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IATF 16949 is demanding more from Lead Auditors, period.
While still requiring ISO 9001:2015 compliance, IATF 16949 wants proof of lead auditor training competency. QMII gives you that with an automotive-industry specific, combined Lead Auditor training structure-including module by module competency testing.

Ready for the new IATF 16949? With our combined Lead Auditor course, you will be.

With its move from ISO to a new controlling organization, IATF 16949 has become even more demanding than its predecessor ISO/TS16949 with demands for more risk planning, expanded top management roles and more documentation, among other requirements.

Course details

The QMII ISO 9001 Lead Auditor with IATF 16949 training is a 5-day course that probes the requirements and implementation of IATF 16949:2016 so you can conduct efficient audits. You will learn the principles of auditing and how to apply ISO 9001 guidance to create and implement successful auditing programs to satisfy the expanded IATF 16949 requirements, and beyond.

In addition to the course specifics, please see our IATF 16949 training section for more general information including additional payment options, cancellations, common questions and other training options.

Course duration

Four days with classes starting at 9 a.m., ending at 6 p.m. including lunch and two breaks.


See individual course dates and locations as fees can change based on class registration levels.

Course discounts

$100 Early Bird Discount with 30+ days notice

Multiple registration discounts:

  • 5-day courses 2-5 $100
  • 6+$300
  • 3-day courses 2+ $100
  • 2-day courses 2+ $50)

See other discount options and guidelines.

Course instructions and provided materials

Participants will receive a course manual and reference materials. Please bring your own copies of the ISO 9001:2015 & IATF 16949 standards. You may purchase the standard here. Students are encouraged to bring their organization's particular process and system documentation and concerns to class, and the instructor will work to answer any questions. Students not initially passing the course will be allowed to retest at a later date. All students will be given a certificate of attendance.

We Help You Learn With:

Varied teaching modes including role playing

Active listening

Peer-to-peer, peer-to-teacher interaction

Major concept focus

Using only essential terminology

Learning objectives

Through our ISO 9001 Lead Auditor with IATF 16949 Lead Auditor Course, you will gain a range of audit management skills including::

  • Understand quality management definitions, concepts, and requirements of the IATF 16949 standard
  • Learning the correct interpretation and application of all clauses of IATF 16949
  • Learn how to manage a successful end-to-end IATF 16949 certification audit program
  • Conduct on-site auditing activities using the process approach to comply with external auditing requirements
  • Gain a complete understanding of the IATF 16949 certification process
  • Conduct effective opening and closing management system meetings
  • Create effective corrective action plans
  • Create enhanced auditing checklists

Suggested previous training

Here is what you need to know before attending this course in order to succeed:

  • Have a basic understanding of ISO 9001 and IATF 16949
  • Previous exposure to process auditing (from work or training)
  • Have attended a lower level auditing course such as internal auditing and/or an understanding IATF 16949 course
  • Be experienced in organizational management, roles and responsibilities

Who needs this course?

  • Individuals responsible for leading their organization to IATF 16949 certification
  • Those who must perform audits to IATF 16949
  • Those wanting formal credentials as a ISO 9001 Lead Auditor with IATF 16949 from an accredited training program
  • Quality Directors
  • Management Representatives
  • Quality Assurance Professional
  • ISO Project Managers
  • Engineers
  • Consultants
  • Internal and external auditors of manufacturing organizations

This course also benefits a range of professionals including quality managers and directors, business process owners/managers, supply chain/purchasing managers, chief executives and directors.

Certificates You Will Earn

Exemplar Global Certificate of Knowledge Attainment for:

QM-Quality Management Systems

AU-Management Systems Auditing

TL-Leading Management Systems Audit Teams

Building your reputation through these earned course certificates

Attendees successfully completing the ISO 9001 Lead Auditor with IATF 16949 examinations provided in conjunction with this course receive a Certificate of Attainment for these Exemplar Global (formerly RABQSA International) knowledge competency units:

  • QM-Quality Management Systems
  • AU-Management Systems Auditing
  • TL-Leading Management Systems Audit Teams

The Certificate of Attainment provides evidence of knowledge competency defined by the course's certifying organization, Exemplar Global, (formerly RABQSA) in the competency units required for certification as a Quality Management Systems Lead Auditor using ISO 9001. Students successfully completing QMII's 4-day Lead Auditor course receive a Certificate of Attainment for each Exemplar Global knowledge competency unit taken.

In addition, a certificate will be issued by QMII stating that the additional requirements of IATF 16949 have been understood to help satisfy the auditor competency requirements under IATF 16949.