Industry Forum

VDA 6.3 - Qualification for Process Auditor (ID 315)

Course overview: 

The VDA 6.3 Qualification for Process Auditor course uses the process approach and the respective customer-specific requirements. The course will teach you the basics of VDA 6.3 process auditors.The introduction to the basics of process auditing includes general requirements, methods, principles, assessment scheme and risk analysis.


Furthermore, the underlying questionnaire is explained according to the assigned process elements, so that through the process audit you can identify the respective risks and potentials along the supply chain. The goal is to ensure a reliable assessment.

Who should attend: 

Quality Management personnel tasked with conducting audits in their own organisation (internal) or in the supply chain (externally), as well as external auditors (deployment as service providers).


Knowledge of the common quality tools and methods, the applicable management system requirements and further applicable customer-specific requirements, as well as product and process-specific knowledge in the intended field of application, is necessary for this training.


Depending on their scope of activity, participants should have the respective professional experience according to VDA Volume 6.3 and auditor qualification based on DIN EN ISO 19011.


No evidence is required to provide before this training.


After passing the knowledge test you will receive a VDA certificate of qualification.

Please note; This is the four day Qualification for Process Auditor (ID315) course without the examination day and therefore does not lead to certification and database entry for VDA Certified Process Auditor unless accompanied by the one day examination. This course (ID315) is sufficient to conduct internal or supplier audits and provides qualification rather than certification. When making the decision regarding if this course is sufficient for your requirements or if you need to complete VDA 6.3 Qualification for Process Auditor with Certified Examination (ID315 + ID353), please check with respective Customer Specific Requirements, your organisations Quality Management System processes and other applicable to your situation requirements.

Supplementary Material:

VDA Volume 6.3 - Industry Forum stocks a number of VDA publications which can be found here: 

For the current edition of the VDA 6.3 process audit, a new evaluation and documentation tool has been developed as a web application. Users can obtain the VDA 6.3 Analysis Tool via the VDA QMC webshop: 

Benefits and Learning Objectives: 

The VDA 6.3 process audit is an effective procedure for assessing processes in connection with planning and manufacturing of a product. These audits are usually conducted within the organisation or with suppliers prior to series release, but also form a valuable contribution for process optimisation with already existing manufacturing lines. Additionally, potential analysis – as part of VDA 6.3 – also constitutes a tried and tested method to

select new suppliers.


The third and complete revision of the VDA standard in 2016 had the main objective of simplifying and unifying the standard to give it a more practical and international orientation. With these new advantages, the worldwide importance of VDA 6.3 has increased.


This process audit standard can now also be applied to other sectors such as mechanical engineering and wind power.


To conduct VDA 6.3 process audits, comprehensive knowledge, experience and competence is necessary. Thus, the qualification of relevant personnel is indispensable. In our VDA 6.3 trainings the participants acquire the necessary background knowledge and understanding for process audit procedures.

Topics covered: 

  • Correlation with other requirements 
  • Overview of the different types of audits
  • Overview of the contents of the individual VDA 6.3 chapters 
  • Introduction to the process approach and risk analysis
  • Audit process
  • Evaluation scheme of a process audit 
  • Code of conduct for process auditors
  • Potential analysis (P1)
  • VDA questionnaire (P2-P7)
  • Assessment and reporting of audit findings 

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:   

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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22 Aug 2022 - 25 Aug 2022
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Birmingham , United Kingdom £1599 Yes Book
05 Sep 2022 - 08 Sep 2022
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10 Oct 2022 - 13 Oct 2022
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