Can VDA 6.3:2023 training and testing also be performed online?

Yes, the new concept of the VDA allows all trainings and also the VDA 6.3 exam to be conducted online.

Note: We believe that 4 days of training as an online event requires strong concentration and discipline. Empirical studies have also shown that learning progress is significantly worse in online training than in face-to-face events.
Therefore, we recommend the face-to-face event from a duration of more than 2 days.
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How long is the validity of VDA 6.3:2023 certificates?

The validity of VDA 6.3:2023 certificates is 5 years.
After the expiration of these 5 years, the following requirement is necessary for renewal:

• a copy of your valid VDA 6.3 certificate
• Proof of competence for Core Tools
• Proof of audit experience - 10 process audits with a total duration of 20 audit days

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Which requirements do I have to fulfill in order to still extend according to VDA 6.3:2016?

This is still possible until 31.03.2023 and the following evidence is required:

• Copy of the existing certificate or auditor card
• Proof of audit experience - 5 process audits with a total duration of 10 audit days.
• Proof of expertise in the Automotive Core Tools
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How long can I extend according to the specifications from VDA 6.3:2016?

An extension based on the specifications of VDA 6.3:2016 is possible until 31.03.2023.
The certificate is extended for 3 years.
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How long is the VDA certificate for the Core Tools valid?

The VDA Core Tools certificate has no validity date. This means that if you have acquired this certificate by participating in the 2-day training or passing the VDA online test, this is always valid.
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From when is the new VDA 6.3:2023 valid?

The new VDA 6.3:2023 is valid from 01.01.2023.

However, since this is always a customer-specific requirement or a company-internal specification, the date of implementation must be determined by the customer or the company itself.
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Which requirements do I have to fulfill to renew my VDA 6.3 certificate?

The following evidence is required:

• a copy of your valid VDA 6.3 certificate or auditor card
• a copy of your qualification certificate or your booking confirmation of the training "From VDA 6.3:2016 to VDA 6.3:2023 - Upgrade".
• Proof of competence for Core Tools
• Proof of audit experience - 5 process audits with a total duration of 10 audit days
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What requirements do I have to meet to take the VDA 6.3:2023 exam?

The following evidence is required:

• Qualification certificate (or registration confirmation) of " VDA 6.3:2023 - Process Auditor - Qualification".
• Proof of a total of at least three days of auditor qualification based on DIN EN ISO 19011 (e.g. VDA auditor)
• Proof of expertise in the Automotive Core Tools
• Proof of at least five years of full-time professional experience in a manufacturing company, of which at least two years must have been in quality management (curriculum vitae in tabular form). From three years of professional experience, company training periods can be taken into account.
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When do I need to have attended the VDA 6.3 upgrade training?

Renewal of VDA 6.3 certificates that lose their validity after 01.01.2023 can only be extended if attendance of the VDA 6.3 Upgrade Seminar can be proven.

Attention: the learning control during the seminar must be passed!
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What do I have to do if my VDA 6.3 certificate has expired for more than 3 months in order to obtain a new valid certificate?

The only option is to retake the new VDA 6.3:2023 exam.
We recommend to visit our exam preparation in advance.

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What are the benefits of PSCR training for a professional/specialist?

The Product Safety & Conformity Representative (PSCR) training program benefits an expert in several ways.

It provides the basic knowledge and requirements necessary to ensure product integrity throughout the various phases of the product life cycle.

Participants gain confidence and expertise in performing PSCR activities and contributes to the effective implementation of standards, improving their own company's competitive performance.

PSCR training benefits experts by improving understanding and ensuring product safety and compliance with national and international standards.

Expertise in product development and production is acquired that meets the safety requirements of the respective country and the automotive industry.

The knowledge acquired in PSCR training helps to understand the comprehensive requirements for product safety and conformity and to protect the company from risks.
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What are the objectives of the Product Safety Representative PSCR course?

The focus is on imparting expertise that will enable participants to manage their day-to-day work as prospective or existing Product Safety & Conformity Representatives in a more professional and focused manner.

Covered are the responsibilities throughout the supply chain from development to manufacturing to intended use.

Product integrity in the product life cycle, indications of product defects, and examples of tools and methods will be taught.

We qualify with the aim of providing experts with the right know-how to maintain and safeguard product integrity in the various phases of development and production.

The responsibility lies with the entire automotive supply chain to achieve product safety and compliance at the final stage, just before delivery to the customer.

Our PSCR training program aims to familiarize participants with the knowledge required for application in the automotive industry. The aim of this course is to understand the requirements of the Product Integrity Manual and to convey the role of the Product Safety Representative.

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Is a product safety representative training/qualification PSCR and PSB the same thing?

The Product Safety & Conformity Representative (PSB) certification and the corresponding upgrade training from PSB to PSCR have now expired, so this PSCR course is the appropriate current training.
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Who should attend PSCR training?

Anyone who deals with product safety or country-specific approval requirements as part of their daily work needs to know exactly how to ensure the safety and conformity of products.

To this end, it is necessary to have the right expertise and knowledge to meet the requirements and expectations related to the product.
Product Safety & Conformity Representative (PSCR) training aims to provide this qualification and understanding so that the various aspects of product integrity are recognized and addressed.

All product safety experts who are responsible for ensuring product safety and conformity at every stage of the product lifecycle, from development to the final product, can attend the VDA QMC Product Safety & Conformity Representative (PSCR) training to better manage the processes involved in manufacturing a product.
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What are the specifics of the Product Safety & Conformity Representative (PSCR) qualification?

The training program for a PSCR is conducted as a seminar and offers practice and exercise sessions to deepen the expertise.

Our technical experts provide, with practical understanding, the basic technical knowledge and skills required to ensure product integrity.
Some important contents of the seminar are:
• Better technical knowledge about the product
• Expertise to avoid nonconformities in the product cycle
• Improved ability to take recourse in the event of product defects
• Improved decision-making ability in the event of product complaints
• Professional development and resource development
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What is the meaning of PSCR?

Product safety and compliance officers are individuals who have the necessary information and qualifications to specifically ensure that product integrity complies with local and international regulatory requirements and also meets the safety expectations of the public.

They have all the knowledge that is central to product safety and conformity to standards, as well as the necessary competence to apply this knowledge in working practice, including recourse when required.
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What must a product safety representative consider (PSCR)?

Product Safety & Conformity Representative (PSCR) must ensure proper verification of legal and regulatory requirements throughout the product lifecycle (research and development phase - production phase - use phase).

Safety and compliance standards must be met at all stages.

A PSCR takes care of this, completing the appropriate training to identify product integrity requirements and meet market(s) demands, paying particular attention to public safety expectations.
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What are the tasks, competencies and responsibilities of a Product Safety and Conformity Representative (PSCR)?

A Product Safety and Conformity Representative (PSCR), must know exactly how to ensure safety and conformity with legal and regulatory requirements for products.

To this end, a PSCR must have the right expertise and knowledge to meet the requirements and expectations related to the product.

The Product Safety and Conformity Representative (PSCR) training aims to train these individuals and provide the necessary qualification and understanding to develop enough competence to coordinate the various aspects of product integrity in the company and to establish and continuously maintain a functioning Product Safety and Conformity Management.

The legal requirements for product integrity in the respective countries and regions must be observed, as must the justified safety expectations of the general public.

In the case of products that stand out on the market as "unsafe" or whose conformity with legal requirements is questionable, those responsible are obliged to initiate the necessary measures.

In order to know and understand the diverse requirements, comprehensive information and qualification is necessary.
This is also the goal of the qualification: It is specifically oriented to the requirements in the daily work practice of the participants. In five modules, the central topics of product integrity are addressed and the competence as a Product Safety and Conformity Representative (PSCR) is developed.
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How can I systematically integrate customer-specific requirements into quality management?

Der VDA hat zu dem Thema einen Band "kundenspezifische Anforderungen in der Automobilindustrie" veröffentlicht.

Hier werden zunächst die Begrifflichkeiten, Kundenspezifische Anforderung und sonstige Kundenanforderungen erklärt.

In dem Band wird ein Prozess aufgezeigt, wie sie kundenspezifische Anforderungen erstellen können und wie sie kundenspezifische Anforderungen ihres Kunden systematisch in ihr Management-System integrieren können.

Ein mögliches Beispiel, basierend auf der IATF-Standardstruktur rundet den Band ab.
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Where can I find the customer-specific requirements for the VDA 6.3 process audit?

The following questions of the VDA 6.3 process audit ask about customer-specific requirements:
• Question 3.1: "Are there product and production process specific requirements?"
Are all customer-specific requirements known and evaluated?

Further examples of how customer-specific requirements should be systematically checked in a process audit according to VDA 6.3 are:

• Qualification of auditors in chapter 3.1 should also take into account customer-specific requirements.

• Question 6.2.3: Are special features managed in production?
Marking of the customer-specific special features.

• Question P7.1 the verification of the fulfillment/effectiveness of the customer specific requirements in the organization's quality management system.

• Question P7.2, access/access to the customer portals to ensure the versions as well as the latest updates of the customer specific requirements.
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