CQPA or CQIA – Which is Right for Me?

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Both CQIA (Certified Quality Improvement Analyst) and CQPA (Certified Quality Process Analyst) are the entry level certifications offered by the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

The following comparison between these two certifications might help you in deciding , which of these you should go for first.

CQIA vs. CQPA


CQIA

CQPA

Who is this for?

CQIA is for anyone supporting a quality improvement initiative in the organization.

CQPAs are for people who are interested in making Quality as their career.

ASQ Definition


The Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA) has a basic knowledge of quality tools and their uses and is involved in quality improvement projects, but doesn't necessarily come from a traditional quality area.

The Certified Quality Process Analyst (CQPA) is a paraprofessional who, in support of and under the direction of quality engineers or supervisors, analyzes and solves quality problems and is involved in quality improvement projects.

Requirements are same for both certifications

Candidates must have two years of work experience, or an associate degree or two years of equivalent higher education.

Candidates must have two years of work experience, or an associate degree or two years of equivalent higher education.

Exam fee is same for both

Members: $294

Non-members: $394

Members: $294

Non-members: $394

Exam time and the number of questions

110-question, three-and-a-half-hour

exam.

Of these questions, 100 are scored and 10 are unscored.

110-question, four-and-a-half-hour

exam.

Of these questions, 100 are scored and 10 are unscored.

Statistics Knowledge involved in the exam

Minimum

Significantly more than CQIA

Body of Knowledge

I. Quality Basics

(30 Questions)

II. Team Basics

(16 Questions)

III. Continuous Improvement

Techniques (40 Questions)

IV. Supplier Relationship

(7 Questions)

V. Customer Relationship

(7 Questions)

I. Quality Concepts and Team

Dynamics (20 Questions)

II. Quality Tools and Process

Improvement Techniques

(26 Questions)

III. Data Analysis (33 Questions)

IV. Customer-Supplier

Relations (13 Questions)

V. Corrective and Preventive

Action (CAPA) (8 Questions)

Suggested Study Material

Practice Questions

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