Industry Forum

AS9145 APQP and PPAP Practitioner

Course overview: 

This 5 day AS9145 Practitioner course will provide all delegates with an in-depth understanding at practitioner level of the AS9145 standard - which provides the framework for the introduction of new products across the Aerospace and Defence sectors. The standard aims to embed APQP and PPAP best practice within an organisation’s New Product Introduction process.

Who should attend:  

Senior Managers, 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.


    There is a 2 hour open book exam at the end of this course which is underwritten by the SMMT IATF Oversight office. The exam is recognised at an industry level and demonstrates the successful delegate has attained a minimum level of competence in the Aerospace core tools and APQP/PPAP.

    Upon completion of the course and passing the end of course exam you will receive a SMMT IATF Oversight Office AS9145 Practitioners Certificate.

Benefits and Learning Objectives: 

Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) is used to support the introduction of new products and processes as well as managing changes to existing products and processes.  Companies that apply Advanced Product Quality Planning, gain improved efficiencies and reduced costs in new product and new process introductions, with lower product defects and better on time delivery performance.

Companies that apply Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) as the culmination of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), gain greater customer confidence in their ability to introduce new products and processes or make changes to existing products and processes.

This course will provide all delegates with an in-depth understanding of the advantages and expected benefits of using the APQP and PPAP processes from planning, product design and development through to process design, validation and on-going production.

Topics covered: 

  • Understand the Aerospace Advanced Product Quality Planning Process (APQP)
  • Understand at Practitioner level the 5 phases of APQP:
    • Planning
    • Product Design and Development 
    • Process Design and Development
    • Product and Process Validation 
    • On-going Production
    • Use and Post-delivery service
  • Understand at Practitioner level the Key APQP outputs:
    • Design Records
    • Design Risk Analysis (Design Failure Modes and Effects Analysis DFMEA)
    • Process Flow Diagram 
    • Process Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (PFMEA)
    • Control Plan 
    • Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA)
    • Initial Process Capability Studies 
    • Packaging, Preservation and labelling Approvals
    • First Article Inspection   
    • Customer PPAP Requirements 
    • PPAP Approval form 
  • Understand the Aerospace Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) 
  • Understand the PPAP Approval Form 
  • Understand PPAP disposition and resulting actions 
  • End of course exam underwritten by the SMMT IATF Oversight Office

Introduction to IF

We have been delivering significant and measurable performance improvements for leading global manufacturers for more than 25 years and believe there is no one size fits all approach to driving competitiveness across the industry. Toyota, Rolls Royce and Electrolux are among the brands who have tapped into our expertise to ensure they remain on top in their own fiercely competitive markets.

    Why choose Industry Forum: 

    Industry Forum helps major global manufacturers understand, optimise and improve both manufacturing capability and business performance.

    An integrated team of consultants and practitioners – all seasoned expert engineers with multi-sector manufacturing experience – Industry Forum brings together a world-class combination of improvement competency, insight, process and best practice.

    Spanning automotive, aerospace, consumer appliance, electronics and food sectors, for over 20 years Industry Forum has planned and delivered some of the world’s most consistent and successful transformations for business-critical manufacturing operations.

    Our trainers are expert practitioners with hands-on industrial experience and highly developed communication skills.

    They have a wealth of technical expertise and often provide on-site advice and coaching. During every course we will encourage collaboration and sharing of practical experiences, ensuring learning can be put into context and empowering delegates to apply their new skills successfully in their workplace as well as making sustainable improvements.

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

    Course booking details: 

Leading Expertise
We don’t employ “trainers”, rather a team of experienced industry experts who are able to apply their knowledge to your business

Proven Capability
We have been helping organisations like yours for over 25 years to deliver and maintain sustainable improvement

Attainable Results
We know what’s possible and how to help you achieve it by utilising our tried and tested techniques for long term success

Robust Execution
We believe that training should be through a ‘learn by doing’ approach with coaching and mentoring wherever possible

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