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With the release of the new IATF 16949 global quality standard, the scope now includes products with embedded software. Training is needed to support the new requirements for assessing the organization’s and suppliers’ software development processes.

AIAG has expanded its partnership with VDA, Germany’s automotive quality standards and guidelines organization. New in the AIAG line-up is training designed to develop personnel to conduct VDA’s Automotive SPICE assessment.

Automotive SPICE, which stands for Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination, is a worldwide software development capability assessment methodology used for rating and qualification of suppliers of software and software-based systems. The AIAG training includes two courses, one for “Provisional” or co-assessors, and one for “Competent” or lead assessors. These courses prepare future assessors for the Automotive SPICE certification exam through practical exercises and discussions. Training includes:

  • Overview of the assessment process, including interview techniques and document reviews
  • Process understanding of the original standards ISO/IEC 15504 and ISO/IEC 330xx
  • Planning, leading, and conducting Automotive SPICE assessments
  • Assessment reporting
  • Coaching of future assessors

“As more and more products have embedded software, an assessment tool like Automotive SPICE is becoming essential for many organizations across the supply chain,” says Scott Gray, AIAG’s director of quality products and services. “The new IATF 16949 global automotive quality standard requires organizations to assess their software development processes, and AIAG’s alignment with VDA’s Automotive SPICE assessment methodology provides our members with the training to meet the new requirements.”

Gray says the requirement in IATF 16949 also extends to purchased parts with embedded software, so the assessment of software development capabilities must occur at the Tier One and Tier Two suppliers. 

AIAG is offering two more training opportunities this year:

Automotive SPICE Certified Competent Assessor

  • November 27 – December 1, 2017 @ 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Automotive SPICE Certified Provisional Assessor

  • August 7 – August 11, 2017 @ 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM