Quality Technician Certification CQT

Quality Technician Certification CQT

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The Certified Quality Technician is a paraprofessional who, in support of and under the direction of quality engineers or supervisors, analyzes and solves quality problems, prepares inspection plans and instructions, selects sampling plan applications, prepares procedures, trains inspectors, performs audits, analyzes quality costs and other quality data, and applies fundamental statistical methods for process control.

Download the 2012 CQT BoK (PDF, 384 KB), or 2018 CQT BoK (effective November, 2018) (PDF, 2 MB).

Download the Quality Technician Certification Fact Sheet (PDF, 60 KB).

ASQ Quality Technician

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Non-members $418
Retakes $208

Download an Application (CBT Delivered Exams).

Price includes $70 non-refundable fee.

ASQ Certification Prep Resources

The Certified Quality Technician Handbook, Second Edition

Certified Quality Technician Certification Preparation Classroom or Web-Based

Certified Quality Technician Question Bank



Here are the requirements, experience and exam specifics for a Certified Quality Technician.

Work Experience

Candidates must have worked in a full-time, paid role. Paid intern, co-op or any other course work cannot be applied toward the work experience requirement.

Candidates must have at least four years of higher education and/or work experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Quality Technician Body of Knowledge.

Candidates who were previously certified by ASQ as a quality engineer, quality auditor, reliability engineer, software quality engineer or quality manager, experience used to qualify for certification in those fields applies to certification as a quality technician.


Candidates who have completed a degree from a college, university or technical school with accreditation accepted by ASQ will have part of the four-year experience requirement waived, as follows (only one of these waivers may be claimed):

  • Certification through the Quality Technology program of a community college or vocational school — one year will be waived
  • Associate degree — two years waived
  • Bachelor's, master's, or doctorate — three years waived

Degrees or diplomas from educational institutions outside the United States must be equivalent to degrees from U.S. educational institutions.


Here are the minimum expectations of a Certified Quality Technician.

  • Must be able to define quality concepts and quality processes, including Six Sigma basics, cost of quality, etc.; must be able to apply quality tools; must be able to interpret information and data; must be able to apply team concepts both as a member and leader.
  • Must be able to define statistical techniques, including basic elements of design of experiments (DOE) and reliability; must be able to determine what data to collect for a specific technique, how to apply it to various statistical methods, and how to analyze results.
  • Must know which measurement and test equipment (M&TE) tools are appropriate for various tasks and how to assess tool accuracy and precision; must understand the concept of standards traceability for M&TE.
  • Must understand and be able to apply basic inspection and testing techniques, including various types of sampling plans; must be able to read and interpret blueprints (drawings), including geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T).
  • Must understand and be able to apply various quality audit types and their components, tools, and techniques.
  • Must understand and be able to apply the elements of corrective and preventive actions, including root cause analysis, failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), and the control of nonconforming material.

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 complete description of cognitive levels is provided at the end of this document.

Please Note: The new Certified Quality Technician Body of Knowledge will be tested starting with the November 2018 testing window. Examination results for the November pilot examination will be sent out four to six weeks after sitting for the exam. Click here to compare the 2012 and 2018 CQT BoKs (PDF, 332 KB).

Download the Certified Quality Technician 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? 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, 203 KB) to see the actual test format, including instructions and test questions from past exams.

ASQ offers many books and training opportunities to help you prepare.


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



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 CQT 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 CQT 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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