McDonald Consulting Group offers both in-house classes (which may be customized) and public offerings, as described below.  Don’t see what you are looking for? Just let us know!

CA Plus – Better Corrective Action and Risk Identification

CA Plus covers a better way to identify risks, opportunities, and root causes.  It combines current tools in a new way of thinking, and dramatically increases the chances of implementing a true corrective action that eliminates the defect ever occurring — even if from a different root cause.

This breakthrough technique is taught in an intimate classroom setting, where we walk through examples together, applying standard RC/CA thinking to tools in new ways — and demonstrate how easy it is to do this in your own facility.  Click on the preferred date below to see all the details on the class.

Join us at one of the following venues:

    • Feb 6-7, 2018 – CA Plus – Location:  Austin, TX  (FMEA on Feb 8)
    • March 15-16, 2018 – CA Plus – Location:  Winter Haven, FL (FMEA on Mar 14)
    • April 16-17, 2018 – CA Plus – Location:  Detroit, MI
    • May 23-24, 2018 – CA Plus – Location:  Newark NJ
    • Sept 13-14, 2018 – CA Plus – Location: NYC Metro Area
    • Sept 18-19, 2018 – CA Plus – Location: Austin, TX (FMEA on Sept 17)
    • Oct 30-31, 2018 – CA Plus – Location: NYC Metro Area (FMEA on Oct 29)

“ Even for individuals with deep prior knowledge about problem solving methodologies, this course provides innovative techniques to go beyond just finding root causes and implementing corrective actions. It describes simple steps to ensure critical problems are fixed permanently and they don’t reoccur. Several practical exercises complement theoretical lessons to help in consolidating learned topics while exercising critical thinking and a high degree of interaction with other students.

Mary is an excellent communicator and has a vast knowledge and experience in all quality related topics. Definitively a course that will significantly enhance problem solving skills for anybody working in the quality field”.

Rafael D
Global Quality, chemical products for the construction industry

“The methods and tools taught in this class are directly applicable to finding a true root cause! If you are looking to improve or refresh your skill sets for corrective actions and root cause analysis, Mary is an outstanding and knowledgeable instructor. Within two days I was able to gain a greater understanding and plant seeds of growth in my mind for methodologies to enhance and improve actions at our factory.”

Edward M

Quality/Lab Manager Flat Roofing Industry

ISO – Prepare for the Transition

I recently attended Mary McDonald’s ISO 9001-2015 Transition Training. She provided a very informative and detailed instruction of how to move forward with the new standard. I highly recommend everyone attend this awesome and informative training!!

Tim P.
Goodwill Industries of San Antonio

Do you already know ISO 9001 and ISO 14001
and want to find out about the changes in the 2015 Revisions?

Our comprehensive 1 day courses introduce you to and explore the changes in ISO9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 Revisions

Mary brings her expertise and in-depth understanding of numerous quality systems to the table, and has been instrumental in preparing us for transitioning our existing QMS to meet new requirements. I highly recommend McDCG for your QMS needs, whether they be training staff, implementing new systems, or improving/updating existing ones. 

Michael G.

What We’ll Cover :

    • Introduction to the High Level Structure (HLS)
    • What is the purpose and benefits of the HLS?
    • Leadership, context and stakeholders
    • Systematic Risk Management
    • Systematic Change Management
    • Sustainable Business Performance
    • Core set of requirements and clauses
    • Transition plan
    • Key changes in ISO requirements, introducing Risk Based Thinking
    • Analyzing Gaps
  • Revision and transition schedule

Why we are different

Our Instructors all have extensive industry experience. The course author is a member of the US TAG for ISO (helped develop the standards) and a Certification Body (CB) Contract Registrar for multiple Standards (Exemplar Global certified for transition).

We are combining hands-on experience with real-world knowledge!

How You Will Benefit :

    •  Receive detailed course notes
    •  Receive tip sheets covering documented info, records and more
    • Receive Transition Plan Template
  • Get your questions answered by our expert Instructors

I give this course 5 STARS! Mary is an expert in 9001. She sits on the US Technical Advisory Group and helped to draft the US submittal to the international effort. This 8 hour course provided me with so much information. It was well-presented and I highly recommend it to everyone who needs to learn about the update to ISO 9001:2015

Scott B.

Workshop Dates:

Click on your preferred date and location to be taken to the booking form.

ISO 9001:2015

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ISO 14001:2015

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ISO 45001:2018

  • March 20-22, 2018 – ISO 45001 in Nashville, TN
    1 day Introduction, 2 day Transition, or 3 day Internal Auditor
  • July 31-Aug 2, 2018 – ISO 45001 in Chicago, IL
    1 day Introduction, 2 day Transition, or 3 day Internal Auditor
  • Oct 16-18, 2018 – ISO 45001 in Tampa, FL
    1 day Introduction, 2 day Transition, or 
    3 day Internal Auditor

Contact us for additional class dates!

FMEA – Failure Mode and Effects Analysis

Learn how FMEA helps you identify and mitigate Risk, while also providing opportunities for implementing mistake-proofing. It covers both Design and Process in one day and is packed with value.

ISO/TS 16949 requires this skill in every department to participate in the process; however, many other industries have found this course to be especially useful to engineers/technicians that design or support the manufacturing process; Quality groups that support manufacturing, including both engineers and inspectors; manufacturing; materials; logistics; purchasing; field services; sales; suppliers; maintenance; and shipping/receiving.  All groups mentioned above are typical members of the design FMEA, the process FMEA, or both.

Core Tools

Learn how to apply these key Core Tools to make your organization more effective!

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The Core Tools training provided by the McDonald Consulting Group was nothing short of fantastic. I recommend this course to any quality professional looking to structure their Quality Management System in a way which best serves their customers and their business needs. The course is full of value-add content and the instructors are very knowledgeable and do a great job of providing real-world examples and experiences to anchor subject points for the class participants. A++

Course Participant – First Tier Automotive Supplier

Internal Quality Auditing

Course Objectives

  • To provide an understanding of the practices and principles used in conducting quality system audits
  • To explain and demonstrate the techniques for planning, preparing, executing, reporting and following up of quality system audits
  • To allow students to practice and participate in applying techniques through discussion, workshops and exercises
  • To ensure that students gain the necessary knowledge to conduct first, second and third party audits and to report the findings

Course Delivery

  • Illustrated lectures
  • Discussion
  • Workshops
  • Role Play
  • Written exercises


  • ISO 9001 / IATF 16949 – Detailed review – clause by clause
    • What to audit
    • How to audit
    • What to look for
  • Auditing
    • Audit Objectives
    • Audit Timing
    • Developing an Audit Aid
      • Checklist
      • Turtle Diagram
    • Audit Responsibilities
    • Auditing Skills
    • Auditing Process Flow

UPCOMING Internal Quality Auditing Workshops:

Feb. 19 – 21, 2019 – Location: Austin, TX

All workshops run from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm.

Check out our ISO Transition Services!