Preparation Courses for American Society for Quality - ASQ

At Quality Academy, we have helped alot of students achieve professional qualifications, including those accredited by ASQ - it's what we do, and we really are the experts.

ASQ’s preparation courses provides individuals with a chance to review concept materials, practice with sample exam questions, and develop a familiarity with the complexity levels of the exams’ questions. Complexity level refers to the level of difficulty and independent thinking required for the exams’ various question types. Questions can vary from simple term recognition to thorough analysis of patterns or structures.​

We offer a wide range of ASQ preparation courses, all carefully designed to meet the specific needs of the relevant ASQ syllabus. Our courses are developed by experienced ASQ trainers (many of whom are also Certified Master Black Belts), who work closely with highly trained educational editors. They are available as taught classroom courses, e-learning courses, or a combination of the two (Distance/Blended learning courses). If you are looking for training for your organisation, we can also tailor our courses to suit your specific requirements.

- ASQ's Frequently Asked Questions -

What is ASQ Certification?

Certification is formal recognition by ASQ that an individual has proficiency within, and a comprehension of, a specified body of knowledge (BoK). It is peer recognition, not registration or licensure.

Why become ASQ Certified?

Quality competition is a fact of life, and the need for a work force proficient in the principles and practices of quality control is a central concern of many companies. Certification is a mark of excellence. It demonstrates that the certified individual has the knowledge to assure quality of products and services. Certification is an investment in your career and in the future of your employer.

I don't have a required experience, can I still get certified?

For those certifications with education waivers, you may waive some of the required work experience if you have a degree, diploma or certificate beyond high school.

Work experience must be in a full time, paid role. Paid intern, co-op or any other course work cannot be applied towards the work experience requirement.

If you do not have the education and work experience required to sit for a particular certification examination, you may obtain a partial refund of your examination fee by contacting ASQ. ASQ will not waive the examination requirements. If you are short on work experience, you may sit for the next exam, as long as you meet the requirement by the time you apply for the exam.

What is the definition of a six sigma project?

Six Sigma is defined as a method for reducing variation in manufacturing, service or other business processes. Six Sigma projects measure the cost benefit of improving processes that are producing substandard products or services. Whether in manufacturing or service industries, such projects quantify the effect of process changes on delays or rework. The goal of each successful Six Sigma project is to produce statistically significant improvements in a process: Over time, multiple Six Sigma projects produce virtually defect-free performance.

The Six Sigma Black Belt project is one that uses appropriate tools within a Six Sigma approach to produce breakthrough performance and real financial benefit to an operating business or company.

The tools are generic. It is the structure of the project and the associated process (improvement model) that distinguish a Black Belt project from other similar quality improvement projects. Financial impact as an outcome is also a requirement within a Black Belt project when compared to other projects.

The following examples are not all-inclusive, but will provide examples of acceptable and unacceptable projects.

Examples of projects that qualify:

  • Manufacturing product defect reduction.
  • Human resources recruitment cycle time reduction.
  • Reduced accounts payable invoice processing costs.
  • Reduced Manufacturing machine setup time.

Projects that do not qualify:

  • Prepackaged or classroom exercise that are mock, or simulated projects that were previously completed and/or that do not include actual “hands on” work.
  • No real organization or business unit; no current problem or cost benefit.
  • Basic product improvement projects not associated with process improvements.
  • Software maintenance or remediation without detailed process measurements.
  • Any project without measured before-and-after cost benefits.
How can I apply for a certification exam?

There are several ways to apply. You can apply online. You can download an exam application for mailing or faxing. You will need your resumé and credit card to complete the application. Or you can request a free certification brochure and application by contacting ASQ Customer Care at 800-248-1946 (United States and Canada only) or 414-272-8575 or

Or easily contact us for assistance and advice.

Where are certification testing locations near me?

Computer delivered exams - Please visit the ASQ test sponsor page on for all available testing centers near you. Simply click on "Locate a Test Center" near the top of the page. You can then search locations using your address, zip code/postal code or city to browse available testing centers.

Translated exams - ASQ has translated some exam programs into Spanish, Mandarin, Portuguese and Korean. These exams are delivered via PBT (paper based testing) and are available only in high demand locations. View all available translated exams, dates and locations here.

Special administration exams - ASQ offers exams at conferences and in high demand regions where Prometric does not have test center availability. These exams are offered via PBT (paper based testing). View a list of special administration dates and locations here.  View a list of dates and locations of ASQ offered Permanent Special Administration sites (paper based exams).

Are the ASQ exams open book?

All ASQ exams are open-book.

All reference materials (e.g., including all forms of notes) must be bound and remain bound during the exam. Bound refers to material permanently bound by stitching or glue and materials fastened securely in its cover by fasteners, which penetrate all papers (e.g., ring binders, spiral binders, plastic snap binders, brads, or screw posts). Manually or hand stapled documents that are not securely fastened in their covers are not allowed. The size of workspace area at Prometric test centers is limited. The approximate desk dimensions are 48" in length and 24" in width.

Before you enter the exam room, the Test Center Administrator (TCA) will inspect all references. "Post-Its" will be permitted as book tabs only (must be attached prior to entering the test center). Items strictly prohibited in the exam area: hand stapled or paper-clipped materials, blank writing tablets or tablets containing blank pages, unbound tablets, unbound notes, slide charts and/or wheel charts (hand-held cardboard or plastic calculating devices with rotating or sliding pieces).

Absolutely no collections of questions and answers or weekly refresher-course quizzes are permitted. Reference sources that contain such copy are not allowed unless the questions are removed.

Examinees are responsible for abiding by applicable copyright laws.