IATF 16949:2016 Lead Auditor, PECB Certified

This five-day course was developed to cover all requirements of both the ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 standards, including the new IATF 16949 requirements for Internal and Second Party Auditors (clauses 7.2.3 and 7.2.4) regarding Core Tools and Customer-Specific Requirements. Group exercises and case studies with examples from the automotive industry will be used to develop the required auditing skills. The auditing guidelines of ISO 19011—including the auditing process and methodologies, e. g., planning and conducting an audit, writing nonconformity statements, preparing an audit summary and report, and verifying corrective actions—and their application in the automotive process approach are covered. Auditing case studies from the automotive industry to develop skills for identifying nonconformities will be used. Techniques for leading audit teams will also be discussed.


  • Understand the application of quality management principles in the context of ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016.
  • Relate the quality management system to the organizational products, services, activities and operational processes.
  • Relate organization’s context and interested party needs and expectations to the planning and implementation of an organization’s quality management system.
  • Understand the application of the principles, procedures and techniques of auditing.
  • Understand the conduct of an effective audit in the context of the auditee’s organizational situation.
  • Understand the application of the regulations, and other considerations that are relevant to the management system, and the conduct of the audit.
  • Practice personal attributes necessary for the effective and efficient conduct of a management system audit.
  • Establish, plan and task the activities of an audit team.
  • Communicate effectively with the auditee and audit client.
  • Organize and direct audit team members.
  • Prevent and resolve conflict with the auditee and/or within the audit team.
  • Prepare and complete the audit report.
  • Understand the purpose and applicable uses of the core tools
  • Link the core tools to IATF 16949:2016 requirements
  • Explain the importance of Customer-Specific Requirements

This training is designed for quality professionals in the automotive industry, and recommended for:

  • First and second-party auditors who want to become an IATF-certified Supplier Auditor
  • Individuals who want to apply for certification as a certified QMS internal auditor, QMS auditor or QMS lead auditor
  • Individuals who will be auditing IATF 16949:2016 quality management systems


Day One

  • Introduction and Welcome
  • The ISO and IATF Standards Explained
  • Introduction to ISO 9001 and IATF 16949
  • ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 Requirements
    •  Group Exercise: Context of the Organization
    • Group Exercise: Interested Parties
    • Group Exercise: Audit Scenarios

Day Two

  • ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 Requirements (cont’d)
    • Group Exercises: Audit Scenarios (cont’d)
    • Independent QMS Written Exercise
  • Introduction to Turtle Diagrams and Audit Trails
  • Management of Audit Programs
  • Audit Planning and Preparation
    • Breakout Exercise 1: Writing an Objective and Scope Statement
    • Breakout Exercise 2: Documentation Review
    • Breakout Exercise 3: Creating an Audit Plan

Day Three

  • Performing the Audit
    • Breakout Exercise 4: Performing an Audit
  • Conducting a Process Approach Audit
  • Conducting an Audit of Risk Planning (6.1)
  • Writing Nonconformity Statements
    • Breakout Exercise 5: Writing Nonconformity Statements
  • Closing Meeting
  • Completing the Audit Report
  • Corrective Action and Closeout

Day Four

  • Linking Automotive Core Tools to IATF 16949
  • Customer-Specific Requirements
    • Management Systems Auditing Written Exercise
    • CSR/Core Tools Examination

Day Five

  • Leading Audit Teams
  • Management System Certification Scheme and Auditor Qualifications
    • Leading Management Systems Audit Teams Written Exercise
  • Review of Audit Process and Audit Management Strategies
    • Leading Management Systems Audit Teams Mock Audit Case Study
      • Including scenarios on Risk-Based Thinking and a Process Flow/PFMEA/Control Plan Manufacturing Process Audit Scenario
  • Practical Application of Audit Principles and Instructor Interviews


Two elements are involved in the successful completion of this course:

1. The continual evaluation of the student’s attitudes, auditing capability, performance as team members when role playing, and communication skills (performed independently by all instructors involved with the class).

2. 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.


After successfully completing the exam, you can apply for the credentials shown on the table below. You will receive a certificate once you comply with all the requirements related to the selected credential. For more information about IATF 16949 certifications and the PECB certification process, please refer to the Certification Rules and Policies.

The requirements for PECB Auditor Certifications are:

CredentialExamProfessional experienceMS audit/assessment experienceOther requirements
PECB Certified IATF 16949 Provisional AuditorPECB Certified IATF 16949 Lead Auditor Exam or equivalentNoneNoneSigning the PECB Code of Ethics
PECB Certified IATF 16949 AuditorPECB Certified IATF 16949 Lead Auditor Exam or equivalentTwo years: One year of work experience in Automotive Quality ManagementAudit activities: a total of 200 hoursSigning the PECB Code of Ethics
PECB Certified IATF 16949 Lead AuditorPECB Certified IATF 16949 Lead Auditor Exam or equivalentFive years: Two years of work experience in Automotive Quality ManagementAudit activities: a total of 300 hoursSigning the PECB Code of Ethics
PECB Certified IATF 16949 Senior Lead AuditorPECB Certified IATF 16949 Lead Auditor Exam or equivalentTen years: Seven years of work experience in Automotive Quality ManagementAudit activities: a total of 1,000 hoursSigning the PECB Code of Ethics

To be considered valid, these audits should follow best audit practices and include the following activities:

  1. Audit planning
  2. Audit interview
  3. Managing an audit program
  4. Drafting audit reports
  5. Drafting non-conformity reports
  6. Drafting audit working documents
  7. Documentation review
  8. On-site Audit
  9. Follow-up on non-conformities
  10. Leading an audit team

Course instructors:
Laura Halleck – Senior Consultant, Quality Systems Auditing (Automotive, Aerospace)

8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Thursday
8:30am-12:30pm Friday

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