CQI Study Guide

The Certified Quality Inspector (CQI) Exam offered by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) qualifies successful candidates as Certified Quality Inspectors (CQI).

Candidates who wish to sit for the CQI Exam must meet eligibility requirements set by the ASQ.

* ASQ asks that candidates have a high school diploma with two years of mechanical inspection experience or five years on the job experience without a diploma.

The CQI Exam features questions that prepare the candidate for work as a Quality Inspector. The work experience will likely translate to many correct answers on the test, but candidates should also study key areas like any of the following.

* Inspection terms and vocabulary
* PDCA
* Measurement types and different tools
* Calibration knowledge
* Traceability
* Math and Algebra

Candidates will be granted four hours to complete the 100 multiple choice question CQI Exam. The test is administered at computer-based testing centers located nationwide. After having an application approved, candidates will be able to schedule their exam at a convenient testing center location.

The CQI exam fee runs $165 for ASQ members or $335 for all others. The exam is only available during select days. Candidates need to ensure they have applications filed prior to deadlines or a $50 fee will be imposed. The certification lasts for three years, at which point candidates will need to recertify in order to keep their credential.

Candidates can bring calculators for use during the test. However, the calculator can only have numbers and symbols, not an alphabetical keypad.

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