Quality Progress - June 2015 - 50

CAREER CORNER BY RAY HARKINS Kindling the Flame Recertifying made easy through emerging electronic media IF YOU'VE NEVER considered obtaining as lifetime achievements without further sites for future on-demand viewing, and an ASQ certification, you should know requirements. you can easily find them through online there is a positive correlation between Other certifications, however, such searches (see Table 1). Another way to accrue RUs is by holding a certification and earning po- as calibration technician and reliability tential. According to the 2013 QP Salary engineer, are considered professional taking courses offered by a college or Survey, a supplier quality engineer who certifications, and they require recerti- technical organization, either in person holds a Six Sigma Black Belt certifica- fication every three years by obtaining or online. To qualify for RUs under this tion earns an average of 26.2% more than a minimum number of recertification category (courses for student credit), the his uncertified counterpart.1 While this units (RU) within the respective body of course must apply to at least one area of income premium varies by position and knowledge (BoK). your certification's BoK or be considered certification type, it's obvious that, in 2 A quality professional can obtain RUs job enhancing. Recently though, a new general, holding a certification generates through various means and under several course format emerged: massively open more earning potential. categories such as employment, meet- online courses (MOOC). As a certification holder, I understand ings, publishing and others. But with the MOOCs are university-level courses obtaining a certification is only half of explosion of online training available with no admission requirements, offered the battle-retaining it is the other half. through websites and programs such as entirely online and almost always free to Certain ASQ certifications, such as qual- iTunes U, YouTube and edX, it's easy to students. Harvard and many other world- ity process analyst and quality technician, obtain RUs at no cost and without leaving class universities have created MOOCs are designated as vocational. After candi- your home or office. that cover a broad range of subjects, including numerous science, technol- dates meet the minimum experience and educational requirements and pass the Online earning multiple-choice exam, they retain these Under the category of professional de- ogy and business courses (introduction to computer programming, mechanical velopment, you can behavior of materials and supply chain earn RUs by attend- fundamentals). ing an ASQ division MOOCs typically include a video- conference or simi- based lecture series, periodic quizzes, as- lar training events. signments and forums that allow students Online events, such and faculty to interact and evaluate their as webinars, also work. You can find MOOCs on sites such are acceptable, and as edX, Coursera and Canvas Network. If they're useful learn- you haven't tried this fascinating learning ing tools because opportunity, you're missing out on a rap- the speakers can idly developing educational trend. share graphics, videos and other The category of electronic media al- over the internet. lows you to earn RUs at home, and it's Organizations often somewhat of a catchall for audio books, will record their we- training videos and other digital content binars and archive that directly apply to a certification's them on their web- 50 QP * www.qualityprogress.com Watch and learn content with a group BoK. Two media outlets-YouTube and http://www.qualityprogress.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - June 2015

Up Front
LogOn
Expert Answers
Perspectives
Keeping Current
Mr. Pareto Head
What’s Your Next Move?
Like Abilities
Assessing the Landscape
Change in Flow
Quality in the First Person
Career Corner
Statistics Roundtable
Standards Outlook
Special Section
QP Toolbox
QP Reviews
One Good Idea
Back to Basics

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