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.
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.
|Food Safety and Quality Auditor||
|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 Improvement Associate||CQIA||$394||$294|
|Quality Process Analyst||CQPA||$394||$294|
|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:
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:
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.
ASQ provides networking opportunities primarily in two ways:
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
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.