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ISO 14001:2015 Transition Overview

  • Teacher: Brandon Kerkstra
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Price: $ 149

Finish all lessons and pass quizzes with an average of 60%

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ISO 14001 was first published in 1996,  updated in 2004 with a revision in September of 2015. It replaces all previous editions. The purpose of the ISO 14001 standard is to address environmental protection within organizations and respond to changing environmental conditions.  Organizations can achieve these goals in a standard fashion when an Environmental Management System is established.  It underlines the continual need to improve the suitability, adequacy, and effectiveness of this system.

This course will give you a overview of the ISO 14001:2015 standard.  Brandon compares the 2004 release to the 2015 release.  He provides helpful  information and suggestions when transitioning from your current EMS to the 2015 version. 

  • Brief Look at the Standard
  • The Context of the Organization
  • Organization Knowledge
  • Communications (Internal vs External)
  • Documented Information
  • Monitoring & Measurement
  • Interested Parties / Internal & External Issues
  • Leadership in your EMS
  • Environmental Policy
  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Risks & Opportunities
  • Compliance Obligations
  • Internal Audits
  • Continual Improvement

The Intended Audience:
  • Companies that have a current ISO 14001 EMS (2004 compliant)
  • New to ISO 14001: Companies looking into a first time certification for ISO 14001:2015 EMS
  • Executive Staff involved in your EMS
  • Environmental Compliance Managers
  • Internal Auditors
  • EMS Project Manager

Upon completing the course and quizzes, you will receive a certificate of completion.


Plan Name Price
1 Year: $ 179
6 Months: $ 149


Brandon Kerkstra

Brandon Kerkstra has worked with hundreds of companies in a wide range of industries during the past 14 years as president of MSG. In addition to building the successful business, Brandon has facilitated the implementation of ISO 17025, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 13485, APQP, CMMI, & SPICE (ISO 15504).  Brandon has also trained on Project Management, Time Management and Lean Concepts, and more recently implemented and trained on AS 9100 and AS 9115 as well as DO178B requirements.

Before launching MSG, Brandon Kerkstra was responsible for business development at the North American division of the British Standards Institution Inc., the world's largest registrar of quality management systems, and for technical business development at Entela, Inc., the world’s leading automotive and manufacturing registrar.  Kerkstra also held positions as a lead trainer for both organizations.

With extensive experience in product testing, inspection, and quality, Kerkstra is familiar with a wide range of ISO 9000, ISO/TS 16949 and ISO 14000 management systems assessments for the military, nuclear, aerospace, and automotive industries.

Kerkstra has appeared as a keynote and motivational speaker at professional and international conferences and on national television about the benefits and technical aspects of management system registration to international standards. As a paid speaker, he has addressed Siemens VDO and the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards on the subject of international standards in registration.

Brandon holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University as well as numerous technical certifications.
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We review your requirements, then give you a menu of options to meet your budget and schedule.  MSG helps you determine:
  • Goals and objectives
  • Which certifications or standards are applicable
  • What individuals should be involved to tailor your training
  • A time schedule
  • Resources necessary to ensure a successful program launch