Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)

  • Delivery Option: Public & On-Site
  • Subject Category: Core Tools
  • Cost: $450
  • Number of Days: 1 day

Course Summary


Implement and achieve effective quality planning based on the Ford, DaimlerChrysler and GM requirements.



“Detailed, in-depth instruction with many real-life examples from the instructor’s experience. Very professionally done.” – Marcell, Georgia

“Good review of documents and processes involved in product launch. Instructor did a good job of keeping me engaged.” – Lucas, Kentucky

Target Audience

Anyone involved in any aspect of automotive product quality planning, including management, sales, engineering, quality, purchasing and manufacturing. Prerequisite: It is desirable but not absolutely necessary that participants have a basic understanding of FMEA, SPC and other continuous improvement tools.

Course Objectives

QC Training Services’ Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) class is a comprehensive introduction to the APQP process – its planning, strategy and benefits. Learn the structure and information sources for effective use of APQP and its correlation to the rest of the AIAG core tools.

Participants will learn the general application of the APQP process and its five distinct phases and correlation to the P-D-C-A cycle. Understanding the inputs and outputs of each phase will lead to improved communication within your company and your customers.


  • APQP introduction and ISO/IATF 16949
    • Product quality planning cycle
    • APQP system diagram
    • The who, what, where, when, why and how of APQP
    • Team dynamics
    • APQP Workshop I: Teamwork Strategy
  • APQP foundation
    • Product quality planning timing charts
    • Phase element input/output
  • Planning and defining the system
    • Input/output planning timing chart
    • Workshop II: APQP Element Timing Plan
  • Product design and development I
    • Output element relationships
    • Workshop III: APQP Element Timing Plan
  • Product design and development II
    • Output element relationships
    • Workshop IV: APQP Element Timing Plan
  • Product process validation
    • Output element relationships
    • Workshop V: APQP Element Timing Plan
  • Feedback, assessment and corrective action
    • Output discipline relationships
The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) APQP training manual is used as the reference material for this class.