Quality Improvement Associate Certification CQIA

Quality Improvement Associate Certification CQIA

Process: Learn > Prepare > Apply > Certify

The Certified Quality Improvement Associate has a basic knowledge of quality tools and their uses and is involved in quality improvement projects, but doesn't necessarily come from a traditional quality area.

Download the 2014 CQIA BoK or 2020 CQIA BoK (Effective August 2020).

Download the Quality Improvement Associate Certification Fact Sheet (PDF, 69 KB).

ASQ Quality Improvment Associate

ASQ Members $294 (save $100)

Non-members $394
Retakes $184

Download an Application (CBT Delivered Exams).

Price includes $70 non-refundable fee.

ASQ Certification Prep Resources

The Certified Quality Improvement Associate Handbook, Fourth Edition

Certified Quality Improvement Associate Question Bank



Here are the requirements and exam specifics for a Certified Quality Improvement Associate.

Work Experience/Education

Candidates must have two years of work experience, or an associate degree or two years of equivalent higher education.

Body of Knowledge

The topics in this Body of Knowledge include subtext explanations and the cognitive level at which the questions will be written. This information will provide useful guidance for both the Exam Development Committee and the candidate preparing to take the exam.

The subtext is not intended to limit the subject matter or be all-inclusive of material that will be covered in the exam. It is meant to clarify the type of content that will be included on the exam. The descriptor in parentheses at the end of each entry refers to the maximum cognitive level at which the topic will be tested. A complete description of cognitive levels is provided at the end of this document.

Please Note: The new Certified Quality Improvement Associate Body of Knowledge will be tested starting with the August 2020 testing window. Examination results for the August pilot examination will be sent out four to six weeks after sitting for the exam. Click here to compare the 2014 and 2020 CQIA BoKs.

Download the Certified Quality Improvement Associate Body of Knowledge

Prepare for the exam

Review a list of references that provide the basis for the exam questions. These items give you a better idea of the material covered in the exam. ASQ offers books and training opportunities to help you prepare.




Each certification candidate is required to pass an examination that consists of multiple-choice questions that measure comprehension of the Body of Knowledge.

Computer Delivered - The CQIA examination is a one-part, 110-question exam, and is offered in English only. 100 questions are scored and 10 are unscored. Total appointment time is three-and-a-half-hours, exam time is 3 hours and 18 minutes.

Paper and Pencil - The CQIA examination is a one-part, 100-question, three-hour exam and is offered in English and Spanish in certain locations. View available translated exams, dates and locations here.

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 FAQs.



ASQ certification examinations are delivered by ASQ's testing partner, Prometric. The examination scheduling instructions in your eligibility letter will direct you to a section of Prometric's website, where you can select and schedule your examination date and location.

**For a list of dates and locations of ASQ offered Permanent Special Administration sites (paper based exams) please click here.**

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