AIAG Supply Chain Institute Certifications – Who Should Get Them and Why?

The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) offers several certifications for professionals in the automotive industry, from automakers to retailers, and one particular category is the Supply Chain Institute Certifications. This division comprises two certifications; the Auditor Certification and the Core Tools Certification.

The AIAG Auditor Certification provides internal or lead certification for auditors in the auto industry. The goal of the course is to improve your quality management skills. There are seven courses offered in total, covering topics from how to maintain an effective environmental management (EMS) system in the Exemplar ISO 14001 EMS Lead Auditor course and the ISO/TS 16949 Certification Body Auditor Certification Evaluation. Through the combination of evaluations and courses, a person can achieve the AIAG Auditor Certification.

Meanwhile, the Core Tools Certification is composed of four courses that provide proficiency in the principles of the North American Automotive Quality Core Tools, as well as its practices. Proficiency in SPC, MSA, FMEA and/or APQP/PPAP are necessary in order to pass the knowledge and application exams for each one.

There are many benefits to obtaining AIAG Supply Chain Institute Certifications. For an automotive manufacturer, the Quality Core Tool Certification will give you the knowledge that your employees are performing processes according to the North American Automotive Quality Core Tool reference manuals. That is important, as failure to recognize activities that don’t meet quality regulative standards can set your auto company up for delays or setbacks when testing products or putting them on the market.

For the AIAG Auditor Certification, getting this education will help you if you seek employment as an auditor that specializes in the automotive industry. The courses also benefit managers at your vehicle facility as, after being trained at AIAG, a graduate will understand the process of looking over facility operations, financials and inventory to ensure everything is operating at maximum efficiency.

AIAG students learn about policies worldwide, which is necessary when a supply chain is spread out across more than one country. Since 1932, AIAG has been teaching professionals how to create an efficient and responsible supply chain.

In addition, getting the Supply Chain Institute Certifications provides a great educational basis for when you attend the AIAG Quality Summit coming up in September. Titled this year as “Quality for Emerging Technologies,” the conference takes place Sept 24-25, in Novi, MI. It will showcase how companies are using the newest vehicle technologies and discuss ways to maintain quality, dependability and customer satisfaction levels. Don’t miss out on this informative auto industry event!