Quality assurance management can be defined as the management of all quality related project activities. The term 'quality assurance' is often used as equivalent to quality control, which is totally based on the quality of a product. Under the project activities, there are four QA processes - definition, planning, execution and control. The main work of a quality assurance manager or a project manager is to make sure that the quality plan is implemented according to the plan as well as to check whether all the objectives of the project have been achieved or not. Although project manager plays an important role in all quality assurance activities, the main responsibility lies on all the team members of the project for producing a quality product for the consumers.
The chief principles of quality assurance management are fulfillment of adequate technical needs, quality of suppliers, check the product for its quality, performance, safety, and reliability standards, proper usage of materials, surety of product's technicality, reliability, maintainability and performance requirements. The need of talented quality assurance managers is on a rise, which also brings many job opportunities for the students. To serve the purpose, a number of management institutes in India have included courses in quality assurance management.
Generally, courses in the field of quality assurance management are conducted at the undergraduate, diploma, postgraduate degree and diploma level. The purpose of the courses is to make the students familiar with all the important aspects of quality assurance management. To be eligible for the UG courses, the students must have passed in 10+2 examination in any stream, from a recognized Board. For PG courses, graduation in relevant stream should be completed by the candidates from any recognized University.
The scope of quality assurance management has widened in various companies. Many organizations are looking for talented project managers, who can develop and operate quality control systems, analysis and inspection processes. One should be able to correct all the faults in the quality of a product. After study, the job seekers may work as quality assurance managers, quality analysts, quality control inspectors, quality assurance officers, quality control supervisor, quality assurance technician, quality surveyors etc.
Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
A number of management institutes conduct courses in quality assurance management. Some of the prominent institutes are
Indian Institute of Quality Assurance (Tiruchirapalli),
Indian Institute of Quality Management (Jaipur),
National Institute of Labour Education And Management (Chennai),
Asian Institute of Quality Management (Maharashtra) etc.
At the fresher level, one can earn around Rs 10000 - 15000 per month. After three or four year experience, the person may get between Rs 20000 and 25000 per month. The salary of well experienced quality assurance manager can be more than Rs 50000 per month.