Certified ISO 27001 Lead Implementer Training Course

CIMA's Certified ISO 27001 Lead Implementer Course is a 5-day information packed learning experience. Check out the

course overview video, full course curriculum, and more details on this page. 

Course Summary

The Certified ISO 27001 Lead Implementer course is a five-day information packed learning experience. It is designed to develop a level of competence to support the design, development, roll-out and maintenance of an organizational Information Security Management System based on the ISO 27001 standard. During this course, student will participate in a series of practical exercises leading to a capstone practical exam in the form of a presentation to a panel of distinguished local business and technology executives.

To develop a well-rounded understanding of the standard's expectations, we will be drawing upon best practices from ISO 27001, 27002, 27003, 27004, 27005, 27017, 27034, 27035, 55000 among others. This approach enables students to understand the requirements for the design, development, implementation and ongoing maintenance of an ISO 27001-based information security management system, as well as the expectations of ISO certification auditors.

Enrollment for our next

Certified ISO 27001 Lead Implementer Course

scheduled for October 9 - 13, 2023

closes at 5:00 PM (US Eastern Time Zone) on October 5, 2023

The time remaining for registration is:


Important to Notes:

1. Training seats are limited, and we do not maintain a waiting list for courses as they book up fast. As such, registration may be closed before the above time, when fully booked.

2. Registration closes at 5:00 PM on the Thursday, the week before the first day of each course, to allow time for us to send electronic versions of the courseware and mandatory communications to each student. The final registration date for each course is posted on the respective course registration page.

Who Should Take This Course?

  • Information Security professionals and managers involved in any aspect of the development, roll-out or operational maintenance of an Information Security Management System (ISMS) 
  • IT Managers and professionals, Project Managers, and consultants wanting to prepare and to support an organization in the implementation or maintenance of an Information Security Management System (ISMS)
  • Auditors who want to understand and be able to demonstrate competence in an Information Security Management System implementation
  • Project Managers and Consultants looking to understand and support clients / employers implementing an information security management system
  • Corporate / industrial / physical security specialists looking to understand the dynamics of an information security program and their role in supporting it
  • Technical IT specialist wanting to prepare for an Information Security function or for an ISMS project management function
  • Data Privacy, compliance managers and specialists charged with the responsibility for information security conformity in an organization in a regulated or service industry

How Does The ISO 27001 Lead Implementer Course Relates to Me?

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Disclaimer: these are not customer testimonials, but rather stories of real companies and situations to help you appreciate how this course may be seen or affect people in different roles. Names and details have been altered for privacy reasons.

Schedule, Registration, and Cost

For specific dates and locations, please visit the Event Calendar view, or our Scheduled Events page.

Live Online - Regular Price $2,495

In Person - Regular Price  $2,995.


1. On-site Training Class Availability is Subject To - No Local Pandemic or Protest / Rioting Restrictions. Where Restrictions Are In Place, The Course will Revert to Live Online.

2. If an early registration or special discount has been offered for a course, but is no longer visible on the course registration page, then the offer has expired and is no longer available to redeem.


Day One - Introduction and Planning for an Information Security Management System (ISMS)

  • Course introduction
  • A primer on the ISO 27000 family of standards and guides
  • An ISO 27001 ISMS
  • Acclimating to the organization
  • Business Process Mapping
  • Performing an Asset Inventory to support a risk assessment
  • Defining ISMS Program Goals & Priorities
  • Defining the scope of the ISMS

Day Two - Planning for an ISMS and Risk Management

  • Build the Business Case for an ISMS
  • Understand perform the mandatory legal & regulatory review
  • Develop an ISMS Statement of Applicability
  • Fundamentals of a risk assessment
  • Perform a Gap and Impact Assessment, and prepare a mitigation plan
  • Developing an ISMS Program Charter
  • A practical approach to developing governance for your ISMS

Day Three - Develop and Implement ISMS

  • Develop an ISMS Performance Management Program
  • Develop an ISMS Communications Program
  • Implement the Mitigation Plan Implementation
  • Operational Transfer and Acceptance of ISMS services

Day Four - Management Oversight, Auditing and Managing an ISMS based on ISO 27001

  • Familiarization with the ISO 27001 Annex A Control Objectives & Controls
  • Understanding the mandatory requirement for an independent security assessment
  • Develop an Internal Audit program to support an ISMS
  • The requirements for an ISMS Leadership Review, and continuous improvement
  • The ISMS certification process
  • Establishment and ongoing management of Information Security Incident Plan to satisfy ISO 27001 requirements

Day Five - Practical & Written Certification Exams

  • Morning: 3 hour written exam
  • Afternoon: Practical Exam - Formal Presentation of Business Case To Executive Panel


1. Both written and practical exams are mandatory, in order to meet the certification requirements set out by the Information Security Leadership Forum, this course's certifying body.

2. Formal business attire is mandatory for you practical exam. Please be sure to pack / dress appropriately. Men are required to wear a jacket and tie, and women the equivalent.

Learning Objectives

When designing our Certified ISO 27001 Lead Implementer Course, great care is taken to identify key areas the course must focus on in order to ensure student achieve the goals the course was setup to accomplish. These learning objectives are highlighted as follows:

Understand the application of an Information Security Program as prescribed by ISO 27001.

Master the concepts, approaches, standards, methods and techniques required for the effective management of an organizational Information Security Program

Familiarity with the various sub-programs under an Information Security Program, and their interrelationships to establish a holistic enterprise information security program.

Develop the expertise to lead an organization in the design, development, implementation, management and maintenance of an Information Security Program

Familiarity with the subject matter experts and stakeholders that need to be engaged, and how to apply their expertise to support an organization in the establishment of an Information Security Management System

Develop fundamental knowledge and skills required to manage a team that is implementing the ISO27001 standard

What You Get!

What each student will receive

  • a copy of all slides presented during the class
  • a certificate of completion awarding 35 Continuing Professional Development (CDP) credit hours
  • A free exam and certification application voucher.
  • Add-on Option: Soon the Information Security Leadership Forum will be releasing an Official Study Guide for this course which will be available for purchase in the Forum's e-Book Store, upon release. This e-Book is optional and offered at an incremental cost.

Certification Exam Information

What you need to know

  • There are two exams for this course, a practical and a written exam. Students are required to achieve a minimum passing grade in both in order to qualify for certification.
  • The written exam is completed within 3 hours on Friday morning, and is a mixed format incorporating multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching, and other structured formats. The exam begins punctually at 9:00 AM and ends at 12:00 PM. As such, students must arrive no later than 8:30 AM, at which time the exam instructions will be read to the class, and students may ask any final questions. This exam is an open book exam.
  • The practical exam is completed Friday afternoon with a live presentation to a panel of guest executives (CISO, CIO, CFO, COO, CEO, etc.).
  • All students are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement prior to commencement of the exam, attesting they will not disclose or discuss anything related to either the practical or written exams with any other person(s).
  • Students must bring (1) a copy of their student registration, and (2) at least one state / provincial or federal government issued identification card, both of which must be presented upon entering the examination room. Entrance will not be permitted without both. Online students will need to show this when asked by the proctor, using the web cam.

Special Notes

  • When offered as an on-site course, CIMA reserves the right to revert any course to Live Online Only, in instances where pandemic or civil unrest prevail, making it unsafe or unlawful to physically be on premises. In such instances, registered student will be notified with as much advanced notice as possible.
  • Students will receive a discount code for a free membership with the Information Security Leadership Forum. This code is only valid for use by the registered student. Students must register and setup an account at least one week prior to the beginning of your course as there may be pre-course work that must be completed, as well as messages from your instructor.
  • Students must understand that they are required to participate in the entire training course to be eligible to write the certification exam.
  • Access to student material for this course will be provided on or before the first day of training, by the course instructor via the Online Training Portal. All course material is copyright protected, and student are prohibited from making any unauthorized electronic or printed copies, redistributing or sharing with any other person or entity, including internally within an organization.
  • Student are required to sign a non-compete clause, stating they will not take this course and use the material to create a competing training offering, nor support or participate with any other entity to create and offer a similar commercial fee-based or free offering, including internally within their employer's organization.
  • Student are prohibited from recording (audio or video) any session(s), or portions of any session, no matter whether the student is attending a classroom-based or online version.
  • Students understand that they are individually required to comply with any and all government regulations and restrictions or those imposed by an event venue that are in place, or may be imposed within the jurisdiction where this training is scheduled to take place as it relates to non-resident visa, pandemic outbreaks, protests or other emergency situations.
  • CIMA, the Information Security Leadership Forum, affiliate training delivery partners, and venue organizations and their staff, shall not be responsible to provision or assist in the provisioning of any item to assist a student registered for training with us, to comply with any government imposed requirements. All students are required to plan for and bring with them or make arrangements for the provisioning of any and all items that may be required for such situations e.g. facial mask, evidence of virus testing, non-resident visa, etc.