As someone who is relatively new to the quality profession as a whole (~2 years), I have been looking for ways to improve my knowledge base and provide evidence of that knowledge. In looking around I find myself drawn to the Quality Process Analyst certification with ASQ, but I truly wonder if it is recognizable as a meaningful certification. I know that a CQE, CQA, CMQ/OE, CRE, and CSSBB/CSSGGB are all very good certifications to have and are recognized quite well within the industry, but as a practicing quality engineer that doesn't have the 3-4+ years of experience to take these exams, I wonder if there is the same level of awareness for some of the newer certification programs like CQPA, CQIA, etc. that don't require as many years of experience in the field.
Members who have been around for a while, can you weigh in on this? The knowledge itself is great to learn (I have already begun reading through the CQPA handbook and really like the content), but I'm wondering if I should just read the material for it and wait to test for a more meaningful certification to save myself the hassle of examination preparation.
Thanks for any insight you all can provide!