ISO 20121 Foundation in United Kingdom

Become acquainted with the best practices of an Event Sustainability Management System (ESMS) based on ISO 20121

Why should you attend?

ISO 20121 Foundation training enables you to learn the basic elements to implement and manage an Event Sustainability Management System (ESMS) as specified in ISO 20121. During this training course, you will be able to understand the different modules of an ESMS, including ESMS policy, procedures, performance measurements, management commitment, internal audit, management review and continual improvement.

After completing this course, you can sit for the exam and apply for a “PECB Certified ISO 20121 Foundation” credential. A PECB Foundation Certificate shows that you have understood the fundamental methodologies, requirements, framework and management approach. 


Who should attend?

  • Individuals involved in Event Sustainability Management
  • Individuals seeking to gain knowledge about the main processes of Event Sustainability Management Systems (ESMS)
  • Individuals interested to pursue a career in Event Sustainability Management

Learning objectives

  • Understand the elements and operations of an Event Sustainability Management System and its principal processes
  • Acknowledge the correlation between ISO 20121 and other standards and regulatory frameworks
  • Understand the approaches, methods and techniques used for the implementation and management of an ESMS

Educational approach

  • Lecture sessions are illustrated with practical questions and examples
  • Practical exercises include examples and discussions
  • Practice tests are similar to the Certification Exam

Course agenda

Day 1: Introduction to Event Sustainability Management System (ESMS) concepts as required by ISO 20121

Day 2: Event Sustainability Management System requirements and Certification Exam 


The “PECB Certified ISO 20121 Foundation” exam fully meets the requirements of the PECB Examination and Certification Programme (ECP). The exam covers the following competency domains:

Domain 1: Fundamental principles and concepts of an Event Sustainability Management System (ESMS)

Domain 2: Event Sustainability Management System (ESMS) 

For more information about the exam details, please visit Examination Rules and Policies.


Upon the successful completion of the exam, you can apply for the credential shown on the table below. For more information about ISO 20121 certifications and the PECB certification process, please refer to the Certification Rules and Policies.

The requirements for the PECB Foundation Certification are:

Credential Exam Professional experience MS audit/assessment experience ESMS project experience Other requirements
PECB Certified ISO 20121 Foundation PECB Certified ISO 20121 Foundation exam or equivalent None None None Signing the PECB Code of Ethics

General Information

  • Certification fees are included on the exam price
  • Training material containing over 200 pages of information and practical examples will be distributedA participation certificate of 14 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits will be issued
  • In case of exam failure, you can retake the exam within 12 months for free

Course Dates and Prices