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The VDA 6.3 process audit is an effective procedure for assessing processes in connection with planning and manufacturing of a product. These audits are usually conducted within the organisation
or with suppliers prior to series release, but also form a valuable contribution for process optimisation with already existing manufacturing lines. Furthermore, potential analysis – as part of VDA 6.3 – also constitutes a tried an tested method to select new suppliers. The third and complete revision of the VDA standard in 2016 had the main objective of simplifying and unifying the standard in order to give it a more practical and international orientation. With these new advantages, the worldwide importance of VDA 6.3 has increased. Moreover, this process audit standard can now also be applied to further sectors such as mechanical engineering and wind power. In order to conduct VDA 6.3 process audits, comprehensive knowledge, experience and competence is necessary. Thus, the quali cation of relevant personnel is indispensable. The examination for certi ed VDA 6.3 auditor offers the participants of c al proof of quali cation and neutral con mation of these exact capabilities.
Certi ed VDA 6.3 auditors are able to conduct process audits independently internally and at the site of their suppliers. After passing the examination, the participants will receive a certicate and an auditor card that provide evidence of their current and valid quali cation. Thus, they ful the requirements of customers or suppliers regarding their auditor competence.
Concept and Methods
On the examination day, the participants are given a written examination with 40 questions, which they have 60 minutes to answer. Furthermore, prospective VDA 6.3 auditors must pass an
oral examination consisting of 30 minutes preparation time and a twenty-minute interview with two examiners. For preparation, the training material handed out during VDA trainings (incl. VDA
6.3 standard) are admitted, and these must be brought along on the examination day.
This examination is for VDA 6.3 process auditors in the product life cycle.
Admission to the examination is only granted after successful review of the application. Evidence must be provided of
+ the certificate of qualification for the training “VDA 6.3 – Qualification for Process Auditor“ (edition 2016, ID 315),
+ of an at least threeday auditor qualification on the basis of DIN EN ISO 19011 (e. g., VDA Auditor IATF or TopQM CQI Auditor),
+ of at least five years’ industrial experience, of which at least two years in quality management.
As a new requirement, evidence of knowledge of the Automotive Core Tools must be provided. The training “Automotive Core Tools for System and Process Auditors” [TopQM SeminarID 02-470] (ID 417) and further VDA qualifications are recognised. Alternatively, evidence of a training about Automotive Core Tools by another training provider as well as the passing of an Automotive Core Tools online quiz at TopQM is required.
If the quiz is not passed, the “Automotive Core Tools for System and Process Auditors” course [TopQM SeminarID 02-470] (ID 417) must be completed.
For the precise requirements, please refer to the application form or contact email@example.com.
After passing the written and oral exams, you will receive a VDA certificate with registered numbering and the respective auditor card and the VDA QMC database entry. For the card, we need a digital photo in JPEG format in advance.
Retest for each person of the exam is added separately to the invoice. € 200,00 plus VAT or $ 200.00 (USD) for the written exam and € 300,00 plus VAT or $ 300.00 (USD) for the oral exam.
On the examination day, the participants are given a written examination with 40 questions, which they have 60 minutes to answer. Furthermore, prospective VDA 6.3 auditors must pass an oral examination consisting of 30 minutes preparation time and a twenty-minute interview with two examiners. For preparation, the training material handed out during VDA trainings (incl. VDA 6.3 standard) are admitted, and these must be brought along on the examination day.
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