Who needs to certify?
If you have any of the following certifications, ASQ requires that you recertify every three years:
- Biomedical Auditor
- Calibration Technician
- HACCP Auditor
- Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence
- Master Black Belt
- Pharmaceutical GMP Professional
- Quality Auditor
- Quality Engineer
- Reliability Engineer
- Software Quality Engineer
- Six Sigma Black Belt
- ASQ/DON Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
There are no recertification requirements for Quality Inspector, Quality Improvement Associate, Quality Process Analyst, Quality Technician and Six Sigma Green Belt. These are lifetime certifications.
Two Ways to Recertify
Before your certification expires, simply accumulate and document in the recertification journal/application a minimum of 18 recertification units (RUs) during your 3-year certification period. You can accumulate credits from professional activities that increase your understanding of the Body of Knowledge or enhance your job. Need a journal or help on how to fill it out, visit Recertification Journal for more information.
In the event your certification expires, or is past the 6-month grace period, you will have to sit for the exam.
Keep It Simple
Les Gagner, MNASQ Recertification Coordinator, offers the following suggestions:
- Collect credit documentation as it is earned; then journal it.
- Keep the documentation for credits simple.
- Observe the maximum limit of credit for each category.
- Stop documenting when you reach the necessary credit.
- Synchronize multiple certifications.
- Make sure the application is complete.