ASQ now offers several methods to submit your journal (as of 1/1/18, the journal has changed):

1)  You can contact your local ASQ Pittsburgh Certification Chair, Tim Hahn, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

  • and mail hardcopy materials to (verified as of 9/10/18):  
                 --  Tim Hahn, 3294 Oaknoll Road, Gibsonia, PA  15044 
    • Tim asks that you don't use 'signature required' as this slows process down.
  • or mail directly to: 

             --  ASQ Headquarters, 600 N. Plankinton Avenue, Milwaukee, WI  53203

2)  or, You can log into your account at and access  


  • Select the appropriate recertification option and continue with your online recertification.
  • Be prepared to upload your documents.  


3)  or, You can submit a hardcopy recertificaton journal by visiting the page and follow the instructions there. 

4)  or, scan hardcopies and email directly to ASQ Headquarters: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

You may submit recertification journal packets up to six months before or after your certification expiration date.


Please note that the Recertification Journal was updated in August 2013 and can be found on the ASQ Headquarters website:

ASQ Certification Board Changes
Based on member feedback, ASQ has increased the recertification unit (RU) point thresholds significantly, rewarding section and division activities. These changes were approved by the ASQ Certification Board in September 2016 and went into effect on January 1, 2017.

Specifically, the points increased are in the following categories:
– A. Points change, Section E/Meetings, from 9.0 to 10.8.
– B. Points change, Section F/Committees, from 6.0 to 8.0.

All changes are reflected in the online recertification application and the hardcopy Journal (see example below).or further details, please visit
asq recert journal

ASQ Recorded Webinars for Purchase (2)




Past Dinner/Webinar Programs are available for Purchase to support re-certification.

Re-certification Units (RU):  Certificate is emailed for .2 RU's will be provided to ASQ Members attending the webinar only.  RU's are based on 1/10 of the hours
Cost:  $10.00 each
Upon payment, you will be sent a link to the webinar which is only available for a short time due to WebEx security precautions, you will need to complete the request for an updated to link for access to the webinar.
Please note:  Audio recordings in 2012 and first quarter of 2013 do not have a strong audio as the speakers were not using their wireless USB microphone.  

4/10/18 -- "Comparison of Industrial Screening Experiment Designs"

Lou Johnson

Every quality professional has faced the problem of screening a long list of experimental variables to determine the key inputs to their process. Statisticians offer three choices for screening; fractional factorial, Plackett-Burman, and definitive screening designs. Each has its own strengths and weakness, best application, power, and run efficiency. How do you choose? This session describes the theoretical application of all three designs and compares their properties. We will then compare their performance when each was executed on the same greenhouse process in a seven-factor experiment to determine how to quickly and cheaply produce the best quality seedlings. Several manufacturing processes will be used to illustrate these designs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of definitive screening, fraction factorial, and Plackett-Burman designs for screening input variables to your process.
  • Determine the trade-offs between run efficiency, power, and confounding for definitive screening, fraction factorial, and Plackett-Burman screening designs.
  • Compare the performance of these three screening designs when executed on the same seven-factor variable space.
  • Apply the concepts of run efficiency, power, and confounding to select the screening experiment design applicable to your process scenario.


register now 195

2/6/18 -- "Everything You Need Know About Batteries"

Presenter: Vaishali Hegde

 Co-Presenters: Joe Lombardo & Deepa Natarajamani

Batteries have become an integral part of our daily life. They are used in phones, smoke detectors, wearable trackers, cars etc. The “smart” batteries of today have more features and safety mechanisms than ever before.  Selecting the right battery chemistry with appropriate parameters, ensuring it can be used safely with your device and testing batteries sufficiently before launching a new product is key. This presentation will give an overview of types of batteries, what is a smart battery, communication schemes for smart batteries, battery capacity, shelf life, charge time, usage time, reliability, tips to extend battery life etc. ISO standards applicable to batteries will also be discussed.

register now 195

1/9/18 -- "The Art and Alchemy of Reliability Statistics" 

Ray Gibson, CRE, Principal Reliability Engineer

Knowledge of product reliability is an essential component of quality management systems. However, within organizations, the methods used and out comes predicted by the application of reliability statistics can be both mysterious and confusing. This presentation aims at a simplistic look at how the Reliability Engineer can take raw numbers, convert them into meaningful and recognizable forms, and then artfully communicate those forms up through the organization in a simple and understandable way.

register now 195

9/5/17 -- "Risk: A Very Short Introduction"  -- (audio only)

Professor Baruch Fischhoff, Ph. D., Howard Heinz University Professor

Any industry depends on a commons of public goodwill that grows or shrinks, each time that the industry comes to the public’s attention. The science of risk analysis and communication can help to secure a fair hearing, and fewer, but better conflicts.

register now 195

 2/7/17 -- "Too Lean Presentation - Correct SPC Case Study"  -- Cassie Jodon


Quality Assurance and Quality Control both are part of Quality Management, however QA is focused on preventing defects while QC is focused on identifying the defect.

Control Plans are critical quality assurance documents utilized to assist in achieving ISO certification; quick references during internal audits and ease operator training.

They can also be easily converted into a “Quality Audit Plan” to assist production.


A Quality Audit Plan is seen as valued added by the production team. This document outlines QUICK – but valuable - audit points that production can react to immediately when found nonconforming. The audit points should be ones agreed upon between quality and production to ensure buy in and accountablility.


This document is a quality tool that identifies process nonconformances for production because busy production supervisors cannot be everywhere, all the time – and hopefully identifying the problem before it turns into a product nonconformance. If a large amount of the quality teams focus throughout the day is on product audits, it may be too late.


If your company does not have documented Control Plans – that is OK because YOU can create a “Quality Audit Plans” without a previously established Control Plan.


This presentation will provide examples of why Control Plans are valuable and how to start creating Control Plans OR Quality Audit Plans that will become a valuable part of your quality assurance system.

register now 195


3/17/16 -- "Too Lean Presentation - Correct SPC Case Study"  -- Bob Doering

Listen to what happens when a simple attempt to implement SPC unearths some disturbing quality and process design flaws. Everything from gage choice and usage, process flow, machine location, material temperature control and incorrect specification all come together to create a whirlwind of chaos. This is a real case study, scrubbed to protect the victim. See how a few useful tools sort out the mess. But can it be totally fixed? Find out!

This presentation is very controversial, as it destroys the myth of the normal curve in precision machining!

register now 195


4/16/15 -- "Quality Tools in Your Career" -- Theresa Whitacre

Quality Progress Career Corner Articles - Sampling of my most popular columns for advice, tools, and tips on how to apply quality principles in your career.


 register now 195


3/19/15 -- "Process Capability Analysis" -- David Kitska

 This presentation will explain the meaning of process capability and will review the key elements of a process capability analysis (PCA).  Included will be an explanation and comparison of the widely used process capability indices (CPI’s) Cp, Cpk, and Cpm as well as a discussion of the difference between short-term and long-term capability.  Dave will use Minitab and measurements of automotive piston ring diameters to demonstrate a typical PCA and how to check the necessary statistical assumptions of stability and normality. 

 The presentation will emphasize the use of confidence limits on CPI’s for drawing appropriate conclusions.  People often report a calculated Cpk, for instance, as the “actual” process value without appreciating that it is a sample statistic based on a limited time horizon and subject to sampling error and potential bias.   While most quality professionals know well enough not to draw conclusions from sample averages, for example, without conducting hypothesis tests (e.g., Z-tests or t-tests) or without calculating confidence limits, this same prudence is often not practiced when reporting and using sample Cpk values.  Fortunately, Minitab can calculate both one-sided and two-sided confidence bounds for Cp, Cpk, and Cpm with only a few key strokes.  The equations for these limits can be easily programmed into Excel in case one does not have access to Minitab or comparable statistical software.  If time permits, Dave will also demonstrate options available in Minitab for handling non-normal data in a is increasingly the responsibility of quality managers, where we have adopted tools for sorting, categorizing, scheduling, ranking, mitigating, and reporting risks until we drown in databases, registers, matrices, and tables.  We know what to do once risks are identified, but how does one get a list together in the first place?  The key element is realizing that our perception of risk is a tacit knowledge activity, with similar risk events perceived differently person-to-person.  Some of us live for the thrill of the chase and others buy insurance for protection.  How do we find out that we have differing perceptions…when our planning fails and all has gone awry?

“Management is prediction,” as stated by Deming, is the bedrock for the learning cycle of PDCA, a highly tacit activity that underpins our conversations about risks.  In this session, we will learn how to use Deming’s theory to have more effective conversations about risks as a team through our own learning cycle, a game.  Roll up your sleeves because this will not be a presentation but rather a simulation to learn how to navigate the monsters and paper cuts of a project toward success.


register now 195

Recertification FAQ

What is a recertification journal, and when do I need to submit mine?

A new version of the Recertification Journal was released on January 1, 2018. This version contains more information on ways to earn recertification units (RUs) and has a simplified layout, table of contents, and contains the updated ASQ Code of Ethics. Recognizing the high value of professionally based sessions at clinics, workshops, and section and division meetings for development, there was an adjustment from 0.3 RUs to 0.5 RUs in the meetings section of the journal. The change took effect January 1, 2018, and includes meetings attended this year and in the future.

You may submit recertification journal packets up to six months before or after your certification expiration date. (The six months after your expiration date is a "grace period," so that you can collect your documentation and submit your journal packet along with payment.) Credits collected after your expiration date will apply toward your next recertification cycle.


ASQ returns any journals submitted before the six-month period.


If you submit your journal after the six-month period, you'll have to recertify by exam, unless you made special arrangements before your expiration date.

 Early submission of your recertification journal does not change your original expiration date. For example, if your certification expired December 31, 2008, and you submitted your packet in October 2008, your new expiration date would be December 31, 2011, not October 2011.

 If you submit your journal early, you may include your employment period up to your certification expiration date (up to six months' credit) when calculating your total recertification units. For example, if your certification expired December 31, 2008, and you submitted your journal in July 2008, you can include the time until your certification expiration date when you calculate your recertification units (e.g., 6 months x 0.3 recertification units).

 If you submit your recertification journal packet before your certification expiration date, and have completed additional activities within your current three-year recertification period, these additional activities do not carry over into your next three-year recertification period.

What Certifications need Recertification?

 Not all certifications require recertification. Certifications that require recertification: 

  • Quality Manager/Organizational Excellence (CQM/OE)
  • Quality Engineer (CQE)
  • Quality Auditor (CQA), including HCCP and BioMed.
  • Reliability Engineer (CRE)
  • Software Quality Engineer (CSQE),
  • Six Sigma Black Belt (SSBB),
  • and, Calibration Technician (CCT).

Eighteen recertification units (RU) in a three-year period keeps an individual on the path to recertification.

 How can a member earn credits?

 • Employment

 • Professional development

- Attend seminars, workshops and conferences

 • Education

- Company-sponsored in-house courses
- University/college courses
- ASQ courses
- ASQ Pittsburgh offers past recordings of webinars for you to review (See Webinars)

• Society involvement

- Exam proctor
- Meeting/workshop attendance (includes local section attendance)
- Committee member
- ASQ officer

 • Instructor

- Company internal instructing
- College, university instructing
- ASQ exam refresher course instructing


Here’s an example:

Full-time employment                                                                           10.8 RU

World Conference on Quality and Improvement attendance (once)     3.0 RU

Company-sponsored training                                                                 4.0 RU

Local section meetings (per year)                                                          2.7 RU

                                                                                                       Total 20.5 RU

 This is only one example, but there are many more combinations. If you have any questions, contact

Tim Hahn, or visit