Open Enrollment available January 1 – March 15, 2019
Eligible applicants to the Emerging Quality Leaders program have been identified by leaders within their organizations as mid-level, quality-focused professionals who are actively managing a small to medium-sized team and are ready to rise to the next tier of management and responsibility. These professionals demonstrate a solid and confident combination of technical knowledge and soft skills, such as integrity, effective communication, vision, and empathy. All applicants must have a company sponsor and provide a letter of professional recommendation to ensure program fees and evaluations are paid and reviewed. Lastly, applicants must be able to commit to the time and travel investment required to complete the program’s set curriculum.
Eligibility at a Glance
- Has six to 10 years of professional working experience
- Actively manages a team of two to 15 members
- Demonstrates both technical and soft skills daily
- Is comfortable with speaking in front of a group
- Obtains professional recommendation and company sponsor
- Can commit to the time, travel, and program fee investment
Open enrollment for the Emerging Quality Leaders program runs January 1 through March 15, each year. Here are the steps to complete, in order:
Obtain Company Sponsor and Recommendation Letter
Executive sponsors are either direct or executive leadership within the applicant’s organization. These leaders see the potential within, and recognize the past efforts of, the applicants, and are encouraging them to elevate their expertise and pursue the next step in their career. A professional, written recommendation letter must be obtained by the company sponsor and included within the application.
Apply to the program
The application process is managed online, and requires the following documentation to be uploaded into the form:
- Current resume of the applicant
- Recent photograph
- Letter of recommendation from executive sponsor (addressed to the ASQ Leadership Academy Program Manager)
Applications are collected from January 1 through March 15. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the program within five business days after the close of the enrollment period.
Pay Program Fee and Complete Pre-Requisites
Once the applicants have been notified of their acceptance to the program, customer care will be in touch to confirm payment of the program fee, and instructions on how to complete the pre-requisite e-learning of ASQ’s Quality 101 if the applicant has not completed other quality certifications. This enables all participants to start from the same level of understanding of program topics, team dynamics, and quality tools. If required Quality 101 e-learning and section tests must be completed prior to the program kickoff, with the learning transcript communicated back to the ASQ Leadership Academy Program Manager. Further details are provided to participants upon acceptance. Once Quality 101 e-learning is completed, participants have the additional option of pursuing the final exam to become a Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA).