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The Certified Quality Process Analyst is a paraprofessional who, in support of and under the direction of quality engineers or supervisors, analyzes and solves quality problems and is involved in quality improvement projects. A Certified Quality Process Analyst may be a recent graduate or someone with work experience who wants to demonstrate his or her knowledge of quality tools and processes.
Download the Quality Process Analyst Certification Brochure. (PDF, 302 KB).
Here are the requirements and exam specifics for a Certified Quality Process Analyst.
Candidates must have two years of work experience, or an associate degree or two years of equivalent higher education.
Work experience must relate to one or more areas of the CQPA Body of Knowledge.
Here are the minimum expectations of a Certified Quality Process Analyst.
Included in this Body of Knowledge (BOK) are explanations (subtext) and cognitive levels for each topic or subtopic in the test. These details will be used by the Examination Development Committee as guidelines for writing test questions and are designed to help candidates prepare for the exam by identifying specific content within each topic that can be tested.
Except where specified, the subtext is not intended to limit the subject or be all-inclusive of what might be covered in an exam but is intended to clarify how topics are related to the role of the Certified Quality Process Analyst (CQPA). The descriptor in parentheses at the end of each subtext entry refers to the highest cognitive level at which the topic will be tested. A complete description of cognitive levels is provided at the end of the 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 Process Analyst (CQPA) Body of Knowledge
ASQ designed these resources to help you get ready to take the exam. Have you already reviewed these items? Then 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, 243 KB) to see the actual test format, including instructions and test questions from past exams.
ASQ offers many training opportunities to help you prepare.
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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 CQPA 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 CQPA examination is a one-part, 100-question, four-hour exam and is offered in English only.
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.
November 11, 2016
January 6, 2017
March 10, 2017
May 5, 2017
July 7, 2017
September 8, 2017
November 3, 2017
**For a list of dates and locations of ASQ offered Permanent Special Administration sites (paper based exams) please click here.**