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Is it right for you? Quality Improvement Associate Certification - CQIA

Step 1. Is this the right certification for you?

Here are the requirements and exam specifics for a Quality Improvement Associate. If you already know this is the certification you want to pursue, move on to exam preparation.

Education and/or Experience

You must have Two years of work experience, or an Associate’s Degree or Two years of equivalent higher education.

The last administration of the current CQIA Body of Knowledge will be June 6, 2014. The first administration of the new CQIA Body of Knowledge will be June 7, 2014.


Each certification candidate is required to pass a written examination that consists of multiple–choice questions that measure comprehension of the Body of Knowledge. The CQIA examination is a one–part, 100–question, three–hour exam and is offered in English.

Examinations are conducted twice a year in June and December. Examination sites are hosted by local ASQ sections and by international organizations (contact the ASQ Certification Department for international locations). You will be notified approximately two weeks before the examination date of your assigned testing location. Please allow extra time for international mail.

Please Note: The Body of Knowledge for certification is constantly 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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