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AS9100 Certification

AS9100 Certification Services

AS9100 Certification

What is AS9100?

AS9100 is the international management system standard for the Aircraft, Space and Defense (AS&D) industry.  Standard AS9100 includes ASQ 9001:2000 quality system requirements and specifies additional requirements for the quality system of the aerospace industry.  The purpose of this aerospace standard is to help organizations provide products and services that meet customer needs and requirements and comply with all applicable regulatory and statutory requirements. It is also designed to encourage organizations to continually improve the quality and performance of their products and services. The standard provides suppliers with a comprehensive quality system for providing safe and reliable products to the aerospace industry. Organizations certifying to AS9100 also receive and ISO 9000 registration.

What is path to Certification?

 i3 Design and Consulting 5-Step AS9100 Certification Process

i3 Design and Consulting 5-Step AS9100 Certification Process

A proven Quality Management System development and implementation approach is based on project management methodologies.  We use a structured approach  for defining project plans, specific responsibilities and verification of results. The result is a development and implementation strategy that is more efficient and provides for first time compliance or registration to the AS9100 requirements.

i3 Design and Consulting uses a five step approach:

  1. System Scope and Project Planning.  In this phase we validate of the current scope, review of all currently developed documentation and data, interview key stakeholders, and develop a PMI/PMBOK-based project plan.
  2. Documentation Development and Tools Implementation.  The objective is to instantiate the process, plan, and tool infrastructure for the QMS. The key document for the QMS is the Quality Manual or Quality Framework. The document lays out the scope of the QMS and maps the process infrastructure and associated relationships. Concurrent to the Quality Manual, we develop and tailor the required policies, processes, procedures, work instructions, plans, forms, and templates.  To support the process implementation, we utilize your existing IT infrastructure to implement simple and easy to use tools.  For most organizations, we configure an existing Microsoft SharePoint portal environment or ServiceNow platform to implement a process asset library, change-tracking tool, corrective action tool, process improvement request tool, and risk management tool.
  3. Training and System Implementation. The objective of this phase is to train your functional staff on the activities and artifacts/records needed to support the QMS and substantiate the system for audit.  We offer Microsoft PowerPoint or SCORM-compliant Computer Based Training (CBT) process training options.  After completing the training, we work with you to implement the processes and plans.  As execution proceeds, we collect and monitor process and performance data to incrementally improve the QMS.
  4. Internal Assessment and Management Review. The objective of this phase is to objectively evaluate the QMS and engage management to improve the system.  We purports the use of process based internal audits versus a simple auditing against the standard.  While both will achieve compliance to AS9100 requirements, the process-based approach will provide more useful information on how well the processes are working and improving your organization.  We offer multiple options to complete an internal audit.  For many organizations, we lead the initial internal audit with a customer team.  This provides an opportunity to learn hands-on from an industry expert.  For others, we simply provide training and the audit is done internally by the customer.  We support you to plan and hold a successful management review meeting.  As part of that meeting, executive management reviews the implementation of the QMS focusing on internal audit results, resources, customer feedback, and the analysis of measurement data.  The results of the meeting are to communicate the status of the QMS and engage executive management in the improvement of the system.
  5. 3rd Party Certification Audit.  The objective of this phase is to prepare you for the 3rd party certification audit.  We provide recommendations on qualified registrars, prepare the registrar assessment plan with the registrar, and coordinate the scheduling of the audits.  We prepare your external audit representatives and most likely interviewees to increase the comfort level with typical audit questions.   

How long does it take?

At i3 Design and Consulting we specialize in helping organizations achieve their process improvement goals in record times.  Most implementations do not need to take 9-12 months to implement, but they need more than a month.  If you are an organization that requires an AS9100 implementation, you should be planning no less than three months in advance and if possible begin your implementation 4-6 months ahead of your deadlines.  The driving factors in scoping the timing include:

  • Type of Certification
    • AS9100 is relatively difficult to achieve because of the complexity and specifics of the requirements.  Putting the system in place can often take as little a 4-6 weeks (depending on size and complexity), but you will need some objective evidence that the system is operating as intended.  For simple systems, this can be as little as 4-6 months.  Other more complex systems will require more time to instantiate and prove use.
  • Scheduling Auditors.  Qualified auditors can be a scarcity depending on the standard. There are firms that will promise an AS9100 (or other) certification but are not qualified registrars.  For certification to be considered legitimate (especially for government proposals), you need to make sure the entity is approved by ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB).
    • AS9100 external auditors can be difficult to find and schedule.  Scheduling is done through the qualified registrars.  AS9100 uses a two-stage audit process with an on-site readiness review followed by the certification audit.  There generally needs to be at least 30 days between these events.  At a minimum, you should have your auditor under contract 90-120 days from the certification audit date.
  • Registrar Quality Review.  Once the audit is complete, the results must be validated by the ISO registrar before the organization officially can claim its qualification.  You should plan for 2-3 weeks for these reviews although they often are completed faster.

Why Use a Consultant?

You don't need a consultant to achieve AS9100.  However, if you are attempting this standard without outside assistance, it is highly recommended that you are well versed with the aerospace industry and the AS9100 standard.  Using an experienced consultant can significantly improve the implementation speed and the effectiveness of the system.  Our goal is to help your organization improve its business AND ensure you receive your certification.  Our approach focuses on improving your current business processes and functions while using the standards as checkpoints to validate your success.  For each project we identify measurable goals and return on investment expectations.  The intent is to make sure that any process changes brought forth by the introduction of the standards into your environment improve the business performance.

Scenarios to consider a consultant:

  1. The implementation team has limited experience designing and implementing a new system.  To be clear, having worked under an ISO 9000 system is not the same experience as designing and implementing a new system.  Experience implementing the ISO 9000 standard without and understanding of the aerospace industry or precision manufacturing would be a significant challenge to successfully implement AS9100.
  2. Your company plans to implement more than one standard (now or in the future).  If you plan to pursue other ISO standards beyond AS9100 certification or implement CMMI, then you should consider implementing an integrated management system.  This is a complex system design and the use of a consultant is highly recommended.  Making appropriate design decisions on your initial AS9100 system design can greatly reduce the cost and rework as you add new models and standards to your management system. 
  3. Government contractor.  If you are a government contractor, the interaction of U.S. Government regulations can greatly increase the complexity of the implementation.  Using a consultant familiar with the regulatory aspects of your business can reduce redundancy in your compliance and quality management systems.  

How much does it cost?

We know that companies and budgets vary.  As such, we've created multiple consulting options based on our experiences from working with customers of all shapes, sizes, and situations.  Picking the right engagement strategy is often as important as the engagement itself.  Make an appointment to talk with us about choosing the best option for your company.  If you have already determined your path forward, you can purchase the remote solution and remote consultant options directly on this site and have access to resources today.

 
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as9100 Pay-As-You-GO Consultant

Best option for companies that want a complete solution and only need limited expert consulting.  Assumes a 20-week implementation.

$10,000 or 4 payments of $2,500.00 USD
Available for online purchase

Online Resources
Word/Visio Process Templates
Resource Library

On-Demand Training
Editable Process Training (.ppt format)

Expert Consulting
Virtual and online solution includes:
Step-by-Step Weekly Project Plan
Sharepoint Tools
Personal Consultant Assigned
Consultant Email and Phone Support
Coaching Calls with Consultant
Documentation Review

Pay-As-You-Go Package includes 2 hour of setup, 16 hours of consulting support, 4 hours for coaching, and 8 hours of support for documentation review.  Additional hours can be purchased and scheduled as needed directly through the i3 web site.

AS9100 Remote Consultant

Best option for companies that want active project management, document development and tailoring, and meeting coordination, but want the lower cost of a generally remote consultant.  Assumes a 20-week implementation.

Make an appointment for a quote

Online Resources
Word/Visio Process Templates
Resource Library

On-Demand Training
Editable Process Training (.ppt format) or
CBT Process Training

Expert Consulting Support
Virtual and onsite solution includes:
Step-by-Step Weekly Project Plan
Sharepoint or ServiceNow Tools
Personal Consultant Assigned
Onsite Gap Assessment
Onsite Coaching with Consultant
Document Development & Tailoring
Internal Audit Support

AS9100 On-Site Consultant

Best option for companies that want active on-site project management, document development, and implementation support.  Recommended for complex or integrated systems.

Make an appointment for a quote

Online Resources
Word/Visio Process Templates
Resource Library

On-Demand Training
Editable Process Training (.ppt format) or
CBT Process Training

Complete Consulting Support
Virtual and onsite solution includes:
Step-by-Step Weekly Project Plan
Sharepoint or ServiceNow Tools
Personal Consultant Assigned
Onsite Gap Assessment
Onsite Coaching with Consultant
Document Development & Tailoring
Internal Audit Support- Onsite
Project Management
Support for Meetings and Reviews
Implementation Support - Onsite