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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the work experience requirements?

If you do not meet all of the necessary qualifications, you cannot sit for the exam.

For certifications with education waivers, may only claim one waiver toward your experience requirement.

Biomedical Auditor You must have five years of on-the-job experience in one or more areas of the Certified Biomedical Auditor Body of Knowledge.  At least one year must be in a decision-making role.

If you have a degree from a college, university, or technical school with accreditation accepted by ASQ, you may waive some of the required experience.

Associate degree

1 years waived

Bachelor's degree

3 years waived

Master's or doctorate

4 years waived

Calibration Technician You must have five years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Calibration Technician Body of Knowledge.

If you have a degree from a college, university or technical school with accreditation accepted by ASQ, you may waive some of the required experience.

Diploma from a technical,
military or trade school
2 years waived
Associate degree 2 years waived
Bachelor's degree 2 years waived
Master's or doctorate 2 years waived
HACCP Auditor You must have five years of on-the-job experience in one or more areas of the Certified HACCP Auditor Body of Knowledge.  At least one year must be in a decision-making role.

If you have a degree from a college, university, or technical school with accreditation accepted by ASQ, you may waive some of the required experience.

Associate degree

1 years waived

Bachelor's degree

3 years waived

Master's or doctorate

4 years waived

Manager of Quality/
Organizational Excellence
You must have at least 10 years of higher education and/or work experience in one or more of the areas of the Manager Body of Knowledge, including a minimum of five years in a decision-making position. If you have a degree, diploma or certificate program beyond high school, you may waive some of the required experience.

Certificate/diploma from a technical or trade school 1 year
Associate degree (college or technical institute) 2 years
Bachelor's degree 4 years
Master's/Doctoral degree 5 years
Master Black Belt

To become certified as an ASQ MBB, a candidate must successfully meet all requirements. To be eligible to apply for the MBB examination, a candidate must hold a current ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)*. In addition, a candidate must have either of the following experience levels.

1) At least 5 years of experience in the role of a SSBB or MBB.
    OR
2) Completion of 10 Six Sigma Black Belt projects.

Candidates must be able to meet these minimum eligibility requirements in order to have their portfolio reviewed.

*For those applicants whose ASQ CSSBB certificate has expired, ASQ will waive the requirement of holding a “current” ASQ CSSBB through December 31, 2011. After that date, all applicants will be required to hold a current CSSBB.

Once a candidate has met the eligibility requirements, the next step in the process is a portfolio review of the candidate’s body of SSBB or MBB work. When the review panel approves a candidate’s portfolio, the candidate will be eligible to register for and take the MBB examination. Only after successfully completing all requirements & passing the examination, will candidates receive MBB certification. There is no education waiver.

Pharmaceutical GMP Professional You must have five years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Pharmaceutical GMP Professional Body of Knowledge.  A minimum of three years of this experience must be in a decision–making position. There is no education waiver.
Quality Auditor
Quality Engineer
Reliability Engineer
Software Quality Engineer
Supplier Quality Professional
You must have at least eight years of higher education and/or work experience in one or more of the areas of the exam Body of Knowledge, including a minimum of three years in a decision–making position. If you have a degree, diploma or certificate program beyond high school, you may waive some of the required experience.

Certificate/diploma from a technical or trade school 1 year
Associate degree (college or technical institute) 2 years
Bachelor's degree 4 years
Master's/Doctoral degree 5 years
Quality Improvement Associate You must have Two years of work history, or an Associate's Degree or 2 years of Equivalent higher education.
Quality Inspector You must have two years of work history in the Certified Quality Inspector Body of Knowledge and a high school diploma or GED. If you do not have a high school diploma or GED, you must have five years work history in the Certified Quality Inspector Body of Knowledge.
Quality Process Analyst You must have Two years of work history, or an Associate's Degree or 2 years of Equivalent higher education.
Quality Technician You must have at least four years of higher education and/or work experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Quality Technician Body of Knowledge. If you have a degree, diploma or certificate program beyond high school, you may waive some of the required experience.

Certificate/diploma from a technical or trade school 1 year
Associate degree (college or technical institute) 2 years
Bachelor's/Master's/Doctoral degree 3 years
Six Sigma Black Belt You must have two completed work projects with signed affidavits or one project with signed affidavit and three years of work experience as it pertains to the Body of Knowledge. There is no education waiver. You do NOT need to be a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt.
Six Sigma Green Belt The Six Sigma Green Belt requires three years of work experience within the Body of Knowledge. This certification is NOT a requirement for Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.

Degrees or diplomas from educational institutions outside the United States must be equivalent to degrees from U.S. educational institutions.

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.

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