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Course overview: 

In order to ensure a high quality of the audit activities in the companies and the entire supply chain, auditors need to have the appropriate competence in relation to the respective methods. The IATF 16949 clearly emphasises this requirement for the competence of the auditors. The efficient approach during the audits is an important success factor. This  training deals with typical audit situations along the Automotive Core Tools.

Who should attend: 

This two-day training course is aimed at qualified VDA 6.3 process auditors who wish to apply for an extension, as well as prospective VDA 6.3 Process and IATF System auditors who are seeking qualification.


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.

Benefits and learning objectives: 

The participants train on 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.

Topics covered: 

During the training, technical lectures on the single Core Tools (RGA / APQP, VDA 2 / PPAP, FMEA, VDA 5 / MSA, Cmk / PpK / CpK / SPC and 8D) will alternate with exercises on typical examples. The focus lies on the practical application by the participants. Here, group work, individual exercises, question and answer exercises as well as plenary discussions are carried out.


After passing the test, the participants will receive a certificate of qualification.


    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:

      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.

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

      Course booking details: 

      We limit the number of delegates on our virtually delivered, instructor led courses to ensure the same level of learning and contact with the expert trainer that you expect from our face to face courses.

      Date & Time Company Venue Cost Availability Take Action
      30/11/2020 - 01/12/2020
      09:00 - 17:00
      SMMT Industry Forum Virtual (UK time) £859 Spaces Available Book
      11/01/2021 - 12/01/2021
      08:30 - 16:30
      SMMT Industry Forum Virtual (UK time) £859 Spaces Available Book
      01/02/2021 - 02/02/2021
      08:30 - 16:30
      SMMT Industry Forum Virtual (UK time) £859 Spaces Available Book
      01/03/2021 - 02/03/2021
      08:30 - 16:30
      SMMT Industry Forum Virtual (UK time) £859 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

      Further information