ASQ Certified Quality Inspector (CQI) Training Help

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KosmoQA

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Hello.
I've been in the position of Quality Manager in my company now for almost seven years. I've been in the Inspection Department for more than twelve years. I have been interested in at least getting an ASQ certification in Certified Quality Inspector for years. I have looked over the site on numerous occasions but it is difficult to find a training course or study material to prepare for the exam. I have tried contacting the president of the local chapter but received no response. Because of the numerous good responses I've received on this forum in the past, I decided to try here. Does anyone know how one should prepare for the ASQ CQI exam and where to find training materials?
 
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Steve Prevette

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There is info on the ASQ website at http://prdweb.asq.org/certification/control/quality-inspector/index

I do know (as an ex-section chair) it can be tough at the Section level to have the resources to give certification training. A suggestion would be to look at the ASQ conference schedule, and many times in conjunction with conferences certification prep training is given. For example, the Auditing division has their annual conference in October in Augusta GA and will be doing CQA preps.
 

Jim Wynne

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Hello.
I've been in the position of Quality Manager in my company now for almost seven years. I've been in the Inspection Department for more than twelve years. I have been interested in at least getting an ASQ certification in Certified Quality Inspector for years. I have looked over the site on numerous occasions but it is difficult to find a training course or study material to prepare for the exam. I have tried contacting the president of the local chapter but received no response. Because of the numerous good responses I've received on this forum in the past, I decided to try here. Does anyone know how one should prepare for the ASQ CQI exam and where to find training materials?
With your experience it's doubtful whether training would be necessary or helpful. It is a good idea to look at the material Steve has linked to on the ASQ site to get a feel for the body of knowledge and ASQ test questions in general.

Others here who have taken the exam might be able to help with reference materials that can be used while taking the exam. A long time ago, when the Certified Quality Technician certification was first offered, I took the exam and found the Quality Technician's Handbook to be an excellent general reference for mechanical inspection.
 

gpainter

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The Quality Council of Indiana have the primers for the CQT. www.qualitycouncil.com This is the primary tool used by ASQ. I am surprised that your local section did not have training. We have training every year!
 
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hogheavenfarm

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I also found the CQT book helpful, but the CQI also covers NDT testing which is not well covered in the CQT book. It doesnt go into a huge amount of detail on the exam, but an overview of NDT methods would be helpful. Also review GD&T as some of this will likely be on it.
 
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Jeff Frost

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Since I am a member of one of the larger ASQ sections, one of the benefits from taking the course was the numerous practice exams given during the course. Through no one really knows what will be on the exam these sessions help get you ready to sit for the open book exam. I believe that the average time per exam question is about 1.5 minutes per each question.
 

Jen Kirley

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The Quality Council of Indiana have the primers for the CQT. www.qualitycouncil.com This is the primary tool used by ASQ. I am surprised that your local section did not have training. We have training every year!
Twice I have served on ASQ's editor boards for Certified Mechanical Inspector exams, and in neither case were any of these QCI Primer materials among the reference books our team used for vetting the questions - we used the materials listed by ASQ as references, and again these Primers weren't included.

For what it''s worth, when working on these questions I noticed that for whatever reason the ASQ Press Handbooks were most often the source (there may have been another one or more) of the answers.

That said, knowing what I do about the exam I agree with Jim in that you may find a different certification more appropriate for your experience level, responsibility and authority. If you want to stay in the technical arena I can suggest the Certified Quality Technician at least.
 
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