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Six Sigma Studies Education Programs Overview

Six Sigma is a business management strategy designed to help corporations improve the quality of their processes and eliminate defects or errors. Individuals learn the statistics and control methods of Six Sigma through stages of training programs.

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Essential Information

Business-minded individuals can achieve Six Sigma certification at various levels, including green belt certification, black belt certification and the Six Sigma Champion program. Businesses generally elect their own employees, including newly hired employees, to go through Six Sigma training. There are no other specified educational requirements.


Green Belt Certification

Individuals will learn how to apply Six Sigma methodologies to business processes in order to analyze data, reduce process variation and develop improvement plans. These methodologies are based upon the understanding that all manufacturing, industrial and business organizations can analyze, measure and control their own output. Students learn how to use DMAIC project methodology, which includes the following phases:

  • Define the problem
  • Measure the current process
  • Analyze the data
  • Improve the current process
  • Control the elements of the future process

Black Belt Certification

Individuals learn how to develop and execute the process control systems that are utilized by business. Students who achieve this certification can also be put in charge of managing any strategies while working under the supervision of Champion Six Sigma certified individuals.

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Six Sigma Champion Certification

This training teaches individuals how to deploy the Six Sigma methodologies and strategies for optimal results. Champions are generally drawn from upper-management talent pools at organizations and already have the skills necessary to oversee the execution of various processes.

Some topics covered in a Six Sigma certification and training program cover the project management tools necessary to implement the system. These include:

  • Analysis of variance
  • Design of experiments
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Process capability
  • Histograms
  • Thought process map

Employment Opportunities

Six Sigma certification programs are mostly made available for those individuals who are already employed within a business or corporation. The training is designed to make sure that all employees of a particular organization work under the same guidelines to streamline processes and oversee quality assurance. Individuals can improve their employment opportunities by electing to pursue more and more 'belts.' Those with the highest belt level are typically those at the top of an organization's hierarchy.

Six Sigma certification programs are training programs for professionals seeking to improve their business processes and quality management skills. There are multiple stages of Six Sigma certification, including green belt certification, black belt certification and the Six Sigma Champion.

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