According to the ASQ,
the Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) is a professional who understands
the standards and principles of auditing and the auditing techniques of
examining, questioning, evaluating, and reporting to determine a quality
systemís adequacy and deficiencies.
Quality audit involves the systematic
examination of a quality system. The Certified Quality Auditor is
responsible for analyzing all elements of a quality system and judging
its degree of adherence to the criteria of industrial management and
quality evaluation and control systems. He/she has quality audits
performed at defined intervals to ensure that the subject institution
has clearly-defined internal quality monitoring procedures linked to
Each CQA certification candidate is required to pass a written examination
that consists of multiple-choice questions and case studies that measure
comprehension of the BOK. There is a new BOK with only minor changes,
which is to be effective after December 2012.
Success factors in the CQA exam =
30% QUALITY CONCEPTS & TOOLS
+ 70% AUDIT PRACTICE.
We are not talking about the percentage of questions here. We are
talking about the success factor - the technical questions on quality
management are easy to
answer because they are mostly based on factual information. The
audit practice questions are different - different answers work best
in different scenarios under different conditions (i.e. how you will
tackle a situation in a quality audit environment).
There are also plenty of questions on
concepts and theories. These are the questions quite closely related to
the published objectives of the BOK. They mostly ask for the correct
definitions of terms. For example, you will be tested heavily on the
difference between First party (internal) audit, Second party (external)
audit, and Third party audit. You will also be tested on your
understanding of the Deming principles.
According to the ASQ, a Certified Six
Sigma Black Belt is an individual who can explain Six Sigma philosophies
and principles. A Black Belt can demonstrate team leadership, understand
team dynamics and assign team member roles and responsibilities. He/she
has a thorough understanding of all aspects of the DMAIC model in
accordance with Six Sigma principles. He/she is familiar with Lean
enterprise concepts, and are able to identify non-value-added elements
According to the ASQ, a Certified
Quality Process Analyst is a paraprofessional who, in support of and
under the direction of quality engineers or supervisors, analyzes and
solves quality problems and is involved in quality improvement projects.
According to the ASQ, a Certified HACCP Auditor is a professional who understands the standards and
principles of auditing a HACCP-based or process-safety system. A HACCP
Auditor is capable of using various tools and techniques to examine,
question, evaluate and report on that systemís adequacy and
deficiencies. He/she is responsible for analyzing all elements of the
system and reporting on how well it adheres to the criteria for
management and control of process safety.
Study Guide goes the
expert-advice way. Instead of giving you the hard facts, we give you
information that covers the best tricks and practices. With these information, you
will always be able to make the most appropriate expert judgment in the