CQI-15 Welding System Assessment

Significance and Application of CQI-15 Welding System Assessment

The North American automotive association AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group) is publisher of the CQI standards (Continuous Quality Improvement). CQI-15 is a self-assessment regarding the welding processes and must be carried out at least once a year.
This standard is an appendix to ISO TS 16949 (IATF 16949) 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 the 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 AIAG for CQI-15 welding processes in the European and global automotive supplier markets.

Structure, Content and Elements of the CQI-15 Questionnaire

  • Cover Sheet

Basic data of the welding organization
Audited areas according to the respective CQI-15 process table
Contact data (auditor, company, participants)
Results of the CQI audit

  • Audit Elements Paragraphs 1-5

Paragraph 1 Management responsibility and quality planning
Paragraph 2 Responsibility for material flow and material handling
Paragraph 3 Facilities / Equipment / Controls
Paragraph 4 Fixtures / Tooling
Paragraph 5 Process controls / confirmation

  • Job Audit Paragraph 6

Header and basic data concerning the audited product
Questions concerning the process flow
Customer-specific requirements concerning the product

Process Tables of the CQI-15 Welding System Assessment


Process Tables of the CQI-15 Welding System Assessment

  • Process Table A

Arc welding

  • Process Table B

Resistance welding

  • Process Table C

Laser welding

  • Process Table D

Solid state welding


TopQM-Systems Global CQI-15 Service


  • We conduct CQI process audits in your company and at your locations
  • We conduct CQI process audits at your external service providers
  • Training as „CQI-15 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 ISO TS 16949 (IATF 16949)

TopQM-Systems already conducts AIAG CQI process audits for well-known automotive companies as well as in-house training througout 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
  • Doduco
  • Ejot
  • Kern Liebers
  • GKN
  • IMS Gear
  • 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.