ASQ® CQA Body of Knowledge 2019 – What is New?

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) has updated the body of knowledge for its Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) certification effective from June 2019.

You can view item by item comparision with the 2012 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 2012 and 2019 version of the ASQ CQA Body of Knowledge.

Section

Title

2012 Body of Knowledge

2019 Body of Knowledge

Change

1

Auditing Fundamentals

27

28

+1

2

Audit Process

42

44

+2

3

Auditor Competencies

25

24

-1

4

Auditor Program Management and Business Applications

30

30

0

5

Quality Tools and Techniques

26

24

-2

Generally there has not been any significant change in 2019 version of the CQA Body of Knowledge. Some key changes are listed below:

  • added Preventive Action (CAPA). Personally I am not sure why this was added when ISO 9001:2015 took out the Preventive Action requirements from the standard.
  • added audit plan  and On-site audit management for the auditee (New topics)
  • added data integrity, electronic documents and records, cyber-security risks and financial risks
  • removed e-audits (virtual audits)