VDA - IATF16949 - Qualification Training & Exam for 1st/2nd Party Auditor






Conformity with IATF 16949 is the condition for acceptance into the automotive manufacturers’ list of suppliers. In preparation for certification, those responsible in an organisation must come to grips with the concrete implementation of requirements.

IATF 16949 auditors’ competence is of decisive importance: on the one hand, because they have to implement the IATF 16949 requirements in their own organisation in a focussed manner and evaluate the effectiveness of quality management actions. On the other hand, so they can review their suppliers as to whether their QM system complies with IATF 16949. This also includes the competent handling of the respective methods, as the IATF 16949 clearly states as a requirement. The efficient approach during the audits is an important success factor, which is why typical audit situations are treated along the Automotive Core Tools. 

This one-week training makes it possible to achieve qualification for 1st / 2nd party auditor IATF 16949 within six days. 


The focus is on presenting specialist knowledge that enables the participants to conduct 1st / 2nd party audits according to IATF 16949 requirements. First, the topics of process management and automotive process approach are dealt with. The participants get to know the main contents of ISO 19011, as well as the structure and contents of IATF 16949 and its requirements including ISO 9001. Additionally, they are provided an insight into the IATF certification rules. In addition, the participants train typical auditing situations in the context of Automotive Core Tools, focusing on an efficient approach. Both the assessment of the technically correct application of the respective methods and the case-specific assessment of typical situations are a central component of the training. 1st / 2nd party auditors IATF 16949 are able to conduct internal and external system audits on their own. The examination and the accompanying certificate independently confirm their knowledge. 

Additionally, the certificate provides evidence of current and valid qualification in order to meet customer or supplier requirements with regard to IATF 16949 auditor competence. 

History, development and relevance of the 8D Method: 

  • Outline of procedure for the 8D Method

  • Problem awareness

  • Exact description of problem

  • Deduction of interim containment action

  • Connection between root cause and corrective action

  • Use of simple analytical methods – Ishikawa & 5-Why

  • Actual state/not-actual-state analysis

  • Confirmation that the identified cause actually triggers the problem

  • Determine corrective action

  • Planning the implementation of corrective action

  • Continual improvement of Q planning, manufacture , QMS

  • Recognition of problem solving team and their effect on error culture in organizations

  • Successfully integrate 8D Method into organizations 

Admission to the examination will only be granted after a successful review of your application. Prerequisites are an auditor qualification for Internal Auditor ISO 9001:2015, at least three complete internal ISO 9001 system audits within the past three years and at least two years‘ appropriate fulltime practical automotive experience.Expertise in Automotive Core Tools is an advantage. The participants receive a bibliography for their self-study in order to acquire the necessary basic knowledge in advance. This qualification has been developed for QM managers and QM personnel, or internal / external system auditors with ISO 9001 knowledge and automotive auditing experience. 

The alternation between technical lectures, individual, group and case study exercises makes it possible to expand and apply knowledge of IATF 16949, ISO 9001 and the single Core Tools (RGA / APQP, VDA 2 / PPAP, FMEA, VDA 5 / MSA, Cmk / PpK / CpK / SPC and 8D) in appropriate learning steps. The focus lies on the practical application by the participants. On the examination day, you are given an examination paper with 40 questions, of which at least 70% must be answered correctly. 

Furthermore, prospective IATF 16949 1st / 2nd party auditors must pass an oral examination in which they identify risks / nonconformities from a scenario and match these with the requirements of IATF 16949 and ISO 9001. For preparation the training material (including standards) handed out during VDA trainings are admissible and must be brought along on the examination day




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