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General Six Sigma Questions

What Industries are Using Six Sigma?

Six Sigma is growing in financial services, healthcare, education, energy, science, and government.

After I Finish an Online JMU Six Sigma Course, Where Do I Go for My Certification Exam?

Successfully completing either JMU’s Green Belt or Black Belt program means earning both the certificate and the certification. There is no other step you must take.

If I Complete JMU’s Program, When Will I Need to Renew My Certification?

Never! Successfully completing a Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt program with JMU means you are certified for life.

Will I Ever Have to Travel to Your Campus?

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.

What are the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score requirements?

It is highly recommended that students score at least 250 on the computer-based exam, or 100 on the internet-based exam.

Should I Fill Out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to Pay for the Course?

No. The FAFSA is used for degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, etc.) and not non-credit certificate programs like Six Sigma.

How Will I Pay for the Program?

Please visit our Enrollment & Financing page for more information on payment options.

Green Belt Questions

Why Become a Six Sigma Green Belt?

A Green Belt can impact an organization’s bottom line. What’s more, Green Belt certification from JMU communicates 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.

What Qualifications Do I Need to Enroll in the Green Belt Program?

To ensure our graduates are qualified for employment after earning a Six Sigma certificate and are prepared for the challenging education in this program, we require:

Either at least four years of professional work experience OR a four-year degree in any field, and:

  • An understanding of basic mathematical functions
  • Experience/general ease with computer software usage
  • Access to a computer with Internet Explorer version 6+, screen resolution of at least 1280×1024 pixels, Flash version 9 or above, session cookies enabled, and JavaScript enabled
  • We recommend non-native English speakers have a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 250 on the computer-based exam, or 100 on the internet-based exam.

What are the Graduation Requirements to Become a Green Belt?

You must:

  • Pass the final exam with a 70% or higher
  • Not miss more than one of the live lectures

Is the Focus of the Green Belt Certificate Program Technical in Nature or More Management-Based?

JMU’s Six Sigma Green Belt Program is unique in that it covers the technical aspects of Six Sigma, along 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.

What Type of Projects Will I Be Able to Lead as a Green Belt?

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.

Black Belt Questions

Why Become a Six Sigma Black Belt?

A Six Sigma Black Belt can impact an organization’s bottom line through the use of statistically based tools that are taught in Six Sigma Black Belt training. A Six Sigma Black Belt certificate from JMU communicates to an employer that you have been trained in advanced problem-solving skills and the statistical tools needed to effectively lead process improvement projects.

What Qualifications Do I Need to Enroll in the Black Belt Program?

To register for JMU’s Black Belt certificate program, you will need to have completed either JMU’s Green Belt program or an offering of similar intensity.

What are the Graduation Requirements to Become a Black Belt?

You must:

  • Pass the final exam with a 70% or higher
  • Complete and pass the Black Belt project
  • Not miss more than one of the live lectures