Certification is a mark of excellence. It demonstrates that the certified individual has the knowledge to ensure the quality of products and services. Certification is an investment in your career and in the future of your employer.
You made the effort to pass the certification exam in the first place - now maintain it by being recertified with ASQ. Maintaining your certification secures the investment you've already made in your career.
ASQ requires that you recertify the following certifications every three years to ensure that you maintain the same level of knowledge demonstrated in your first exam.
To check your current certification information, please login. Your certifications will display there. The information will include expiration dates, status of pending certifications, and exam result information for retakes.
The following certifications require recertification:
Software Quality Engineer
Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence
Master Black Belt
Pharmaceutical GMP Professional
Six Sigma Black Belt
ASQ/DON Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
Supplier Quality Professional
Note: Quality Improvement Associate, Quality Inspector, Quality Process Analyst, Quality Technician, Six Sigma Green Belt, and Six Sigma Yellow Belt are lifetime certifications. They have no recertification requirements.
ASQ requires that you recertify certain professional certifications once every three years to ensure that you maintain the same level of knowledge demonstrated in your first exam. CREDENTIAL HOLDERS MUST:
Obtain 18 recertification units (RUs) within a three-year recertification period.
Retake the certification exam at the end of the 3-year recertification period.
Note: You have a 6 month “grace period” from your recertification date to recertify by Journal. After the 6-month grace period, you will need to recertify by exam. If you do not recertify by exam within 1 year from your recertification date - your certification will expire/decertify and you will need to reapply for initial certification.
You may apply for recertification up to six months before or after your recertification date. (The six months after your recertification date is a "grace period," so that you can collect your documentation and submit your journal packet along with payment.) Credits collected after your recertification date will apply toward your next recertification application.
If you are synchronizing two or more certifications, you must submit your recertification packet within the six-month grace period of the certification that's expiring first. Read more on synchronizing your certifications.
If you hold multiple ASQ certifications you can "synchronize" them and renew them all at once by submitting a single recertification journal instead of separately renewing different certifications with different recertification dates.
To synchronize two or more certifications, all you need to include is documentation for the 18 recertification units required to recertify the 1 certification that is currently due. You're not required to provide additional evidence for any of the other certifications you are trying to synchronize. If the certification that is currently due is approved, we will adjust all your other certifications to recertify at the same time as the certification currently due. For future recertification, you only need to provide a total of 18 recertification units for all synchronized certifications.
ASQ credential holders qualify for recertification units by participating in Recertification Activities that relate to competency and knowledge requirements of your Certification.
ASQ Courses - (up to 10.8 RUs) whether you're teaching or a student attending courses - ASQ allows credit for these activities that enhance your professional development. ASQ also provides Certification preparation and self-paced online instructor modules that can be taken from the comfort of your home in your time - visit ASQ Training Catalog
ASQ Conference Meetings - (up to 9.0 RUs) are a great way to connect you to a network of like-minded quality professionals and learn from the best in the business - visit ASQ Conferences & Events
ASQ Certifications - (up to 6.0 RUs) - why not continue to enhance your career by taking another Certification and gain a competitive employment edge! - visit ASQ Cert Catalog
ASQ Membership (up to 1.5 RUs) - offers you many ways to develop and grow professionally. Membership of ASQ gives you access to large amount of online materials such as, quality body of knowledge, industry journals, quality magazine, quality tools and methodologies, community networks, industry events and much more! Find out more by visiting ASQ Membership