What is certification?

Certification is formal recognition by PECB that an individual has proficiency within, and a comprehension of, a specified body of knowledge. Certification is a vital component of every professional as it provides evidence that certified professionals hold standardized competencies based on best practices. Certification can also serve as documented evidence of a professional’s qualifications, competencies and experience.

Why become certified?

The benefits of being certified include the following:

  • It serves to demonstrate that the certified professional holds defined competencies based on best practices.
  • It allows employing organizations to make an informed selection of employees or services based on the competencies that are represented by the certification designation.
  • It provides incentives to the professional to constantly improve his/her skills and knowledge.
  • It serves as a tool for employers to ensure that training has been effective.

Does PECB certification have maintenance requirement?

The PECB designations are valid for three years. To maintain his/her certification, the applicant must demonstrate every year that he/she is still performing tasks that are related to the certification.

The following credentials do not require maintenance (if a candidate does not require obtaining another credential): Foundation, Provisional Auditor and Provisional Implementer.

PECB professionals should engage in appropriate continual professional development activities to maintain the necessary knowledge to perform their tasks with competence. Depending on the certification applicable, these activities include education, work experience, auditor training, audit experience, implementation and/or consulting experience.

This may be achieved through means such as additional work experience, training, private study, coaching, attendance at meetings, seminars and conferences or other relevant activities.

What is the content of the training?

There is a combination of class work exercises, real life experience discussions, observation, homework, practical application and study. All PECB courses are intensive and they enable the participants to develop the expertise necessary to support an organization in implementing and/or auditing management systems.

How many people would normally attend each course?

Each training course has 15 to 20 available places.

What is the duration of PECB training courses?

Duration vary from course to course. Please refer to the table below:

Course Duration/days Exam
Introduction 1 NO
Foundation 2 YES, at the end of day 2
Lead Auditor 5 YES, second half of day 5
Lead Implementer 5 YES, second half of day 5

What is the difference between the lead implementer and lead auditor courses?

Lead Implementer courses enable participants to develop an expertise to support an organization in implementing and managing a Management System based on ISO. All PECB lead implementer courses are consistent with the good practices of project management established in ISO 10006 (Quality Management Systems – Guidelines for Quality Management in Projects) and Integrated Implementation Methodology for Management Systems and Standards (IMS2) a methodology developed by PECB.

Lead Auditor courses enable participants to develop the expertise needed to audit Management System and to manage a team of auditors by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures and techniques. Based on practical exercises, the participant will develop the abilities (mastering audit techniques) and skills (managing audit teams and audit program, communicating with customers, conflict resolution, etc.) necessary for the efficient conduction of an audit. All our lead auditor training courses include Accepted Audit Methodology for Management Systems and Standards (AMS2) a methodology developed by PECB.

How do I register for a specific course?

Please check our Training Schedule and choose your convenient course, date and location. If you need additional information, please contact us at: training@sbs.org.pk

How I decide which course should I take?

SBS has developed a list of PECB available courses. Select the relevant subject to determine which training is right for you. It includes lead implementer, lead auditor, foundation and introduction courses


How long will the certificate be valid?

The PECB designations are valid for three years. To maintain his/her certification, the applicant must demonstrate every year that he/she is still performing tasks that are related to the certification.

Is the exam open-book?

YES. All notes and reference documents may be used during the exam excluding the use of a computer and/or other smart devices.

What is the passing score on a certification exam?

A minimum score of 70/100 is required to successfully pass the PECB certification exams.

How long does it take to get my exam results?

You will receive an e-mail notification approximately six to eight weeks after the exam to let you know about your results. You must have provided an e-mail on your application to receive the notification. Follow the access instructions in the e-mail.

PECB recognizes that prompt notification of exam results is important. PECB makes every effort to provide results as soon as possible. Your exam results are confidential. PECB will not give results over the phone. PECB does not give information about your exam to third parties except at the written request of the person who took the exam.