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In its 8th edition (June, 2012), the CQA Primer contains 432 pages and 433 questions and answers.
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CQA Table of Contents

I. Certification Overview

  • Certified Auditor Exam
  • CQA Body of Knowledge
  • CQA Primer Content vs BOK

II. Auditing Fundamentals

  • Quality and Auditing Terms
  • Audit Types
  • Methods
  • Relationships
  • Purposes
  • Common Elements
  • Audit Purpose and Scope
  • Audit Benefits
  • Audit Criteria
  • Audit Responsibilities
  • Professional Conduct
  • Liability Issues
  • Ethical Responsibilities
  • Legal Consequences
  • Audit Credibility

II. Auditor Competencies

  • Auditor Characteristics
  • On-site Resource Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Communication and Presentation Techniques
  • Communication Techniques
  • Presentation Techniques
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Interviewing
  • Listening
  • Team Dynamics
  • Team Building
  • Team Facilitation
  • Team Development Stages

IV. Audit Planning and Performance

  • Audit Preparation and Planning
  • Audit Planning Elements
  • Auditor Selection
  • Audit Related Documentation
  • Audit Logistics
  • Audit Tools and Working Papers
  • Audit Strategies
  • Audit Performance
  • On-site Audit Management
  • Opening Meeting
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Establishment of Objective Evidence
  • Organization of Objective Evidence
  • Exit and Closing Meeting

V. Audit Reporting and Follow-up

  • Audit Reporting
  • Development and Content
  • Effective Reports
  • Report Steps
  • Audit Follow-up
  • Corrective Action Process
  • Corrective Action Plan Review
  • Corrective Action Verification
  • Ineffective Corrective Action
  • Audit Closure

VI. Audit Program Management

  • Program Management
  • Senior Management Support
  • Staffing and Resource Management
  • Training and Development
  • Audit Program Evaluation
  • Internal Audit Program Management
  • External Audit Program Management
  • Best Practices
  • Organizational Risk Management
  • Management Review Input
  • Business and Financial Impact
  • Auditing as a Management Tool
  • Interrelationships of Processes
  • Cost of Quality
  • Emerging Auditor Roles

VII. Quality Tools and Techniques

  • Basic Quality and Problem Solving Tools
  • Process Improvement Techniques
  • Six Sigma
  • Lean
  • Basic Statistics
  • Central Tendency
  • Measures of Dispersion
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis
  • Process Variation
  • Common and Special Cause
  • Process Performance Metrics
  • Outliers
  • Sampling Methods
  • Acceptance Sampling Plans
  • Types of Sampling
  • Sampling Terms
  • Change Control and Configuration Management
  • Verification and Validation
  • Risk Management Tools

VIII. Appendix

  • Author Index
  • Subject Index
  • Case Studies

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Eighth Edition Primer Changes

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The following information is provided by the American Society for Quality (ASQ):

CQA Certification Requirements


The Certified Quality Auditor is a professional who understands the standards and principles of auditing and the auditing techniques of examining, questioning, evaluating and reporting to determine a quality system’s adequacy and deficiencies. The Certified Quality Auditor analyzes all elements of a quality system and judges its degree of adherence to the criteria of industrial management and quality evaluation and control systems.

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