Ex 18 - IRCA CERTIFIED AUTOMOTIVE LEAD QMS AUDITOR COURSE (ISO 9001 based with specific reference to ISO/TS 16949:2002)


This FIVE-DAY course, based on the requirements of ISO 9001:2000 and including the additional automotive ISO/TS 16949:2002 requirements, provides an understanding and knowledge of auditing quality management systems to third party standards.  You learn to build on the skills of how to structure, plan and time an effective audit; the conduct and role of a good auditor, and to evaluate and communicate the audit findings.  The course is designed to follow the stages in a live audit, including simulated audit interviews and role play closing meetings.

This course is IATCA (IPC) compliant, certified by IRCA (UK) (ref: IATCA 17195) and meets the training requirements only for individuals seeking registration as a Lead Auditor under the IRCA Auditor Registration Scheme. The requirements include an examination and a certificate is issued on completion of the course.

Key Session Topics

  • Understanding the interrelationship between ISO 9001, QS-9000 and ISO/TS 16949, together with the supporting core tools
  • An introduction to auditing, implementing a process based audit system and the auditor’s role in the process
  • Management’s role in reviewing the effectiveness of the overall quality system
  • Planning and managing the audit:
    • resources and timing
    • use of checklists
    • selection of audit teams
  • Conducting the audit - skills, techniques and auditor competence:
    • evaluating the significance of audit findings
    • communicating and presenting audit reports
  • Nonconformities and quality improvement as a result of corrective actions
  • Managing the third party assessment and certification process


  • Increased understanding of the ISO/TS 16949 process audit principles and ability to objectively assess the compliance of an organisation to meet certification body requirements .
  • 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

  • Individuals who want to become Registered Lead Auditors
  • Individuals leading their companies to ISO/TS 16949 registration

Familiarity with ISO 9001 is necessary for a full understanding of the principles developed in this course. If you are already an experienced auditor, your knowledge of the auditing process will be expanded upon.

Course Techniques

This highly participative course is a practically based series of sessions using tutorials, case studies, interactive workshops and open forum discussions culminating with an examination. The practical emphasis of the course and the high tutor to attendee contact hours provide a unique opportunity for a substantial degree of individual guidance and training.

A detailed file of reference information is available to keep.


Attendees' subsequent in-house audits can be supervised to give practical on-site training for the auditors and an audit report for the company.

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