Six Sigma Certification

Get Six Sigma Certification and boost your career to the next level. Most of the companies in the field of electronic, retail, pharmaceutical, aeronautical, software, etc., are willing to hire the employees with Six Sigma Certification for the roles of project managers, supervisors, process or quality assurance engineers, etc. This is because organizations that adopt Six Sigma processes will have improved customer service, better compliance with regulations, business development standardization and shorter cycle times. So if you have six sigma certification, then you can get more opportunities than non-certified people. So, in this blog I will tell you about Six Sigma Certification, Types of Six Sigma Certifications, How to get Six Sigma Certification, Who are the providers of Six Sigma Certification, Benefits of getting Six Sigma Certification. So lets start exploring Six Sigma Certification.

What is Six Sigma?

Six Sigma is a quality management approach to minimize or eliminate defects in products or services. It was originally developed by Bill Smith in the year 1986 to improve manufacturing processes. It is later widely adopted by many organizations for quality improvement. It is based on statistical analysis to detect unknown problems.

The word 'Sigma' in Six Sigma means data analysis. Six Sigma methodology typically includes stages like 

  • Define - Gather requirements from the customer and define the process.
  • Measure - Calculate the performance of the product.
  • Analyze - Analyze the product for defects or errors.
  • Improve - Come up with the improvement actions.
  • Control - Maintain the process improvement.

We have to gather all the details of a product or service and calculate the standard deviation (sigma) between the mean and the nearest customer specification limit. We should limit the defects of the product to 3.4 per million opportunities. 

Organizations that adopt Six Sigma identify customers’ needs and expectations and plan for Critical-To-Quality (CTQ) characteristics. These characteristics are then implemented in the design of the product. 

What is Six Sigma Certification?

Six Sigma is a method that provides a set of tools and techniques used for improving the processes by eliminating the defects. It helps in maintaining the quality of products or services in the organization. If you get Six Sigma Certification, it means that you are aware of Six Sigma and can implement the tools and techniques for improving the quality of the products.  Even some of the companies invest in Six Sigma Certification to make the employees aware of the tools and techniques that will help the Organization in improving the processes. If you are a Six Sigma Certified Professional, it means that you are capable of improving the quality of operations. It is the proof that you possess the skills needed to identify the errors in the process and can eliminate them. 

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Why Six Sigma Certification?

AS per the Organization's perspective, Six Sigma Certification is needed for the employee for the following reasons:

  • Using Six Sigma we can cut down the cost for any organization
  • We can improve our customer satisfaction.
  • We can reduce defects, rejections, rework and help you in simplifying operations. We can improve our competitive position.
  • 99.9% of the products manufactured using six sigma process are expected to be free of defect.

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Levels of Six Sigma Certification

Six sigma Certification has five levels. It is not necessary that you need to get certified in all the levels. You can select the certification as per your career objective.  

  • White Belt: It provides you the fundamentals of  Six Sigma. This is ideal for the candidates who are simply looking forward to understand the basics of six sigma. It works best for the employees who are not aware of Six Sigma and wanted to learn about the methodology and how it can impact the organization.
  • Yellow Belt: It is a basic level course. It covers some basic methodologies  and a few underlying improvement procedures along with some important metrics. A person with Yellow Belt certification indicates that he is a team member who supports limited project improvements. 
  • Green Belt: A Professional with Green Belt certification can support project improvements, statistical analysis and may lead projects on a small scale. Professionals with Green Belt Certification can improve customer satisfaction and profitability. They will be responsible to manage small scale projects  and sometimes in large endeavors supporting the black belt certified professionals.
  • Black Belt: A Professional with Black Belt certification has thorough understanding of all the aspects of Six Sigma. He will lead projects and train the project members. He understands the team dynamics and assigns roles and responsibilities to the team members.
  • Master Black Belt: It is the highest Six Sigma Certification. A Professional with Master Black Belt certification is capable of resolving any complex technical issue. He will develop project metrics and strategies. He trains the black belt and green belt certified employees. 

Salary for the Six Sigma Certified professional may vary with your educational qualifications and career prospects. On an Average, a six sigma Green belt certified professional can earn $90,727, a six sigma Black belt certified professional can earn $104,974, a six sigma Master Black belt certified professional can earn $130,878.

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How to get a Six Sigma Certificate?

To get Six Sigma Certification, the candidate must meet the requirements of the Six Sigma certificate providers. Then you can apply and need to pass the certification exam. The Exam consists of multiple choice Questions. With the increase in the level of certification the difficulty level and time also increases.

Following are the exam details of each belt:

  • White Belt :

No. of Questions - 60

Time - 90 minutes

  • Yellow Belt :

No. of Questions - 60

Time - 2 hours

  • Green Belt :

No. of Questions - 100

Time - 3 hours

  • Black Belt :

No. of Questions - 150

Time - 4 hours

  • Master Black Belt :

No. of Questions - 110

Time - 5 hour 18 minutes

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Six Sigma Certification Providers:

Like the other IT related certifications, Six Sigma Certification is provided by different certification bodies. They are American Society of Quality(ASQ), The International Association for Six Sigma Certification(IASSC) and The Council of Six Sigma Certification(CSSC). When the individual wants to take certification, he/she must research and compare programs before committing. Every certification body offers the similar Six Sigma Certification level.

American Society of Quality(ASQ):

American Society of Quality Certification Program provides 18 certifications along with the Yellow Belt, Green Belt, Black Belt and Master black Belt certifications. The other certifications are specific to some job roles. Following are the fee details to take Six Sigma Certification from ASQ. You can save money by becoming a member of ASQ.  It will cost you $29 to $159 per year depending on whether you are joining as a student or associate level or full level. Following are the exam details of each belt from ASQ:

  • ASQ Yellow Belt :

Fee (member) - $244

Fee (non-member) - $394

Retake Fee - $184

  • ASQ Green Belt :

Fee (member) - $438

Fee (non-member) - $299

Retake Fee - $239

  • ASQ Black Belt :

Fee (member) - $538

Fee (non-member) - $388

Retake Fee - $338

  • ASQ Master Black Belt :

Fee (member) - $2229

Fee (non-member) - $2074

Retake Fee - $2229 / $2074

 

The International Association for Six Sigma Certification(IASSC):

The International Association for Six Sigma Certification mainly focuses on LeanSix Sigma. It combines lean manufacturing processes and principles with the Six Sigma structure. Exam conducted by IASSC is based on topics in the IASSC Universally Accepted Lean Six Sigma Body of Knowledge. It has 3 certifications: Yellow Belt, Green Belt and Black Belt. IASSC does not offer any training. So It does not require work experience as a part of its certification requirements. Candidates can simply write the exam and pass. Following are the exam details of each belt from IASSC:

  • IASSC Yellow Belt :

Fee - $195

  • IASSC Green Belt :

Fee - $295

  • IASSC Black Belt :

Fee - $395

The Council of Six Sigma Certification(CSSC):

The Council of Six Sigma Certification is an official Industry Standard of Six Sigma Accreditation to get the Six Sigma training and certification. The main objective of this course is to ensure that the person gets complete knowledge of Six Sigma. To become Six Sigma Professional, he/she must be able to achieve the minimum standard proficiency. CSSC offers all the  5 certifications: White Belt, Yellow Belt, Green Belt, Black Belt and Master black Belt certifications. Following are the exam details of each belt from CSSC:

  • CSSC White Belt :

Fee - Free

  • CSSC Yellow Belt :

Fee - 16647.67

  • CSSC Green Belt :

Fee - 11558.86

  • CSSC Black Belt :

Fee - 7197.03

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Who can attend Six Sigma certification training?

The following Professionals can attend Six Sigma certification training to have career advancements:

  • Production Managers
  • Quality Control Professionals
  • Process improvement professionals
  • Process control Specialists
  • Frontline and factory supervisors
  • IT and Finance Engineers
  • Frontline and factory supervisors
  • Business Analyst
  • Management PRofessionals such as HR

Benefits of Six Sigma certification for an individual

  • It helps the professional to prepare for a leadership role.
  • It eases the job search.
  • It is used to get high remuneration.
  • It allows you to get involved in strategic decision making of businesses.
  • It ensures gainful employment across different industries.
  • If you are six sigma certified, you can get career advancement.
  • It provides you job security, as you are the one who is raising profits through cost saving initiatives.

Conclusion

In this blog, we have seen how useful Six Sigma Certification is. Getting Six Sigma certification makes a candidate to get career advancement. This Professional plays a very important role in his organization in maintaining the quality and reducing the defects. Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any queries you can comment below.

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