Quality Management & Training

Production Part Approval Process - PPAP

Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) is applied in manufacturing organisations, to approve initial parts manufactured, for eventual introduction into their future production runs.

PPAP defines requirements for this initial part manufacture approval (including production and bulk materials). The objective is to determine if all customer specifications and requirements are properly understood by the supplier. Also confirming that the process has the potential to produce product consistently and reliability to these requirements, under actual production run and rate conditions.

This course explains the typical requirements of the automotive, aerospace, and other manufacturing industries where product and process qualification have to be demonstrated prior to the start of serial production.

PPAP is one of the key ‘core tools’.  ‘Core Tools’ are defined as the five supplemental techniques and methods which support the expectations of IATF 16949 (see links below):

Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA)

Statistical Process Control (SPC)

Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)

The above courses can be delivered individually or as a consolidated programme of training.


  • Enables an organisation to demonstrate they will be able to consistently meet customer requirements during serial production
  • Supports a risk-based approach and requirements of quality management systems, e.g. IATF 16949
  • Assists an organisation to satisfy customer requirements for production part approval


This course is intended for all personnel who are involved with the qualification of new products and processes, including:

  • Project and engineering managers
  • Project engineers
  • Manufacturing engineers
  • Quality engineers
  • Internal quality auditors
  • Other personnel who need to understand the principles and terminology in order to communicate effectively with customers and suppliers



The delegates should understand:

  • The role of PPAP within the product realisation process
  • How various organisational functions contribute to PPAP
  • The requirements for a typical PPAP record, and submission document
  • The role of the ‘core tools and techniques’ involved in PPAP
  • The relationship of PPAP with Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and quality management system requirements

On completion of the course, delegates will be a QM&T validated and certificated PPAP practitioner.


Introduction to PPAP

The relationship of PPAP with Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)

PPAP Process Requirements

Customer Notification and Submission Requirements

Submission to Customer – Levels of Evidence

Part Submission Status

Record Retention

Customer Specific Requirements