American Society for Quality, or ASQ, provides training, professional certifications and knowledge to professionals in the quality industry (manufacturing, processing). With headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, ASQ is a worldwide brand, reaching clients in India, China, Mexico, North Africa and the Middle East. ASQ’s goal is to provide the tools to ensure workers in the quality industry are better equipped to do their jobs and, by extension, are armed with skills to make a difference in the world. ASQ administers training programs, conferences, workshops and certifications for the people it serves.
- Program offerings
Here are some other benefits it provides:
- Program offerings. Those in the quality industry will be impressed with healthy offering of courses, certifications and programs ASQ offers. Currently, there are 17 certifications to choose from, including Calibration Technician, LEAN Certification, Manager of Quality, Master Black Belt, Quality Engineer, and more. Additionally, ASQ does on-site training, as well as Six Sigma courses. ASQ also hosts frequent conferences and workshops at various locations across the world. An online calendar helps users select the conference closest to them. ASQ also sponsors a "Book of the Week," available for purchase on the website.
- Price. Individuals can become ASQ members by signing up online. Members get discount prices on courses, certifications and conferences. Full membership costs $159 a year and can be renewed annually. Membership also grants the member access to additional tools and resources, including online community support and collaboration. Non-members can still purchase and participate in the courses and certification, just at a higher, yet affordable, rate.
- Duration. ASQ has the learner in mind when it designs its conferences, certifications and courses. Most are one-day, intensive events that allow the participant to take in valuable information and then get back to work to put into practice what has been learned.
- Support. Members can go online and connect with colleagues and professionals in the field to exchange ideas, gain insight and advice and network. 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.
It's so easy to access ASQ courses and tools. From virtually anywhere, one can participate in the certifications, courses and conferences. There are even courses offered outside of the United Sates and Canada. ASQ makes building experience and gaining skills and abilities simple and convenient.
ASQ is not highly rated as a company and organization by its own employees. Some employees are critical of management and the ability to work together and collaborate. This should be troubling for users of the products, who rely on an organized, structured unit to administer tools to them.
The Bottom Line
Anyone in the quality industry would be wise to use ASQ for certifications, courses and workshops. ASQ has wonderfully designed tools that can help the professional in this field acquire the necessary skills to become successful and proficient. Whether a certification is required, or if you simply want some higher learning and experience, give ASQ a try.