IATF 16949:2016 • ISO 9001:2015 • AIAG • In-Person Workshop

IATF 16949 Lead Auditor Training with AIAG Supplier Auditor Certification

This exclusive 5-day training program, offered in partnership by AIAG and Plexus, is the highest level of auditor training available to automotive suppliers.

IATF 16949:2016 places an increased emphasis on first and second-party auditor qualification. This course is designed to prepare first and second-party auditors to meet the new requirements of IATF 16949:2016 and customer requirements of FCA, Ford Motor Co., and General Motors Co. This is the only IATF 16949:2016 training that combines the AIAG Supplier Auditor Certification together with an IATF 16949 Lead Auditor training.

In accordance with internal and supplier auditor competency requirements defined in IATF 16949 Section 7.2.3 and 7.2.4, participants are encouraged to complete the AIAG Core Tools Self-Assessment (CTSA) to assess proficiency in the core tools, prior to attending auditor training.

Note: Successful completion of this course/exam does not qualify you to conduct third-party audits.

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Starting at
2095.00 USD

Course Details


5 Days


Participants must have a working knowledge of the Core Tools and auditing experience. Although there is no mandatory verification by Training Administrator, lack of the required working knowledge and experience in this competence area may negatively affect training participation and final scoring.

Participants must conduct a mandatory self-study in preparation for the course. The activity is designed to acquaint you with ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 standards, and the guidelines for auditing management systems. This will be sent to registrants before their session.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify linkages to Quality Management Principles
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and apply the Automotive Process Approach to auditing, including Risk-Based Thinking
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016
  • Identify the requirements applicable to an IATF 16949:2016 first- and second-party auditor
  • Identify linkages between IATF 16949:2016 requirements and Customer Specific Requirements, including how to audit the applicable CSRs
  • Identify linkages between IATF 16949:2016 requirements and the Core Tools, including how to audit applicable Core Tool requirements related to the scope of the audit
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Rules 5th Edition application to the first- and second-party audit process
  • Apply auditing skills according to ISO 19011 for Lead Auditors
  • Apply the concept of Risk-Based Thinking in the Audit Process

NOTE: A full copy of the IATF 16949:2016 and 9001:2015 publications are not included. However, the exacted requirements text of 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016, with training commentary, will be included in the participant manual.

Who Should Attend

This training is designed for Quality Professionals in the Automotive Industry, and recommended for:

  • First and second-party auditors who want to become an AIAG-Certified Supplier Auditor
  • Candidates to manage first- and second-party audit programs


Day 1

  • Introduction and Course Overview
  • Quality Management Principles
  • Process Approach and Risked-Based Thinking

​​​​​Day 2

  • ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 - Requirements and Commentary

Day 3

  • ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 – Requirements and Commentary (continued)
  • Auditing the Core Tools
  • Auditing Customer Specific Requirements
  • Communication
  • Conflict Management
  • Auditing Skills

Day 4

  • Auditing Application

Day 5

  • Auditing Application (continued)
  • Written Exam

Delivery Details

There are two elements involved in the successful completion of this course:

  1. The continual evaluation of the student's attitudes, auditing capability, performance as team members when role playing, and communication skills (performed independently by all instructors involved with the class).
  2. A written examination that covers the content of IATF 16949:2016 and the application of audit principles and practices based on IATF 16949:2016. Seventy-five percent of the examination grade is based on questions that require essay responses that test comprehension of the audit process and the application of IATF 16949:2016. The remainder of the examination grade is based on multiple choice, true/false or short-answer questions.


Earn two certificates upon successful appraisal:

  • An AIAG IATF 16949:2016 Lead Auditor Training certificate
  • An AIAG IATF 16949:2016 Supplier Auditor Certification certificate for first and second-party assessments

Note: Successful completion of this course/exam does not qualify you to conduct third-party audits.