Welcome to the Washington, DC and Maryland Metro Section's website
Opportunities to serve the section
The Section Leadership Committee asks that all members give serious consideration to volunteering to serve their section. Volunteering is a great way to become familiar with section operations and get to know your fellow quality professionals.
If you are interested in serving on the section leadership team, and want to increase your involvement in the quality community, please contact Kerry Higgins at Nominations@asq509.org. These positions earn Recertification Units towards your next recertification.
for emailing the Webmaster at Webmaster@asq509.org.
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 weekly email announcements and event calendar for our next meeting.
See you there!
- Heather Reis, ASQ509 Programs Chair
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
General Membership Meeting
Topic: "Movie Night: If Japan Can, Why Can’t We? Introducing Deming to America” Film provided by: The W. Edwards Deming Institute®
Software Special Interest Group
Topic: Using Non-Traditional Voice of the Customer Techniques to Measure and Manage the Customer Experience; Speaker: Mr. John Goodman
Biomed/Biotech SIG: FDA's Expedited Program
Overview of FDA's Expedited Program with a Case Study of Immunotherapy in Renal Cell Carcinoma James Xunhai Xu, MD Medical Officer, Office of Hematology and Oncology Products Center for Drug Evaluation and Review, US FDA
Safe Clouds and Cyber Security – CIO Summit
Topic: Safe Clouds and Cyber Security Speakers: Dr. Ron Ross and Adam Sedgewick
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DevOps Engineers: What They Are and Why a Small Business Should Hire One
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Scary Warning: Medical Devices Can Be Hacked
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