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IATF 16949 training. Questions and answers

— Is IATF 16949 training required by IATF standard?

—Yes, because competent specialists are required to carry out activities such as risk analysis, supplier audits.

— Who should train staff when implementing a quality management system?

— IATF 16949:2016 standard does not prescribe that training should be carried out by a third party or by external experts at all. The important thing here is to obtain correct, undistorted knowledge, without interpretation, which means to understand through training the meaning of the requirements of IATF 16949 as laid down by the developers of the standard. Hence there is a requirement to be trained by competent lecturers, e.g. accredited 16949 auditors or staff trained by IATF 16949 auditors. If employees with these competences are available internally, the training can also be carried out internally.

— How often should staff be trained or retrained?

— IATF 16949 does not set requirements for the frequency of training. Accordingly, a sound logic is followed: if the requirements of IATF 16949 and related management methods change and are updated (e.g. a new version of FMEA was issued some time ago), retraining should be carried out.

— How should the certificate from the IATF 16949 training look like?

— On the basis of the provisions already studied above and taking into account the applicable requirements of IATF 16949, the certificates of the training provided should retain information on the topics of the training provided, the qualifications of the lecturer who conducted the 16949 training.

— Do employees need to be retrained if they have been trained by an organisation that does not have proper evidence of competence?

— The answer to this question is complex, as it depends on several factors. In our view, the most important one is whether or not the requirements of IATF 16949 are implemented correctly in practice. If the requirements are implemented, that is half the trouble. And the issue of correct training certificates can be dealt with as part of non-urgent, planned professional development activities. If, however, the requirements are not implemented or are implemented incorrectly, then even the highest quality certificates as a result of the training will not help, i.e. will not protect against a non-conformity from the certification body or the auditors from the customer.

— Can all the necessary training be completed by OREX?

— Yes, it can. Our training programmes include all the necessary courses – the requirements of the automotive standard IATF 16949, internal audits, second-party audits, separate courses on quality management methods APQP, PPAP, SPC, MSA, FMEA, on problem solving methods, on lean manufacturing and many others. And all OREX pro lecturers have all the necessary certificates confirming the correct competence. We have been trained by VDA QMC, Bureau Veritas, TÜV SÜD. And we provide training also in English.

— What remarks do the auditors make about the IATF 16949 training process?

— Remarks can be related to the lack of adequate qualifications of the lecturer, the short duration of the training, the lack of training for all employees who are involved in the process.

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Write to: expert@orexpro.com

23.02.22

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