certified quality engineer


Course Description
The Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) is a professional who understands the principles of product and service quality evaluation and control. The CQE Body of Knowledge (BoK) and applied technologies include, but are not limited to, development and operation of quality control systems, application and analysis of testing and inspection procedures, the ability to use metrology and statistical methods to diagnose and correct improper quality control practices, an understanding of human factors and motivation, facility with quality cost concepts and techniques, and the knowledge and ability to develop and administer management information systems and to audit quality systems for deficiency identification and correction.

This course covers the point by point BoK and is designed to assist in preparing each student for the ASQ CQE exam. Completion of this course will not guarantee that participants pass the exam but will greatly increase the probability of success in obtaining certification. Exam applications are obtained through ASQ and must be completed and approved on or before the ASQ application deadlines. The application is not available through QSG and the associated costs of the application process are not included in this program.

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for quality engineers, manufacturing/process engineers, quality managers, quality improvement professionals, consultants, or anyone preparing to take the CQE exam.

Learning Objectives
Through training, participants will:

  • Review the BoK in preparation for the ASQ CQE examination
  • Master the effective use of the tools covered in the quantitative methods, reliability, and acceptance sampling sections of the body of knowledge
  • Apply the components of the BoK to further focus their preparation efforts
  • Explain, through discussions, the main concepts in each of the BoK elements
  • Refine their thinking approach in preparation for the ‘constructed response’ section of the examination
  • Practice mock exams
  • Prepare to sit for and pass the ASQ CQE examination

Course Outline

Acceptance Sampling

  • General Concepts
  • Type I (Producer’s) and Type II (Consumer’s) Risk
  • Operating Characteristics (OC) Curves
  • Overview of Acceptance Sampling Plans

Reliability and Risk Management

  • Terms and Definitions
  • Reliability Life Characteristic Concepts
  • Design of Systems for Reliability (Series, Parallel-Series, and Series-Parallel Systems)
  • Active vs. Passive Redundancy
  • Availability and Maintainability
  • Failure Rates and the Bathtub Curve
  • Methods to Maintain Process and Product Reliability
  • Calculation of MTTF and MTBF

Quantitative Methods

  • Concepts of Probability and Statistics
  • Collecting and Summarizing Data
  • Properties and Applications of Probability Distributions
  • Statistical Decision-Making (Confidence Intervals, Hypothesis Tests, Paired-t Tests, etc.)
  • Relationships Between Variables
  • Designing Experiments
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Analyzing Process Capability


A solid understanding of basic Algebra and the ability to work with Algebraic formulas is required. Before applying for the ASQ CQE certification, applicants must have eight years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the CQE BoK, with three of those years in the area of decision making. All attendees are required to bring their own copy of the ANSI/ASQ Z1.4-2003 standard to this training course.

Course Format
30 hours
Combination lecture/discussion and individual/group work sessions
Available virtually, at QSG’s training facilities, or on-site at your organization

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