Virtual Classroom Training

Including Remote Audits

+44 (0)121 779 3337

Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)

Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)

This 1-day course is designed to meet the needs of companies involved with automotive quality systems such as IATF 16949 and addresses the typical requirements of the automotive industry. However, the principles are applicable to many business situations where adequate planning of products and processes is key to success. The content is delivered through a series of presentation slides, combined with a variety of participant activities.

Course Details

The key objectives are to enhance the participants’ existing knowledge and skills to enable them to contribute effectively to the product realisation process. The aim is that by the end of the course, a participant will understand:

The background to, and benefits of APQP

  • A model for successfully introducing new products and processes
  • The key ‘focus elements’ of APQP
  • The importance of a multi-disciplinary APQP team: How inputs from the various organisational functions contribute to the APQP process
  • How a variety of key tools and techniques are positioned within this model
  • How to create a Control Plan
  • The relationship of APQP with the Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) and IATF 16949 requirements



Cross-functional: Project and engineering managers, design and development engineers, project engineers, quality engineers, sales engineers, quality auditors, and other personnel who are involved with the introduction of new products and contribute to APQP / PPAP activities. Also, those personnel who need to understand the principles and terminology in order to communicate effectively with customers and suppliers.

  • Agenda Start 09:00
  • Introductions and Review of Agenda
  • Introduction to APQP
    Voice of the Customer
    Project Timing Plan & Critical Path
  • APQP Phase 1
    Plan and Define Programme
  • APQP Phase 2
    Product Design and Development
  • APQP Phase 3
    Process Design and Development
  • APQP Phase 4
    Product and Process Validation
  • APQP Phase 5
    Feedback and Corrective Action Assessment
  • Control Plan Methodology
  • Finish 16:30 Course Review & Closing Summary