We've received the following question:
"I am considering to complete the exams related to 22301 and 27001
As far as I can see there is lead auditor and lead implementer certifications for both standards.
Im not sure what the foundation certification is all about but maybe you can tell me if it is needed and why?
I believe my best option is to start reading some course material or books prior to the course and the exam.
Could you tell me which books/material you would recommend to give me the best probability to qualify for the exam and if you are able to provide them?"
Regarding certification the Foundation approach is the first step to get inside this subject giving a general overview about the aspects of the standards while the Lead Implementer is a deeper approach for those who want to implement this systems using a systemic approach to all the requirements. Lead Auditor is for those who want to become auditors of the system providing guidance on the standard as well as on how to perform audits.
Regarding the materials you should have a look on the following links
Also you can have a look on the ebook