Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)

AIAG IATF 16949:2016 Supplier Auditor Certification Classroom Training



The course is designed to prepare experienced audit program managers and first- and second-party auditors to meet the new requirements of IATF 16949:2016 and customer-specific requirements of FCA, Ford Motor Co., and General Motors Co.  This exclusive AIAG training program is the supplier version of the official IATF 16949:2016 third-party auditor certification course. A final examination is included at the end of the course.  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.


  • Recommended: Basic knowledge of Rules 4th and 5th Edition. Working knowledge of ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 and working knowledge of Customer Specific Requirements.
  • Required: Working knowledge of the Core Tools, Customer Specific Requirements, and auditing experience.

Recommended: Learning participation can be maximized if the individual enters with working knowledge and experience related to this subject.

Required: Training course and/or examination assumes the individual has working knowledge and experience related to this subject.  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


  • 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 the requirement changes from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015 in an automotive context
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the requirement changes from ISO/TS 16949:2009 to 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 applicable to the first- and second-party audit process
  • Apply auditing skills according to ISO 19011 for audit program managers
  • Apply the concept of risk-based thinking in the audit process with emphasis on second-party QMS audits.


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.


Enhancing the Audit Program and Auditor Qualification Process (both first- and second-party), as needed.


The final examination assesses the following competency areas (as defined in IATF clause 7.2.3):

  • 7.2.3a, 7.2.3b, 7.2.3c, 7.2.3d, 7.2.3e


Individuals who successfully complete the final examination will receive:

An AIAG IATF 16949:2016 Supplier Auditor Certification certificate for first- and second-party assessments and a Certificate of Attendance

Day 1

  • IATF 16949:2016: Linkages to Quality Management Principles
  • The Automotive Process Approach Incorporating Risk Based Thinking

Day 2

  • IATF 16949:2016: Key Changes Review

 Day 3

  • Auditing Core Tool and Customer Specific Requirements
  • Audit Skills: ISO 19011 Review
  • Audit Finding and Report Writing Including Nonconformity Management
  • Auditing Using Risk Based Thinking
  • Rules 5th Edition: Significant Requirements for Second Party Auditors

Day 4

  • Auditing Application
  • Written Examination

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