Six Sigma is a widely known, developed by Motorola Corporation in 1986, the concept of production management in various areas of industry as well as services. The main goal is to improve the output of each process, as well as to minimize statistical deviations and defects in operations. This is achieved by hiring experts on the concept, as well as by applying statistical and empirical methods of quality management.
Six Sigma is currently a trademark and registered service mark of Motorola.
Motorola and General Electric jointly developed the Six Sigma accreditation program, after which many companies began offering official Six Sigma certificates to their employees. Later, Motorola University collaborated with the Society of Lean Six Sigma Professionals and Vative and developed a set of comparable designations for Lean Certification. Since currently, there is no one standard accreditation body for Six Sigma certifications, one can become certified in such organizations as ASQ (American Society of Quality), The Council for Six Sigma, and IASSC (International Association for Six Sigma Certification). That’s why requirements and prices for passing the same exam differ and depend on the certification body you choose.
On the whole, there are 5 levels of Six Sigma certification, or otherwise the Belts, each of which corresponds to a particular experience and role in the project. As a result,
- White Belt holder may work on a local problem-solving team, but may not be part of a Six Sigma project team. At this stage, candidates need only understand key Six Sigma concepts.
- Yellow Belt holder is a full member of the project team and is responsible for reviewing process improvements to support the project as a whole. Thus, the Certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt (CSSYB) certificate is suitable for Six Sigma newcomers, entry-level employees, and executives seeking to learn Six Sigma and DMAIC.
- Green Belt holder is responsible for collecting and analyzing data for Black Belt level projects as well as leading Green Belt level teams or projects. So, the Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) qualification is designed for a candidate with at least 3 years of experience and able to demonstrate their knowledge of Six Sigma processes and tools.
- Black Belt holder clearly and effectively leads problem-solving projects and coaches and trains project teams. Therefore, by earning the Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) certification you confirm that you understand Six Sigma philosophy and principles and have the ability to manage a team and assign responsibilities to team members.
- Master Black Belt holder is an internal consultant to the organization, develops strategic direction, and trains Black Belt and Green Belt professionals.
So, you can also take advantage of ASQ's offerings and certifications - CSSYB (Yellow Belt), CSSGB (Green Belt), and CSSBB (Black Belt). Or you can choose the appropriate qualification option from The Council for Six Sigma Certification. Speaking of the IASSC organization, it offers only Lean Six Sigma Certifications which are more focused on providing every facet of a business rather than on manufacturing. The latter priority refers to the Six Sigma certifications.