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TPMB4

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I'm relatively new to a frontline quality role in a SME in the automotive sector. I've had as degree of QC in previous jobs but never as a QE. I have a certain amount of quality training through degrees but nothing specifically quality related.

My concerns are that I do not have the budget (both privately and through my company) for external training courses. I am learning on the job with the help of senior management who seem to have a lot of quality management in their backgrounds. I am however looking for some way to make my "on the job" training and experience count in developing my career.

Is membership of quality organizations like the CQI worth the money?

I have no qualms shelling out over ?100 a year for a quality magazine and any other benefits if the cost / rewards stacks up. Does ACQI mean anything? I take it you get to put those letters after your name (if you like that sort of thing) for the fees.

Is there something else better to put my money towards?
 
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I'm relatively new to a frontline quality role in a SME in the automotive sector. I've had as degree of QC in previous jobs but never as a QE. I have a certain amount of quality training through degrees but nothing specifically quality related.

My concerns are that I do not have the budget (both privately and through my company) for external training courses. I am learning on the job with the help of senior management who seem to have a lot of quality management in their backgrounds. I am however looking for some way to make my "on the job" training and experience count in developing my career.

Is membership of quality organizations like the CQI worth the money?

I have no qualms shelling out over ?100 a year for a quality magazine and any other benefits if the cost / rewards stacks up. Does ACQI mean anything? I take it you get to put those letters after your name (if you like that sort of thing) for the fees.

Is there something else better to put my money towards?
I don't think you would be first to have done this kind of thing in the early years of one's entry into a line of work.

Subscribing to a professional magazine is a way in which you can demonstrate your comittment to continuous learning at your next job interview. Besides, you might also learn something that will help you to become more effective in your work and perhaps even be best practice at something.
 

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It has been a long time since I have seen a certification like CQI bring clear dividends in employment value. Do you have specific skills? How about calibration?
 

TPMB4

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My personal views are that courses passed and the resulting skills gained count for something in a career but membership of a professional institution rarely does on its own.

What I mean is you join an institution for what you can get out of it for your own reasons not as a means to demonstrate to current or prospective employers your increased value. That is not to say in some professions membership is more important. I know for a practising civil engineer, for example, you will not progress as far without full chartered status as with it. In fact you will lose out on jobs without the letters CEng, MICE after your name (in the UK at least).

Having said that full membership of the CQI defines a certain level of training and experience that is needed. This can be shown by other means such as courses passed, a long experience in the field / job history, etc.

I guess I need courses under my belt to really progress in a quality career. Membership of the CQI, at any level, is really about keeping up to date, networking through an active local group/chapter and generally having access to quality job adverts/CPD information/discount courses. whether that is worth the money is a personal choice. Think I might try it and if I don't feel I'm getting enough I can always drop out. In the meantime I should look at reasonable costing courses to gain skills and evidence of skills.

Thanks for the comments so far, they have helped.
 
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