Certified Reliability Engineer
Requirements for ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer


Details for the Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) Examination are available from the ASQ, P.O. Box 3066, Milwaukee, WI 53201-3066, (414) 272-8575.  Their brochure will include sample questions found on the examination plus an application form.


The certification process is formal recognition by ASQ that an individual has demonstrated proficiency within a specified body of knowledge at a point in time.  It is peer recognition and not registration or license.


Specific requirements for certification as a Reliability Engineer are: 1) education, 2 proof of professionalism, and 3) successful completion of a written examination based on the following:

1.     Education-On-the-job experience in the quality sciences is a requirement for certification.  Eight years are required with at least three years of this experience in a decision-making technical, professional, or management position.  Degrees count toward the education requirement: trade school waives one year, AA degree waives two years, Bachelor degree waives four years, MS/PhD waives five years.

2.     Proof of professionalism-Professionalism is demonstrated in one of three ways: 1) Membership in ASQ or another society that is a member of the American Association of Engineering Societies or the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, 2) Registration as a Professional Engineer, 3) Signatures of two persons from ASQ verifying that you are a qualified practitioner of the quality sciences.

3.     Written examination-You must pass an open book, multiple choice written examination which measures comprehension of a body of knowledge including:

1)  Reliability Management  (19 questions)

2)  Probability And Statistics For Reliability  (25 questions)

3)  Reliability In Design And Development  (25 questions)

4)  Reliability Modeling And Predictions  (23 questions)

5)  Reliability Testing  (23 questions)

6)  Maintainability And Availability  (17 questions)

7)  Data Collection And Use  (18 questions)

ASQ local chapters often sponsor, for a fee, a tutorial in preparation for the CRE examination.  Consider participating in the tutorial as the CRE examination is the most difficult of ASQ’s examination and it has the greatest failure rate.


You can purchase a great home study tutorial called CRE Primer from the Quality Council of Indiana to brush-up on details for the examination.


Here are some hyperlinks for the ASQ Certified Reliability Engineering (CRE) program:

·       ASQ (formerly known as The American Society for Quality) is an important technical society dedicated to improvements in quality and reliability.  ASQ has many different divisions dedicated to specific industries and applications concerning many issues. 

·       The ASQ Reliability Division is concerned with reliability and maintainability in industry and government.  A Reliability Division mission statement is posted.  Many reliability reference publications are available for purchase on various reliability issues from the Reliability Division.  You will also find the ASQ Quality Press Bookstore the source for many books, etc. which you can purchase online from the Internet. 

·       ASQ’s Reliability Division has a quarterly publication called the Reliability Review: The R&M Engineering Journal for both old and emerging reliability issues.

·       You can join the ASQ Reliability Division for ~$10/year as part of your membership fee, and you’ll find great value for such a small expenditure. 

·       The reliability engineer certification registration program is important for many engineers without a Professional Engineering license.  The CRE certification program has a list of requirements and a published body of knowledge .

·       Study guide questions with a sample exam for the CRE examination.

·       You can download a 24 page CRE brochure in PDF format with sample examination questions and CRE details.

·       CRE examinations occur each year at the Reliability and Maintainability Symposium and other locations during the year.

If you’re looking for a reliability job or you’re a company wanting to post a reliability job, consider the ASQ Jobs Available Posting (or as an alternative, go to IEEE and search for reliability jobs).

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Last revised September 2, 2013