Certifications for Auditors and Auditing Careers

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Advance your auditing career by earning your certifications from ASQ.

ASQ certification is a formal recognition that you have demonstrated a proficiency within, and comprehension of, a specific body of knowledge. Many job postings ask specifically for ASQ certifications.

The months listed in the table below are for exam locations at ASQ local sections and international sites. In addition, some certification exams are also scheduled to be held at ASQ conferences and events. Follow the “learn more” links for details.



Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA)

Understands quality tools and their uses and participates in quality improvement projects.

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June & December

Quality Technician (CQT)

Prepares inspection plans and instructions, selects sampling plan applications, analyzes and solves problems, prepares procedures, trains inspectors, performs audits, analyzes quality costs and other data, and applies statistical methods for process control.

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March & October

Quality Process Analyst (CQPA)

Analyzes and solves quality problems and participates in quality improvement projects.

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June & December

Pharmaceutical GMP Professional (CPGP)

Understands the GMP (good manufacturing practices) principles as regulated and guided by national and international agencies for the pharmaceutical industry.

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June & December

Biomedical Auditor (CBA)

Understands the principles of standards, regulations, directives, and guidance for auditing a biomedical system.

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March & October

HACCP Auditor (CHA)

Examines, questions, evaluates, and reports on the adequacy and deficiencies of a HACCP-based or process-safety system.

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March & October

Quality Auditor (CQA)

Analyzes all elements of a quality system and judges its degree of adherence to the criteria of industrial management and quality evaluation and control systems.

Learn more about CQA

June & December

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See the Difference Certification Makes

Certifiably Valuable
See results of ASQ’s annual Salary Survey. The complete report includes details on salaries by ASQ certification.

U.S. Air Force Earns High-Flying Results with Quality Management Specifications for Suppliers (PDF)
Requiring suppliers' quality management representatives to become ASQ Certified Quality Auditors and adopting ISO 9001 compliance as a sourcing criterion in its supplier selection process have saved the Air Force millions of dollars and nearly eliminated critical defects in supplier products and services.

Jeff Balaban Building a Culture of Quality (PDF)
Jeff Balaban of Southern California Edison says of his three ASQ certifications, "They signify that I've reached a milestone in my professional development and attained a certain level of industry knowledge and experience."

Nick LeifeldA Universal Language of Quality and Sustainability (PDF)
Nick Leifeld of Serigraph has earned five ASQ certifications: CQE, CQT, CQA, CMQ/OE, and CSSBB. Serigraph sees certification as a way to ensure a common language for workers.

Read more case studies about the results ASQ certifications have helped organizations and individuals achieve.


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