Certified Quality Auditor

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A Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) is a professional that knows and employs the standards and principles associated with auditing. A CQA is capable of using various evaluation techniques to identify a production system's strengths and weaknesses in quality control.[1]

A quality audit is a process that involves the systematic identification and examination of a production quality system. A Certified Quality Auditor must analyze all elements of a quality system and assess its degree of adherence to the applicable industry criteria. This is described in detail in Russell.[2]

Formal CQA certification is given by the American Society for Quality (ASQ). Each CQA certification candidate needs to pass a multiple choice examination that focuses mostly on auditing practices, and measures comprehension of the ASQ Body of Knowledge (BOK), covering:


  1. ^ http://www.asq.org (Retrieved June 2007)
  2. ^ Russell, J.P., ed. (2013). The ASQ Auditing Handbook (4th ed.). ASQ Quality Press. ISBN 978-0-87389-847-8.

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