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How To Prepare For The ASQ Certified Quality Auditor - CQA Exam

To prepare for the ASQ CQA Exam, you have 5.5 hours to complete 165 multiple choice questions, 15 of which are not scored.  The first 140 questions are a sampling of the entire body of knowledge while the last 25 or so are case studies.  The case studies questions are focused on a very specific area or situation.   The CQA exam will not stress you time wise like other ASQ Certification exams, however the wording and presentation of the questions can be deceiving. The key to performing well and passing the exam is the preparation.  It is critical you understand the Body of Knowledge for the Certified Quality Auditor exam and realize your weaknesses.   

The VCT (Virtual Classroom Training) class we have is structured to deliever the key material and spend time reviewing and discussing the material.  The real value of the class comes from the time we invest reviewing questions and the strategy and technique used to break a question down into its key elements. The class is delivered online, but it will be live and interactive.  The more interactive the class the better for the learning experience.  Keeping the attendees engaged ensures they are thinking about the topics and cementing the concepts to apply to a specific question.

The approach utilized for the Certified Quality Auditor exam is governed by the body of knowledge established by ASQ for the Certified Quality Auditor.  The cognitive level of the question dictates how much knowledge and understanding of the topic is required.  The cognitive level of the ASQ certification exam questions is based on Bloom's Taxonomy. There are six cognitive levels.  Below is an example of the six levels and the type of questions  associated with each level. The levels are in order from least complex to most complex. You will see that the more complex or in depth the cognitive level the stronger understanding of the topic needed.  The following examples deal with the Certified Quality Auditor CQA Body of Knowledge.  


This level demands the ability to recognize and recall.  If you are asked what technique best describes a trace forward approach you remember what that is.    


This tests your ability to read and understand.  If you are asked to review a control chart you will be able to determine if common cause or special cause variation is present.  


Know how to use and apply the ideas.  If you are asked what technique to utilize when you are dealing with a evasive auditee.  


Break down the information into the constituent parts and understand their relationship.  If you are asked to determine the impact of variation, risk or the level of shift on the sample size required, you can analyze information the results and determine the significance.  


If you are provided data in either attribute or variable form, you are able to utilize a multitude of tools to discern the meaning.  You are able to absorb audit data and determine effectiveness and compliance. 


Put parts or elements together in such a way to reveal a structure not evident before.  If asked about the key components of an audit program you would be able to explain how to develop, implement and improve the audit program. 

The CQA questions that involve the remember and understand cognitive level can be fairly quickly referenced.  This is where your ability to navigate a reference book is vital.  For the remaining cognitive levels applied to questions, you better know because you will waste valuable time trying to look them up. These are the concepts that require a solid understanding and recall.

Our training is focused on understanding the various cognitive levels so you can put your effort in the critical areas and rely on reference material for the others.

Certified Quality Auditor CQA - Syllabus

The VCT (Virtual Classroom Training) classes will be two hour sessions once per week.  Plan on about 5 additional one hour sessions added to focus on the strategy to attack questons and case study approach.

Class 1    Auditing Fundamentals 
Class 2    Audit Process
Class 3    Audit Process 
Class 4    Auditor Competencies 
Class 5    Auditor Program and Applications 
Class 6    Quality Tools and Techniques
Class 7    Quality Tools and Techniques
Class 8    Review and Case Studies
Class 9    Review 

Cost of the CQA - Certified Quality Auditor Course

$680.00 VCT f(Virtual Classroom Training)

This includes all materials, access to the live, online classes, unlimited access to the archived                       classes and access to the instructor outside of class time.

$450.00  Self Paced Class

This includes none of the materials and unlimited access to the archived classes.


Hints for the ASQ CQA Exam

 Ensure you understand the four phases of the audit, (1) preparation, (2) performance, (3) Reporting and (4) Follow up.  You need to know what occurs in each phase and what is the output and activities of each phase.  You need to also understand the types of audits, product, process and system,  If the question is worded "An audit of a supplier....", this does not specify a particular audit, do not assume it is a system.

With the Certified Quality Auditor Exam, you have 5 hours to complete 150 multiple choice questions.  The first 125 questions are a sampling of the entire body of knowledge while the last 25 or so are case studies.  The case studies are questions focused on a very specific area or situation.  The CQA exam will not stress you time wise like other ASQ Certification exams. The key to performing well and passing the exam is the preparation.  It is critical you understand the Body of Knowledge the exam is based on and realize your weaknesses relative to that information.  Get a copy of the ASQ Certification CQA Body of Knowledge.

For each section outlined in the BOK write down bullet points that help explain the concept referenced in the Body of Knowledge.  Don't copy word for word from your reference material, you want to write it in your own words.  By the time you are done, you will find you have a pretty solid understanding of the Body of Knowledge requirements and this document will serve as an excellent reference during the exam.