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.

​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. ​

​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.

Here is the break down of questions:

SectionTopic/Area/CategoryNumber of QuestionsQuestions
IManagement & Leadership1811%
IIThe Quality System1610%
IIIProduct & Process Design2314%
IVProduct & Process Control2516%
VContinuous Improvement2717%
VIQuantitative Methods & Tools3623%
VIIRisk Management159%

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?

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​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 under preparation and is expected to be released by end Sept 2018). You can purchase my Six Sigma Black Belt course at a special discount untill the time this course is released. This course will help you in preparing the statistical part of the CQE exam.

I also a have a CQE Exam Preparation Quiz where you can attempt 50 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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