(APQP) Advanced Product Quality Planning

A new APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning) manual is here! The new version is more than a methodology; it's a commitment to excellence, ensuring that every product not only meets but exceeds customer expectations. Updated for Industry 4.0, higher automation, autonomous driving, electrification and the expanding definition of mobility, the updated standard provides steps and tools, to avert quality issues, elevate customer satisfaction, and foster an environment of continuous improvement.

Decoupling the two documents will also facilitate more timely updates as systems evolve and emphasizes the importance of Control Plans in product development.


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Want to make sure that the learning sticks? Keep AIAG’s APQP manual on hand as a reference guideline. The manual covers the majority of situations that occur in early planning, design, or process analysis phases.

Additional Bundles:

APQP & Control Plan 2-Pack - Discounted Bundle
Core Tools Requirements 6-Pack - Discounted Bundle
IATF 16949 & Core Tools 7-Pack - Discounted Bundle

APQP, Control Plan and PPAP Training Guide

Curious on which APQP, Control Plan, or PPAP training course you should take? View our helpful training guide to compare which course would fit your needs.


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Focusing on high level topics, this eLearning reviews the history and structure of APQP, benefits and best practices, and key concepts such as gateways and activities. Additional content addresses the hierarchy and interdependency of the Core Tools, the role APQP accomplishes for the business system, and more.

Covering both the APQP 3rd Edition and Control Plan 1st Edition in a single day, this unique hybrid training includes a range of presentation materials to help attendees better understand key updates and associated deliverables. (Note: Copies of both publications are also included in the cost of registration!)

Designed to provide an overview of the new APQP 3rd Edition, this one-day course covers both the technical and managerial aspects of APQP to help you gain a more well-rounded understanding of program management. Course content focuses on general expectations for APQP tasks and the higher system level of phases, along with using new APQP tools in real-world contexts, and more.

This two-day “transitioning” training – intended for current APQP practitioners, managers, and auditors – focuses on updates and changes in the APQP 3rd Edition to facilitate a better understanding of how your APQP program will be impacted, provide examples of new elements, and explore the managerial side of APQP in more detail.

Focusing on both the managerial and technical aspects of APQP, this three-day course includes case studies for practical analysis, along with various other techniques successful practitioners have used over the years. If you’re looking for a comprehensive APQP training to move above and beyond conformance, this course is for you.

Looking for a comprehensive training on Control Plans, covering everything from development to maintenance? Designed for a variety of learners (and particularly geared toward beginners), this one-day course focuses on certain areas that are often overlooked, along with best practices for monitoring your Control Plan.

Familiarize yourself with the language and techniques used in everyday control plan activities with this 30-minute eLearning exploring the role of control plans in the Core Tools structure, best practices for crafting your own control plans (including proven tips and tricks that lead to higher quality output), insights on communicating the “why” to your organization, and more.

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Certification by AIAG in APQP/PPAP verifies an individual's proficiency in product quality planning and control plan guidelines, and PPAP submittal requirements as defined in the AIAG's APQP 2nd Edition and PPAP 4th Edition manuals.

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A 1 hour webinar focusing on the importance of applying APQP and Control Plan methodologies down through the supply chain, and how the new versions of these methodologies can actually help you achieve it.

This webinar focuses on changes in the new APQP 3rd Edition and standalone Control Plan, emphasizing their impact on the future of product quality planning.

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Key benefits of APQP include:

  • Improved product quality - APQP’s rigorous risk assessments, design and process FMEAs (Failure Mode Effects Analysis), Control Plans, and production trials prevent a host of quality problems before parts are mass produced.
  • Enhanced customer satisfaction - To put it simply, higher quality products result in greater customer satisfaction and happiness. When customers are satisfied, their relationships with manufacturers and suppliers improve.
  • Increased efficiency - Quality problems in the development and manufacturing process hinder efficiency and time-to-market. APQP provides a reliable framework to catch and address these problems early to reduce the need for reworks.
  • Reduced costs - Quality problems, hangups in the development and manufacturing process, reworks, product returns, warranty claims, and more all result in greater costs to the manufacturer. APQP drastically reduces these issues to save significant costs.
  • Improved supplier relations - By factoring in a detailed understanding of customer requirements and expectations, APQP allows suppliers to better understand their customers which leads to improved customer/supplier relationships and a more collaborative working relationship.
  • Better risk management - APQP’s risk assessment processes allow suppliers and manufacturers to identify, address, and develop measures to mitigate potential quality issues early.
  • Improved process control - the combined methodologies outlined above in combination with APQP’s statistical process control (SPC) processes allow suppliers and manufacturers to monitor/control the production process in even greater detail.

Transform your product development journey with the new APQP. It's not just a methodology; it's a pathway to excellence in quality, efficiency, and customer satisfaction.

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Watch Scott Trantham - Global Supplier Quality Manager (General Motors) - talk about the new APQP and Control Plan.

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What are the steps in APQP?

Understanding APQP’s steps properly requires comprehensive and detailed training. For this basic guide, we’ll provide a general overview of APQP’s steps without going into great detail. Please refer to AIAG’s training resources for more information. 

  • Plan and Define Program - Define the product and process requirements, identify the key stakeholders, and develop a plan for the APQP process.
  • Product Design and Development - Design + develop the product (with design reviews and validation testing).
  • Process Design and Development - Create the production process: process flow diagrams, FMEA, and control plans.
  • Product and Process Validation - Validate the product and process through testing and pilot production.
  • Feedback Assessment and Corrective Action - Collect feedback on the product and process, identify any issues or deviations, and implement corrective actions.
  • Production Launch - Launch the product into full production.
  • Ongoing Monitoring and Feedback - Continuously monitor and collect feedback on the product and process and implement continuous improvement actions, as necessary.

APQP is a continuous improvement process engaging cross-functional teams, including engineering, quality, and production, throughout the product development and production cycle. 

How do I implement APQP?

Implementing APQP requires a systematic and structured approach, and typically involves the following steps:

  • Develop a plan - What are the goals of the APQP process? This step helps you outline what you’re looking to achieve along with the steps, responsibilities, and stakeholders involved. 
  • Assemble a team - Once you know what you need to do and who will be involved, you can create cross-functional teams across all your relevant departments - quality, engineering, production, and more - and set responsibilities. 
  • Establish a timeline - Establish a timeline for the APQP process, including key milestones and deadlines.
  • Conduct a risk assessment - The best way to prevent mistakes is to identify them before they happen. The “risk assessment” phase in APQP allows you to identify those potential quality issues and determine how they can be mitigated. 
  • Use the core tools - The core tools we discussed earlier in the article (FMEA, PPAP, MSA, SPC) can be used in combination with the APQP process to improve every step here - from design to production, measurement systems, and more. 
  • Validate the product and process - One of the main goals of APQP is to meet and exceed the customer’s expectations and requirements. Setting up rigorous testing and pilot productions allows you to validate both your product and the process it requires to accomplish exactly that. 
  • Monitor and collect feedback - As you progress through the APQP process, you should collect and assess feedback on the product and process to identify/implement improvements proactively. 
  • Continuously improve - Your organization’s needs and requirements are likely to change over time. The final step of the APQP process is to monitor these changing needs and make changes to ensure all your work stays relevant and effective.

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