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Course Description

Exemplar Global-Certified ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor

Training with AIAG IATF 16949:2016 Supplier Auditor
IATF 16949:2016 places an increased emphasis on first and second-party auditor
qualification. This exclusive 5-day training program is the highest level of auditor training
available to automotive suppliers. The course is designed to prepare first and second-
party auditors to meet the new requirements of IATF 16949:2016 and customer
requirements of FCA, Ford Motor Co., and General Motors Co. This is the only IATF
16949:2016 training that combines the AIAG Supplier Auditor Certification with the
Exemplar Global-Certified ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Training. A final examination is
included at the end of the course (see certificates section below).

Plexus International is the certified Training Provider for this course.

Length: 5 days

Prerequisites: A series of questions to be answered by the student and turned in prior

to or at the beginning of the course to demonstrate understanding of ISO 9001.


Identify linkages to quality management principles

Identify and apply the process approach
Demonstrate an understanding of ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016
Demonstrate an understanding of risk-based thinking
Demonstrate an understanding of how risk-based thinking supports and improves
the understanding and application of the process approach
Identify the requirements applicable to an IATF 16949:2016 first and second-
party internal auditor
Identify the linkages to the Automotive Core Tools and Customer Requirements
Demonstrate an understanding of Rules 5th Edition
Apply auditing skills according to ISO 19011
Apply the concept of risk-based thinking in the audit process


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

First and second-party auditors who want to become an AIAG-certified Supplier

Individuals who want to apply for certification as an Exemplar Global-Certified
QMS internal auditor, QMS auditor or QMS lead auditor
Individuals who will be auditing IATF 16949:2016 quality management systems

Day 1

Introduction and Course Overview

Quality Management Principles
Process Approach and Risk-Based Thinking

Day 2

Process Approach and Risk-Based Thinking (continued)

ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 Requirements and Commentary

Day 3

ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 Requirements and Commentary

Conflict Management
Auditing Skills
Auditing Skills

Day 4

Auditing Application

Day 5

Auditing Application (continued)

Written Examination


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.

Earn two certificates upon successful appraisal:

An Exemplar Global certificate of successful completion, which meets the training

requirements for Exemplar Global certification of individual QMS internal auditors,
QMS auditors and QMS lead auditors.
An AIAG IATF 16949:2016 Supplier Auditor Certification certificate for first and
second-party assessments.

Note: Successful completion of this course/exam does not qualify you to conduct third-
party audits.