New ISO/TS 16949:2002

To be eligible for certification as an ISO/TS 16949:2002 auditor, candidates must be sponsored by an IATF contracted registrar. The auditor qualification criteria include:

1. ISO 9001:2000 Qualification

  • Qualified per rules of the relevant accreditation body
  • Competency in ISO quality standards and audit management
  • Competency in interview techniques and team techniques

2. Automotive Industry Specific Skills

  • Automotive core tools knowledge and competence

3. Minimum Work Experience

    • ISO 9001:2000 Audit Experience
      • At least three ISO 9001:2000 3rd party audits
      • A minimum of ten audit days
      • At least one audit as the lead auditor
    • New Automotive Auditors
      • Three years full-time automotive experience (OEM, tier 1, or tier 2)
      • Alternative would be industries with equivalent requirements

              (Chemical, electrical, or metallic commodities)


                  (Must include 2 years dedicated to QA activities)

      • Experience must be completed in the last six years
    • Existing Automotive Auditors
      • At least 15 third-party audits in the automotive sector
      • Audits to AVSQ 94, EAQF 94, QS-9000, VDA 6.1, or ISO/TS 16949:1999
      • Audits must be in last 3 years
      • A minimum of 45 audit days
      • At least two audits as the lead auditor

    4. IATF Sanctioned ISO/TS 16949:2002 Training

    A three day course is available for auditors previously qualified for ISO/TS 16949:1999. Other auditors must attend the full four-day course. All auditors must successfully complete the sanctioned auditor examination.

    Classes are available through the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG). You can contact <kdillard@aiag.org> for schedule and enrollment information. Remember, the training is only open to auditors sponsored by an IATF contracted registrar.