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Qualification for Certified Automotive Core Tools Professional

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Qualification for Certified Automotive Core Tools Professional
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In order to meet the high quality standards of automotive customer a methodical approach is necessary at all stages of the product engineering process. This includes professional planning before start of production. The automotive industry has established the relevant tools – summarised as Automotive Core Tools. Participants who want to acquaint themselves with the main automotive quality tools within a week can achieve this qualification in this six-day training. The first part deals with project management in the concept phase and in product and process engineering. The second part addresses the statistical methods applied in process engineering, during the transition to serial production and during serial production, in order to ensure the capability of the measurement systems and production processes. On the examination day, the participants can get independent confirmation of their qualification
for the automotive core tools and a certificate and an ID card “Automotive Core Tools Professional“.

Target Audience

This qualification is aimed at all personnel in project teams working in the field of product and process design and development, especially those who are involved in the areas of planning, preproduction, test and inspection planning and quality management, as well as personnel from production.


Automotive Core Tools Professionals have knowledge of planning processes and tools as well as an understanding of the connections existing between the methods. They know how the individual phases of automotive projects are designed as to content, how to support achieving planned results with a targeted employment of methods, and how the methods are employed correctly and efficiently. At the beginning, the topics are the phase plan APQP, maturity level assessment for new parts and the main MLA criteria for product development. Further topics are FMEA, purpose and contents of the control plan, the correlation to process FMEA, PPA (VDA 2) PPAP and problem solving with 8D. Further topics are the basics of statistics, capability, measurement system analysis (MSA) and VDA 5, and finally test equipment capability cg and cgk, control charts and process capability pp and ppk and/or cp and cpk.

Concept and Methods

During this training, technical lectures and exercises alternate in order to support the transfer of the topics into the participants‘ own work practice with a particular focus on exchanging experiences between participants and the trainer. In order to work on the exercises, participants should bring a notebook and a triangle ruler to the training. On the examination day, the participants are given a written examination with 40 questions, of which 70% must be answered correctly. Furthermore, Automotive Core Tools Professionals must pass an oral examination consisting of 30 minutes preparation time and a twenty-minute interview with two examiners. For preparation, the training material handed out during VDA trainings (incl. standards) are admitted, and these must be brought along on the examination day.

Prerequisites for Attendance

Participants should have basic knowledge of automotive quality management and planning.

Certificate and ID Card

After passing the examination, the participants will receive a certificate with a registered number in connection with an Automotive Core Tools Professional ID card as well as the respective entry into the VDA QMC database.

Supplementary Material

Chapter FMEA from the VDA Ring Binder Volume 4 VDA Volume Maturity Level Assurance for New Parts Chapter SPC from the VDA Ring Binder Volume 4 VDA Volume 5

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The design of this program is guided by industry experts who will share their
experience and indepth subject knowledge with you throughout the course