Welcome to the Washington, DC and Maryland Metro Section's website
2017 Call for Officer Nominations
Please submit names of nominated individuals to Heather Reis, Secretary, via e-mail at Secretary@asq509.org by October 20, 2016. Nominations require the submission of a nomination petition* signed by at least 10 members. Eligible individuals must be Regular Members** of the Society and have a membership in the ASQ Section 0509. If you want to self-nominate, please submit your name to Susan Leister at Nominations@asq509.org, and she will provide guidance on the petition process. Click for a copy of the Nomination petition.
Positions open for nominations are:
Each of these positions are described in the 2017 Call for Nominations and serves for a Section term.
**Regular members are voting members of the Society: Full, Senior, Fellow, Honorary, and primary contact of Site/Enterprise/School/District memberships.
Opportunities to serve the section
There are also other multiple (non-elected) positions open within the Section. As well as numerous committees that which Section Members may serve on. Feel free to contact us about these as well.
If you are interested in serving on the section leadership team, and want to increase your involvement in the quality community, please contact Susan Leister at Nominations@asq509.org. These positions earn Recertification Units towards your next recertification.
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General Membership Meetings!
We are looking for future speakers to present at our General Membership Meetings. We are also looking for new locations to hold the event. If you are interested in presenting at a future meeting or know of a place to hold our dinner meetings, please contact Heather Reis, Programs Chair at Programs@asq509.org.
Remember to check our bi-weekly email announcements and event calendar for our next meeting.See you there!
Certification Refresher Courses
The Washington DC and Maryland Metro Section offers refresher courses for some of the ASQ certification examinations. See the Certification and Training Page for the offered courses as well as other training resources.
Certification Examinations - IMPORTANT CHANGES
Beginning with the upcoming September 1, 2016 exams, ASQ will transition to computer-based testing, or CBT, for its exam delivery. Although the application/approval process will not change, candidates will be required to take an additional step after being approved to schedule their testing appointment with Prometric.
With this transition comes significant changes that will improve the exam certification experience. The changes include increase in annual exam administrations, increase in testing locations and quicker test results.
Learn more about these important changes at asq.org/cbt.
Web site log-in instructions
The log-in instructions are as follows: Click "Login" link on left side. For username, use your First Initial + Last Name For password, use your ASQ membership number. DO NOT ADD LEADING ZEROS. Note: ASQ Section 509 gets new member data once a month. Please wait at least 30 days from joining ASQ before attempting to log into our web site. If login is not successful 30 days from joining ASQ, contact the webmaster (email@example.com).
If login is successful, you will see your "My Profile" page with five or six tabs. You may also see the ASQ Newsfeed and links. You will see the newsfeed/links on the "My Profile" page each time you log in. Select the Login/Contact Information Tab to change your Username or password. Password must be at least 7 characters.
Software Special Interest Group
Topic: Radical Risk Identification for the 21st Century Speaker: Ms. Laurie Wiggins
Lean Six Sigma Special Interest Group
Topic: Application of Creativity Concepts Workshop Speaker: Ms. Janet Cook
General Membership Meeting
Topic: Itís more than a job: Breathing life into your career; Speaker: Alexis VanBevers
Project Management Professional (PMP) Prep Course
Course:Project Management Professional Prep Course Date: October 21-23, 2016 Location: Hilton Garden Inn Arundel Mills, MD
Certified Quality Auditor Refresher Course
Location: Online, Web-based Instructor: Sandra L. Menzies Series: Five Sessions Dates: Oct 22, Oct 29, Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 19
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