To maintain the integrity of your certification, ASQ requires that you recertify every three years--either by RU credits or by testing. The purpose of recertifying is to ensure that as an ASQ-certified quality professional you maintain the same level of knowledge originally demonstrated when you passed the written examination. If you do not recertify, your certification will lapse and ASQ will no longer recognize you as "certified."

Recertification by RU Credits

Recertification by RU credits is a simple process of obtaining a minimum of 18 recertification units (RUs) within your three-year certification period. You may accumulate the 18 RU credits from professional activities that either increase your knowledge of the Body of Knowledge (BOK) or is job enhancing. Just remember that all activities may be started before your three-year recertification period, but must be completed by the expiration date.

Refresher courses, for initial certification exams may not be counted towards that recertification period, but may be applied towards another recertification if it lies within that certification BOK or is job enhancing.

You may also choose to recertify by exam every three years in lieu of recertifying by RU credits.

Recertification by Exam

Recertification by exam is required for those whose certification(s) have expired and are past the six month "grace period" of submitting their recertification journal application form and packet. The "grace period" is the six months after your certification(s) expiration date.

You are allowed up to one year from your certification(s) expiration date to recertify by exam. If you pass the exam you will be issued a new card and certificate with the same certification number as before. If you do not pass the recertification by exam, your certification will then be de-certified and you will need to certify by exam as a new applicant. Meaning, your certification will be deleted from ASQ's file. If you choose to certify as a new applicant and pass, you will receive an entirely new certification number, along with a new card and certificate.

Recertification Notes

The CQT, CMI, and CQIA do not require recertification. The HACCP add-on certification to the CQA will automatically be recertified each time your CQA is recertified. Otherwise, your CQA-HACCP add-on will be decertified, along with your CQA, if your CQA is not maintained.

The new Six Sigma Black Belt (SSBB) certification will follow the same recertification requirements as the CQA, CQE, Certified Quality Manager, CRE, and CSQE.

For additional information, contact our Recertification Chair or visit the Recertification Frequently Asked Questions page located on ASQ National's web site.

Membership Benefits

The Western Mass Section of ASQ is dedicated to advancing the quality profession for all its members and their companies. Section involvement will enable you to join other professionals in our community to further the aims of the profession by participating in activities and services sponsored by the Section and the Society.

Section Management

Participation in any capacity on the Section's Executive Board opens new vistas to any willing and resourceful member. The friendly environment of peers offers an opportunity without equal. Whether honing personal leadership skills, improving management competence, or seeking to develop confidence dealing with people, one rarely finds a more accommodating laboratory. See one of the section officers for the Executive Board meeting date and location.

Section Meetings

Perodic section meetings are held the third Thursday of the month. A typical evening's program consists of a social/networking period starting at 5:30pm, the main program at 6:00 and dinner at around 7:00. This web site has current meeting information.

Section Newsletter

The section publishes a periodic newsletter. It provides news of general interest to members and information on Section activities. A copy is sent to each Section member.


The Section sponsors courses and seminars for those interested in formal study in many disciplines associated with the quality profession. All are intended to help members learn and grow in their chosen work. This effort extends to offering refresher courses for profession. All are intended to help members learn and grow in their chosen work. This effort extends to offering refresher courses for members studying to take the Society's certification examinations.