VDA - IATF16949 - Examination for 1st/2nd Party Auditors
BACKGROUND AND TOPICS
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. The certificate awarded upon passing the examination for certified 1st / 2nd party auditor IATF 16949 is issued exclusively by the IATF member VDA QMC or by one of our approved licensed partners.
The examination is for prospective 1st / 2nd party auditors of IATF 16949.
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 current and valid qualification in order to meet customer or supplier requirements with regard to IATF 16949 auditor competence.
CONCEPT AND METHODS
On the examination day, the participants are given a written examination with 40 questions, which they have 60 minutes to answer. Furthermore, prospective IATF 16949 1st / 2nd party auditors must pass an oral examination consisting of 30 minutes of preparation time and a 20-minute interview with two examiners. For preparation, the training material (including standards) handed out during VDA trainings is admissible and must be brought along on the examination day.
PREREQUISITES FOR ATTENDANCE
Admission to the examination is only granted after successful review of the application. The prerequisites are an auditor qualification ISO 9001, at least three ISO 9001 audits within the past three years, at least two years of practical automotive industry experience and the successful completion of the training
”IATF 16949 – Qualification for 1st / 2nd Party Auditor” (ID 211).
As a new requirement, evidence of knowledge of the Automotive Core Tools must be provided. The training ”Automotive Core Tools for System and Process Auditors” (ID 417) and the VDA qualification ”Automotive Core Tools Professional” (ID 415, 416 and possibly 450) are recognised. Alternatively, evidence of a minimum two-day training about Automotive Core Tools by another training provider as well as the passing of an Automotive Core Tools online quiz is required. If the quiz is not passed, the ”Automotive Core Tools for System and Process Auditors” course (ID 417) must be completed (see graphical representation on p.24).
CERTIFICATE AND AUDITOR CARD
After passing the examination, you will receive a certificate with registered numbering in connection with an auditor card as well as a corresponding VDA QMC database entry.