Quality Engineer is a professional who
understands the principles of product and
service quality evaluation and control.
This Body of Knowledge and applied
technologies include, but are not limited
to, development and operation of quality
control systems, application and analysis
of testing and inspection procedures, the
ability to use metrology and statistical
methods to diagnose and correct improper
quality control practices, an
understanding of human factors and
motivation, facility with quality cost
concepts and techniques, and the
knowledge and ability to develop and
administer management information systems
and to audit quality systems for
deficiency identification and correction.
Will have a fundamental
understanding of quality philosophies,
principles, systems, methods, tools,
standards, organizational and team
dynamics, customer expectations and
satisfaction, supplier relations and
performance, leadership, training,
interpersonal relationships, improvement
systems and professional ethics.
Will have a fundamental understanding of
a quality system and its development,
documentation and implementation to
domestic and international standards or
Will have a basic
understanding of the audit process
including types of audits, planning,
preparation, execution, reporting results
Will be able to develop
and implement quality programs, including
tracking, analyzing, reporting and
Will be able to plan, control and assure
product and process quality in accordance
with quality principles, which include
planning processes, material control,
acceptance sampling and measurement
Will have basic knowledge
of reliability, maintainability, and risk
management, including key terms and
definitions, modeling, systems design,
assessment tools and reporting.
Will have a thorough
understanding of problem-solving and
quality improvement tools and techniques.
This includes knowledge of management and
planning tools, quality tools, preventive
and corrective actions, and how to
overcome barriers to quality
Will be able to acquire
and analyze data using appropriate
standard quantitative methods across a
spectrum of business environments to
facilitate process analysis and
You must have eight years
of on-the-job experience in one or more
of the areas of the Certified Quality
Engineer 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
If you were ever certified
by ASQ as a Quality Auditor, Reliability
Engineer, Software Quality Engineer or
Quality Manager, experience used to
qualify for certification in these fields
applies to certification as a Quality
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
Diploma from a technical
or trade school—one year will be
Associate degree—two years waived.
Bachelor’s degree—four years waived.
Master’s or doctorate—five years
*Degrees/diplomas from educational
institutions outside the United States
must be equivalent to degrees from U.S.
candidate is required to pass a written
examination that consists of
multiple-choice questions that measure
comprehension of the Body of Knowledge.
The Quality Engineer examination is a
one-part, 160-question, five-hour exam.
It 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