In our first article we looked at the six sigma organizational belt structure and the role of six sigma green belts – here in our second article we’ll take a detailed look at the green belt – how to get trained up and what to expect from the role.

As we discussed in our first article – a six sigma green belt carries out business improvement activities alongside their main job role – so for example they could be a machine shop cell leader as their main job but be required to lead improvement activities to reduce defects arising as part of their cells process.

For many workers their exposure to business improvement is carried out on the job, often without utilizing formal business improvement methodologies – and often through following the local in house “expert”. This may include a range of skills and methods but often takes place without a framework to follow that can deliver results – think of the individual tools that make up DMAIC but not the method of DMAIC itself. This approach while better than nothing fails to deliver its potential.

As we discussed in the first article from this series – becoming a green belt – ensures that there is rudimentary understanding of a proven formula for improvement, DMAIC, with exposure to the appropriate tools and systems to deliver results. The important difference for green belts is that the tools taught are the right mix to support the DMAIC framework which has both a proven pedigree and a step by step framework that is repeatable. This has the result of providing a higher rate of success for improvement projects and a business case for organizations to make the investment.

Given the recent growth in the use of six sigma – the industry has seen substantial development in the past 10 years with training providers in particular seeing huge growth in their market and these days there is a multitude of providers – indeed when it comes to training the potential six sigma green belt has a wealth of choice available not only in which course they take but also in which certification they aim for – these range from those offering “gold standard” certifications such as ASQ – to those offering their own or alternative certification – Almost all courses require the passing of a form of an examination to acquire the certification.

There are three main forms of six sigma green belt training available

1 Online Six sigma green belt certification

There’s a huge choice in online Green Belt certifications available – for many people these offer various benefits – not least the ability to carry out the course in your own time at a place of your choosing (usually home!)– The downside could be that some learn better in a class room environment and online courses require certain will and determination to succeed

Benefits of online six sigma training
Self paced
Accessed from anywhere
Low cost option
Enroll when you like
Associated benefits

2. Classroom based Six Sigma Green Belt Training

For those looking for a group learning environment – Classroom based training could be the best solution – again there is a wide variety of class room based training available – the duration of these varies significantly depending on whether the student wishes to devote to the studies full or part time. Again there is a range in certification options available.

Benefits of Classroom based six sigma training

Class room based – learn alongside fellow students
Full or part time options available
Medium Cost option
Set times of study

3. Onsite – Workplace Consultant led Green Belt training

The final common form of Six Sigma Green Belt training is workplace based– this usually takes the form of consultancy led training around a particular business problem that they have been bought into solve – commonly this will involve a group from the workforce being trained together.

Not all onsite training will offer a recognized certificate but may offer a workplace based accreditation (e.g. “business change agent”) – These are often the lowest cost of entry for those looking to train in six sigma but are of course dependant in your organization hiring the services in

Benefits of onsite green belt training

Workplace based
Focus short based training
Often zero cost as organization foots the bill
Often real world based – on current business problem
Recognition in workplace

Whichever form of green belt training is taken – there are various advantages to becoming qualified – not only can you help your organization’s business improvement efforts but it can also open up career opportunities!

In our next article we’ll take a look at what to expect from your training – what youll learn and how you can apply it.

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