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ASQ’s first certification exam was held in 1968. Now, 50 years later, ASQ has granted nearly 500,000 certifications around the world and across industries. ASQ certification is a formal recognition that an individual has demonstrated a proficiency within, and comprehension of, a specific body of knowledge.
In this gift we’re celebrating this incredible milestone with lots of resources for you, whether you’re considering a certification, preparing for an exam, or already certified and maintaining your professional requirements.
We hope you enjoy this very special gift, and thanks again for being a champion of quality.
ASQ Certification at 50 – In this video, four certification recipients discuss the importance of the certification(s) in their professional lives.
Certification: Preparation Webcasts
NEW! How to Break Into Quality Engineering – a CQE’s Personal Story (41 minutes)
Scott Laman, an ASQ Fellow, and holder of seven certifications, shares his personal journey into quality engineering and how he’s leveraged certifications to expand his impact and influence along his progressive career path.
NEW! CMQ/OE Body of Knowledge Review and Exam Prep Webcast (1 hour)
Grace Duffy, an ASQ Fellow, course instructor, author, and holder of six certifications, walks you through the CMQ/OE Body of Knowledge and offers tips on how to prepare for the certification exam.
Preparing for a Certification Examination Webcast (31 minutes)
Doug Wood, a CQM/OE certification preparation instructor and holder of three ASQ certifications, provides insights into successfully preparing for and passing ASQ certification exams.
Certification Tips, Tricks, and Traps Webcast (43 minutes)
In this still popular webcast, James Rooney, an ASQ Fellow, professional trainer, and holder of nine ASQ certifications, shares his tips, tricks, and traps he’s learned throughout his years of working with ASQ certification exams
Certification: Free E-Books
The Certified Quality Engineer Handbook, Third Edition (E-Book)*
This handbook can be used as a reference text for professional development. When a complete description or discussion of a topic is beyond the scope of the handbook, useful references have been included for further reading. Quality engineers will find this book to be an indispensible addition to their libraries.
The Quality Improvement Handbook, Second Edition*
This book is for anyone who wants to improve themselves and/or their organization. It is particularly salient for those at the beginning stages of learning about the history, concepts, and tools of quality.
A sample test is included, along with tables giving cross-references to the suggested reference materials as well as the BoK. Answers to the questions in the sample test are also provided.
This handbook provides comprehensive guidance for process improvement,
describes tools and techniques to drive change, emphasizes sound management
principles that have relevance even beyond the quality field, and can be a
primer for new leaders and a go-to manual for experienced professionals.
Note: Newer editions of these e-book are are available.
ASQ’s librarian can help you find information in the Quality Body of Knowledge (QBOK), which includes books, journal and magazine articles, conference proceedings, case studies, and benchmarking reports.
Certifiably Valuable – See results of ASQ’s annual Salary Survey. The complete report includes details on salaries by ASQ certification.
The Next Rung: Designing your own career ladder to reach the next level
ASQ Certification: My Competitive Advantage in a Tough Economy h
Tyler Wallace obtained CQIA and CSSBB certifications to jumpstart his career in healthcare. Within a period of two years, he received two promotions and tripled his salary.
Certification: Getting Started
Certification Journey: Your 8-Step Guide
A great place to start your certification journey is with this short video guide produced by our ASQTV team. In it you’ll learn the eight steps to getting certified, from making the decision to implementing what you’ve learned to become a change agent and process improvement master in your field.
H3 Certification: Handbooks
These handbooks can be taken into the exam with you to research questions! Not sure which is right for you? Enjoy free downloadable (PDF) sample chapters and peruse their first chapters, tables of contents, and indexes.
- The ASQ Auditing Handbook, Fourth Edition
- The Certified Quality Technician Handbook, Second Edition
- The Certified Software Quality Engineer Handbook, Second Edition
- The Certified Supplier Quality Professional Handbook
- The Certified Quality Engineer Handbook, Fourth Edition
- The Certified Six Sigma Black Belt Handbook, Third Edition
- The Biomedical Quality Auditor Handbook, Third Edition
- The Certified Quality Improvement Associate Handbook, Third Edition
- The Certified Six Sigma Green Belt Handbook, Second Edition
- The Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence Handbook, Fourth Edition
- The Certified Reliability Engineer Handbook, Third Edition
- The Certified Pharmaceutical GMP Professional Handbook, Second Edition
- The Certified Quality Process Analyst Handbook, Second Edition
- The Certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt Handbook
- The Certified HACCP Auditor Handbook, Third Edition
- The Metrology Handbook, Second Edition
- The Certified Quality Inspector Handbook, Second Edition
- The Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt Handbook
Certification: Local Section and Online Study Groups
Students that have passed the exam often cite finding or creating study groups as critical to their success, as a means to add positive support and accountability to their study regimen.
Whether you use your local ASQ chapter to create a live meetup study group or an online networking tool such as LinkedIn, there’s no doubt that meeting peers working toward a common goal can make the difference between success and failure.
Check out ASQ’s LinkedIn group for existing online groups:
Certification: Free Sample Exams With Past Test Questions
Take an interactive sample exam to receive additional feedback on the questions that appear in the sample exam.
Print out the paper-and-pencil sample exam f (PDF, 695 KB) of the CMQ/OE in this example, to see the actual test format, including instructions and test questions from past exams.