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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 Quality Improvement Associate Certification Brochure (PDF, 2.07 MB).
Download the Quality Improvement Associate Certification Fact Sheet (PDF, 69 KB).
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Here are the requirements and exam specifics for a Certified Quality Improvement Associate.
Candidates must have two years of work experience, or an associate degree or two years of equivalent higher education.
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 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.
Download the Certified Quality Improvement Associate Body of Knowledge
ASQ designed these resources to help you get ready to take the exam. Have you already reviewed these items? If so, you're ready to choose an exam date below.
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.
Print out the paper-and-pencil sample exam (PDF, 235 KB) to see the actual test format, including instructions and test questions from past exams.
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, three-and-a-half-hour exam and is offered in English only. 100 questions are scored and 10 are unscored.
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 with the exception of the constructed response (essay) portion of the CMQ/OE exam. 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.
November 2, 2018
January 4, 2019
**For a list of dates and locations of ASQ offered Permanent Special Administration sites (paper based exams) please click here.**