Six Sigma certified professionals are ranked according to "belts", a term borrowed from Karate. The idea is, the higher the belt you earn, the more proficient you are with the Lean Six Sigma methodology and tools. The belt system was used as an internal marketing strategy to get the attention of GE employees to its new quality initiative- Six Sigma.
As I have mentioned on my previous blog posts, Six Sigma certified professionals should keep in mind that they are expert facilitators. Six Sigma certified individuals are expert in process improvement tools, techniques and methodologies, but at the end of the day, their main role is to facilitate their project teams and let the team members (process owners) find-out the root-causes and later develop solutions to improve the process.
If someone approaches you and introduce himself/ herself as a Certified Green Belt/ Black Belt / Master Black Belt, and then later tell you that whatever business problems you have, he/she can solve using Six Sigma- DO NOT believe that person. Politely nod, then excuse yourself.
Going back to belts system of Six Sigma, I have heard and seen variations like companies with White, Orange, Red, Money Belt (LOL), but here are the 4 common Six Sigma belts, number of recommended training days (Some give you more training days to charge you more.), and descriptions:
The Six Sigma training program was designed by Motorola and GE (both manufacturing companies) specifically for engineers, statisticians, and technical persons. Several years ago, I updated the curriculum to fit the service industry. I made the program simple and practical for it to be effective, and user-friendly for service industry professionals- many are non-math majors.
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Recommended Training Days: 1 day
The Yellow Belt refers to employees that have basic training in the Six Sigma quality improvement methodology and participate in related projects. They have a basic understanding of the methodology and assume a supportive role to both Green and Black Belts within a Six Sigma Team. Like the Green Belts, they usually also have other non-Six Sigma related responsibilities within their job descriptions.
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
Recommended Training Days: 12 days
Black Belts are considered the leaders within a Six Sigma team. Part of their duty is to oversee what other members (Green and Yellow Belts) have accomplished and keep all team members on track to reach goals and deadlines. Their primary task is project management; they are the individuals who define a Six Sigma project and its scope. It is their task to set goals and timelines for the project as well as constantly update executives and stakeholders of the current status of the business. Additionally, they often exhibit excellent communication skills and take on the role of the ‘change agent’ within their organization.
Since they are given a lot of responsibility within a Six Sigma Team, it is a requirement for these individuals to undergo training and earn sufficient experience in the form of leading Six Sigma Projects. These experts are well rounded in their knowledge of financial and statistical analysis, project management, and Six Sigma Tools. This knowledge and experience enables them to perform a wider range of tasks. Six Sigma Black Belts are often sought after and are highly employable because of these characteristics.
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Recommended Training Days: 5 days; accelerated 4 days
Green belts are Six Sigma Professionals who work closely under Black Belts, responsible for fulfilling leadership roles within a Six Sigma Team, especially for smaller scale projects. They are well-educated on the correct use of the Six Sigma Tools and employ them under the direction of a Black Belt Project Leader.
Since this methodology is highly statistical in nature, it is of utmost importance to start with a complete set of good and accurate data. Green Belts are usually employees of a Six Sigma company who also have other day to day responsibilities within the framework of that company.
Master Black Belt
Recommended Training Days: Varies
For experienced Black Belts, with at least 20 completed projects + comprehensive train the trainer's program + change management program + expert facilitator's program
Master Black Belts in tradition are entitled to train and certify individuals.
The Master Black Belt has a very important role within a Six Sigma Organization. As the name implies, they are experts at the top of the hierarchy of trained and certified Six Sigma Professionals. With their level of experience, skills, and knowledge, they can act as consultants and technologists of this methodology.
During the course of a companywide Six Sigma Implementation, certain issues and problems may arise. Experts like Master Black Belts can help resolve issues that come along and offer appropriate solutions to teams. One of their main responsibilities is to train employees to become Six Sigma Professionals at the Black, Green, or Yellow Belt levels. Master Black Belts can mentor or train others within designated Six Sigma Teams as these individuals have garnered enough knowledge and experience to be designated as ‘experts’ in this particular method of quality improvement.
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Workshop:
June 23, 2017 (Wave 39) | P9,000.00 | e-mail for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program for SERVICE Industry:
July 6, 7, 13, 14, 2017 (Wave 25) | P38,000.00 |
e-mail for details: email@example.com
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Program:
Oct 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27,
Nov 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 2017 (WAVE 5) | e-mail for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Investment Fees:
If paid on or before September 15, 2017:
If paid on or before July 15, 2017:
all rates are subject to 12%VAT if applicable (for 0%VAT please provide PEZA certification or equivalent document)