Quality Progress - October 2014 - 5

UPFRONT QP QUALITY PROGRESS Invest to Be Best EXECUTIVE EDITOR AND ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Seiche Sanders ASSOCIATE EDITOR Mark Edmund Let certification serve as your launch pad ASSISTANT EDITOR AN ASQ CERTIFICATION can do more than just help you receive a promotion or MANUSCRIPT COORDINATOR climb the career ladder. Achieving a certification proves you have mastered the body of knowledge (BoK) pertinent to your area of work. It means business: When you talk, people listen. To date, nearly 180,000 ASQ certifications have been issued worldwide, and the demand continues to grow. Certifications are one of the top reasons people discover and join ASQ. But for those new to the profession or the organization, there are many questions that arise: * Which certification is right for me? * Is there a sequence in which I should pursue certifications? Amanda Hankel Valerie Ellifson CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Megan Schmidt COPY EDITOR Susan E. Daniels ART DIRECTOR Mary Uttech GRAPHIC DESIGNER Sandy Wyss PRODUCTION * What's the difference between ASQ's certifications and other "certificate" programs? Cathy Milquet * OK, I signed up. So now, how do I prepare? ADVERTISING PRODUCTION We've got those answers and more in this edition of QP. "Step It Up," p. 16, delves into ASQ's five most popular certifications. Five subject matter experts who have been involved in developing the exams tell you the why, when and how of each certification. The article is also peppered with resources and advice on where to uncover more information. Barbara Mitrovic DIGITAL PRODUCTION SPECIALISTS Julie Stroik Julie Wagner MEDIA SALES of peers for studying and passing several certification exams. "Strength in Numbers," Naylor LLC Lou Brandow Krys D'Antonio Norbert Musial p. 24, offers some good advice on test preparation. Seeing as only slightly more than MEDIA SALES ADMINISTRATOR Also this month, find out how one certified quality professional leveraged the power half of the 16,000 people who sit for ASQ exams each year pass, you might appreciate the study tips. One thing I've observed over the years is that for many individuals who pursue and earn their first certification, that's not the end of it, but rather another beginning. They Kathy Thomas MARKETING ADMINISTRATOR Matt Meinholz EDITORIAL OFFICES often go on to pursue other certifications, or move or change jobs to one in which their Phone: 414-272-8575 Fax: 414-272-1734 certifications were a prerequisite. ADVERTISING OFFICES Go ahead and get in the game; let QP help you get equipped to win. QP Phone: 866-277-5666 ASQ ADMINISTRATION CEO Bill Troy Managing Directors Seiche Sanders Ajoy Bose Julie Gabelmann Brian J. LeHouillier Laurel Nelson-Rowe Editor Don't forget to watch the new episode To promote discussion of issues in the field of quality and ensure coverage of all responsible points of view, Quality Progress publishes articles representing conflicting and minority views. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily of ASQ or Quality Progress. Use of the ASQ logo in advertisements does not necessarily constitute endorsement of that particular product or service by ASQ. October 2014 * QP 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - October 2014

Up Front
LogOn
Expert Answers
Perspectives
Keeping Current
Mr. Pareto Head
Step It Up
Strength in Numbers
Take Care of Your ‘Ugly Baby‘
Getting It Right the First Time
Career Corner
Statistics Roundtable
Quality in the First Person
Standards Outlook
ASQ's Quality Resource Guide
QP Toolbox
QP Reviews
Back to Basics

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