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IATF 16949 Auditing Fundamentals - eCourse

Course Overview: 

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.

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. You can build your own personalised learning path by combining any of the individual modules, or alternatively you can take these as a complete  'e-course'.


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

Who is this for: 

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

Module Overviews: 

ModuleTopics Covered

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.  

This programme concludes with an examination which tests your knowledge across the whole course. Following the successful completion of the exam, you will receive a further certificate that confirms you examination grade.

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