Ex 17 - AUTOMOTIVE INTERNAL QMS AUDITOR COURSE (ISO 9001 based, with specific reference to ISO/TS 16949:2002)


This TWO-DAY course introduces you to auditing as a powerful management tool.   Through practical workshops and simulated audit interviews, you learn how to conduct effective process audits within your organization.  You learn how to plan, structure and conduct an internal audit, including the evaluation of effective corrective action.

The course is certified by IRCA (the International Register of Certificated Auditors – ref: 17179) as an automotive variant to our ISO 9001 Internal Auditor Course.  A certificate is issued on completion of the course, providing only part of the training requirement for certification with IRCA.

Key Session Topics

  • The interrelationship between ISO 9001, QS-9000 and ISO/TS 16949, together with the supporting core tools
  • The role of auditing in Quality Management Systems and why we should do it, plus the IATF’s role and their approach to certification
  • Undertaking an effective Quality Management System Audit against ISO 9001 and ISO/TS 16949
  • How to plan a process based audit : resources and timing
  • Use of checklists
  • Evaluating the significance of audit findings
  • Improving communication skills in the presentation of audit reports
  • Implementing Quality Improvement through the progression of corrective action


  • Increased understanding of the ISO/TS 16949 process audit principles and ability to objectively assess the compliance of an organisation.
  • Develop more effective auditing techniques, improve evaluation and communication skills, develop more professional reporting and increase your ability to implement corrective action programmes.
  • Develop continuous improvement that provides on-going future benefits to your company’s growth and success.

Who Should Attend

  • Those wishing to undertake internal audits.
  • Managers, whose departments will be subject to these audits, to help them appreciate the benefits that structured audits and the resultant corrective action can bring.
  • Company personnel who need to demonstrate compliance with ISO/TS 16949

An additional one-day programme prior to this course can be provided for those with a limited awareness of ISO/TS 16949.

Course Techniques

Theory is combined with case studies and practical interactive workshops on auditing systems and techniques, thus providing attendees with the opportunity to practise their skills during simulated audits. This practical emphasis, along with high tutor to delegate contact hours, allows a substantial degree of individual guidance and tuition.

A detailed file of reference information is available to keep.


Attendees' subsequent in-house audits can be supervised to give practical on-site training.

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