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IATF 16949 Auditing Fundamentals – eCourse


This course is part of the IATF 16949 Auditing Programme and is a collection of 'bite-sized' online modules aimed at anyone looking to gain a greater understanding and awareness of IATF Auditing.


2.5 hours


Each module is approximately 15 minutes in duration and you will be granted access for 12 months from the time of purchase. During the 12 month access period, you will have unlimited access. to revisit the content as often as you need to. 

Who should attend?

Quality Management professionals, auditors, and any individuals interested in gaining an awareness about auditing to the IATF 16949 standard.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction and Key Principles

  • Introduction to the IATF 16949 Auditing Programme
  • Who are the IATF?
  • What is the scope of IATF 16949
  • Seven Principles of Quality Management Systems

Module 2: The Structure of the Standards

  • The basic scheme documentation: ISO 9001 and IATF16949 and the relationship between them
  • Annex SL – what it is and its high-level structure
  • The high-level structures of ISO 9001 and IATF 16949
  • Some of the terms and definitions within IATF 16949
  • Customer-specific Requirements (CSRs)

Module 3: Risk-Based Thinking

  • What is risk and importance of risk-based thinking
  • Relationship between risk and IATF 16949 standard
  • Assessing risk with the probability / impact matrix
  • Examples of how risk is managed across an organisation
  • An introduction to risk at the process level

Module 4: Audit Theory

  • What is meant by an audit?
  • Key definitions of an audit within ISO 9001
  • Some of the different types of audits within IATF 16949

Module 5: Auditor Competence

  • What makes a competent auditor?
  • Auditor types and roles within ISO 19011
  • The key skills, qualities and behaviours of a good auditor
  • An introduction to the IATF Auditor Guide
  • Relationships between competencies and criteria for performing an effective audit

Module 6: Building Auditor Competence

  • The Process Approach
  • Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle
  • Understanding processes
  • Measuring process performance
  • The Turtle Diagram

Module 7: Audit Process

  • An overview of the audit process
  • The audit programme
  • Planning the audit
  • Conducting the audit

Module 8: Findings and Reporting

  • Findings and Reporting within the audit process
  • Conformity and Non-conformity
  • Major and Minor Non-conformities
  • Opportunity for Improvement
  • Reporting of audit findings

Module 9: NCR Management

  • Reporting a non-conformity
  • Non-conformity management
  • Problem solving
  • Interim containment actions
  • Investigating the root cause(s)


Content within these modules has been created by SMMT QMD, the UK's SMMT IATF Oversight Office sanctioned training provider. After successfully passing the knowledge test at the end of each module, you will be awarded an SMMT QMD certificate of completion.  


To purchase this eCourse, please contact [email protected]. Full payment is required prior to access being granted.

This training can be purchased as an eCourse (all modules) for GBP £149.00 plus VAT per delegate, or by individual module at GBP £20.00 plus VAT per module per delegate.

Discounts are available for the eCourse (all modules) for 6 or more delegates.  

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