ASQ® CQE Body of Knowledge 2022 – What is New?

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The American Society for Quality (ASQ) has updated the body of knowledge (BoK) for its Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) certification. The new BoK will be tested starting with the October 2022 testing window.

You can view item by item comparison with the 2012 version of the body of knowledge in the following document.

CQE Body of Knowledge Map 2022

The below table compares the number of questions in the exam from each section in 2015 and 2022 version of the ASQ CQE Body of Knowledge.

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Section

Title

2015 Body of Knowledge

2022 Body of Knowledge

Change

1

Management and Leadership

18

17

-1

2

The Quality System

16

18

+2

3

Product, Process, and Service Design

23

21

-2

4

Product and Process Control

25

23

-2

5

Continuous Improvement

27

26

-1

6

Quantitative Methods and Tools

36

34

-2

7

15

21

+6

Generally there has not been any significant change in 2022 version of the CQA Body of Knowledge (except section 7). Some key changes are listed below:

  • A significant change has been made in section 7 (Risk Management). The number of questions from this sections have now been increased from 15 to 21.
  • A number of topics have been removed from the body of knowledge. For example: theory of constraints (TOC), PERT, CPM, bivariate normal distribution, pre-control charts, one factor experiments.
  • Some new topics have been added to the body of knowledge. For example: RACI Matrix, assessing risks through conducting an audit, dFMEA, pFMEA, uFMEAcoordinate measuring machines (CMM).
  • In addition, for some topics the subtext has been revised and the cognitive levels have been changed.

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