BACKGROUND AND TOPICS
The VDA 6.3 process audit is an effective procedure for assessing processes in connection with planning and manufacturing of a product. In order to conduct VDA 6.3 process audits, comprehensive knowledge, experience and competence is necessary.
Thus, the qualification of relevant personnel is indispensable.
According to ISO 19011, auditors are required to continuously improve their competence. This includes professional further education, e. g., by means of self-study and trainings. The validity of certificates is thus deliberately of limited duration, so that auditors undergo further training in order to maintain their qualification.
An extension of their qualification can only be applied for by Certified Process Auditor VDA 6.3 (2016) with valid VDA certificate.
Certified VDA 6.3 auditors are able to conduct process audits independently internally and at the site of their suppliers. With the renewal of the certificate, participants can receive reconfirmation of their qualification from independent quarters in order to fulfil the requirements of customers or suppliers regarding regarding their auditor competence.
CONCEPT AND METHODS
In order to extend a VDA 6.3 (2016) qualification, the application must be submitted before validity expires. Evidence must be provided of audit experience in at least five process audits or potential analyses as lead auditor within the validity period.
Internal as well as external process audits are accepted. If the required audit experience cannot be verified, it will be necessary to complete the “VDA 6.3 – Workshop for Certified Process Auditor“ (ID 341) in order to achieve an extension of VDA 6.3 qualification.
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” (ID 417) and the VDA qualification “Automotive Core Tools Professional” (ID 415, 416 and possibly 450) are recognized. Alternatively, evidence of a minimum two-day training about Automotive Core Tools by another training provider as well as the passing of an Automotive Core Tools online quiz is required. If the quiz is not passed, the “Automotive Core Tools for System and Process Auditors” course (ID 417) must be completed.
The application form must be filled online via VDA QMC website.
CERTIFICATE AND AUDITOR CARD
After a positive review of application, a new certificate with a registered number and the respective auditor card will be issued, along with the corresponding entry into the VDA QMC database. The certificate and auditor card are both valid for three years.