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 equirements. 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. According to ISO 19011, auditors are required to continually improve their competence. This includes their professional development, for example, through self-tuition and qualifications. Thus, certi cates are only valid for a certain amount of time, so that auditors will have to undergo further education to retain the qualification.
IATF 16949 1st / 2nd party auditors are able to conduct internal and supplier IATF system audits on their own. By taking this examination with certificate, the participants once again get independent con mation of their knowledge. Additionally, the certificate gives evidence of up-to-date and valid qualification in order to ful customers’ or suppliers’ requirements regarding IATF 16949 auditor competence.
Concept and Methods
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.
This examination is aimed exclusively at IATF 16949 1st / 2nd party auditors, who already own a certificate or comparable IATF qualification. Depending on individual qualification, participation in the one-day training for re-qualification (ID 240) may be necessary.
Admittance to the examination is only possible after successful application review. The prerequisites are
+ a VDA Certificiate ”IATF 16949 – Qualification for 1st / 2nd Party Auditor” [TopQM SeminarID 01-110] (ID 211)
+ at least three IATF 16949 audits (ISO/TS also possible) within the last three years
Auditors who DON'T carry out the requirement "evidence number of audits" have the possibility to attend a workshop on re-qualification:
+ "IATF 16949 - Re-qualification workshop for 1st/2nd party auditors" [TopQM SeminarID 01-116] (ID 240)
For the precise requirements, please refer to the application form or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
After passing the test, a new certificate with a registered number and the respective auditor card are issued, and the accompanying entry into the VDA QMC database is completed.
Retest for each person of the exam is added separately on the invoice. 200,00 €/200,00 $ plus VAT for the written exam and 300,00 €/300,00 $ plus VAT for the oral exam.
The examination is designed as an audit simulation with technical emphasis on the SIs and FAQs. The focus is on the assessment of auditor competence, i.e. the assessment is focused on how the auditor performs during the simulation. You will receive further information about the process and preparation in good time in advance. On the examination day, the documents (including standard volumes) handed out during VDA trainings are admissible and must be brought along on the exam day.