FAQs - Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Supply Chain: Blended Certification Course

Is this course accredited?

Yes, this course is accredited by the industry-standard - the Council for Six Sigma Certification (CSSC). It is the industry's Largest Accreditation Provider to colleges, universities, and private training organizations worldwide.

What if I miss a scheduled coaching session? Will that affect my certification?

It’s OK to miss a coaching session as long as you watch the recorded version before the next coaching session. You will still receive your certification as long as you complete the modules, pass the exam, and complete your project. 

I'm new to Lean Six Sigma. Should I take a beginners course?

The Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt is a great beginners course if you’re looking for more of an introductory course vs. the more in-depth Green Belt. 

I live outside of the United States. Can I still take this course?

Yes, you can take the online modules at a time convenient for you, and schedule your one-on-one coaching sessions with coaches who can adapt to your time zone. All group coaching sessions are recorded and available to view on demand. 

Which internet browsers work best for the online modules?

We have seen most success with Google Chrome and FireFox browsers. Internet Explorer typically causes common issues. 

Do I have to be employed in order to take this course?

It is highly recommended that you are employed or partnered with an organization where you can apply your learning by completing a project that solves a true business problem and yields the optimal return of this program. The application project is required to receive the certification.

Do I have to complete a project in order to receive my certification?

All certification-seeking participants must submit an improvement project based on the DMAIC method.  During the first two weeks of course work, you’ll learn how to pick a project, set realistic goals, and how to get started. Your instructor will also focus on this during the first live group session.

  • The course comes with an downloadable Excel workbook that provides an outline for your project work and examples.
  • Projects are not necessarily due at the end of the 12-week program, so that you have time to see real results.
  • Participants receive one hour of one-on-one project coaching (which can be broken down into two sessions) scheduled directly with the instructor/coach. 

Does this course focus heavily on statistics?

When we designed our Lean Six Sigma course we decided that we wanted our course to be balanced in addressing qualitative and quantitative approaches for waste identification, root cause analysis and problem solving.  This decision was driven by two major factors:

  1. Feedback from current peers, partners and customers who are trained in Lean and Six Sigma led us to believe that this balanced approach would add more value to students taking this course.
  2. Students in this course have a diverse set of backgrounds and educations and we did not want to turn our focus of this course into a statistics course, but wanted it to be a problem solving course that promoted the use of the right statistics for the right problems.

We do discuss Statistic Process Control (SPC) in the Improve/Control phase by introducing the concepts of control charts with a focus on I-MR charts and the purpose for using Measure & Monitor Control Methods.  Although we do not require SPC to be used in student projects, (it is usually time prohibitive) we do introduce and discuss this topic.

Does this course use any software such as Minitab or SigmaXL?

We do not specify the use of a particular software for this course or train students on using a specific format.  Instead, we mention available software options, discuss the value of statistical tests and support students that are using statistical tests on their projects through coaching.