RABQSA Certification for ASQ CQA's - Some Questions

ScottK

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I see on the ASQ web site that you can pay a fee, take a quick quiz, and get a RABQSA cert if you are an ASQ CQA.

what is a Certified Provisional QMS Auditor?

Has anyone here done this?

Is it worth it?

Can you still do it if you have not re-certed for your CQA?
 
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Marc

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Re: RABQSA Cert for ASQ CQA's some questions:

I think the 'Provisional' Auditor is sorta like a learning permit - You have the basic training but need audit hours to get the full certification.

Anyone here know the ASQ specifics?
 

Randy

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Re: RABQSA Cert for ASQ CQA's some questions:

Yeah, that's a good way to put it, "A Learning Permit".

What's it worth? Kinda like wetting your pants while wearing a dark suit...You get a warm feeling and nobody notices...:lol:

There is a potential for the cert to help one's career, but no guarantee.
 

Govind

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Re: RABQSA Cert for ASQ CQA's some questions:

I see on the ASQ web site that you can pay a fee, take a quick quiz, and get a RABQSA cert if you are an ASQ CQA.

what is a Certified Provisional QMS Auditor?

Has anyone here done this?

Is it worth it?

Can you still do it if you have not re-certed for your CQA?
Ref : IRCA 102.pdf document, Page 9
"QMS Provisional Auditor
Who is suited to this grade?
This is the entry or training grade, and you should consider this if you intend to make auditing your career. The grade recognizes you to have the appropriate personal attributes, educational, professional and technical competencies but have not yet had sufficient opportunity to meet the auditing experience requirements necessary for certification to the other grades. Most career auditors start at this grade and it is seen as the first step.
This grade is also used by experienced auditors who are taking a temporary break from auditing or have moved from auditing to management, but who see value in maintaining IRCA certification".

I started as a Provisional auditor after my Lead Assessor training back in 1997
Then I worked my way up to auditor*, and now a Principal Auditor by submitting audit logs and Continual education units.
(Also did 2000 transition training to get registered)
This is from my IRCA experience. RABQSA may have similar criteria.

RABQSA has recognized CQA qualification for Auditing BOK.
I believe one has to write a Gap Exam and can get registered as a Provisional auditor.
RABQSA site has more details.
http://www.rabqsa.com/newsreleases/RABQSA certification for CQA's.pdf

You may want to search ASQ discussion board “Certification topic”. I remember last year there were some posts regarding this subject. Couple of them mentioned that they passed the exam.

Worth: I dont see any worth remaining as provisional auditor forever. It will be a waste of annual fee. If one has opportunity to accumulate the audit experience in the next 3 years, then it makes sense.

Final question is a good one. I would assume that CQA has to be active to be able to write the gap exam. Asking the RABQSA is the best approach.

Regards,
Govind.
 
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