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What are the certification requirements for Six Sigma Certification?

Certification Requirements are as follows:

  • Each student has 1 year to complete his/her course
  • If using a Payment Plan, the full balance must be paid before certification occurs.

For certification you must meet the following requirements:

Yellow Belt: Successful passing of 5 online exams with a 70% or higher
Green Belt: Successful passing of 8 online exams with a 70% or higher
Lean & DFSS: Successful passing of 9 exams with a 70% or higher
Black Belt: Successful passing of 15 online exams with a 70% or higher & satisfactory completion of a final Black Belt Project.

Master Black Belt: Successful completion of our Black Belt Program (90% minimum exam scores) & submission of 2 additional Black Belt Projects.

The final project for our Black Belt Program is a written business plan that utilizes the Six Sigma method to reflect a cost benefit. The written business plan is a review of your comprehension of the material and your understanding of project implementation. You are not required to complete the project in a “live” business environment (i.e. it can be hypothetically based). Additionally, this project is not required for Yellow Belt, Green Belt, or Lean/DFSS Certification.

common questions…

Do you offer a “Basic Black Belt Certification” (i.e. with no project requirement)?

Do you offer a “simulated project” or “virtual project”?


Originally developed by Bill Smith at Motorola in 1986, the Six Sigma Training program was created using some of the most innovative quality improvement methods from the preceding six decades. The term "Six Sigma" is derived from a field of statistics known as process capability. The term 6 Sigma refers to the ability of manufacturing processes to produce a very high proportion of output within specification. Processes that operate with "six sigma quality" over the short term are assumed to produce long-term defect levels below 3.4 defects per million opportunities. Six Sigma's goal is to improve overall processes to that level of quality or better.