose a training provider that has been certified by Exemplar Global?

By choosing an Exemplar Global certified training provider you can be assured that you are attending a course of a higher standing that has been recognized by a third party.

Additionally, by taking a course from an Exemplar Global certified training provider, you can benefit from enhanced personal development and career pathway opportunities.

These include a self-coaching assessment, and access to a library of educational materials to help you to further your professional development. 

How will completing an Gladhill Associates International RTP course enhance my career?

Completing a Gladhill Associates International RTP certified course demonstrates that you’ve completed a course that is relevant to the assurance industry and can assist you to advance along this career path.

You will also receive access to Exemplar Global’s library of continuing professional development, in addition to regular communications and resources to enhance your education. It will also allow you to take the next step and obtain Auditor Certification with Exemplar Global in the future.

Will I have access to the Exemplar Global community and networking opportunities through my certification?

You will receive access to Exemplar Global’s dedicated LinkedIn group which will allow you to access exclusive resources plus network with other course graduates and industry professionals. This is particularly valuable if you are interested to pursue a career in auditing or want to apply for Exemplar Global personnel certification in the future.

RTP Courses:

ISO 9001:2015 Internal Audit Course 

ISO 14001:2015 Internal Audit Course

ISO 45001:2018 Internal Audit Course 

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Internal Audit Course

ISO 22000:2018 Internal Audit Course 

ISO 13485:2016 Internal Audit Course

ISO 27001:2013 Internal Audit Course

ISO 9001 with Emphasis 0n IATF 16949:2016 Internal Audit Course

New Courses


New courses, Coming Attractions, Free Courses

Introduction to Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)

Introduction to SWOT - Strengths. Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (Free)

ISO 45003:2021 Internal Audit Course

Introduction to AIMM - Aerospace Independent Maturity Model - Free

AIMM User Guide - Free

Many Other On-Line and/or Virtual Courses 

Process Mapping - Human Factors - Corrective/Preventive Actions - ISO 5001 - Risk Management - Templates - ISO 14001 Gap Analysis/Internal Audit Checklist (NEW) - ISO 9001: 2015 Gap Analysis/Internal Audit Checklist (NEW) - AS 9100 Gap Analysis/Internal Audit Checklist (NEW) - Introduction Courses, Six Sigma, Process Auditing and much more... 

Our ISO/IEC 27001:2018 Internal Audit Course has been revised to ISO/IEC 27001:2022

Please click on “Courses” on our home page to view a complete list of our on-line courses.

Aerospace QMS 


The aerospace industry simply can’t afford mistakes. A single mistake or smallest failure of products/services can have deadly consequences in this industry. That’s the reason why reliability and quality remain the most important concerns and critical aspects of this industry. It’s, therefore, important to ensure that the quality management system (QMS) is working efficiently and is capable of helping reduce the risks and provide the organizations with a reliable framework to offer a product/service. It was the endeavor to bring about a single and dependable quality management system that brought about the AS 9100 series of standards.

Training with our experienced team will enable you throughout your quality journey. Whether you are brand new to aerospace or looking to become an auditor, Gladhill Associates International has the right course for you. Browse through our selection of aerospace courses to see which course fits your needs.

The AS 9100 series of standards following the direction of ISO 9001 with additional requirements over and above specific to the aerospace industry. Emphasis is placed on areas deemed to have the greatest impact on safety, reliability and regulatory compliance for aerospace products.  It helps organizations continually improve, focus on meeting customer requirements, and ensure customer satisfaction. 

Our Aerospace Courses:

AS 9100D Lead Auditor Course

AS 9100D Internal Audit Course

AS 9100D Transition Course  

AS 9110C Lead Auditor Course  

AS 9120B Lead Auditor Course

Consulting - Auditing


Auditing and Consulting Available.

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Take advantage of our on-site advice and instruction for organizations developing their own quality systems. 

For organizations with limited staff or time constraints, we complete the documentation, training, auditing and registrar selection in turn-key fashion. 

We also provide on-line internet, interactive consulting at a reasonable price. 

E-mail, call or fax us at any of our offices for a no obligation proposal. 


Gap Analysis

We provide experienced auditors to identify what improvement to your system will be required and recommendations for corrective actions.

Readiness Assessment

We conduct readiness assessment audits to provide companies with a measure of their readiness for the formal on-site assessment by the registrar. We also work with companies to correct nonconformances identified by the registrar during the assessment.

Internal Audits

Gladhill Associates International will do your internal audits. If you're having problems such as some listed below, contact us for details:

Not enough internal resources.

Not finding opportunities for improvement.

Want an outside, independent opinion on where you can improve.

Don't want to wait until you have time

Outsourcing your internal audit may be more cost effective than doing it yourself.