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Core Tools: Auditing (APQP, FMEA, Control Plans, SPC, MSA, PPAP) - eCourse

Course Overview: 

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


The Core Tools: Auditing course focuses on how to audit the Core Tools which are the foundation of most automotive manufacturers and supplier’s quality management systems. 

The course is made up 6 modules which are each approximately 10 minutes in duration. 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.

If you prefer to build your own personalised learning path then these modules can also be purchased separately.


Please click here if you would like to try a short excerpt from one of the modules in this eCourse.

Who is this for: 

These modules are aimed at Quality Management professionals, auditors, or anyone who wants to gain an awareness of the Core Tools and how they are used within an organisation.

Module Overviews: 

ModuleTopics Covered
Module 1: Auditing APQP
  • An overview of APQP
  • APQP auditing best practice
Module 2: Auditing FMEA
  • An overview of FMEA
  • FMEA auditing best practice
Module 3: Auditing Control Plans
  • An overview of Control Plans
  • Control Plan auditing best practice
Module 5: Auditing MSA
  • An overview of MSA
  • MSA auditing best practice
Module 4: Auditing SPC
  • An overview of SPC
  • SPC auditing best practice
Module 6: Auditing PPAP
  • An overview of PPAP
  • PPAP auditing best practice


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.  

Why Choose SMMT QMD:

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.

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:

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

Booking Details: 

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