I recently passed the American Society for Quality's Quality Engineer examination. In this post and others, I'll share my experience and study tips to help anyone facing this challenge.
I allotted about six months to prepare for the exam. I formerly held a quality position, but had been out of the field for many years. These are the materials I used and recommend:
- A Basic Statistics Text with problems to work through and answers provided. I used The Complete Idiot's Guide to Statistics by Robert A. Donnelly.
- The Certified Quality Engineer Handbook by Connie M. Borror.
- Copies of the two practice exams provided on the ASQ website.
- A statistical calculator that meets the guidelines for the exam. Practice with this calculator, and do not bring a graphing calculator to the exam. You will not be allowed to use it.
Because I was not currently in a quality position, I took a six week online course called Six Sigma: Total Quality Applications. This served as a good review of basic statistics, problem analysis techniques, control charts, and process capability calculations. If your current job is in the quality field, the course may be unnecessary.
- Includes a CD with two practice tests.
- Includes a CD with Acceptance Sampling Tables to determine sample size. Print these out to use during the exam.
- Includes examples of calculations.
- Contains many chapters of information on Quality Engineering to study and use as a reference.