First Automotive SPICE® 4.0 upgrade training successfully completed!
iNTACS e.V., in cooperation with Process Fellows GmbH, has successfully conducted the first Upgrade Pilot Training for Automotive SPICE® 4.0 on 28/29.02.2024. Certified trainers from accredited training companies took part in the two-day event. It was the first opportunity to present the content and discuss and exchange ideas with international Instructors of the community. The feedback will be processed as part of a review and a updated version of the training material will be produced. Colleagues from VDA AK13 will also take part in the review. We wish everyone continued success!
First Asian SPICE Conference 2024 has been scheduled
The first Asian SPICE Conference this year is now scheduled. The Conference will take place on 2024 November 21 - 22 in Wink-Aichi, Nagoya, Japan. Call for papers and sponsorship will start soon. We will publish further information here and link to webpage later.
iNTACS information letter 2023-12
The current iNTACS infoletter has been published.
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iNTACS Vision and Mission
We are an independent and legally registered not-for-profit association.
We have open and transparent operations in an honorary capacity and global and multilingual presence.
We improve the assessment performance
We want to reduce variations in the quality of assessment results and to make results more comparable,
intacs® Certification Scheme was set up in response to requests from industry and international ISO/IEC 15504 experts. The main objective was to ensure high-quality assessor qualification in the worldwide community for process assessment according to ISO/IEC 33000 series.
We respond to an industry demand
Setting training and certification standards for ISO/IEC 15504 assessors
Setting standards for maintaining assessor competence
Promoting assessment models and community interactions
intacs® is the scheme accepted by the automotive industry and the HIS / VDA AK 13 (working group responsible for defining process requirements for car manufacturers and n-tier suppliers).
The new updated ISO/IEC 33000 standard series covers process assessment in general.
Looking for Certification, renewal, or initially, very often your first contact is the Certification Body.
iNTACS is setting up the rules and regulations, but the Certification Body is the one to verify experience evidence and assessment log.
The automotive domain is managed by VDA QMC Berlin and
all other domains are managed by ECQA GmbH Krems
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.
You can find the worldwide distribution of Automotive SPICE® Assessors here:
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.