CQI-9 Auditor Qualification Course (as per HTSA Version 4)

Training program

Training program

Virtual classes schedule

16th - 17th Feb 2023: CQI 9- Auditor Qualification Course( As per HTSA Version 4) | Time: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm | Duration: 2 Days

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about the course

AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group) released its first CQI-9 version in 2006; second in 2007, third in 2011, and fourth in June 2020. CQI-9 version 4 is Heat Treatment System Assessment (HTSA) which is now mandatory as a part of the customer-specific requirement in IATF 16949:2016. Internal process audits are considered with the CQI-9 standard where the heat treatment process is part of the organisation’s manufacturing processes. The goal of the AIAG CQI-9 standard implementation is the development of a heat treatment management system that facilitates continual improvement, emphasizes defect prevention, and the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain. Compliance with CQI-9 is now mandated by OEMs as “Customer-specific requirements”, hence it becomes necessary to undergo this training. As a part of the manufacturing process audit requirement for conducting 1st/2nd party audit, CQI 9 auditor qualification become a CSR of many OEMs/TIER 1. 

your benefits

Participants will be able:

  • to qualify themselves as CQI 9 HTSA Auditor as per AIAG CQI 15 Version 4. 
  • to Learn how to perform CQI 9 Heat Treat System Assessment with use of Process Approach.
  • to understand Prerequisites and Competence criteria to become a CQI 9 HTSA Auditor 
  • to learn flow of HTSA Process Auditing, Audit Planning, Summarizing Audit Results, closers. 
  • to understand point of emphasize for Thermocouple, Instrumentation and how to audit these.
  • to Learn how to audit System Accuracy Test and Temperature Uniformity Survey.
  • to Learn how to integrate CQI 15 HTSA requirement with existing IATF 16949 QMS & Manufacturing Process Audits.

Course content / outline

Session 1

1) Summary of CQI 9 Awareness Module 
   - Scope, Goal, Competence require to become CQI 9 Auditor
   - Understanding Thermocouple, Instrumentation, SAT, TUS
   - Understanding of HTSA Audit procedure.

2) Understanding on Section 1-3 elements in detail

3) Understanding on job audit and process tables

4) Q&A Session for Session 1

Session 2

5) Understanding of Process Approach - TURTLE 

6) Exercises, based on given information / evidences
   - To prepare HTSA Audit Plan
   - To complete Section 1-3 Audit

7) Job Audit - Sample Explanation

8) Process Table Assessment - Sample Explanation

9) Briefing on Exam – Online Test

who should attend

Manufacturing Engineers, Production Engineers working in Heat Treatment process/Metallurgy, Heat Treatment Supervisors, Maintenance & Furnace Validation Engineers, Instrumentation, Calibration and Validation Engineers working in Heat Treatment and Thermal domain, New Product/Process development Engineers involved with Heat Treatment System, Internal & External Process Auditors, Quality Management Systems and Quality Engineers, VDA 6.3 Process Auditors, who need to achieve auditor competency and knowledge in Heat Treatment System Assessment (CQI 9 -HTSA).

Training duration

1 Full Day


Participant must have attended awareness module of CQI 9 HTSA version 4 of at least 1 day duration to attend this training. 

Note: This course does not serve the purpose of demonstrating an evidence to other mandatory criteria like minimum years of experience in heat treatment, knowledge on heat treatment, knowledge on core tools or knowledge on IATF 16949 QMS. These criteria related evidences shall be demonstrated by organisation or by candidates (participants) themselves.

Exam details

There will be an online post test/exam consisting of 20 questions. The questions would be multiple-choice with only one right answer and there will be no negative marking for a wrong answer. Participants need to score 60% to pass the examination. Test duration is of 40 minutes and it will be an open book, open notes test. 


'CQI-9 Auditor Qualification Certificate' will be awarded to the participant/s on successful completion of test. No certificate will be awarded to unsuccessful participant (who do not pass online test).

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