Core Tools Fundamentals (APQP, FMEA, Control Plans, SPC, MSA, PPAP) – eCourse

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Course Overview: 

This course is part of the "IATF 16949 Auditing Programme" which is a collection of courses made up of 'bite-sized' online modules aimed at anyone looking to gain a greater understanding and awareness of IATF Auditing.


The Core Tools Fundamentals course focuses on the Core Tools which are the foundation of most automotive manufacturers and supplier’s quality management systems. 

The course is made up 6 modules which are each approximately 15 minutes in duration. You will be granted access for 12 months from the time of purchase. During the 12 month access period, you will have unlimited access. to revisit the content as often as you need to.

If you prefer to build your own personalised learning path then these modules can also be purchased separately.


Please click here if you would like to try a short excerpt from one of the modules in this eCourse.

Who is this for: 

These modules are aimed at Quality Management professionals, auditors, or anyone who wants to gain an awareness of the Core Tools and how they are used within an organisation.

Module Overviews: 

ModuleTopics Covered
Module 1: APQP
  • The purpose of APQP
  • Starting out with APQP
  • The five phases of APQP
Module 2: FMEA
  • A brief introduction to FMEA 
  • Risk Priority Number
  • Key principles of FMEA
  • How Design FMEA is applied
  • How Process FMEA is applied
Module 3: Control Plans
  • Understanding Control Plans
  • Process Flow and Control Plan
  • Completing a Control Plan
  • Product and Process Controls
  • Reaction Plans
Module 4: SPC
  • Variation management and SPC
  • Data types and distributions
  • Control Charts
  • Process Capability
  • Attribute data
Module 5: MSA
  • Understanding MSA
  • Locational and Spread variation
  • Variable data and Attribute data
  • Types of variable measurement study
  • Types of attribute measurement study
Module 6: PPAP
  • What is PPAP and when is it needed?
  • PPAP requirements
  • PPAP elements
  • Submission to the customer
  • Record retention


Content within these modules has been created by SMMT QMD, the UK's SMMT IATF Oversight Office sanctioned training provider. After successfully passing the knowledge test at the end of each module, you will be awarded an SMMT QMD certificate of completion.  

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Why Choose SMMT QMD:

In order to strengthen the services we provide to the UK’s automotive quality management specialists and further underpin the competitiveness of UK manufacturers, SMMT Industry Forum has created SMMT QMD, its new Quality Management Division.

SMMT QMD was launched at the inaugural Automotive Quality Management Systems Conference in Birmingham in November 2018 and aims to ensure that the UK automotive industry plays an active role in the development and governance of national and international automotive standards. 

SMMT QMD will provide a community of practice to directly support UK quality professionals, ensuring standards are effectively implemented and improving competitive performance. As such, SMMT QMD will now provide the following services:

  • An industry association for quality managers
  • Training, professional development and resources
  • Publications
  • Practical help and support

Further information

SMMT QMD is the Automotive Quality Management Division of SMMT Industry Forum.

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