IATF 16949 Lead Implementer Certification


The IATF 16949 Implementer certifications are professional certifications for professionals needing to implement a Quality Management System in Automotive Industry (AQMS) and, in case of the IATF 16949 Lead Implementer Certification, needing to manage an implementation project.

The principal competencies and knowledge skills needed by the market are the ability to support an organization in implementing and managing a Quality Management System in Automotive Industry as specified in IATF 16949:2009: planning, implementation, surveillance, re-examination and operation of a QMS, continual improvement of business processes and quality, management's commitment, follow-up and review.

Various professions may apply for this certification:

  • Manager or consultant wanting to implement a Quality Management System in an Automotive Industry (AQMS)
  • Project manager or consultant wanting to master the Quality Management System implementation process
  • Person responsible for the quality management or conformity in an organization related with Automotive services
  • Member of the quality management team
  • Expert advisor in quality management
  • Technical expert wanting to prepare for an quality management audit function

The requirements for "Implementer" certifications are:


For certification purposes, the following implementation types constitute valid implementation experience:

If an applicant doesn't have all requirements to apply for the credentials of IATF 16949 Lead Implementer he/she may apply for the credentials of IATF 16949 Implementer or IATF 16949 Provisional Implementer.

  1. Internal implementation
  2. External/consulting implementation
  3. Partial implementation

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

  1. Drafting an QMS implementation business case
  2. Managing an QMS implementation project
  3. Implementing a QMS based on IATF 16949
  4. Implementing corrective and/or preventive actions
  5. Performing internal audit
  6. Performing a management review
  7. Performing evaluation, monitoring and measurement of a QMS based on IATF 16949
  8. Managing a quality management team


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