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Professional Development Through Asq Certification Exams

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A great overview of ASQ certifications and how they can be combined for professional development

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Professional Development Through Asq Certification Exams

  1. 1. Professional Development Using Certifications from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Quality Minds, Inc. 3/30/09
  2. 2. Overview: My Story • I was certified as a quality engineer in 1991. I can honestly say that going through the certification process made me a better engineer and sparked interests in me that became my path for professional development: – A career path in quality engineering and quality management (1991-2009) – A Masters of Industrial Statistics (2003) – Certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt (2005) – President of Quality Minds, Inc., a six sigma consulting firm (2006-Present) 2
  3. 3. Professional Development Paths Using ASQ Certifications CQA CQM CMI CQT CQE SSGB SSBB CCT CRE CQIA Typical Starting Points: 1. CQT CQPA 2. CQE 3 3. CQA
  4. 4. Which Path(s) to Take • To become certified takes much work, time, and sweat. The number of certifications you pursue depends on several factors: – Your ambition and drive – Who is paying for it? You or your company? – Your personal life-do you have a family? How much time can you apply to this effort? – Your educational and experience levels – Your career goals 4
  5. 5. The Exams Exam Price for Price for Eligibility • Exams are given every ASQ Nonmembers Members March, June, October, 4 years higher education CQT $155 $335 and December in most and/or work experience within CQT body of metropolitan areas. You knowledge can register on line at 8 years work experience CQA $230 $390 within the CQA body of knowledge. Part of the 8 http://www.asq.org years can be a degree 8 years work experience CQE $230 $390 • You do not need to be a within the CQA body of knowledge. Part of the 8 member of ASQ but it years can be a degree 3 years work experience CSSGB $175 $335 helps your wallet to be a within the CSSGB body of knowledge member Two completed projects CSSBB $260 $420 with signed affidavits or one completed project with three years experience within the CSSBB body of knowledge 5
  6. 6. Preparing for an Exam • I have been teaching exam preparation courses for almost twenty years. Here are the factors, in my opinion, that separate those that pass from those that do not pass: • Key Factors for Passing an Exam: – Have a Good Textbook • Quality Council of Indiana has great books for exam preparation – Support • I recommend taking a preparation course on site or online. A great online resource is www.cpionlinecourses.com • It is important to have someone you can go to for questions especially with the advanced subjects – Study time • Decide when to study and how often you will study • You must establish a routine for studying. Don’t get behind. – Working problems • Practice makes perfect • Work all the problems in the textbook • Seek extra problems to work. If you take a course, a good instructor will give you extra problems to work. – Equipment • Get one other reference material such as Juran Handbook, calculator, # 2 pencils 6
  7. 7. Calculator • You will need a statistical calculator for most exams. You can get a good one for less than $50 at most retailers. • Here are the critical keys you may need to use on the exam: σ ∑+ X σ x x nPr nCr n! n−1 or x e s x 7
  8. 8. Subjects Covered on Exam by Approximate Number of Questions Certified Quality Technician (CQT) Approximate Number of Questions on the 25 20 15 Exam 10 5 0 Quality Statistical Metrology and Inspection and Quality Audits Preventive and Concepts and Techniques Calibration Testing Corrective Tools Action Sections of Exam 8
  9. 9. Subjects Covered on Exam by Approximate Number of Questions Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) Approximate Number of Questions on the 70 60 50 40 Exam 30 20 10 0 Auditing Audit Process Auditor Audit Program and Quality Tools and Fundamentals Competencies Business Techniques Applications Sections of Exam 9
  10. 10. 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 10
  11. 11. Subjects Covered on Exam by Approximate Number of Questions Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) 35 Approximate Number of Questions on the 30 25 20 Exam 15 10 5 0 Six Sigm a and Define Measure Analyze Im prove and Control Organization Sections of the Exam 11
  12. 12. Approximate Number of Questions on the Exam 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Measure Analyze Improve Control Project Management Enterprise Wide Deployment Sections of the Exam Business Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) Process Management Define Lean Enterprise Subjects Covered on Exam by Design for Six Sigm a Approximate Number of Questions 12
  13. 13. Questions and Support • Exam preparation courses are offered online by The Center for Process Improvement www.cpionlinecourses.com – CQA – CQE – CSSGB – CSSBB – Others • If you have questions, please contact Stephen Deas 843 814 3864 or sd@qualitymindsinc.com 13

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