ISO 22301 Lead Auditor

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The ISO 22301 standard enables organizations to respond effectively to disruptive events through procedures which apply before, during, and after them. Conforming with it is a necessity for businesses that wish to ensure continued service, protect their reputation and brand, reduce risks which impact operations, and maximize resilience against disruption.

ISO 22301 Lead Auditor is an important credential which ensures practitioners have the necessary knowledge and skill to perform a BCMS audit in compliance with the requirements of ISO 22301. It also testifies to a professional’s ability to manage an audit team while using recognized audit principles, procedures, and techniques. Moreover, the certification indicates an auditor’s ability to plan and conduct internal and external audits according to the recommendations of ISO 19011 and the requirements of ISO/IEC 17021-1.

Learning Objectives

In addition to preparing you for the certification examination, this course will help you achieve the following learning outcomes set by PECB:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the concepts, approaches, methods, and techniques used for the implementation and effective management of a BCMS 
  • Learn how to interpret and implement the requirements of ISO 22301 in the specific context of an organization 
  • Understand the operation of the business continuity management system and its processes based on ISO 22301 
  • Acquire the necessary knowledge to support an organization in effectively planning, implementing, managing, monitoring, and continually improving a BCMS 

Who Should Attend this Training

  • Auditors who wish to perform and lead BCMS audits 
  • Managers or consultants who are part of the BCMS audit process
  • Individuals responsible for conformance with ISO 22301 and BCMS requirements
  • Business continuity team members
  • Business continuity team members
  • Internal auditors
  • Technical experts
  • Business continuity management experts


To be eligible for the ISO 22301 Lead Auditor certification examination, candidates should have an understanding of business continuity concepts and BCMS audit principles. Certification requirements are further detailed in the FAQs section.

Examination Format

  • Essay type questions
  • Passing criteria is 70%, i.e. 53 points or higher out of 75
  • 3 hours duration (+30 minutes for non-English speakers)
  • Open book exam

What’s Next?

Candidates who achieve the ISO 22301 Lead Auditor certification can expand their knowledge on business continuity with other certifications.

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Exam & Certification FAQs

When will I get my certification examination results?

You can expect your results via email in six to eight weeks after taking the exam. However, keep in mind that you will only be provided with two possible exam results – pass or fail – rather than an exact grade.

In case of exam failure, candidates will receive the results with the list of domains they did not attempt fully. That way, they can prepare better the next time.


What does the certification examination cover?

The ISO 22301 Lead Auditor certification examination will test you on the following domains, which are shown along with the number of questions you need to attempt:

    • Domain 1: Fundamental principles and concepts of BCMS (1 question, 5 points)
    • Domain 2: BCMS (1 question, 10 points)
    • Domain 3: Fundamental audit concepts and principles (3 questions, 15 points)
    • Domain 4: Preparing for an ISO 22301 audit (1 question, 5 points)
    • Domain 5: Conducting an ISO 22301 audit (4 questions, 25 points)
    • Domain 6: Closing an ISO 22301 audit (1 question, 10 points)
    • Domain 7: Managing an ISO 22301 internal audit program (1 question, 5 points)


What is the exam retake policy?

Candidates can retake a PECB certification exam as many times as they wish. However, the following limitations apply:

    • Candidates need to wait 15 days for their second attempt if they do not pass on the first attempt. They can retake the exam for free within 12 months. 
    • Candidates who do not pass the second attempt need to wait for three months from the initial date of the exam. Examination retake fees will be charged. 
    • Candidates who do not pass the third attempt need to wait for six months from the initial date of the exam. Examination retake fees will be charged.
    • Candidates who do not pass the fourth attempt need to wait for a year (12 months) from the last session date.


Which reference materials can I use for the open book exam?

According to PECB’s guidelines, you are authorized to use the following materials only:

    • A copy of the ISO 22301 standard
    • Course notes from the Participant Handout 
    • Any personal notes made while taking a preparation course
    • A hard copy dictionary


Are there any certification requirements I should know of?

Yes, there are. To receive your ISO 22301 Lead Implementer certificate, you need to comply with the following requirements:

  • Professional Experience: Five years – two years of which should be related to business continuity management
  • MS Audit/Assessment Experience: 300 hours of audit activities 
  • Other Requirements: Signing PECB Code of Ethics

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