Tools and techniques

Advanced Product Quality Planning


The use of this technique brings the project approach to ensuring good planning and good management of the different internal resources of product-related processes with a view to achieve products that will satisfy the customer.

Developed by the AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group), APQP is closely related to the requirements for quality planning and design stated in standards AS9100C or ISO/TS 16949 or other sector-specific standards, which are based on ISO 9001. It is relevant to all of the activities performed by an organization.

The planning steps presented in this course simplify the process and provide the means to more effectively communicate product quality planning requirements.

  • Terms and definitions
  • Various national approaches
  • Relationships with standards
  • General requirements
  • Specific customer needs
  • The 5 phases of planning
  • Control Plan contents
  • Who should be involved in the process?

This 1-day or 2-day course is designed to provide a working understanding of the application of the APQP technique. Participants will:

  • understand the advantages of pro-active quality planning,
  • discover and understand the requirements of AQPQ reference documents,
  • apply recommended methods and techniques and prepare an adequate Control Plan.
Target Audience

Personnel contributing to the planning effort and/or to the preparation of the Control Plan, who are employed by first-tier OEM or replacement parts suppliers, as well as by second-tier suppliers of parts / raw materials.


Although not a prerequisite, a general knowledge of the requirements presented in ISO/TS 16949, AS9100 or other sector-specific standard, or even knowledge of ISO 9001, is recommended.


1 or 2 days.


As it is presented in-house, this seminar may be customized to the needs and context of each customer.


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