Six Sigma Training

“Six Sigma is a quality program that, when all is said and done, improves your customer’s experience, lowers your costs, and builds better leaders”

The term “Sigma” is used to designate the distribution or spread about the mean (average) of any process or procedure. For a business or manufacturing process, the Sigma capability (z-value) is a metric that indicates how well that process is performing. The higher the Sigma capability, the better. Sigma capability measures the capability of the process to perform defect-free work. A defect is anything that results in customer dissatisfaction.

Six Sigma qualifications are divided into the following categories:

  • Yellow Belt Certification
  • Green Belt Certification
  • Black Belt Certification
  • Master Black Belt Certification

Most organizations ensure that at minimum their employees are Six Sigma Yellow Belt or Green Belt certified. Black & Master black Belt certifications require advanced Six Sigma training. This can be provided upon request as it is a customized training.

A certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt is new to the world of Six Sigma and has a small role, interest, or need to develop foundational knowledge. Yellow Belt can be entry-level employees who seek to improve their world or executive champions who require an overview of Six Sigma and the define, measure, analyze, improve, and control (DMAIC) model. This certification adopts the approach of advancing the concept and potential of using Six Sigma tools and methodologies within an organization.

A certified Six Sigma Green Belt successfully applies process improvement to businesses and organizations across all industries. Also, certified individuals are experts in identifying problems, analyzing data, and creating solutions to lower costs while improving quality.

To obtain a Yellow Belt certification, you will need to attend a 2-day training course and will sit for an (Open Book) exam to demonstrate your knowledge of basic Lean Six Sigma concepts.

On the other hand, for Green Belt certification, you will be required to attend a 5-days training course and sit an exam at the end of the course and deliver a Business Improvement Project from start to finish, demonstrating the in-depth knowledge of Lean Six Sigma, leadership skills and reporting/presentation of the project to the project steering board for approval.

Yellow Belt Six Sigma Certification

Yellow Belt Overview

Six Sigma Yellow Belt training provides insight to the techniques of Six Sigma, its metrics, and basic improvement methodologies. A Yellow Belt certifies knowledge of how to integrate Six Sigma methodologies for the improvement of production and transactional systems to better meet customer expectations and bottom-line objectives of their organization.

The Responsibilities of a Yellow Belt

A Yellow Belt typically has a basic knowledge of Six Sigma, but does not lead projects on their own. They are often responsible for the development of process maps to support Six Sigma projects. A Yellow Belt participates as a core team member or subject matter expert (SME) on a project or projects. In addition, Yellow Belts may often be responsible for running smaller process improvement projects using the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) methodology. PDCA, often referred to as the Deming Wheel, enables Yellow Belts to identify processes that could benefit from improvement. These smaller Yellow Belt projects often get escalated to the Green Belt or Black Belt level where a DMAIC methodology is used to maximize cost savings using Statistical Process Control.

Core Competencies of Yellow Belt Six Sigma

  • Enhanced understanding of DMAIC methodology, including financial benefits of Six Sigma, and the impact of Six Sigma on an organization.
  • Improved understanding of project definition as well as team roles and responsibilities.
  • Foundational understanding of the measure phase, including process mapping, data collection plans and techniques, understanding variation, and visually displaying baseline performance.
  • Foundational understanding of the analyze phase, including displaying data visually, cause and effect analysis, and verification of root causes.
  • Foundational learning of the improve phase, including brainstorming, selecting a solution, and implementation planning.
  • Foundational understanding of the control phase, including assessing the results of process improvement, statistical process control overview, and documenting the process.

What Values Does This Bring to Your Company?

  • Those who know Six Sigma understand dozens of different methods to reduce costs, increase revenue, streamline business processes, and improve employee buy-in, all of which leads to a better bottom line. Certified Six Sigma Yellow Belts contribute by:
    • Supporting projects that are led by Green Belts or Black Belts.
    • Assisting Green Belts and Black Belts in data collection, analysis, and process mapping.
    • Implementing tools, techniques, and practices to achieve cost reduction and quality improvement.
    • Improving overall quality through consistent compliance to defined quality standards. The proper application of Six Sigma methodology can affect many different aspects of a business, from improvements of goods and services to employees investing more into the final product.

What is the value to you?

  • Improved skill set qualifies you for more positions within modern business environments.
  • Adding Certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt to your resume proves your commitment to improving your business acumen and analytical skills, not to mention your commitment to improving the business within which you work.
  • Six Sigma training also prepares students for a leadership role.

Green Belt Six Sigma Certification

Green Belt Overview

Six Sigma Green Belt training provides participants with enhanced problem-solving skills, with an emphasis on the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) model. Six Sigma Green Belt certifies the employee to serve as a trained team member within his or her function-specific area of the organization. This focus allows the Green Belt to work on small, carefully defined Six Sigma projects, requiring less than a Black Belt’s full-time commitment to Six Sigma throughout the organization.

The Responsibilities of a Green Belt

The Green Belt has two primary tasks: first, to help successfully deploy Six Sigma techniques, and second, to lead small-scale improvement projects within their respective areas. As a support population, Green Belts can do much of the legwork in gathering data and executing experiments in support of a Black Belt project. They are practitioners that spend approximately 25% of their time on Six Sigma projects of their own or in support of Black Belt projects. During the Six Sigma Green Belt training you will learn how to use many of the Six Sigma problem-solving methods and statistical tools to contribute to the success of your organization.

Core Competencies of Yellow Belt Six Sigma

  • Build problem solving, analytical, and business acumen skills. Implement successful change management in your company/organization.
  • Master Six Sigma methodologies, tools, and techniques (Identify the root cause of a problem and prevent recurrence.
  • Learn process improvement, data analysis, and project management skills.
  • Prepares you for a leadership role such as a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

What Values Does This Bring to Your Company?

  • Green Belt certification can assist your company in identifying current problems and their scope, and develop solutions to those problems.
  • Green Belt certification help achieve the much-needed process improvements leading to cost savings, higher quality, improved delivery, and increased profit margins.
  • Using Six Sigma approaches can improve an organization’s products or services to increase marketability.
  • By employing a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, a company will increase the efficiency and utilization of resources within the organization.

What is the value to you?

  • Allows you to become a specialist in process improvement and enhances your career’s standard and credibility.
  • Adding Certified Six Sigma Green Belt to your resume is a sign of your commitment to a continues professional development and provide you with a competitive edge when compared to those without Six Sigma Green Belt certification.