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.
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.
4 Years of on-the-job 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 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 waived.
Associate degree — two years waived.
Bachelor's, master's, or doctorate — three years waived.
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 exam and is offered in English only. 100 questions are scored and 10 are unscored. Total appointment time is four-and-a-half-hours, exam time is 4 hours and 18 minutes.
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.