New work split for WG Training & WG Procedures

Starting in April 2023 we split our WG Training into two teams to be able to manage the increased work load due to a lot of new extensions.

  • Team 1 will focus on the maintenance of our existing course material e.g., Process Expert, Provisional Assessor and Competent Assessor. Lead: Berhard Secher 
  • Team 2 will focus on the training coordination, creating new courses and new course material for extension trainings. Lead: Klaus Hoermann 

The WG Procedures will be in charge of all procedures including all rules for training and certification. In the future, members out of other working groups, e.g., creating a new PAM, will join the WG Procedures for a certain period of time to support the creation or refinement of our existing rules and procedures.

Postponed - New Gate4SPICE Event on 28.03.2023 in Nuremberg (Germany)

This event has been postponed to June 2023. More info will follow.

Gate4SPICE Event "The practices of Automotive SPICE® fulfilled but CL0 achieved? How to deal with assessor-specific expectations.”

Process Fellows GmbH + ISCUE GmbH & Co. KG invite you for an G4S Event in Nuremberg (Germany).

Assessors have different background and different experiences. We want to focus how these factors help or even hinder an assessment.

Especially when an assessor develops his own set of rules and expectations, non-reproducible results may result.

  • To what extent own experiences may be used for ratings?
  • Which role do customer-specific requirements play?
  • How can assessed teams react in order to counteract at an early stage?
  • How can we ensure comprehensible results?

Registration for the event is open.

Intacs Executive Board and Advisory Board Meeting in January 2023

After a long period of online meetings only, the Executive Board (EB) invited the Advisory Board (AB) for a two-day onsite workshop in Würzburg (Germany) on January 12th – 13th, 2023 to discuss current topics in detail and in person.
On the agenda we had topics like the new training concept for the upcoming Automotive SPICE® PAM4.0, refined rules for assessment observations, updates from multiple Working Groups (WG) and an outlook to challenges in 2023.
So, a lot of work was done by the 17 participants within these two days! The EB, AB and the WG leader are now using this useful output to define or update procedures, training related issues and discuss all details in their WGs.
We will inform you about relevant changes and updated in the next information letter or in this newsflash. So, stay tuned!

All the best,
WG Information Management

Intacs World Wide

The intacs assessor certification scheme has been spread its service and support over many countries in the world.

Trainings and Exams are usually developed in English, but translation to local guide is available for many languages

Intacs certified assessors word wide

Recent News

Current rules for online activities (status as of November 11th, 2022)

intacs® and VDA QMC accepted to perform assessments and trainings completely online.

To ensure the high-quality expectations of intacs®, the current rules apply until further notice:

For the following training courses, the online and onsite execution (including online and onsite exams) is allowed:

  • intacs® certified Provisional Assessor
  • intacs® certified Competent Assessor *)
  • intacs® Introduction to VDA Automotive SPICE® Guidelines
  • intacs® Automotive SPICE® for Cybersecurity

For the following observations, the online and onsite execution is allowed:

  • Competent Course Participant Observation
  • Competent Assessor Candidate Observation (during an assessment) **)
  • Instructor Observation ***)

For assessments, the online and onsite execution is allowed:

  • The VDA Automotive SPICE® Guidelines v1.0 specify in chapter 8.3.1: "It is not appropriate to perform interviews for data collection only using phone and/or video conferences."
    Due to the past and current COVID-19 related restrictions to meet in person, the forenamed requirement is suspended until further notice.
    The VDA QMC project group thereby likes to foster the performance of assessments even during pandemic situations.
  • intacs® recommends following the Guideline for Remote Process Assessments.

*) For the “intacs® certified Competent Assessor” training, there are mandatory rules for online performance:

  • This training must be conducted via video conference, so the trainer is able to observe the participants.
  • A tool must be used to allow working groups in separate sessions, between which the trainer can switch anytime.

**) For the “Competent Assessor Candidate Observation (during an assessment)”, there are mandatory rules for online performance:

  • The observation must be conducted via video conference, so the observer is able to observe the behavior of the candidate as well as the reaction of the interviewees.

***) For the “Instructor Observation”, there are mandatory rules for online performance:

  • This training must be conducted via video conference, so the observer is able to observe the Instructor candidate as well as the participants all the time.
  • The latest Observation sheet must be filled-in by the Observer to document and maintain all necessary steps and results.

intacs® is continuously working on updated procedures with additional requirements to ensure the quality of onsite and online activities also in the future. This includes the criteria for observers who have an important responsibility.

Grace Period for Assessor Certification

If an assessor is not able to collect all necessary Experience Evidence due to cancelled assessments or events because of the pandemic time period, the Certification Bodies will grant up to 6 additional months for collecting and providing the missing EEs.

But the additional time does not mean that the certification period will be extended! E.g. if the current period is from January 2018 to December 2020, and you use the first 6 months of 2021 to collect missing EEs, the new period will still be from January 2021 to December 2023.

And another procedure rule still applies: Already used EEs cannot be used twice! E.g. if you collect EEs within the first 6 months of 2021 in order to use them for the certification period from 2021 to 2023, you cannot use these EEs for the next certification period even if they are within the 36 months’ time frame.

Guideline for Remote Process Assessments

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are receiving several questions regarding the possibility of performing remote assessments. Is this permissible, recommended, or not?

Please find out our answer and a few recommendations in our brief Guideline for Remote Process Assessments.