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Certified Quality Auditor (CQA)
Certified Quality Auditor is a professional who understands the standards and principles of auditing and the auditing techniques of examining, questioning, evaluating and reporting to determine a quality system's adequacy and deficiencies. The Certified Quality Auditor analyzes all elements of a quality system and judges its degree of adherence to the criteria of industrial management and quality evaluation and control systems.

Education and/or Experience

You must have eight years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Quality Auditor Body of Knowledge. A minimum of three years of this experience must be in a decision-making position. "Decision-making" is defined as the authority to define, execute, or control projects/processes and to be responsible for the outcome. This may or may not include management or supervisory positions.

If you were ever certified by ASQ as a Quality Engineer, Reliability Engineer, Software Quality Engineer or Quality Manager, experience used to qualify for certification in these fields applies to certification as a Quality Auditor.

If you have completed a degree* from a college, university or technical school with accreditation accepted by ASQ, part of the eight-year experience requirement will be waived as follows (only one of these waivers may be claimed):

Diploma from a technical or trade school—one year will be waived.
Associate degree—two years waived.
Bachelor's degree—four years waived.
Master's or doctorate—five years waived.
*Degrees/diplomas from educational institutions outside the United States must be equivalent to degrees from U.S. educational institutions.

Minimum Expectations

Must possess the knowledge and ability to effectively conduct different types of audits in a professional, ethical and objective manner using and interpreting applicable standards/requirements, with an awareness of potential legal and financial ramifications.

Must be able to effectively plan, develop, communicate and execute an audit within a defined scope, including resource scheduling, conducting necessary meetings in performance of the audit and using appropriate auditing techniques.

Must be able to verify, document and communicate audit results, develop an audit report and evaluate the effectiveness of corrective action/follow-up.

Must possess interpersonal skills to resolve conflict, conduct interviews and make presentations effectively.

Must be able to participate in, lead and facilitate teams. Must understand how quality principles relate to business processes and be able to explain the importance of aligning the audit function to the organization.

Must be able to select and use a wide variety of quality and auditing tools and techniques in practical applications.


Each certification candidate is required to pass a written examination that consists of multiple-choice questions that measure comprehension of the Body of Knowledge. The Quality Auditor examination is a one-part, 150-question, five-hour exam and is offered in English.

Examinations are conducted twice a year, in June and December, by local ASQ sections and international organizations. All examinations are open-book. Each participant must bring his or her own reference materials. Use of reference materials and calculators is explained in the seating letter provided to applicants.

The Organization
The American Society for Quality (ASQ) is the world's leading authority on quality. With more than 100,000 individual and organizational members, this professional association advances learning, quality improvement, and knowledge exchange to improve business results, and to create better workplaces and communities worldwide.
The Certificate
With an ASQ certification next to your title, you demonstrate your dedication to quality. ASQ is the leading authority on career-boosting certifications for quality professionals, with more than 60 years of experience. It makes sense to get certified by ASQ


The Trainers

Sean Tan
CQE(since 1995), CSSBB, ASQ Senior Member

Public College "Quality Assurance" instructor

Henry Tang
Senior HACCP Trainer
QA Manager

The Achievements

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The Resources

Body of Knowledge

CQA Sample Exam

CQA Exam Dates

CQA Exam Fees

Computer Based Testing - FAQ

Salary Survey for CQA and other Quality Professionals

How are Exam Questions Developed and Passing Score Determined?

What really works to get an ASQ certification?

History of Quality

Quality Management System

All about ISO 9000

Cost of Quality

ISO 9000

ISO/TS 16949

Sampling Plan

Acceptance Sampling

Non-Destructive Tests

Automotive Industry in Canada

Automotive Companies in Ontario


CQA delivery methods:


Online eLearning


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