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General Six Sigma Questions

What industries are using Six Sigma?

Six Sigma is becoming increasingly preferred 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 for the course. 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 program with JMU results in lifetime certification.

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 to earn your certification with JMU.

What’s the difference between Lean and Six Sigma?

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.

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-seeking programs, and not non-credit certificate programs like Six Sigma.

What financing options are available?

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

Green Belt Questions

Why become a Six Sigma Green Belt?

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.

What are the prerequisites for JMU’s Six Sigma Green Belt Program?

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:

  • An understanding of basic mathematical functions
  • General proficiency in 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

What type of work experience is necessary to earn the Green Belt?

There is no specific work experience required to complete the Green Belt Program.

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 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.

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.

How many online modules are in the certificate program, and how long does it take to complete the online modules?

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.)

Black Belt Questions

Why become a Six Sigma Black Belt?

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.

What are the prerequisites for the Black Belt program?

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.

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

What type of work experience do you need for the Black Belt?

There is no specific work experience or number of years required to take the Black Belt Certificate Program.