Course overview

Advanced Product Quality Planning, or APQP, is a method for new product or process introduction or the introduction of changes to existing product or processes. Developed by the North American Automotive Industry it is now being used as best practice by industrial sectors such as automotive, aerospace, renewable energy & mobile power generation.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for Management Representatives, Implementation Teams, Internal Auditors and others who are involved in the auditing or implementation of Advanced Quality Planning (AQP) activities including Control Plans.

Familiarity with Advanced Quality Planning (AQP) and related Core Tools would be beneficial but not necessary.

Benefits and Learning Objectives

APQP is used to support the introduction of new products and processes as well as managing changes to existing products and processes.

It is often mandated by automotive, aerospace and other engineering primary manufacturers as a specific requirement on their suppliers to give them assurance of effective and efficient  product and process  introduction. Companies that apply Advanced Product Quality Planning, gain improved efficiencies and reduced costs in new product/process introductions, with lower product defects and better on time delivery performance.

Delegates will become competent in implementing and auditing AQP and creating Control Plans and also develop an understanding of the links to SPC, MSA, FMEA and PPAP.

Topics covered

  • APQP Process Overview
  • 5 Phases of APQP
  • Inputs and outputs for each of the 5 phases
  • APQP linkages to Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Statistical Process Control (SPC), Measurement System Analysis (MSA) and Production Part Approval Process (PPA)
  • Control Plan

Why choose Industry Forum

Through partnerships with both trade associations and leading companies in the Automotive, Aerospace and other engineering industries Industry Forum is able to keep up to date with the latest requirements in APQP.

Industry Forum can provide training and consultancy support to help embed robust new product introduction processes and practices into organisations.

Training can be offered either through open courses or in-house to suit the customer requirements.

Course booking details

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08/04/2019Birmingham (UK)£349 (ex. VAT)Fully BookedJoin Waiting List
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Further information


Richard Hammond of Industry Forum provides an overview of APQP and its applications