Core tools - an overview for internal auditors in automotive industry according to AIAG





Purpose of the training:

  • Review of the requirements of AIAG reference manuals: APQP, FMEA, SPC, MSA, PPAP in the context of effective audits in the automotive industry.


Training program:

Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP):

  • that are the project phases,
  • documentation of requirements in individual phases of the project,
  • requirements for the control plan,
  • linking the process flow diagram, FMEA and Control Plan – consistency of documents and the most important mistakes.

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA):

  • FMEA for product (DFMEA) and process (PFMEA) – differences and interactions,
  • formulation of functions, requirements, defects, causes and effects of defects, identification of control measures in the production process, distinction between detection and prevention,
  • identification of special characteristics in PFMEA,
  • discussion of Severity, Occurrence, Detection and RPN – Risk Priority Number,
  • improvement actions and risk assessment strategies: RPN, SOD, SO, SD.

Statistical Process Control (SPC):

  • basic assumptions of Statistical Process Control of Production (SPC),
  • basic statistical concepts – capability, stability, average, standard deviation,
  • process capability indicators Cp, Cpk, Pp, Ppk,
  • interpretation of process capability indicators Cp, Cpk, Pp, Ppk.

Measurement System Analysis (MSA):

  • guidelines for numerical and attribute analysis – basic requirements,
  • %GRR as a tool determining the correct functioning of the numerical control system,
  • Kappa as a tool determining the correct functioning of the attribute control system,

Production Part Approval Process (PPAP):

  • overview of required documents,
  • customer evaluation status,
  • when to submit PPAP,
  • PPAP submission levels.



The participant will learn:

  • What core tools elements according to the requirements of AIAG reference manuals: APQP, FMEA, SPC, MSA, PPAP should be implemented by the audited organization.
  • How to confirm compliance in the process documentation for the FCh (process flow diagram) – FMEA – Control Plan.
  • What are the most common mistakes in using APQP, FMEA, SPC, MSA, PPAP.
  • What to pay special attention to when auditing core tools.
  • How to interpret the presented audit evidence, such as MSA indicators or SPC control charts.



  • IATF 16949 internal auditors,
  • supplier auditors,
  • quality department employees,
  • people who want to refresh themselves with basic knowledge about core tools.


Qualification confirmation: After the training you will receive a certificate of participation.

Training duration: 2 days x 7 hours

Training price: In order to get an offer please send a request to:

It is possible to extend the offer with post-training consultations in the form of advisory services, advanced training, support for implementation projects and methods addressed during training.


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