The Chicago Quality Assurance Association was established in 1984 and is the second oldest chapter of the QAI Global Institute. CQAA promotes software quality principles and practices within the Chicagoland area by providing a forum for networking and information sharing. CQAA offers monthly speaker programs, lunch & learns, webinars, and training classes a to over 1500 members for continuing education. Professional certification is supported by hosting the CSQA and CSTE certification prep classes in Chicago and facilitating local study groups. Other activities have included one-day vendor showcases and symposiums, special interest groups for information exchange, co-hosting programs with other professional organizations, and job search service.