Certified Quality Engineer Exam Overview


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A good overview of the ASQ Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) exam including subjects covered, subjects requiring special instruction, tips for test preparation, and resources for training.

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Certified Quality Engineer Exam Overview

  1. 1. The Certified Quality Engineer Exam Given by American Society for Quality © Quality Minds, Inc. June 2009
  2. 2. Professional Development Paths Using ASQ Certifications CQA CQM CCT CMI CQT CQE SSGB SSBB CRE CQIA Typical Starting Points: 1. CQT CQPA 2. CQE 2 3. CQA
  3. 3. Subjects Covered on Exam by Approximate Number of Questions Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) Approximate Number of Questions on 50 45 40 35 30 Exam 25 20 15 10 5 0 Quantitative Process and Continuous Process and Management Quality System Methods and Product Improvement Product and Tools Control Design Leadership Sections of Exam The exam lasts five hours, is open book, and consists of 160 multiple choice questions. You have approximately 1.88 minutes per question. 3
  4. 4. What Makes or Breaks a Certified Quality Engineer • Basic Statistics – Probability – Descriptive Statistics In my experience, most prospective CQEs have never • Statistical Applications heard of these subjects or – Control Charts know very little about them – Process Capability – Z Values • Advanced Statistics Again, in my experience, these subjects can’t be self – Confidence Intervals taught. You need help to – Tests of Hypothesis learn them. – Regression Analysis – Analysis of Variance – Design of Experiments 4
  5. 5. Preparing for the Exam • Over the years, in my opinion, these seem to be key factors for exam success: – Textbook • Quality Council of Indiana: The book is well written and designed for test preparation. I have never heard anyone say it was not appropriate for the exam. – Study time • Develop a routine for studying-I suggest studying every day at a certain time, whatever works best for you. – Working problems • “Practice makes perfect” • Don’t get behind on the homework • Work extra problems – Equipment • Bring no more than one other reference material-I suggest the Juran Handbook • Have a good statistical calculator-see next slide • Plenty of # 2 pencils • Plenty of scratch paper for working problems 5
  6. 6. Calculator • You will need a statistical calculator for the exam. You can get a good one for less than $50 at most retailers. • Here are the critical keys you will need to use. We will cover these during the class: ∑+ X σ x σ n−1 x nPr nCr n! x e 6
  7. 7. Calculators Calculator Where to Buy Retail Price (per the website) CASIO FX 200 Staples $8.95 Solar (see next slide) TI-30X II5 Walmart $14.58 TI-36X Walmart $22.44 7
  8. 8. Example of Calculator x e σ x σx n−1 X nPr, nCr 8
  9. 9. Exam Taking Strategy • There are three types of problems on the exam – Easy – Moderately difficult – Difficult • Avoid panic! – Work easy problems first 9
  10. 10. Contact Us • For on site or online preparation training for the CQE exam, contact Stephen Deas: – sd@qualitymindsinc.com – (843) 814 3864 • To register for online training, go to: – www.cpionlinecourses.com – The CQE course is designed to be 16 weeks and costs $240 – You pay online and receive a link to videos covering each subject. Each video is a Powerpoint presentation with narration from Stephen Deas – Stephen is President of Quality Minds, Inc, a process improvement and human capital development firm located in Charleston, South Carolina. – Stephen was certified as a Quality Engineer in 1991 and as a Six Sigma Black Belt in 2003. 10