The IRCA Environmental Management System Certification Scheme is for auditors using ISO 14001:2015 to assess organisations' environmental management systems.

The scheme is based on the auditing standard ISO 14001:2015 Environmental management systems – Requirements.

Who the scheme is for

  • Environmental auditors, such as those employed by third-party certification bodies and registrars or by purchasing organisations (second-party auditors)
  • Environmental practitioners, such as environmental consultants, environmental managers and other environmental personnel
  • Employees conducting environmental management system audits within their own organisations (internal audits).


As an environmental management systems auditor you will need to demonstrate that you have:

  • Knowledge of environmental aspects and impacts
  • Ability to judge aspect significance
  • Knowledge of local environmental legislation
  • Understanding of methods and techniques of environmental management that enable the auditor to examine an environmental management system, and to generate appropriate audit findings and conclusions
  • Understanding of environmental science and technology that enables the auditor to understand the fundamental relationships between human activities and the environment
  • Understanding of technical and environmental aspects of operations that enables the auditor to understand the interaction of an organization’s activities, products, services and operations with the environment.