Six Sigma is becoming increasingly preferred in financial services, healthcare, education, energy, science, and government, as well as traditional service industries (i.e., retailing, restaurants, etc.)
Yes. Each Six Sigma class is limited to 18-20 students.
Never. James Madison University’s Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt programs offer lifetime certification. Successfully completing either program with JMU results in both a certificate and 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. It is a customer-focused (internal and external) problem-solving methodology that strives for delivering high performance reliability and value by improving processes while reducing defects and variation.
No. The FAFSA is used for degree programs, and not non-credit certificate programs like Six Sigma.
You may consider a private loan with your banking institution or local credit union. As an alternative, you may apply for a Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan or a Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan. When using private lending, you must be registered at least one month before the course start date.
To qualify/apply for a Sallie Mae or Wells Fargo loan:
1. The requested loan amount cannot exceed the course fee.
2. You must be registered in the course prior to JMU Outreach certifying the loan. Complete and submit our registration form first.
3. Apply online with Sallie Mae or Wells Fargo.
They will evaluate your credit score and may recommend a co-borrower based on your credit history. NOTE: Please use the following James Madison University Continuing Education account when applying: 003721-98.
Many lenders will be happy to loan you the money if you have a co-borrower who will sign your loan agreement. Be aware that the interest rate will vary according to your credit rating.
Yes, we are happy to accept employer pay. Please complete and submit the registration form with your company’s information where indicated. We will contact your employer for arrangements. When using employer pay, you must be registered at least one month before the course start date.
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 or potential 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:
A four-year undergraduate degree OR the equivalent of four years of professional work experience
There is no specific work experience or number of years required to take 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. How fast you are able to complete the online modules will depend largely on your background and comfort with the topics. Students should expect to spend anywhere from 20-30 hours total completing the online modules. Individual modules range in length from 20-90 minutes.
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 or potential 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 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
(Online class dates: 9/18, 9/19, 9/20, 9/21 & 9/22 and 10/2, 10/3, 10/4, 10/5 & 10/6 from 6:30pm - 8:30 pm)
Next Black Belt Certificate
October 16 - December 8, 2017
(Online class dates: 10/30, 10/31, 11/1, 11/2, and 11/3; 11/6, 11/7, 11/8, 11/9 and 11/10; 11/27, 11/28, 11/29, 11/30 and 12/1; 12/4, 12/5, 12/6, 12/7, and 12/8 from 6:30pm - 9:00 pm)
“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.