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LAST UPDATED: March 3rd, 2020

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) provides training programs, certifications, conferences, workshops, and industry knowledge resources to professionals in the quality industry, which includes careers in manufacturing and processing. With global members in more than 130 countries, the organization is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, and has centers in Mexico, India, and China.

With a motto of “Excellence Through Quality,” ASQ’s goal is to provide tools to ensure workers in the quality industry are equipped to do their jobs well and to become thought leaders through knowledge and experience. 

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The Good

  • Certifications Offered
  • Resources Available
  • Networking Opportunities 

Certifications Offered

ASQ offers several certification programs within varying specialties. As shown in the table below, ASQ members get discount prices on courses. Non-members can still purchase and participate in each certification program listed, just at a higher rate.  Prices listed include cost of the certification exam. All courses include Body of Knowledge (BoK) books that serve as study guides for your exam preparation. 

Certification  Designation List Price
Member Price
Biomedical Auditor CBA $498 $398
Calibration Technician CCT $418 $318
Food Safety and Quality Auditor


$498 $398
Manager of Quality Organizational Excellence CMQ/OE $568 $468
Master Black Belt  CMBB $650 (Exam Fee $2229) $545 (Exam Fee $2124)
Pharmaceutical GMP Professional CPGP $498 $398
Quality Auditor CQA $498 $398
Quality Engineer CQE $498 $398
Quality Improvement Associate CQIA $394 $294
Quality Inspector CQI $418 $318
Quality Process Analyst CQPA $394 $294
Quality Technician CQT $418 $318
Reliability Engineer CRE $498 $398
Six Sigma Black Belt CSSBB $538 $438
Six Sigma Green Belt CSSGB $438 $338
Six Sigma Yellow Belt CSSYB $394 $294
Software Quality Engineer CSQE $498 $398
Supplier Quality Professional CSQP $498 $398


If you’re unsure which certification to pursue or if recertification makes sense for your situation, ASQ’s Certification Pathway tool helps identify the best certifications for you based on your field of interest: 

  • Management
  • Foundational Quality
  • Inspector/Technician
  • Engineering
  • Six Sigma
  • Auditing 

Resources Available

In addition to the instructor-led training within certification courses, ASQ provides a number of useful resources to quality professionals with memberships, including the following: 

  • The ASQ Magazine, Quality Progress
  • An online video series, ASQTV
  • Topical e-newsletters 
  • Discounted global conference rates 
  • Online job board
  • myASQ online community 
  • Books and additional certification prep materials 
  • Leadership opportunities 

Many of these resources encourage application of concepts taught in the formal test and program offerings. And since most of these resources are available online, ASQ makes building experience and gaining skills simple and convenient.

Networking Opportunities 

ASQ provides networking opportunities primarily in two ways: 

  1. International conferences and
  2. Member-led communities

ASQ conferences provide enhanced expertise, professional networks, tools, and solutions to help members advance their own or their organization’s products and services. 

The ASQ member-led communities help members network with other professionals and practitioners around the world. Members can go online and connect with colleagues and professionals in the field to exchange ideas, gain insight and advice, and seek job opportunities. In the support communities, members can take classes, receive newsletters, and develop critical components of leadership designed to enhance their abilities at work to direct teams


The Bad

  • Membership Cost

Membership Cost

A professional membership with ASQ costs $169 per year and a student membership costs $31 per year. While these fees are not exorbitant, membership is not required to obtain ASQ certification, so membership costs may be seen as an unnecessary expense to certificate seekers.  

Additionally, individuals interested in ASQ certification should be aware that membership is required for most of the educational and networking benefits described. 


The Bottom Line

Anyone in the quality industry should at least consider getting ASQ-certified. Whether the goal is to make more, gain a competitive advantage, or obtain recognition for knowledge or skills, an quality certification can supply some of the clout you’re looking for. 

ASQ claims that affiliation through certification and/or membership can help you advance your career, improve your organization, and prepare you to be a more accomplished and effective quality-focused professional with each project you tackle. 

While consumer reviews are required to determine the effectiveness of its reach, ASQ appears to be a trustworthy and helpful organization. 

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