Become a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE)

The Certified Quality Engineers (CQE)  are professionals who understand the principles of product and service quality evaluation and control.

This is one of the oldest certification (and the difficult to pass the exam) offered by ASQ. The exam consists of 175 questions, and out of these 160 questions are evaluated for scoring.

Eligibility:

​The first thing you might want to do is to check if you qualify to appear in this exam. For the minimum qualification and experience to take this exam, please refer to this link.

If you qualify for the exam, then submit your application for the exam. ​

Exam Details:

​The computer-based CQE examination ​consists of  175 multiple choice question, five-and-a-half-hour exam and is offered in English only. 160 multiple choice questions are scored, and 15 are unscored. You will not know whether a question is scored or not scored.

​It is the open book exam. You can take any book or binder in the exam. Loose sheets and multiple choice questions are not allowed in the examination room.

Body of Knowledge:

Here is the break down of questions:

Section
Topic/Area/Category
Number of Questions
Questions
(%)
I
Management & Leadership
18
11%
II
The Quality System
16
10%
III
Product & Process Design
23
14%
IV
Product & Process Control
25
16%
V
Continuous Improvement
27
17%
VI
Quantitative Methods & Tools
36
23%
VII
Risk Management
15
9%

If you look at this table, you will see that around one-fourth of questions are from Section VI, which is Quantitative Method and Tools. This section, in fact, is the "Statistics." 

Now lets come to the question of how to prepare for the exam, what are the resources?

​Suggested Study Material:

​I would recommend The Certified Quality Engineer Handbook for study, and The ASQ CQE Study Guide for practice questions.

In addition to these two resources, I will also recommend my Quality Engineering course available on Udemy. ​This course is based on the ASQ CQE Body of Knowledge and covers all topics in plain and simple language.

I also a have a CQE Exam Preparation Quiz where you can attempt ​10 random questions at a time. You have free access to this quiz.

Another important consideration for the exam is to have a right calculator. ASQ has restrictions on the type of calculator you can use in the exam. My suggested calculator for the exam is TI-30Xa. I have created a Youtube video on using this calculator for statistical calculations. Make sure that you are very familiar with the use of the calculator.


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