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VDA 6.2 – Examination for 1st / 2nd or 3rd Party Auditors

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VDA 6.2 – Examination for 1st / 2nd or 3rd Party Auditors

Background and Topics

The VDA 6.2 certification standard was first published by the VDA in 1997. In 2017 it was updated on the basis of the new ISO 9001:2015. It comprises requirements for automotive organisations that provide services in the product life cycle and thus influence the quality of products. Thus, service providers also have the opportunity to achieve
certification within the framework of an automotive standard. In particular, motor trade organisations as well as many transportation and logistics organisations can now avail themselves of this option to enhance their customer focus on a long-term basis. But equally, internal service providers, e. g., design and development, logistics, and purchasing, in VDA 6.2 have a valuable instrument at their command for continuous improvement. For implementation in one’s own organisation and for the certification
process according to VDA 6.2, well-qualified auditors are necessary who can acquire the specific knowledge in this training.

Target Audience

This examination is for prospective 1st / 2nd or 3rd party auditors VDA 6.2.


This examination tests the specialist knowledge and competences of the participants, awarding them the formal evidence of their ability to conduct 1st / 2nd or 3rd party audits.

Concept and Methods

On the examination day, the participants are given a written examination with 40 questions, which they have 60 minutes to answer. Furthermore, prospective VDA 6.2 1st / 2nd or 3rd party auditors 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

Admission to the examination is only granted after successful review of the application. The prerequisites vary according to the auditors‘ sphere of activity, and comprise among others ISO 9001 knowledge and professional automotive experience with service providers. Successful completion of the training “Qualification for 1st / 2nd or 3rd Party Auditor VDA 6.2“ is also necessary(see graphical representation on p.46). For 3rd party auditors, the registration for the examination may only be made by a VDA-approved certification body.

Certificate and Auditor Card

After passing the examination, participants will receive a certificate with registered numbering in connection with an auditor card as well as a corresponding VDA QMC database entry.

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