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Course overview: 

VDA 6.3 Qualification for Certified Process Auditor training uses the process approach and the respective customer-specific requirements. The course will teach you the basics of VDA 6.3 process auditors.

The introduction to the basics of process auditing includes general requirements, methods, principles, assessment scheme and risk analysis.

Furthermore, the underlying questionnaire is explained according to the assigned process elements, so that through the process audit you can identify the respective risks and potentials along the supply chain.

Who should attend: 

Quality Management personnel tasked with conducting audits in their own organisation (internal) or in the supply chain (external). Furthermore, this training also addresses external auditors assigned as service providers.


Subject-specific knowledge:

  • Very good knowledge of the usual quality tools and methods
  • Knowledge of the applicable management systems requirements
  • Knowledge of further customer-specific requirements
  • Product and process specific knowledge in the aspired field of employment
  • Auditor qualification based on DIN EN ISO 19011
  • either:
    • VDA ID417 "Automotive Core Tools for System and Process Auditors Qualification; or
    • At least 2-day training in Automotive Core Tools and passing of the VDA Automotive Core Tools Quiz

Professional Experience:

  • Five years of experience in industry at least two of which in quality management

Benefits and Learning Objectives: 

The VDA 6.3 Process Auditor Qualification Training guides you through the basic requirements for process audits and enable integrated application in automotive industry. These basics are used to correct, stabilise and optimise processes, and are developed in the exercises and case examples. The aim is to assure a reliable assessment.All attendees will receive a copy of the VDA Volume 6.3.

Topics covered: 

  • Correlation with other requirements
  • Overview of the three different types of audits and explanation of the differences
  • Overview of the contents of the individual VDA 6.3 chapters Introduction to the process approach for risk analysis according to the Turtle model
  • Audit process from the audit programme to the completion of the audit
  • Planning and conducting a process audit
  • Assessment scheme of a process audit
  • Code of conduct for process auditors
    • Process element 1 - potential analysis
    • Process element 2 - project management
    • Process element 3 - planning product and process development
    • Process element 4 - realisation of product and process development
    • Process element 5 - supplier management
    • Process element 6 - process analysis production
    • Process element 7 - customer service
  • Attribution and assessment of audit findings
  • Audit report, documentation and conclusion
  • Introduction to the current SI's and FAQ's


After passing the written and oral examination, participants will receive a VDA certificate with a registered number and the respective entry into the VDA QMC database along with their auditor card. Please allow up to six weeks for the Certificate and Auditor Card to arrive.

Why choose SMMT QMD:

In order to strengthen the services we provide to the UK's automotive quality management specialists and further underpin the competitiveness of UK manufacturers, SMMT Industry Forum has created SMMT QMD, its new Quality Management Division.

SMMT QMD was launched at the inaugural Automotive Quality Management Systems Conference in Birmingham in November 2018 and aims to ensure that the UK automotive industry plays an active role in the development and governance of national and international automotive standards.

SMMT QMD will provide a community of practice to directly support UK quality professionals, ensuring standards are effectively implemented and improving competitive performance. As such, SMMT QMD will now provide the following services:

  • An industry association for quality managers
  • Training, professional development and resources
  • Publications
  • Practical help and support

Course booking details: 

Date & Time Company Venue Cost Availability Take Action
07/12/2020 - 11/12/2020
08:30 - 16:30
SMMT Industry Forum Birmingham, United Kingdom £1,899 Spaces Available Book
18/01/2021 - 22/01/2021
09:00 - 17:00
SMMT Industry Forum Birmingham, United Kingdom £1,899 Spaces Available Book
08/02/2021 - 12/02/2021
09:00 - 17:00
SMMT Industry Forum Birmingham, United Kingdom £1,899 Spaces Available Book
15/03/2021 - 19/03/2021
09:00 - 17:00
SMMT Industry Forum Birmingham, United Kingdom £1,899 Spaces Available Book

Important information

If you are booking an instructor led class and the venue states ‘Virtual’ then please see the technical requirements below. Please note that this technical requirements below does not apply to eLearning courses :

Virtual Class Technical Requirements

To access a virtual class you must have the following:

  • A PC or laptop with good (1Mbps or more) internet access
  • A microphone and speaker or headset (recommended)
  • Webcam (preferably)
  • A Chrome web browser
  • Ability to access Google drive (you do not need a personal account but your laptop / PC must not block access

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