Here are the minimum expectations, requirements, experience and exam specifics for a Quality Auditor Certification. If you already know that this is the certification you want to pursue, move on to exam preparation.
Education and/or Experience
Work experience must be in a full time, paid role. Paid intern, co-op or any other course work cannot be applied towards the work experience requirement.
You must have eight years of on-the-job experience in one or
more of the areas of the Certified Quality Auditor Body of Knowledge.
A minimum of three years of this experience must be in a decision-making position. “Decision-making” is defined as the authority to define, execute, or control projects/processes and to be responsible for the outcome. This may or may not include management or supervisory positions.
If you were ever certified by ASQ as a Quality Engineer, Reliability Engineer, Software Quality Engineer or Quality Manager, experience used to qualify for certification in these fields applies to certification as a Quality Auditor.
If you have completed a degree* from a college, university or technical school with accreditation accepted by ASQ, part of the eight-year experience requirement will be waived as follows (only one of these waivers may be claimed):
*Degrees/diplomas from educational institutions outside the United States
must be equivalent to degrees from U.S. educational institutions.
Minimum Expectations for a Certified Quality Auditor:
Each certification candidate is required to pass a written examination that consists of multiple choice questions that measure comprehension of the Body of Knowledge. Compare the old and new BOKs. The Quality Auditor examination is a one-part, 150-question, five-hour exam and is offered in English.
Examinations are conducted twice a year, in June
and December, by local ASQ sections and international organizations.
All examinations are open-book. Each participant must bring his or her
own reference materials. Use of reference materials and calculators is
explained in the seating letter provided to applicants.
Please Note: The Body of Knowledge for certification
is affected by new technologies, policies, and the changing dynamics of
manufacturing and service industries. Changed versions of the examination
based on the current Body of Knowledge are used at each offering.
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