Retirement - The Value of an ASQ Quality Certification

If you are an ASQ-certified professional who has retired from full-time, active employment and have reached age 59-1/2, you may request a “retired” status to be designated on your certification records.

You may apply for retired status up to one year before or after your certification(s) expiration date.

Benefits of retiring your certification(s):

  • You are not required to collect and submit the 18 RU credits or recertify by exam to retire your certification.
  • Your certification will be left in “good standing.”
  • Your certification will not lapse and be deleted from your records (in case you need to reinstate it).
  • To reinstate your certification, you are not required to submit 18 RU credits or recertify by exam.

Once you retire your certification(s), you will receive a new certificate. The only difference is that the certificate you receive will no longer have an expiration date, but will show "retired".

If for some reason you need to go back to full-time or part-time employment, you may reinstate your certification(s) by contacting our staff at cert@asq.org and stating your situation. From the date you are reinstated, that will be the beginning of your new three-year recertification period and you will then begin to accrue the required RU credits needed to recertify your certification(s) by your new expiration date.

**Certification retirement option is not to be used as an alternate method of retaining your certification due to hardship or some other reasoning for not obtaining the required 18 RU credits or recertification by exam. Please contact the ASQ Certification Department for further assistance if you are unsure or do not qualify for certification retirement status.

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