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CQAA strives to meet the needs and interests of its members by sponsoring education and networking events, certification preparation courses, and special events such as hosting the conferences and courses. CQAA also provides a job posting service to help members in transition or seeking new opportunities.

Educational Programs

CQAA holds up to ten programs each year. Programs are usually held during the afternoon at a volunteered company facility located in downtown Chicago or the suburbs. During the spring and fall, CQAA holds a special dinner program as the venue. These programs offer presentations by featured speakers, panel discussions, and workshops on topics of interest to our members. For more information, see Events.

Lunch & Learns

During the year, CQAA holds up to six Lunch & Learns at a sponsor’s location downtown Chicago. These ‘bring your own lunch’ events provide members the opportunity to hear a presentation or participate in a discussion during the lunch hour. The Lunch & Learns are great networking opportunities too! The Lunch & Learns are typically held in the months when CQAA Educational Programs are at a suburban location, so there is also an event located conveniently for members working downtown. For more information, see Events.


CQAA provides up to three webinars during the year during lunchtime for convenient on-line learning. Speakers are selected based on topics of interest and focus on information sharing and not marketing products and services. For more information, see Events.

Special Events

In addition to regular monthly events, CQAA provides special events throughout the year to expand the educational and networking opportunities of its members. In the past we have hosted one-day local conferences, CIO panel discussions, and QAI Global Institute's five-day Quality Engineered Software and Testing (QUEST) Conference in Chicago. CQAA has also arranged training courses to be held in Chicago. We have co-sponsored programs with C-SPIN and the Chicago Chapter of PMI. For more information, see Events.

Professional Certifications

CQAA hosts the preparation courses for the Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA) and the Certified Software Testing Engineer (CSTE) examinations in Chicago each year. Additionally study groups are formed to help prepare members for the examinations. For more information, see Certifications.

Job Posting

CQAA provides a job posting board for companies to announce their open positions to our CQAA community. Job postings are provided as a convenience to our members and a service to employers. To view the latest postings, see Jobs.

Information Repository

Our information repository is filled with informative articles and presentations. CQAA provides downloadable copies of all speakers’ Powerpoint presentation slides following each event. Our quarterly published The Quality Journal has articles from industry thought leaders and CQAA members. To access the information, see Repository.
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