Course Description

ANAB has redesigned its Lead Assessor Intensive Training course to an exercise-based approach to better support and develop the competencies required of a lead assessor. The course was developed in response to the recent change of focus on competence within laboratory-related accreditation standards and is based on ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17011 requirements.

The Lead Assessor Intensive Training course is designed to develop the required knowledge and skills by incorporating small group exercises, course work, and case studies for hands-on learning, allowing attendees to demonstrate their competencies in the classroom, as well as on final examination.

When combined with one of our standard-specific courses, the successful completion of Lead Assessor Intensive Training will demonstrate that the participant has the knowledge to apply the skills as defined in the learning objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Knowledge of assessment principles, practices, and techniques
  • Communication skills appropriate to interact with all levels within the conformity assessment body
  • Note-taking and report-writing skills
  • Nonconformity writing skills
  • Opening and closing meeting skills
  • Interviewing and listening skills
  • Assessment-management skills
  • Knowledge of risk-based assessment principles


CEU Credits: 3.2

Who Should Attend

  • Individuals interested in becoming an assessor for an accreditation body*
  • Current assessors seeking to further demonstrate the required competencies
  • Internal auditors seeking to further develop their auditing skills
  • individuals who want to understand the assessment process and assessment related activities


Attendees should have a solid understanding of the standard of interest (i.e., ISO/IEC 17025 or ISO/IEC 17020) before attending this course. The information presented during this course assumes an understanding of the structure and content of the applicable accreditation standard.  A review of the requirements is provided in the online training portion of this course with access provided prior to the first day of the session.

One complimentary registration in a self-paced, web-based standard-specific overview course is included with the Lead Assessor Intensive course registration. This review of the requirements is provided a week prior to the first day of the session. 

For more information on becoming a contract assessor for ANAB, follow: 

Note:  If you are interested in serving on ANAB assessment teams for the forensic business unit please see Forensic Technical Assessor Training.


One standard of interest is included in the cost.  A $400 fee is applicable to any additional standards.  Please contact for details. 

Private On-site Training

This training is also available as a private course. Private courses are a great option for organizations that have several staff members who need training.  Contact Natalia Larrimer at or 414-501-5445 for more information.

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*To qualify to become an assessor for ANAB's forensic programs, see Forensic ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Assessor Training for applicable training and review the qualifications in the ANAB Assessor Manual for Forensic Accreditation Programs.