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!

What type of training do you need?

Alison NelsonThis week we hosted a sold-out Gage management and R&R using GAGEpack training seminar in Dayton, OH. All participants walked away from the training with a better understanding of gage R&R, and this got me thinking about what other types of training our customers need.

So, I’m asking you, our readers and customers, what type of training you would like to see us host? Would you like to see more gage R&R training, basic statistics training, process capability training, or something else? Please reply with your input so we can better serve you.

New! 7 Document control inefficiencies solved

Alison NelsonYou’re invited to a brand new webinar called “7 Inefficiencies of document control and how to solve them.” The event will be held on Wednesday, April 1st at 11:00am ET, but it’s no April Fool’s day joke. You will learn 7 tips to make your document control more efficient, including:

  • How to dramatically reduce paper and printing costs;
  • A simple method for tracking document reviews and approvals;
  • An organized way of tracking document change requests;
  • A foolproof method for keeping an audit trail for ISO 9000;
  • An effortless way of keeping training records current;
  • An easy way to avoid the costly mistake of having multiple copies of a master document;
  • How to generate a variety of reports with just a few mouse clicks.

I hope you can join us for this event!

Upcoming SQCpack training

Alison NelsonWe’re holding a 75-minute webinar, Understanding your processes using SQCpack, this Thursday, February 19th at 11:00am ET. This is the final session in a three-part SQCpack webinar series that teaches tips and techniques to enhance your software use.

Participants will learn how to interpret the following SPC charts:

  • X-bar and range
  • Individual and moving range
  • p- and c-charts
  • Attributes charts
  • Control limit options
  • Special causes and notes
  • Chart annotation Control limits Histogram options
  • Cpk, Cp
  • Ppk, Pp
  • Dpm Control chart selection Out-of-control tests

We hope all of you SQCpack users can join us for this event!

Upcoming SQCpack training

Alison NelsonWe’re holding the second session in a three-part SQCpack webinar series, SQCpack Unwrapped, this Thursday, February 5th at 11:00am ET.

This 75-minute webinar delves even deeper into the SPC tools that SQCpack has to offer such as:

1) Audit trail report
2) Choice lists
3) Named control charts with filters
4) Cpk report
5) Chart titles
6) Control chart annotation
7) Chart workspaces

We hope all of you SQCpack users can join us for this event!

Upcoming training schedule

Alison NelsonHello Everyone!

These are the training dates for the first quarter of 2009. I hope you can join us for some of these sessions!

SQCpack EZ 101 (75-minute webinar)
January 22, 2009 – 11:00 am to 12:15 pm ET

GAGEpack calibration management (One-day seminar)
January 29, 2009 – 8:00 am to 4:30 pm ET
SpringHill Suites, Dayton, OH

SQCpack EZ unwrapped (75-minute webinar)
February 5, 2009 – 11:00 am to 12:15 pm ET

Understanding capability & control charts – Part I (75-minute webinar)
February 12, 2009 – 11:00 am to 12:15 pm ET

Understanding capability & control charts – Part II (75-minute webinar)
February 13, 2009 – 11:00 am to 12:15 pm ET

Understanding your processes using SQCpack (75-minute webinar)
February 19, 2009 – 11:00 am to 12:15 pm ET

Easy gage tracking (90-minute webinar)
March 11, 2009 – 11:00 am to 12:30 pm ET

Beyond Excel: Easy SPC charting (90-minute webinar)
March 18, 2009 – 10:00 am to 11:30 am ET

Process improvement using CHARTrunner (One-day seminar)
March 24, 2009 – 8:00 am to 4:30 pm ET
Homewood Suites, Dayton, OH

SPC charting with SQCpack (One-day seminar)
March 25, 2009 – 8:00 am to 4:30 pm ET
Homewood Suites, Dayton, OH