If you’ve heard of Lean Six Sigma Certification but aren’t sure if it’s for you, read on to learn more about the benefits for both businesses and employees.
What is Lean Six Sigma?
Six Sigma is a set of techniques and tools for process improvement. Originally developed in 1986, Six Sigma has grown into a global phenomenon with companies around the world using its methodologies to improve efficiencies while increasing savings and profits.
The Lean methodology is similar to Six Sigma, in that it emphasizes maximum efficiency in all aspects of operations. Whereas Six Sigma focuses more on eliminating variations within processes, the Lean strategy focuses on identifying unnecessary steps that consume time and resources.
Together, these two methodologies offer a robust, relevant training which remains in high demand across industries including manufacturing, finance, healthcare, IT, and more. Some of the organizational benefits of this combined Lean Six Sigma strategy include cost reduction, productivity improvements, revenue growth, and customer satisfaction.
Why should I get Lean Six Sigma certified?
Lean Six Sigma certification is a powerful way to improve your skills as a leader in your organization while transforming your business processes.
Lean Six Sigma is a great leadership tool and provides valuable analytic and process skills which are applicable to high-level management positions. Your Six Sigma certification may give you an edge over the competition and is a valuable addition to your resume. You’ll also gain valuable problem-solving and managerial coaching which can be applied to a wide range of team lead and managerial roles.
In the U.S., Six Sigma Black Belt certified professionals have the potential to earn up to $177,000 USD per year, with an average salary of $83,000 per year according to Indeed.com. Another study found that Six Sigma certified Black Belts in the U.K. made more than their noncertified counterparts, and salaries for Master Black Belts in the United Kingdom averaged $118,851.
In addition, the training you receive has the potential to directly benefit your company’s bottom line. You’ll acquire proven statistical analysis quality management methods which has the potential to improve your company’s outputs significantly. In one study spanning numerous industries and organizational sizes, companies saved $200,000 USD per Six Sigma Black Belt project.
Here are a few examples of roles which could benefit from Six Sigma certification:
- Supervisor or Team Leader
- Manager, Senior Manager or General Manager
- Program or Project Manager
- Lead Analyst
- Business Process Manager
- Senior Project Manager
- Business Analyst
- Continuous Improvement Manager
- Quality Assurance Manager
The three levels of Six Sigma certification are Yellow Belt, Green Belt, and Black Belt. It is not necessary to get certified in all three levels. You can simply select the level which is most relevant to your career goals.
Yellow Belt certification is a great way to learn the basics of Six Sigma. It is ideal for those who lead limited improvement projects or are part of a Six Sigma team, supporting improvement projects in a limited role.
Green Belt certification is ideal for those who are part of a Six Sigma Management Team and are assisting with data collection and analysis or managing improvement projects. Green Belt training will allow you to apply Lean Six Sigma proficiently.
Black Belt certification is designed for team leaders who manage complex improvement and problem-solving projects. At the Black Belt level, you will possess a thorough understanding of all aspects of Lean Six Sigma.
How do I get started?
At Hudson we offer online courses for Yellow Belt, Green Belt, and Black Belt Lean Six Sigma certifications. We are a fully Accredited Training Organisation through IASSC, which means your Six Sigma certifications will be globally recognized across any business or industry.
Our online training courses are self-paced so you can fit training into your schedule, and at your convenience. Courses can be completed in 30-60 days, but you have access to course materials for 12 months. You’ll also get access to practice exams, tutorials, and online tutoring to set you up for success in the certification exam.
I still have questions.
Our course advisors are happy to assist with any questions, or advise you on the best course to take.
Here’s to your success!
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 Indeed.com Six Sigma Black Belt Salaries as of 2/15/17
 iSixSigma “Salaries for European Six Sigma Professionals Hold Steady”
 iSixSigma “Research: Black Belt Return on Investment”