MLC Lead Internal Auditor – Online Course


Experience one of the most comprehensive and accessible online MLC Internal Auditor courses, adhering to IMO & MLC guidelines and accessible from any location. This course encompasses all the essential topics prescribed by the ISM Code and MLC 2006, which is crucial for equipping individuals tasked with the Internal Auditor role with a thorough understanding of their duties and responsibilities.

Through this web-based program, participants will be expertly prepared to take on the role of an Internal ISM Auditor. This includes equipping them with the comprehension, expertise, and abilities needed to effectively audit both the vessel and shoreside management teams in accordance with the ISM Code & MLC 2006.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 11 Hours

Difficulty: Advanced


The primary objective of this course is to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for participants to conduct a comprehensive audit of an organization’s Management System in the capacity of a Lead Auditor, specializing in the MLC Code. Additionally, the course aims to instill the confidence needed to effectively audit a Management System in accordance with internationally recognized best practice techniques.

Approved Training Courses:

Virtual Maritime Academy is recognized as an institution approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Our course is globally accepted.

Target Audience:

  • Individuals involved in the internal audit process
  • Those aspiring to become competent MLC Lead Auditors
  • Management Representatives
  • Quality Managers & Directors
  • Consultants
  • Designated Persons Ashore (DPAs) and their assistants

Course Prerequisites:

A basic understanding of ISO standards and the MLC Code is necessary.

Regulations, Codes, and Conventions Addressed:

ISO 19011:2011 – Guidelines for auditing management systems

MLC Code

Course Objectives:

  • Attract and retain customers by addressing their current and future needs
  • Identify the aims and benefits of a combined audit for MLC
  • Interpret audit requirements for application
  • Plan, conduct, and follow-up on auditing activities that add real value
  • Utilize the latest auditor techniques and identify appropriate applications
  • Build stakeholder confidence by managing processes in line with the latest requirements

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, trainees will be able to:

  • Plan, conduct, report, and follow up on an MLC audit as a Lead Auditor
  • Identify the purpose and benefits of a management system
  • Explain the role and responsibilities of the Lead Auditor
  • Apply audit principles in relation to MLC and the verification for certification

Course Structure:

MLC Audit


Each chapter concludes with multiple-choice questions, followed by a final assessment with a required passing score of 70%. The final assessment is entirely online, and a proctor will monitor you during the assessment. A computer (not a tablet or Chromebook) with a webcam and reliable internet speed is required. A $75 CAD + applicable taxes fee applies for re-attempting the final assessment if you do not pass with a score of at least 70%.

Course Duration:

The 11-hour course can be completed at your own pace, allowing you to enter and exit the course as needed.

Delivery Method:

The course is entirely online, with no in-person testing requirements.

Student Verification Requirements:

Students must submit official photo identification before starting the course, as mandated by Transport Canada.


A hardcopy certificate will be mailed to your address at no additional cost.

Online Course Topics:

This comprehensive course covers all necessary requirements, enabling successful trainees to:

  • Plan, conduct, report, and follow up on an MLC audit
  • Identify the purpose and benefits of a management system
  • Explain the role and responsibilities of the Lead Auditor
  • Apply audit principles in relation to MLC and verification for certification

Course Progress



  • Virtual Maritime Academy Introduction
    • Virtual Maritime Academy Introduction
    • About the MLC Auditor Course
    • Final Assessment Information
    • Certification Process
    • Course Notes
    • Course Notices
    • Student ID Verification
    • Student ID Form
    • Let’s Begin!
  • MLC Audit
    • Section 1
    • The MLC Video
    • Section 2
    • Section 2(cont)
    • Fatigue Video
    • Section 3
    • Section 3(cont)
    • Section 4
    • Section 5
    • Section 6
    • Integration Video
    • Harassment & Bullying Prevention
    • Section 7
    • Section 7(cont)
    • Speaking up Video
    • Communication Video
    • Section 8
    • Section 9
    • Section 10
  • Lead Auditor
    • Section 1
    • Section 2
    • Section 3
    • Section 4
    • Section 5
    • Regulation Video
    • Section 6
    • Effective Communication Video
    • Active Listening Video
    • Better Body Language Video
    • Train the Trainer Video
    • Section 7
  • Final Assessment
    • Final Check
    • Final Assessment
    • Final Assessment Request
    • Student Feedback
    • What’s Next?
  • Certificate
    • Certification