Steps to become ISO 27001 Certified

How to Become ISO 27001 Certified: A Brief Summary

ISO stands for the International Organisation for Standardisation, and the ISO 27001 is simply a standard set for the establishment, implementation, maintenance, and continuous improvement of information security systems. Because it is not mandatory, organisations actually have followed a lot of the ISO guidelines but are not officially certified.

The benefits of getting ISO certified are innumerable, and organisations should genuinely consider jumping through a few hoops to improve their organisational structure.


If you are looking to get an ISO 27001 certification, outlined below are some brief guidelines that will help you out:

Steps for becoming an ISO 27001 Lead Auditor

  1. Previous experience

    You need atleast four years of experience in information technology. From the four years, at least two years on a job related to information security is required.

  2. Passing the exam

    The ISO 27001 Lead Auditor Course is 5 days long. You need to invest considerable effort, not only in studying for the exam but also for attending the entirety of the course. If you miss even a single day of the course, it will be significantly more difficult for you to pass the course.

  3. Find a certification body

    You need to find a certification body which needs an ISO 27001 certification auditor – this task may be a little tough, since most certification bodies already have their own auditors.

  4. Go through training

    After finding a certification body that is interested, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you will start auditing the very next day– ISO 27001 requires you to go through a trainee program during which you will attend real certification audits where you will learn how to perform such audits. Usually, this trainee period lasts 20 audit days after which you’ll be entitled to perform ISMS audits as part of the audit team.

  5. Gain audit experience

    To become the ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, i.e. to lead a team of auditors performing ISO 27001 audit, you need to have experience in at least three complete ISMS audits.

The entire process can take between three to six months depending on the size of your organisation and how many sites they have.

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