This is a prestigious grade which recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to quality.

Requirements

To upgrade to the grade of fellow you must demonstrate that you:

  • Have been a Member of the CQI (CQP MCQI) for at least two years
  • Have furthered the objectives of quality through voluntary contributions to the CQI
  • Are a peer-acknowledge expert with acclaimed contributions to a quality field
  • Have carried out outstanding service on professional committee/s
  • Have developed and supported the careers of others, especially less experienced quality professionals
  • Have made a voluntary contribution to the objectives of quality through other voluntary means, including activities started as part of a work requirement but taken beyond the original brief.

Recording your continuing professional development (CPD) is required at this grade.

Guidance

Criterion What we are/aren’t looking for
Have furthered the objectives of quality through voluntary
contributions to the CQI
Have you been involved in a Branch or Special Interest Group? Elected to a committee? Written for Quality World? There are many ways to contribute to the life of the CQI and you should present as many contributions as you can, in each case outlining what you did, when you did it, and the difference that you made.

If you were a branch committee member, consider getting a reference from the Chair. If you organised events, do you have the feedback to indicate member satisfaction? If you are/were a branch or SIG Chair, what changed/improved as a result of your leadership?

Playing a part in the life of the CQI through attending events is not enough. This is about your demonstrable contribution.
Are a peer-acknowledged expert with acclaimed contributions to a quality
field

One of the most common failings against this criterion is arguing that you are the quality expert within your company. Being the ‘go-to’ person in your company is not enough. We need to see that you have a reputation and standing that goes beyond your workplace.


Do you have a track record of writing and presenting about a subject? Have you been invited to join a project or committee solely because of your expertise? Do other professional networks or bodies that you are a member of utilise your expertise? What have others said about you and your knowledge?


In short – what is your expertise? Who, outside of your employers, has recognised your expertise? What has been the impact of your expertise in action?

Have carried out outstanding service on professional committee/s

Not including committees in your place of employ, what committees have you served on? How long did you serve on them? What was your role? Did you lead any working groups? What changed as a result of your involvement?


Again, we are not looking for someone who is simply good at committee work within the narrow confines of their employment. We are looking for someone whose knowledge and expertise is applied externally.

Have developed and supported the careers of others, especially less
experienced quality professionals

We are not looking for good line managers who have developed their staff and seen them move on to greater things. We already assume that you are good in that respect as an MCQI.


Instead we are looking for evidence of a commitment to the development of the careers of others that goes above and beyond the requirements of your job.


Have you given talks to groups of quality professionals about quality or career progression? Have you mentored quality professionals? Have you taught on quality related courses? Within your organisation you might have initiated a major change or improvement in how the organisation trains and develops its quality professionals. What was the result? Did you share this experience with professionals in other organisations?

Have made a voluntary contribution to the objectives of quality through other voluntary means, including activities started as part of a work requirement but taken beyond the original brief

This is your opportunity to provide other examples of how you have promoted quality.

The word ‘voluntary’ is significant. This should be activity that you were not required by your employers to undertake.
However, if you started a piece of work through your employment and then it developed into something that required your involvement on a voluntary basis, this is acceptable.

To apply

Stage 1

Sign in to the Members' area of this website. Go to 'My Membership' and 'CQI Regrade'. If you are eligible to regrade to Fellow, select that option.

Complete the online application form, supply supporting evidence and pay the regrade fee.

Stage 2

If our external assessor believes that you may meet the criteria, you will be invited to a Fellowship interview. At this interview you will deliver a presentation and be questioned about how you meet the criteria. If you are successful you will be awarded the grade of Fellow. 

Contact us for further information about this grade, including advice on how to apply.