Understanding VDA 6.3 Process Audits

Course Duration: 2 Days - 8 Hours/day

Omnex is not a VDA or VDA-QMC licensed training provider.

This two-day course is designed help you understand the content and intent of the process audit approach as defined in VDA 6.3. The scope of this process audit is the entire product (or service) development process including the post-launch phase in the automotive industry. VDA 6.3 is one of many documents produced by the VDA (Verband der Automobilindustrie), an interest group of the German automobile manufacturers and component suppliers. It has been adopted by German automakers as a supplier requirement.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and apply the requirements of VDA 6.3
  • Complete a preliminary document review (for on-site classes)
  • Prepare an implementation or “next steps” plan (for on-site classes)

Course Outline

Daily Agenda (approximate, based on class discussions)

Day One

  • VDA Introduction and Overview
  • Chapter 1: VDA 6.3-Related Requirements
  • Chapter 2: Requirements for Project Management (P2)

o P2: Project Management

o Breakout Exercise 1: Audit of P2 – Project Management

  • Chapter 3: Requirements for Planning (P3) and Implementation of Product and Production Process Development (P4)

o Breakout Exercise 2: Audit of P3 – Planning the Product and Production Process Development

o Breakout Exercise 3: Audit of P3 – Implementation of Product and Process Development

Day Two

  • Chapter 4: Requirements for Supplier Management (P5)

o Breakout Exercise 4: Audit of P5 – Supplier Management

  • Chapter 5: Requirements for Process Inputs (P6.1) and Process Management (P6.2)
  • Chapter 6: Requirements for Personnel (P6.3) and Material Resources (P6.4)
  • Chapter 7: Requirements for Process Effectiveness (P6.5) and Results (P6.6)
  • Chapter 8: Requirements for Customer Service (P7)

o Breakout Exercise 5: Assessing the Requirements for Customer Service (P7)

Final Exam: Understanding VDA 6.3 Process Audits

Who Should Attend

This seminar is designed for Quality Practitioners, Auditors, Implementation Team Members, Management Representatives, Manufacturing Managers, Project Planners and engineers with no prior knowledge of VDA 6.3. A separate 4-hour Overview class is available for executive management.

Course Materials

Each participant will receive a seminar manual and a workbook for use in class exercises, role plays and discussions.


At least two years of automotive experience in manufacturing, quality or related discipline is recommended.

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