The American Society for Quality (ASQ) is an intellectual community of professionals in the field of quality. The goal of the organization is to connect quality professionals and ideas. This group is not just for seasoned professionals, ASQ offers low-cost student memberships to those starting their career in quality. The organization is well-known for their quality certifications, especially Six Sigma Belts.
“By making quality a global priority, an organizational imperative, and a personal ethic, ASQ becomes the community for everyone who seeks quality concepts, technology, or tools to improve themselves and their world.” – ASQ Vision Statement
The organization began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1946. The original goal was to continue, and enhance, new quality processes that were developed during World War II. In 1968, ASQ began offering certifications. The first certification, CQE, was created for engineers. The subject matter covered production principles, quality analysis, and quality control methods.
The American Society for Quality works with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in administering the Baldridge National Quality Program (US). Program participants compete to win the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. Award winners communicate how their strategies and quality processes have helped them achieve quality and organizational excellence.
ASQ certifications are listed as #7 on the bestcompany list of career certifications. Professionals that have gone through the certification process cite that they are very happy with the variety of programs that are offered by ASQ. ASQ also offers comprehensive reviews that aid in certification preparation.
The World Conference on Quality & Improvement, hosted by ASQ, is one of the largest quality events in the world. For 2017, the event will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. Keynote speakers for the 2016 conference included Liz Wiseman (a best-selling author that has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review) and Josh Linker (entrepreneur, founder and former CEO of ePrize, and author).
For more information about ASQ, visit: asq.org