ASQ Certifications

ASQ will be moving to computer based test (CBT) delivery for certification exams.  To help members and other interested customers understand exam requirements, please refer to the ASQ Certificationwebpage. For information specific to the CBT transition, please see the CBT webpage.

While the exam experience has changed to CBT, the check-in process at testing locations is similar to the previous pencil and paper exams. Examinees will be required to show identification and will be allowed to bring reference books and certain calculators into the exam. Learn more about ASQ’s computer-based testing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Computer Based Testing
Computer-Based Testing (CBT) is an efficient way to provide a secure, consistent environment for certification and licensure while significantly enhancing the candidate experience. Testing is done in a secure proctored testing center at a personal computer workstation.

How will this change affect me?
The application/approval process will not change however, customers will be required to take an additional step after being approved to schedule their testing appointment with Prometric.

When will customers be able to schedule their exam appointment with Prometric
After being approved for ASQ Certification, customers can schedule their exam at the nearest Prometric Testing Center.

Can customers choose to take a paper and pencil exam?
No, beginning with the October exam window (September 1-October 15, 2016) all exams will only be offered via CBT. (Exceptions include Special Administrations and Translated exams which will roll out via CBT in 2017.)

What certifications will be available for the first exam testing window?
Six Sigma Black Belt – CSSBB
Six Sigma Yellow Belt – CSSYB
Certified Supplier Quality Professional – CSQP
Reliability Engineer – CRE
Quality Technician – CQT
Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence – CMQ/QE
Biomedical Auditor – CBA
Master Black Belt – CMBB
HACCP Auditor – CHA
Quality Inspector – CQI


Quality Inspector, Quality Improvement Associate, Quality Process Analyst, Quality Technician, and Six Sigma Green Belt are lifetime certifications. They have no recertification requirements.

For all other certifications, ASQ requires that you recertify the following certifications every three years to ensure that you maintain the same level of knowledge demonstrated in your first exam.

Two Ways to Recertify

1. Recertification Journal: Obtain a minimum of 18 recertification units during your three-year certification period. Document them in your recertification journal.

2. Examination: Sit for the exam. (Required if your certification expired and is past the six-month grace period.)

For complete information regarding recertification:

Start recording progress in your recertification journal early and keep supporting documents