A process improvement methodology that was originally developed in the manufacturing industry, Six Sigma is now used in many industries and organizations. The fundamental results of Six Sigma include waste reduction, improved customer satisfaction, quality products and services and reduced costs. Though these all seem to be individual goals, Six Sigma’s methodology seamlessly integrates them for improved processes overall.
For example, waste reduction is achieved through assessing operations and functions for waste (either waste in efficiency or money) and eliminating it; by expending fewer resources and increasing efficiency, Six Sigma can cut costs and improve customer satisfaction since the organization will in turn be creating higher quality products or services at lower cost.
Six Sigma certification signifies a comprehension and mastery of the tools and techniques that comprise the Six Sigma methodology.
Types of Six Sigma Certifications Available
The certifications of Six Sigma are designated by martial arts belt colors, which range from White Belt to Master Black Belt depending on the level of mastery:
- White Belts maintain essential understanding of basic Six Sigma knowledge, but not enough to put it to use.
- Yellow Belts have a ground-level understanding of Six Sigma necessary to complete daily tasks as well as knowledge of DMAIC and DMADV.
- Green Belts generally have beginning leadership roles that apply Six Sigma in real world. They focus on lower-level project management, data analysis and change management, and typically report to Black Belt-certified leaders.
- Black Belts focus heavily on project management and work to define and lead process improvement. They must have strong knowledge of leadership and business strategies.
- Master Black Belts are experts in training and Six Sigma Theory. They generally circulate amongst organizations to help start off projects.
Which One is Right for You?
The level of certification you need depends on your own process involvement experience and the role you desire in an organization. While White and Yellow Belts cover basic knowledge and are helpful, the more trained belts are ideal for management and real-world application. Green Belts are typically workers on a project team with enough knowledge for them to make decisions that promote Six Sigma and its goals for process refinement. Black Belts can be lead project managers and even hold director titles. Executives should have Black Belt certification if they wish to guide their organization under the principles of Six Sigma. Master Black Belts are complete experts that move between organizations to train and guide them in the Six Sigma methodology.
Where Should I Get Certified?
There is no official Six Sigma certifying body, so many organizations and educational institutions offer Six Sigma certifications. When deciding where to get certified, it’s important to note the topics covered in the certification course as well as the level of expertise the instructors hold. Time to completion and pricing are important to consider as well.
Florida Tech offers Lean and Lean Six Sigma certificates and certifications, 100% online, featuring Master Black Belt instructors, quick time to completion and competitive pricing to provide working professionals the ability to gain Six Sigma certification on their own time.
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