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AIAG & VDA Design FMEA: Transitioning for Practitioners

This Workshop will assist in transitioning from the AIAG 4th Edition FMEA to the AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook. Learn to execute Design FMEA according to the new Handbook by achieving a deeper understanding of the explicit and subtle changes, along with the high impact benefits that will bring your organization’s FMEA to the next level of robustness.

The AIAG & VDA Design FMEA: Transitioning for Practitioners training course gives only a high level introduction to the “Supplemental FMEA for Monitoring and System Response” content in the Handbook. This class was not designed to provide detailed instruction, examples, or exercises on the FMEA-MSR topic. A separate focused training course for the FMEA-MSR is under development. Please use the link below to let us know you are interested in getting more details on the upcoming FMEA-MSR training course as they become available.


Enrollment Options

Select an existing open enrollment session, or contact us for additional training options.

Regular Price
975.00 USD

Course Details


2 Days 

*For private workshops for your organization, a one (1) day add-on Application Coaching Workshop service is available (i.e. facilitated development of a partial FMEA based on the Implementation Plan). 


Live Virtual only:


  • Knowledge & Experience:
    • This training requires the individual to have a working knowledge and experience with AIAG FMEA 4th Edition execution.

Equipment Needed (Live Virtual only):

  • Desktop or laptop computer
    • A broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) internet connection.
    • Speakers and a microphone that are either built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth.
    • A built-in or a USB plug-in webcam or HD webcam.


Live Virtual only: A second monitor is highly recommended for optimal learning environment.

Learning Objectives


  • Describe major changes, improvements, and benefits on the foundations of Design FMEA execution when comparing AIAG FMEA 4th Edition to the new AIAG & VDA FMEA manuals
  • Analyze major changes and improvements adopted in the new AIAG & VDA FMEA handbook by completing a detailed comparison between AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook to the AIAG 4th Edition manual
  • Exemplify major changes, improvements, and benefits of Design FMEAs execution when comparing a DFMEA prepared using AIAG FMEA 4th Edition Manual to a DFMEA prepared using the new AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook
  • Identify the major changes and improvements when evaluating the content of a Design FMEA prepared using AIAG FMEA 4th Edition Manual compared to a DFMEA prepared using the new AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook
  • Evaluate the consistency of DFMEA application cases
  • Measuring DFMEA effectiveness, efficiency, and linkage to the Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ)
  • Develop a Transition Implementation Plan from AIAG FMEA 4th Edition to AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook

Who Should Attend

Recommended for Core Design FMEA Team to include design engineers, system engineers, component engineers, test engineers, quality/reliability engineers, project managers, FMEA moderators/facilitators, auditors, and other product design roles with a background and experience with AIAG Design FMEA.


  • Overview of the Major Changes, Improvements, and Benefits of the new AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook. Detailed introduction chapter emphasizing and clarifying the foundations necessary to develop a robust FMEA.
  • Applying 7-Steps approach - a more instrumental, integrated with lessons learned, and error-proofing driven method to develop FMEAs
  • DFMEA 1st Step – Planning and Preparation.
  • DFMEA 2nd Step – Structure Analysis.
  • DFMEA 3rd Step – Function Analysis.
  • DFMEA 4th Step – Failure Analysis.
  • DFMEA 5th Step – Risk Analysis.
  • DFMEA 6th Step – Optimization.
  • DFMEA 7th Step – Communication
  • Process Flow, DFMEA, Control Plan, and Work Instruction Linkages
  • Comparing a DFMEA prepared using AIAG FMEA 4th Edition Manual to a DFMEA prepared using the new AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook
  • DFMEA effectiveness, efficiency, and linkage to the Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ)
  • Transition Implementation Plan from AIAG FMEA 4th Edition to AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook

Delivery Details

Plexus International brings your team together with experienced instructors in an interactive learning environment whether you are joining online or in-person. We have always believed interactivity, application, and group discussion are critical parts of an effective and sustainable learning experience. To ensure that these values hold true, and every participant can build the same caliber of knowledge, each workshop interaction includes the following functionality and features: 

  • Trainers & Moderator support: For every session, both trainers and moderators (or on-site staff) will be present and accessible to ensure optimal interaction for each participant, upholding the intimacy of our training model. Participants may interject and raise hands at any time, speak directly to trainers, moderators, and other participants, and share feedback in real-time. 
  • Exercises & Break-out Rooms: Throughout the session, participants will be assigned to teams and split into breakouts to privately complete group activities and discussions, then returning to the larger group to present. There will also be quizzes (or polls) throughout to measure knowledge retention during the units. 
  • Digital Learning Package or Shipped Materials: Depending on the course, participants may receive a hardcopy of the Participant Training Book and/or receive a digital learning package complete with training handouts, case studies, digital workbooks, and a virtual platform user-guide. 
  • Technical Support & Resources:  If this is your first-time training with Plexus International or in a Live Virtual Workshop environment, we have prepared resources and user guides to help you navigate any conferencing technology and will support your teams hands-on in case you need any extra assistance. Join any session 30 minutes early and a moderator or support team member will guide you in experiencing the key functionalities and features used in our training sessions. 

Training in Context

Technical risk mitigation is crucial for business sustainability during this era of high-speed adoption of technology innovation affecting all automotive systems, subsystems, and components. There is a general recognition of the urgent need for conducting effective Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (DFMEA). This challenge cannot be addressed without a robust methodology. This makes the new AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook a critical update for the industry. The concept of robustness exists throughout all sections of the new DFMEA development approach, which is presented in the new AIAG & VDA Handbook. The Handbook contains a structured method for identifying products’ functions and their potential failure modes.


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