Certification from ASQ is considered a mark of quality excellence in many industries. It helps you advance your career, and boosts your organization’s bottom line through your mastery of quality skills. Becoming certified as a Quality Technician confirms your commitment to quality and the positive impact it will have on your organization.

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The Certified Quality Technician (CQT) is a paraprofessional who, in support and under the direction of quality engineers or supervisors, analyzes and solves quality problems, prepares inspection plans and instructions, selects sampling plan applications, prepares procedures, trains inspectors, performs audits, analyzes quality costs and other quality data, and applies fundamental statistical methods for process control.


Each certification candidate is required to pass a written examination that consists of multiple-choice questions that measure comprehension of the Body of Knowledge. The Quality Technician examination is a one-part, 100-question, four-hour exam and is offered in English.

Education and/or Experience

You must have at least four years of higher education and/or work experience in one or more of the areas of the  Certified Quality Technician Body of Knowledge.

If you are now or were previously certified by ASQ as a Quality Engineer, Quality Auditor, Reliability Engineer, Software Quality Engineer, or Quality Manager, experience used to qualify for certification in those fields applies to certification as a Quality Technician.

If you have completed a degree from a college, university, or technical school with accreditation accepted by ASQ, part of the four-year experience requirement will be waived as follows (only one of these waivers may be claimed):


  • Certificate/diploma from a technical or trade school—one year waived.

  • Associate degree—two years waived.

  • Bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate— three years waived.


Degrees or diplomas from educational institutions outside the United States must be equivalent to degrees from U.S. educational institutions

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