IATF 16949 Lead Auditor Certification


The IATF 16949 Auditor certifications are credentials for professionals needing to audit a Quality Management System in the Automotive industry (AQMS) and, in case of the "IATF 16949 Lead Auditor" Certification, able to manage a team of auditors.

The principal competencies and knowledge skills needed by the market are the ability to proficiently plan and perform audits compliant with the certification process of the IATF 16949:2009 standard and to master the audit techniques and to manage (or be part of) audit teams and audit program.

Various professions may apply for this certification:

  • Auditor wanting to perform and lead a Quality Management System audits in the Automotive Industry as the responsible of an audit team
  • Senior manager or consultant wanting to master the Quality Management System audit process
  • Person responsible for the quality management or conformity in an organization that is in the automotive industry
  • Member of the quality management team
  • Expert advisor in quality management for automotive services
  • Technical expert wanting to prepare for an quality management audit function
The requirements for "Auditor" certifications are:


For certification purposes, the following audit types constitute valid audit experience:
If an applicant doesn't have all requirements to apply for the credentials of IATF 16949 Lead Auditor, he/she may apply for the credentials of IATF 16949 Auditor or IATF 16949 Provisional auditor.

  1. Pre-assessment/pre-audit
  2. Gap analysis
  3. Internal audits
  4. Second party audits
  5. Third/external audits
  6. Opinion audit

To be considered valid, these audits should follow best audit practices and include most of the following activities:

  1. Audit planning
  2. Audit interview
  3. Managing an audit program
  4. Drafting audit reports
  5. Drafting non-conformity reports
  6. Drafting audit working documents
  7. Documentation review
  8. On-Site Audit
  9. Non-conformity follow-up actions
  10. Leading a team of auditors


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