Industry Forum

VDA 6.3:2023 Process Auditor Qualification (ID 381)

Course overview: 


This training provides you with the basics for performing process audits according to VDA 6.3, considering the process-oriented approach and customer-specific requirements for comprehensive application in the automotive industry.


Who should attend: 



  • Employees from QM departments who perform process audits in their own organisation (internally)
  • Employees from QM departments who perform process audits in the supply chain (externally)
  • External auditors (deployed as service providers)


Prerequisites: 

Targeted Qualification - internal process auditor:

  • Knowledge of ISO 19011
  • Good knowledge of quality tools and methods 
  • Knowledge of the relevant customer-specific requirements
  • Knowledge of the relevant management system requirements (e.g., IATF 16949, ISO 9001, VDA 6.1)
  • Product and process-specific knowledge regarding the technology to be audited
  • A minimum of 3 years’ professional experience, including at least 1 year of experience in quality-related fields of activity.

Targeted qualification - supplier auditor or certified process auditor:

  • Excellent knowledge of quality tools and methods (e.g., SPC, VDA Volume 5/MSA, FMEA, VDA MLA/APQP, VDA Volume 2/PPAP, 8D Method) 
  • If required, knowledge regarding software development processes and methods
  • Auditor qualifications (conversation management, conflict management, audit procedure)
  • Knowledge of the relevant customer-specific requirements
  • Knowledge of the relevant management system requirements (e.g., IATF 16949, ISO 9001, VDA 6.1)
  • Product and process-specific knowledge regarding the technology to be audited
  • A minimum of 5 years’ professional experience, including at least 2 years’ experience in quality-related fields of activity.


Certification: 


After passing the knowledge test (multiple choice test) you will receive a certificate of qualification.


Please note: This is the four day Process Auditor Qualification (ID381) 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 (ID381) 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 (ID381 + ID382), 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: https://industryforum.co.uk/shop/vda-books-standards-and-publications/volume-06-part-3_edition-2023_en/  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: www.webshop.vda.de/qmc 


Benefits and Learning Objectives: 


This training alternates between technical presentations, practical exercises, and case studies in order to support the transfer of what has been learned into your own working practice. Special emphasis is placed on opportunities to exchange experiences.

  • You are familiar with the general requirements and fundamental principles of VDA 6.3.
  • You know how to use and perform the risk analysis in a technically correct manner.
  • You are able to apply the questionnaire in practice using the process elements (P1–P7).
  • You know how to identify the relevant risks using the process audit, to point out potentials and ensure a reliable evaluation.
  • You are able to obtain and explain a comparable result on the basis of the evaluation system.
  • You are able to carry out process audits both internally and on the premises of your suppliers independently and in a technically correct manner.


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:   

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

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18 Mar 2024 - 21 Mar 2024
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