VDA Volume 19.1 – Technical Cleanliness in the Automotive Industry – Qualification for “VDA 19.1 Skilled Assistant”

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Course overview 


Technical Cleanliness of components and assembly groups is an important functional quality characteristic in the manufacture of modern vehicles.

Volume 19.1, “Inspection of Technical Cleanliness – Particulate Contamination of Functionally Relevant Automotive Components”, as the first comprehensive standard treatise, deals with the procedures for characterizing the state of cleanliness of products in the automotive quality chain. The red volume VDA 19.1 (formerly known as VDA 19) was first officially introduced by VDA in January 2005, and is available in a completely revised and extended edition since 2015.

Who should attend:  

This 2-day-training aims to qualify automotive, supplier or service personnel who conduct cleanliness inspections. The imparted knowledge and insight into laboratory practice also constitute valuable tools for anyone confronted with the quality factor technical cleanliness in their daily work, such as construction, quality assurance, technical purchasing and sales personnel. Due to the similar cleanliness requirements in the sectors aerospace, hydraulics and precision engineering, this training is also suitable for personnel from these backgrounds.


After passing the written test you will receive a VDA qualification certificate for “VDA 19.1 Skilled Assistant”.

Benefits and Learning Objectives:  

This 2-day training “VDA 19.1 Skilled Assistant” enables the participant to design and document cleanliness analyses according to VDA 19.1 and delivers insight into laboratory practice and the equipment and methods implemented there. Furthermore, the background to the technical necessity of cleanliness inspections and cleanly behavior is explained.


Theoretical principles

  • Background on Technical Cleanliness in the automotive construction
  • Extraction procedures for detaching particles from components
  • Analytical procedures for the evaluation of particle contamination
  • Qualification of the cleanliness inspection via abatement measurements and blank value inspections
  • Documentation, cleanliness specification and examples of inspections

Insight into laboratory practices

After each theory lecture, an appropriate case study is presented to enable participants to practice and reinforce the knowledge gained. Video clips are also shown to explain the relevant laboratory tasks:

  • Selection of extraction methods according to the component concerned, followed by execution of the extraction procedure with start parameters
  • Selection of filtration und analysis methods as well as the procedure for a standard analysis
  • Evaluation and documentation of cleanliness analyses

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

Course booking details: 

Date & Time Company Venue Cost Availability Take Action
28/02/2024 - 29/02/2024
08:30 - 16:30
SMMT Industry Forum Virtual (UK time), United Kingdom £959 Spaces Available Book

Further information

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

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