CQI-12 Coating System Assessment

Significance and Application of CQI-12 Coating System Assessment

The new AIAG CQI-12 3rd edition was released in June 2020. See further below the new build-up and essential content as well as the new process tables of the 3rd edition.

The North American automotive association AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group) is publisher of the CQI standards (Continuous Quality Improvement). CQI-12 Coating System Assessment is a self-assessment of the Coating system regarding galvanic Coating and must be carried out at least once a year.

This standard is an appendix to IATF16949 under „customer-specific requirements“ and is valid for all automotive suppliers globally that have entered into a contractual agreement regarding purchasing, supply and quality throughout the supply chain. As a long standing member of AIAG, TopQM-Systems already specialized early on in the introduction, development and qualification of employees, as well as auditor training according to the rules of the AIAG for CQI-12 Coating processes in the European and global automotive supplier markets.

The new CQI-12 3rd Edition 2020

Here is an overview of the changes and changed process tables of the new CQI-12 3rd Version:

>> TopQM info service for the new CQI-12 for download


Announcement of the new CQI-12 [3rd Edition] Coating System Assessment by AIAG

Michigan USA-based AIAG announced the release of the new CQI-12 3rd Edition on 16.07.2020.
The new CQI-12 will be available from August 2020.

TopQM-Systems offers a 3-h online update training  in German and English
 you participate, you will receive the original CQI-12 standard as well as the German translation.
Dates, costs and seminar language can be found in our next newsletter.

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New CQI-12 3rd Edition 07-2020 Coating System Assessment - exclusively at TopQM-Systems!

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On 25.11.2020 TopQM-Systems will conduct the first new CQI-12 online seminar. We will present you the first TopQM-Systems German translation with all the latest background information of the most important changes. You will receive the original standard, including the original Excel audit checklist as well as the German translation as a PDF file. 

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AIAG CQI audits for "Special Processes"  - also possible as remote audits

TopQM-Systems has been conducting on-site audits as well as "remote audits" for your location, but also for your suppliers, for several years now. Long-standing qualified and experienced TopQM CQI auditors are available to you on site in Germany and Europe, but also worldwide. Especially in these uncertain times, we are a reliable partner both on site and via remote audit, use our global expert audit team.

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We cordially invite you to our online presentation on the topic:

„The most important changes of the CQI-12 3rd Edition“


Due to the high, positive response to our CQI-9 online lectures, we would like to offer you the opportunity to participate in a free
online presentation on the changes to the CQI-12 3rd Edition.



                             >> To the free online lecture registration <<



The event lasts approx. 45min. followed by a 15-min discussion via TEAMS together with our long-standing AIAG CQI-9 lead auditors and CQI pioneers Andreas Redaoui and Mirko Nowak.



Structure, Content and Elements of the CQI-12 Questionnaire

Cover Sheet

  • Basic data of the Coating organization
  • Audited areas according to the respective CQI-12 process table
  • Contact data (auditor, company, participants)
  • Results of the CQI audit

Audit Element 1-2

  • Paragraph 1: Management responsibility and quality planning
  • Paragraph 2: Responsibility for material flow and material handling

Audit Element 3

  • Pyrometrie

Audit Element 4

  • Job Audit
  • Header and basic data concerning the audited product
  • Questions concerning the process flow
  • Customer-specific requirements concerning the product
  • Operator and quality responsibility
  • Packaging requirements
  • Transport requirements

Process Tables of the CQI-12 Coating System Assessment

Process Table A

Pretreatment (Aqueous)

Process Table B

Pretreatment (Mechanical)

Process Table C

Conversion Coatings (Phosphate, Non-phosphate, Chromate, Non-chrome, Black Oxide)

Process Table D

Powder Coating

Process Table E

Spray Coating

Process Table F


Process Table G

Dip-Spin & Zinc Flake

Process Table H


Process Table I


Process Table J

Anodizing and Hard Coat Anodizing

Process Table K




TopQM-Systems Global CQI-12 Service

  • We conduct CQI process audits in your company and at your locations
  • We conduct CQI process audits at your external suppliers
  • Training as „CQI-12 auditor“ according to the rules of  AIAG auditor qualification, incl. seminar documentation, examination and issuing of certificates
  • As an official training partner of AIAG, we offer licensed CQI-training modules (Understanding AIAG CQI Self-Assessment) and CQI basic knowledge. 
  • CQI-FMEA Training (Failure Mode and Effect Analysis)
  • Integration of „CQI self-assessments“ in your QM system and your process audits
  • Certification support to ISO 9001 and IATF16949

TopQM-Systems already conducts AIAG CQI process audits for well-known automotive companies as well as in-house training throughout the supply chain. Make use of our special know-how and contact us for your consultation interview or for an individual, detailed service offer at no charge and without obligation.

Examples of TopQM-Systems projects and references for CQI audits and CQI auditor training (extract):

  • Robert Bosch
  • BMW
  • Advaltech
  • Opel
  • SKF
  • Continental
  • Ejot
  • Kern Liebers
  • GKN
  • Faurecia
  • Autoliv
  • Lear
  • Styner und Bienz... and many more

We shall gladly provide you with a contact person and contact data for the above-mentioned project and reference examples upon request.