Six Sigma Green Belt Training Basics

While Six Sigma black belt training focuses on DFSS, green belt training emphasizes DMAIC, or the define, measure, analyze, improve and control aspect of the methodology. Individuals completing a green belt training program will be skilled adopting the role of a trained team member operating within a defined area and level of the organization.

The fundamental goal of a qualified green belt is to effectively utilize and implement Six Sigma principles in addition to directing small-scaled but important ventures within their department. Usually working under a black belt, they will accrue vital information required to support the project and further provide the black belt with statistical feedback necessary to determine the causal situation of a project.  They are the people on the floor actually doing most of the Six Sigma work within an organization, which is why they are essential to the success of the program as a whole.

Course Objectives

Although the Six Sigma Green Belt training program differs slightly depending on the size, type, and interior construction of a company, those certified all hold the same objectives and ideals when it comes to working for their organization. Spending around 25% - 40% of their time developing and managing assignments, they are aware of and utilize numerous tools meant to create an effective working environment that is conducive to the success of specific products and to the organization itself. They can clarify the concept behind the y = f (x) formula and its significance in business and process; they are able to sketch and understand the customer-oriented basis behind Kano diagram; and they can quickly calculate long-term and short-term Sigma Six values of any given project. Individuals completing a training program will be skilled adopting the role of a trained team member operating within a defined area and level of the organization.

Training Specifics

Someone wanting to go through the training to become certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt will generally receive two full weeks of training in a classroom, online, or by combining the two together. The total cost of this training generally ranges from $400 up to $700, depending on the training provider offering the course. Earning a green belt for one company does not necessarily mean you will be able to carry that qualification over to another company, since certification conditions will vary depending on an organization's policies and procedures. In order to pass the training course, a trainee will have to pass several exams. In addition, instruction regarding DMAIC methodology (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control), which includes basic statistical analyses such as creating Pareto diagrams and histograms, will be provided in the course.

Successful Six Sigma green belt candidates usually go on to experience promotions and other benefits due to focusing intently and successfully on their objectives within an organization.  They are highly sought after due to their intelligence and dedication to process improvement.


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