Why Choose ASQ’s Certifications?

We hear the term “certification” used in many contexts: certificates, certifications, associate certifications, and professional certifications to name a few. But, there are distinguishing differences. ASQ offers professional certifications. What’s the difference? 

“Professional Certification…requires an organization whose sole focus and goal is to ensure that the people to whom it issues certification designations have demonstrated a defined minimum level of competency and experience in a given field of practice. It also requires adherence to ethical codes of conduct. It should not be ‘easy’ to achieve professional certification through organizations that establish strong, credible professional certification systems” (Budnick).

We all have an opportunity now to work towards earning an ASQ Certification with many exams occurring June 4th. If you think you’d like a little help, ASQ Philly offers certification preparation courses that meet in a classroom or stream online with recorded classes. Not sure if our courses are meant for you? Contact us and file9421269543382we’d be happy to answer questions. We make a go/no-go decision on courses based on a minimum number of students, so to ensure your class happens be sure to register soon! Has the course started already? It may not be too late to join; contact us.

We’re here to serve our members and to help you succeed with Quality.

Budnick, Peter. “Professional Certification: Why It’s Important, Why You Should Embrace It.” The Ergonomics Report. 12 Feb 2012. cited in Web blog post. Ergonomics Today. Ergoweb, 8 May 2013. Web. 15 Mar 2016.

Cost of Quality

“Cost of quality is a methodology that allows an organization to determine the extent to which its resources are used for activities that prevent poor quality, that appraise the quality of the organization’s products or services, and that result from internal and external failures. Having such information allows an organization to determine the potential savings to be gained by implementing process improvements.”

Excerpted from The ASQ Quality Improvement Pocket Guide: Basic History, Concepts, Tools, and Relationships, Grace L. Duffy, ASQ Quality Press, 2013, pages 62–65.

Learn more about the Cost of Quality, including videos, training, books, and case studies by visiting the ASQ website. Or for an instructor-led workshop or training, contact ASQ Philly or the Education Chair for potential training opportunities for both individuals or on-site at your place of business for your group.

ASQ and Your Career

The ASQ Philadelphia is a resource that can help you to develop your career. Listed are 6 of the many ways we can help:
  1. The ASQ Philadelphia website includes tools to help connect local jobs and applicants. See our Jobs/Opportunities menu and check back often for updated information. If you’re a freelance consultant and a member, see the menu for how to get added to our consultant list.
  2. The ASQ Philadelphia offers courses for learning new tools and techniques, expanding your portfolio of knowledge. schoolVisit our Upcoming Events and Courses list frequently for updated information. If a Course you’re interested in is not offered, yet, contact our Education Chair to find out if it will be offered soon and to express your interest.
  3. The ASQ Certification can help you prepare for a change in careers or to enhance the career you’re enjoying. Learn more by visiting our Certification menu.
  4. The ASQ Philadelphia has a varied membership with a lot of experienAgreementce. Are you looking to change to a particular quality career but not sure if it’s the right choice for you? Our Jobs Chair may be able to connect you with another member who would be willing to share their experiences.
  5. For members, the ASQ has a Career for Quality section that not only lists job opportunities but also has career tips, services, and tools. Watch this video about quality careers.
  6. The ASQ Philadelphia hosts career events. George Ericsson spoke at a past event and had a suggestion of a way to approach your career selection.  Watch the short video:

The Ripple Effect

ASQ’s Quality Progress featured an article in its August 2014 issue, “The Ripple Effect”, featuring stories about how pursuing the Baldrige award had far-reaching benefits to a school district and hospital.

This is an open access article that requires free registration with ASQ.  See the abstract and a link to the article here.

How can Baldrige help you? For more information, please contact our KAPE Liaison chair.

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