Six Sigma Belts Explained

There are no prerequisites for the Lean Six Sigma Yellow, Green and Black Belt Certification programs. You can feel free to enroll directly into the Green or Black Belt.


Are you debating on what Six Sigma Belt to get?

Ok, you have decided you want to enroll in a Lean Six Sigma certificate program but are not quite sure which Six Sigma Belt is right for you. The most basic is the Yellow, then the Green, and followed by the Black Belt. Each one more challenging than the one before.

 

Six Sigma Belts

 

Actually, you can start anywhere, however the Master Black belt is different. You must have a Black Belt Certification from an accredited organization before you can enroll in our Master Black Belt Program.

Let’s take a closer look.

Where you start depends on three factors:

  1. Educational Background
  2. Recency
  3. Experience

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Humanities majors including those who studied English, Art, Music, Journalism, Film or Foreign Languages should consider starting with the Yellow Belt since it primarily focuses on the conceptual issues of Lean Six Sigma. It focuses on where when and why not how. The statistical foundation that helps to operationalize these concepts is left to the Green Belt and beyond. Those who have taken this Yellow Belt course have found it to be an excellent way to ease into the topic.

Those Liberal Arts Graduates with a background in Social Sciences, Economics and Natural Sciences should consider the Green Belt. Most have been exposed to math and statistics. This will increase the comfort level with the basic statistical concepts covered in the Green Belt.

If you have studied Math or Statistics you should be sufficiently prepared to proceed directly to the Green Belt.

Engineers, because of their strong quantitative backgrounds, should have no trouble with the Green Belt and may consider the Black Belt, especially those who are strong in statistics.

If you have a Business education, you should move directly into the Green. However, Marketing and Management majors could start with the Yellow. This depends upon your comfort level in statistics.

 

RECENCY

If you have been out of school less than five years, the skills you learned are very much still with you. In other words, you should still be comfortable with abstract or quantitative concepts. So, if you are out of school less than five years, this is not an issue and where you start depends more upon your educational background and to less of an extent upon the length of time you have been away from formal training.

But over five years, and this varies with any individual, you might consider dropping back a category; those who might have the background to take the Green or Black Belt program might fist consider taking the Yellow or Green Belt.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE.

If you have experience in Lean or Quality management, if you are comfortable with mid-level statistics or quantitative reasoning and if you have not been away for long from formal learning experiences, then we recommend considering the Black Belt directly.

But, those who are changing careers, have been out of school for quite a while and are not
comfortable with statistics, should start with the yellow and maybe the Green. The Black Belt would be too much of a reach at this time and is likely to frustrate you. Better to start at a level that is comfortable and work up then to become frustrated and quit.

However, you choose to start – Yellow, Green or Black – we have designed our certification programs such that they lead you step-by- step through each stage of the learning process. And each step up the Lean Six Sigma Ladder includes a full review of the material that has come before. This is why you can comfortably begin at any level that is appropriate to your education, time away from formal training and experience.

So, begin with a level that is comfortable for you. In this way you can avoid the frustration of pushing too far too fast.


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