The Quality Assurance certificate is designed to provide you with knowledge and skills that are essential building blocks in the field of Manufacturing/Machinist Technology. All courses within this certificate are also part of a AAAS degrees in Manufacturing/Machinist Technology.

Completion Award
Certificate of Completion
Length of Study
10 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
On Campus
Tuition & Fees

College Tuition & Fees

Per Quarter 
WA-Resident Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
1 credit $152.13 $166.72 $243.46  $330.00
5 credits $624.65 $697.60 $1,081.30  $1,514.00
12 credits (full-time) $1,331.78 $1,523.22 $2,252.72  $3,124.98
15 credits  $1,493.30 $1,687.05 $2,425.70 $3,308.25

*Amounts above are estimated tuition & fee costs and do not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs.
¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Program Fees
Approximately $300 per quarter

Ways to pay for school

Federal aid, scholarships, grants, and more are available to help you pay for school.

What You'll Learn

  1. Define quality and discuss its role in manufacturing today, including its impact on cost and the customer
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of basic quality philosophies, concepts, terms and their definitions
  3. Interpret and analyze technical drawings, including Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), and apply inspection tools and techniques to verify the acceptability of manufactured parts
  4. Use a wide range of metrology equipment properly
  5. Apply technical mathematics and basic statistics in solving quality inspection problems
  6. Identify non-conforming material and initiate resolution
  7. Apply a variety of quality assurance tools, concepts, and inspection and test methods to solve quality inspection challenges
  8. Show familiarity with requirements found in flight-safety and other standards applicable to machined parts, including the concept of traceability as it applies to materials, calibration and finished products
  9. Understand the importance of attention to detail, personal integrity, interpersonal skills and effective communication in quality assurance
  10. Be prepared to take the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Quality Inspector (CQI) examination

Careers & Opportunities

The Certificate in Quality Assurance program helps machinists to be better machinists, and helps those in, or interested in, inspection and quality positions to further develop skills that can be applied in a broad range of industries. Where employers endorse them, certifications can give special consideration to new applicants and to employees seeking promotions, and the Certified Quality Inspector certificate that this program helps to prepare you for is nationally recognized.

Potential employers include: Although this certificate program is primarily focused on the machining industry, the quality assurance skills developed are applicable to a wide range of industries. Graduates may find employment in local companies working in the manufacturing, inspection or quality departments. Entry level salaries vary with each employer and individual skill level. 

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This option is open to everyone. There are no eligibility requirements to start this program.

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