ASQ CMQ/OE Body of Knowledge 2019 – What is New?

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) has updated the body of knowledge for its Certified ​Manager of Quality / Organizational Excellence (C​MQ/OE) certification effective from ​September 2019.

The most significant change in 2019 Body of Knowledge is the removal of constructed response part of the exam. Earlier the exam consisted of two parts:

Part 1: Constructed response part, where you were expected to write an essay to address a problem statement. (This part now has been removed)

Part 2: Multiple choice questions. Earlier this exam had 150 questions, and now these have been increased to 165 questions.

You can view item by item comparison with the 201​4 version of the body of knowledge in the following document.

Body of Knowledge Map 2019

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  • The below table compares the number of questions in the exam from each section in 201​4 and 2019 version of the ASQ C​MQ/OE Body of Knowledge.



    201​4 Body of Knowledge

    2019 Body of Knowledge








    ​Strategic Plan Development and Deployment





    ​Management Elements and Methods









    ​Customer-focused Organizations





    ​Supply Chain Management





    ​Training and Development




    Generally there has not been any significant change in 2019 version of the C​MQ/OE Body of Knowledge. Some key changes are listed below:

    • ​There is no longer a constructed response (CR) portion in the exam.
    • ​Supplier Risk Management was added as a new topic.

    ​For complete details refer to the Body of Knowledge Map 2019.