IATF 16949 Lead Auditor

Why should you attend?

IATF 16949 Lead Auditor training enables you to develop the necessary expertise to perform an Automotive Quality Management System (AQMS) audit by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures and techniques. During this training course, you will acquire the knowledge and skills to plan and carry out internal and external audits in compliance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021-1 certification process.

Based on practical exercises, you will be able to master audit techniques and become competent to manage an audit program, audit team, communication with customers, and conflict resolution.

After acquiring the necessary expertise to perform this audit, you can sit for the exam and apply for Certified IATF 16949 Lead Auditor credential. By holding a Lead Auditor Certificate, you will demonstrate that you have the capabilities and competencies to audit organizations based on best practices.

Who should attend?

  • Auditors seeking to perform and lead Automotive Quality Management System (AQMS) certification audits
  • Managers or consultants seeking to master an Automotive Quality Management System audit process
  • Individuals responsible for maintaining conformance with Automotive Quality Management System requirements
  • Technical experts seeking to prepare for an Automotive Quality Management System audit
  • Expert advisors in Automotive Quality  Management

Learning objectives

  • Understand the operations of an Automotive Quality Management System based on IATF 16949
  • Acknowledge the correlation between IATF 16949, ISO 9001 and other standards and regulatory frameworks
  • Understand an auditor’s role to: plan, lead and follow-up on a management system audit in accordance with IATF 16949
  • Learn how to lead an audit and audit team
  • Learn how to interpret the requirements of IATF 16949 in the context of an AQMS audit
  • Acquire the competencies of an auditor to: plan an audit, lead an audit, draft reports, and follow-up on an audit in compliance with ISO 19011

Educational approach

  • This training is based on both theory and best practices used in AQMS audits
  • Lecture sessions are illustrated with examples based on case studies
  • Practical exercises are based on a case study which includes role playing and discussions
  • Practice tests are similar to the Certification Exam


A fundamental understanding of IATF 16949 and comprehensive knowledge of audit principles.

Course Agenda

Day 1: Introduction to Automotive Quality Management Systems (AQMS) and IATF 16949

Day 2: Audit principles, preparation and launching of an audit

Day 3: On-site audit activities

Day 4: Closing the audit

Day 5: Certification Exam


The  IATF 16949 Lead Auditor exam fully meets the requirements of the Examination and Certification Program (ECP). The exam covers the following competency domains:

Domain 1: Fundamental principles and concepts of an Automotive Quality Management System (AQMS)

Domain 2: Automotive Quality Management System (AQMS)

Domain 3: Fundamental audit concepts and principles

Domain 4: Preparation of an IATF 16949 audit

Domain 5: Conducting  an IATF 16949 audit

Domain 6: Closing an IATF 16949 audit

Domain 7: Managing an IATF 16949 audit program


After successfully completing the exam, you can apply for the credentials listed below. You will receive a certificate once you comply with all the requirements related to the selected credential.

  • ISO 16949 Provisional Auditor
  • ISO 16949 Auditor
  • ISO 16949 Lead Auditor
General Information
  • Certification fees are included on the exam price
  • Training material containing over 450 pages of information and practical examples will be distributed
  • A participation certificate of 31 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits will be issued
  • In case of exam failure, you can retake the exam within 12 months for free