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IATF 16949 Requirements course

Get to grips with the Quality Standard for the Automotive and Defence industries.

  • Duration: 1 day.

    A 7-hour training programme, suitable for all experience levels.

  • CPD value: 7 points.

    Boost your CV and your Continuing Professional Development record.

  • On-site or Virtual Classroom.

    Arrange a course exclusively for your private group, in-house or online.


Enhance your workforce competency with IATF 16949 training from SQMC.

IATF 16949 includes more detailed and prescriptive requirements than ISO 9001 to ensure that organisations in the automotive and defence industries establish and maintain effective Quality Management Systems (QMS) that meet customer and regulatory requirements; and that products are safe, reliable, and meet specific requirements.

Follow in the footsteps of industry leaders like Raytheon Systems and Caterpillar; who all benefit from SQMC's positive and progressive approach to QMS application and tuition, within an automotive context.

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"The interactive, 'hands-on' approach to this course was very effective! I will recommend this to my colleagues."


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How can this course increase my value at work, and help my professional development?

Knowledge to be gained.

This SQMC-certified IATF 16949 Awareness course covers the basic concepts, principles, and requirements of the IATF 16949 standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS) in the automotive and defence industries.

Participants will gain an understanding of the sector-specific requirements of the standard, including risk-based thinking, competency and training, supply chain management, and asset integrity management.

They will also learn about the importance of effective documentation and record-keeping, as well as the benefits of continual improvement and customer satisfaction.

Your team will learn:

  • The fundamentals of IATF 16949:2016.
  • The Requirements of a Quality Management System  (QMS) for suppliers to the automotive and defence markets, using IATF 16949 as your yardstick.
  • The ‘Seven Management Principles’ upon which IATF 16949 is based.
  • Deming's ‘Plan – Do – Check – Act’ (PDCA) cycle, used to maintain an automotive QMS.
  • The 'process approach'.
  • The application of the IATF 16949 clauses, contextualising them to real-life scenarios for your employees.
IATF 16949 and your company.

Whereas ISO 9001 is a generic Quality Management System (QMS) standard that may be used in any industry, IATF 16949 is automotive-specific. It incorporates more stringent requirements such as product design and development, change management, and supplier management that are not covered by ISO 9001.

Because IATF 16949 the most recognised standard, worldwide, for automotive quality management, achieving certification can provide a valuable, competitive advantage in your marketplace. Moreover, not holding Certification can exclude you from certain contract tenders.

Training your workforce to understand and implement the requirements of the standard can help your business maximise its operational efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance customer satisfaction.

Your staff will gain knowledge of quality management principles, risk management, and process improvement techniques that can be applied to all aspects of your business operations. This can result in better products, more efficient processes, and improved customer satisfaction.


Next steps: progression beyond this course.

The IATF 16949 Awareness course makes a tremendous launchpad for a career as a Quality Engineer. 

Participants can further develop their career path by signing up for one of our Quality Auditor courses, which focus on developing the skills and knowledge necessary to audit Quality Management Systems. We'll equip you with the skills needed to drive continuous improvement, mitigate risk, and enhance customer satisfaction, through the essential medium of the audit.

Quality Auditors have learned the ability to plan and conduct audits, report on audit findings, and review corrective actions. By complementing an IATF 16949 Awareness course with Quality Auditor training, staff can progress up the ranks within their automotive company, playing an even more integral role in ensuring compliance with the ISO 9001 and/or IATF 16949 standards.

What's included?
Every delegate will receive:
  • Coaching from a Chartered Quality Professional experienced in the aerospace sector.
  • A globally-recognised certificate.
  • SQMC's highly-acclaimed aftercare.

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Why choose SQMC?

A global standard in auditor certification.

SQMC began in 1989 as an ancillary unit within the Management Sciences faculties of one of the United Kingdom's leading universities, providing short auditing courses accredited by the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA). Within four years we were awarded Centre of Excellence status by the Institute of Quality Assurance (IQA).

Nowadays, the IQA is known as the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI), and SQMC has evolved into an independent, private training supplier to individual students and multinational corporations in 88+ countries.

Benefits of training with us:

  • Friendly guidance for your Training Needs Analysis
  • Courses for every experience level
  • Top tuition from leading, practicing QHSE auditors
  • Gain a deeper understanding of management systems
  • Develop key skills to help you shine in any audit scenario
  • Unsurpassed pass rates
  • First-class aftercare and learner support you can count on
  • Certificate verification service for employers
  • Our own internal QMS is held accountable by the CQI and IRCA.


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