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ISM Internal Auditor

This course objective is to develop the knowledge and skills required to conduct a full audit of an organization's Management System in the capacity of Internal Auditor dedicated for the ISM Code. It will also give the confidence to effectively audit a Management system in accordance with internationally recognized best practice techniques.


Become a certified ISM Internal auditor and demonstrate your commitment towards continual improvement through our course.


The course covers the requirements related to internal auditor responsibilities respectively and finally the issues and factors that affect ISM Audits.


Aims & Objectives
  • Attract and retain customers by meeting their current and future needs
  • Identify the aims and benefits of an audit for ISM
  • Interpret requirements for audit application
  • Plan, conduct and follow-up auditing activities that add real value
  • Access the latest auditor techniques and identify appropriate use
  • Build stakeholder confidence by managing processes in line with the latest requirements
 Learning Outcomes
A trainee successfully completing this course will be able to:
  • Plan, conduct, report and follow up an ISM Internal audit
  • Identify the purpose and benefits of a management system
  • Explain the role and the responsibilities of the Internal Auditor
  • Expand the audit principles in relation to ISM code and the verification for certification
Who should attend?
  • People involved in the internal audit process
  • People who wish to become competent ISM Internal Auditors
  • Management Representatives
  • Quality managers & Directors
  • Consultants
  • Designated Persons Ashore (DPAs) and assistants
Relative conventions:
  • ISO 19011:2011 - Guidelines for auditing management systems
  • ISM code


Prerequisite skills & knowledge: Basic Knowledge of ISO standards, ISM management systems and auditing process
Available in-house/distant learning? Yes


Created by: LiberoAssurance Continuous Professional Development Training Centre Level 1 - Accredited by Univab


ISM Knowledge before audits

Company Verification, Review and Evaluation
  • ISM Code Requirements
  • Review of Safety Management System (SMS)
  • Internal Audits Intervals Keys Issues
  • Internal Audit?at which extent?
  • Internal Audit, why?
  • Internal Audit before an External audit
  • What about DPA and Audits
  • Company & Ship's Comparison
  • Persons Responsible for Audits
Certification and Verification
  • Certification & Periodical Verification (para 13 ISM Code)
  • Interim Certification requirements (para 14 ISM Code)
  • Comments on para 14 ISM Code
Verification Requirements
  • ISM Code Requirements
  • Verification by Administrations or Recognized Organizations (ROs)
  • Effective enforcement by Administrations with Verification
  • What Administrations should consider during verification
  • Objective Evidences from facts and Records
  • Tools for Verification/Certification should be
  • Certification and verification activities
  • Interim verification
  • Initial Verification
  • Annual verification of Document of Compliance
  • Intermediate verification of Safety Management Certificates
  • Renewal verification
  • Additional Verification
Safety management audits
  • Safety management audits overview
  • Application for audit
  • Preliminary review (Document review)
  • Preparing the audit
  • Executing the audit
  • Preparing the audit report
  • Corrective action follow-up
  • Company responsibilities
  • Responsibilities of the Organization (or Flag) performing certification
  • Requirements for the Organization performing   Certification
  • Standards of competence for auditors
Forms of Certificates


Marine Management System Lead Auditor

  • What is an audit?
  • Why Audit?
  • Audit Types
  • Difference between Internal and Lead Auditor
Internal Audit
  • Principles of auditing
  • Scheduled and unscheduled Audits
  • What to Audit – Technical Audit
  • Steps involved in internal audit
  • Scope of audit
  • Frequency of audit
  • Internal Audit process
Audit Steps
  • Performing audit activities
  • Audit Plan
  • Developing Checklists
  • Opening Meeting
  • Conducting the Audit
  • Recording Results
  • Non-Conformities & Non-Compliances
  • Closing Meeting (s)
  • Audit Report
  • Audit follow-up
Audit Programme
  • Establishing the Audit programme objectives
  • Identifying and evaluating audit programme risks 
  • Process flow for the management of an audit programme
  • Managing an audit programme
  • Audit programme Implementation
Audit Tips & Techniques
  • Tips to trained internal auditor
  • Question Technique
  • Competence of the audit programme manager
Psychological factors during an audit
  • Attitudes and relationships
  • Obstacles & communication
  • Space & Time issues
  • Body language 
  • Cultural factors
  • Principles of Listening & Auditing
  • The  Interview steps
Auditor's Performance
  • Auditor’s Quality
  • The Auditors conduct
  • Auditor's Code of Conduct
  • Auditor Characteristics
  • Auditor's personal behaviour
  • The Auditee’s conduct
  • Audit Team leader skills
  • How to evaluate an Auditor
  • Maintaining & Improving Auditor's competence
  • Auditor's Competence – IACS/RO Guidance
  • Auditor’s Experience – IACS/RO Guidance
Accreditation and Certification
  • Accreditation & Certification Bodies
  • Certification Process
  • References
Exam & Certification
  • Exam on ISM Internal Auditor
  • “ISM Internal Auditor” Certificate


Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar presentations (available for download)
  • Terms and definitions
  • No. of slides: 257


  • Reading lists and resources available in the presentations


Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 30
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrolment duration: 90 days (starting from date of purchase)
  • CPD Points: 30
  • ECTS/ECVET Points: 1.0


Assessment methods


% contribution to final mark

% Minimum passing grade

Exam on ISM Internal Auditor 





On successful completion of the course assessment, participants will be issued with a ‘Certificate of Success’



   100% Online course
   CPD Accredited eCertificate – Global acceptance
   Downloadable course material
   E-learning Mobile App
   Enrolment: 3 months
   Flexible schedule
   Language: English

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