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Quality Inspector Certification CQI

Quality Inspector Certification CQI


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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.

Download the Quality Inspector Certification Brochure (PDF, 219 KB).

Download the Quality Inspector Certification Fact Sheet (PDF, 55 KB).

ASQ Members $268 (save $150)

Non-members $418
Retakes $208


Download an Application (CBT Delivered Exams) (PDF, 148 KB).

Price includes $70 non-refundable fee.

ASQ Certification Prep Resources

The Certified Quality Inspector Handbook, Second Edition

Certified Quality Inspector Certification Preparation

Certified Quality Inspector Question Bank

 


Requirements

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

Expectations

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.
  • 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.

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 Inspector Body of Knowledge


Prepare for the exam

Choose an exam date

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.

Take an interactive sample exam to receive additional feedback on the questions that appear in the sample exam. Print out the paper-and-pencil sample exam (PDF, 855 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.

Training

Need more training options? ASQ Sections and ASQ Forums/Divisions offer more training opportunities.

Books

Examination

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.

 


 

Computer-Based Testing Dates

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.


Special Administration Exam Dates

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


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