Six Sigma is becoming increasingly preferred in financial services, healthcare, education, energy, science, and government.
Successfully completing either JMU’s Green Belt or Black Belt program means earning both the certificate and the certification for the course. There is no other step you must take.
Never. Successfully completing a Six Sigma program with JMU results in lifetime certification.
No. Our Six Sigma Lean program is 100% online. You will never have to travel to our campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia or any other location to earn your certification with JMU.
Lean is an improvement approach with an emphasis on waste and streamlining operations for maximum throughput. Six Sigma is broader. With a focus on both the internal and external customer, Six Sigma is a problem-solving methodology that strives for delivering high performance reliability and value by improving processes and reducing defects and variation.
It is highly recommended that students score at least 250 on the computer-based exam, or 100 on the internet-based exam.
No. The FAFSA is used for degree-seeking programs, and not non-credit certificate programs like Six Sigma.
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A Six Sigma Green Belt can impact an organization’s bottom line through employment of statistically based tools that are taught in Six Sigma Green Belt training. A Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate from JMU demonstrates to an employer that you have been trained in basic problem solving skills and the statistical tools needed to work effectively on process improvement under supervision of a Black Belt.
To ensure our graduates are qualified for employment after earning a Six Sigma certificate and prepared for the challenging education in this program, we require:
Either a four-year undergraduate degree OR the equivalent of four years of professional work experience, and:
There is no specific work experience required to complete the Green Belt Program.
JMU’s Six Sigma Green Belt Program is unique in that it combines the technical aspects of Six Sigma with sound management practices. For example, we use the Case Study approach for assignments based on real business world issues. Participants will often work in teams on the scenarios and activities. This gives participants an opportunity to work in collaborative, team environments.
Green Belts are capable of leading projects that are smaller in scope (i.e., 90-120 days) and well-defined to focus on a specific issue.
There are a total of 12 required online modules. Individual modules range in length from 20-90 minutes. How quickly a student completes a module will depend largely on the student’s current familiarity with the topic(s.)
A Six Sigma Black Belt can impact an organization’s bottom line through employment of statistically based tools that are taught in Six Sigma Black Belt training. A Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate from JMU demonstrates to an employer that you have been trained in advanced problem solving skills and the statistical tools needed to effectively lead process improvement projects.
To participate in JMU’s Black Belt Certificate program, you will need to complete either JMU’s Green Belt program or an offering of similar depth and educational rigor.
There is no specific work experience or number of years required to take the Black Belt Certificate Program.
Next Green Belt Certificate
September 11 - October 6, 2017
(Meets online: Weeks Two and Four, Monday - Friday from 6:30pm - 8:30pm)
Next Black Belt Certificate
October 16 - December 8, 2017
(Meets online: Weeks Three, Four, Seven, and Eight, Monday - Friday from 6:30pm - 9:00pm)
“The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate Program through JMU had excellent online learning content and reference tools paired with an instructor that lead great discussions using the curriculum while relating it to his first-hand experiences. The format of this course is well suited for those who want to further their development while continuing to work full-time. The knowledge I have gained in this course has given me a greater ability to make differences that can be seen on a company’s bottom line and is something I will take with me throughout my career.”Matthew Pomerleau, Engineering and Maintenance Manager
Our Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program is approved for 4.0 CEUs (40 contact hours) while our Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program is approved for 8.0 CEUs (80 contact hours) through Outreach & Engagement at James Madison University.