Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I get certified?

Although the federal government does not require QDDPs to be certified at this time, potential employers may view certification as a sign of advanced knowledge in the field.  The NAQ Certification Program represents best practices, and signifies to employers that you have taken the time to equip yourself with the most current skills available.

How much does it cost?

The NAQ certification course is available for a reasonable cost of $950.00 (includes the application fee and all coursework).  Note that the required NAQ membership of $55.00 is not included in this total.  Some employers may be willing to assist you with payment under tuition reimbursement programs, subject to availability of funds and company policies.

How long is the certification period?

QDDP certification is valid for four years.  After four years, a recertification fee of $100.00 and 36 CEUs (18 of which must be completed in the 1st 2 years and 18 of which must be completed in the 2nd 2 years) are required.  NAQ reserves the right to modify certification requirements at any time, as long as candidates are provided with advanced notice of those changes.