The Certified Quality Inspector is an inspector who, in support of and under the direction of quality engineers, supervisors, or technicians, can use the proven techniques included in the body of knowledge. Under professional direction, the quality inspector evaluates hardware documentation, performs laboratory procedures, inspects products, measures process performance, records data and prepares formal reports.
Here are the requirements and exam specifics for a Certified Quality Inspector.
Education and/or Experience
Work experience must be in a full-time, paid role. Paid intern, co-op or any other course work cannot be applied toward the work experience requirement.
Two years of on-the-job experience in mechanical inspection or a related field OR successful completion of an *ASQ-approved accredited technical/apprenticeship training course
A high-school diploma or GED or an additional three years of related on-the-job experience is necessary.
Degrees or diplomas from educational institutions outside the United States must be equivalent to degrees from U.S. educational institutions.
*Requires pre-approval -please contact Cert@asq.org for more details
Here are the minimum expectations of a Certified Quality Inspector.
Must know basic quality terms, definitions and concepts.
Must know basic statistical terms and techniques, how to plot data and how to recognize out-of-control conditions.
Must know the definition of plan-do-check-act (PDCA) and understand the team concept.
Must understand types of measurement, measurement terminology and the different types of measurement scales.
Must know the difference between accuracy and precision and be able to select the appropriate measuring tools and techniques.
Must know how to measure using surface plate layouts and other hand tools such as calipers, and micrometers.
Must be able to identify/recognize inspection errors and initiate resolution.
Must have basic calibration knowledge.
Must be able to read and interpret blueprints and know definitions of critical, major and minor characteristics.
Must have a general knowledge of ASME Y14.5M, working knowledge of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), and must understand the x, y, z coordinate system.
Must be able to use inspection planning tools and perform a product audit; determine sample size for lots; pull random samples.
Must have knowledge of testing methods.
Must be able to identify and report nonconforming material.
Must understand traceability (product, material and calibration).
Must have a strong knowledge of basic mathematical operations and perform measurement conversions; be able to solve for x; add and subtract degrees, minutes, and seconds.
Body of Knowledge
The topics in this Body of Knowledge include additional detail in the form of 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 what might be covered in an exam. It is meant to clarify the type of content to be included in 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 more complete description of cognitive levels is provided at the end of this document.
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 CQI examination is a one-part, 110-question, four-and-a-half-hour exam and is offered in English only. 100 questions are scored and 10 are unscored.
Paper and Pencil - The CQI examination is a one-part, 100-question, four-hour exam and is offered in English only.
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.
May 3 - 19, 2019
July 5 - 21, 2019
June 7, 2019
September 6 - 22, 2019
August 9, 2019
November 1 - 17, 2019
October 4, 2019
Special Administration Exam Dates
**For a list of dates and locations of ASQ offered Permanent Special Administration sites (paper based exams) please click here.**