Quality Inspector

Do you have a keen attention to detail? A career as a quality inspector could be a great fit. This online Quality Inspector course will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to prove competency and begin your new career quickly.

This accelerated Quality Inspector course provides an intensive overview of the skills necessary for quality assurance and inspection, including math, inspection, safety, materials, quality, and management.

12 Months / 100 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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Course code: GES779

What you will learn

  • Production Floor Safety
  • Metallurgy
  • Inspection Methods
  • GD&T
  • Six Sigma, 5S, Lean, and TPM

How you will benefit

  • Prepare for a career as a quality inspector, quality technician, quality assurance inspector, quality assurance technician, quality auditor, or quality control inspector
  • Gain the skills you need to confidently perform your job
  • Enrolled students are invited to attend our exclusive annual virtual National Apprenticeship Week events, featuring live webinars, workshops, and employer interactions

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 100 course hours
  1. Math
    1. Math Fundamentals 101
    2. Math: Fractions and Decimals 111
    3. Units of Measurement 112
    4. Basics of Tolerance 121
    5. Blueprint Reading 131
    6. Algebra Fundamentals 141
    7. Geometry: Lines and Angles 151
    8. Geometry: Triangles 161
    9. Geometry: Circles and Polygons 171
    10. Trigonometry: The Pythagorean Theorem 201
    11. Trigonometry: Sine, Cosine, Tangent 211
    12. Trigonometry: Sine Bar Applications 221
    13. Statistics 231
  2. Inspection
    1. Basic Measurement 101
    2. Calibration Fundamentals 111
    3. Hole Standards and Inspection 141
    4. Thread Standards and Inspection 151
    5. Surface Texture and Inspection 201
    6. Material Tests for Welding 201
    7. Introduction to GD&T 301
    8. Major Rules of GD&T 311
    9. Inspecting a Prismatic Part 321
    10. Inspecting a Cylindrical Part 331
    11. Advanced Hole Inspection 341
    12. Inspecting with Optical Comparators 351
    13. Inspecting with CMMs 361
    14. Calibration and Documentation 371
    15. In-Line Inspection Applications 381
    16. Measuring System Analysis 300
  3. Safety
    1. Intro to OSHA 101
    2. Safety for Metal Cutting 101
    3. Personal Protective Equipment 111
    4. Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation 121
    5. Respiratory Safety 131
    6. Lockout/Tagout Procedures 141
    7. SDS and Hazard Communication 151
    8. Bloodborne Pathogens 161
    9. Walking and Working Surfaces 171
    10. Fire Safety and Prevention 181
    11. Flammable/Combustible Liquids 191
    12. Ergonomics 102
    13. Hand and Power Tool Safety 201
    14. Safety for Lifting Devices 211
    15. Powered Industrial Truck Safety 221
    16. Confined Spaces 231
    17. Environmental Safety Hazards 241
    18. Machine Guarding 140
  4. Materials
    1. Introduction to Physical Properties 101
    2. Introduction to Mechanical Properties 111
    3. Introduction to Metals 121
    4. Essentials of Heat Treatment of Steel 211
    5. Hardness Testing 221
    6. Ferrous Metals 231
    7. Nonferrous Metals 241
    8. Exotic Alloys 301
    9. Machining Titanium Alloys 325
  5. Lean, 5S, and Six Sigma
    1. Lean Manufacturing Overview 101
    2. Developing a Lean Culture 135
    3. 5S Overview 151
    4. Intro to Six Sigma 171
    5. Metrics for Lean 231
    6. Six Sigma Goals and Tools 310
    7. Maintaining a Consistent Lean Culture 330
    8. Transforming Lean into Business Results 340
    9. Measuring Lean Systems 350
  6. Quality and Manufacturing Management
    1. Essentials of Leadership 110
    2. Essentials of Communication 120
    3. ISO 9000 Review 121
    4. Continuous Process Improvement: Managing Flow 124
    5. Continuous Process Improvement: Identifying and Eliminating Waste 125
    6. Managing Performance: Best Practices 130
    7. Managing Performance: Corrective Actions 135
    8. Intro to Supply Chain Management 140
    9. Basics of Manufacturing Costs 140
    10. Conflict Resolution Principles 150
    11. Conflict Resolution for Different Groups 155
    12. Team Leadership 160
    13. Cell Design and Pull Systems 161
    14. Quality and Customer Service 175
    15. Troubleshooting 181
    16. Personal Effectiveness 190
    17. Conducting Kaizen Events 191
    18. Conducting an Internal Audit 201
    19. Managing the Diverse Workplace 210
    20. SPC Overview 211
    21. Harassment and Discrimination 215
    22. TS 16949:2009 Overview 221
    23. Interpreting Blueprints 230
    24. Performance Management and the Law 230
    25. Fabrication Process 232
    26. Process Flow Charting 241
    27. Strategies for Setup Reduction 251
    28. Total Quality Management Overview 261
    29. Management Tools: Problem Solving 270
    30. Management Tools: Product and Process Design 275
    31. Value Stream Mapping: The Current State 301
    32. Value Stream Mapping: The Future State 311
    33. Managing Practices for Total Quality 320

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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