Industry Forum

Core Tools Certification Training (APQP, FMEA, SPC, MSA and PPAP)

Course Overview: 

IATF 16949:2016 mandates the use of automotive core tools including FMEA, SPC and MSA within the framework of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) or project management. While many companies attempt to implement the tools, many fail to reap the benefits of continual improvement, defect prevention and the reduction in variation and waste. This is often because of a lack of competence in the effective use of the tools and their interactions. SMMT Oversight approved Industry Forum is the only training provider in the UK sanctioned to deliver core tools training and certification. This five day course covers all the core tools using a "learn by doing" teaching approach. After short teach points delegates practice the use of the tools using case studies and delegate exercises. Certification: Delegates passing the application exam at the end of the course receive certification from SMMT, the IATF approved oversight office in the UK.

The full Core Tools Certification is achieved by completing all 5 modules of Core Tools Certification Training (APQP, FMEA, SPC, MSA and PPAP) and upon successful completion of the exam. Modules can either be taken as consecutive days (which can be booked here) or individually. More information about the contents of each module and Industry Forum’s upcoming module dates can be found here: 

Please note: The statistical techniques used during the Measurement Systems Analysis course are covered in detail in our 1-day  Statistical Process Control (SPC) programme. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you attend our SPC course before attending an MSA course unless you are already familiar with the statistical tools used.


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 Advance Product Quality Planning (APQP) activities including Controls Plans, Statistical Process Control (SPC), Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA), and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA).Familiarity with Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and related Core Tools would be beneficial but not necessary.

Certification: 

Delegates passing the written examinations will receive an Core Tools Certification Certificate underwritten by the UK IATF Oversight Office.


Benefits and Learning Objectives:  

Delegates will become competent in understanding, implementing and auditing APQP, FMEA, MSA and SPC. Delegates will also gain the knowledge to develop the documentation required for the preparation of Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) submissions.

Topics covered: 

  • Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) 
  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) 
  • Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA) 
  • Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)

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 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


Course booking details:  

We limit the number of delegates on our virtually delivered, instructor led courses to ensure the same level of learning and contact with the expert trainer that you expect from our face to face courses.

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

Date & Time Venue Cost Availability Take Action
20 Sep 2021 - 24 Sep 2021
08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Virtual (UK time) £1149 Yes Book
25 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021
08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
SMMT Industry Forum £1149 No Enquire
29 Nov 2021 - 03 Dec 2021
08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Virtual (UK time) £1149 Yes Book
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