Breaking into the Six Sigma field
June 11, 2003 at 1:18 pm #32491
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I’ve done some research on Six Sigma and am very interested in getting into the field. For an individual with a limited budget, it seems like the best approach for breaking into the Six Sigma field is to get a Green Belt certification (since Black Belt certifications all require at least one project and not all Green Belt certifications do and my current company won’t be doing anything in this area for a long, long time). The most affordable way of getting a Green Belt certification is to pass the IQF exam that’s offered by Quality America for $199 and doesn’t require a project. I figure that getting the study guide from QA and also some other references such as Implementing Six Sigma by Breyfogle, The Six Sigma Handbook by Pyzdek and/or the CSSBB Primer from the Quality Council of Indiana and then studying those plus brushing up using my old stats books (I have both a BS and MS in IE so I took about 7 courses including SPC and DOE) would be the way I’d get ready for the exam. Any thoughts about this? Thanks.0June 11, 2003 at 3:55 pm #86840
I don’t know anything about the IQF exam or who IQF is and I’ve been in Six Sigma since the original Moto days — I give IQF certification little to no value as a hiring manager. Go with ASQ (something known, although partially faulty because it doesn’t prove you can actually do anything but pass a test) or better yet, go with a consulting company’s certification — someone reputable like a BMG or Six Sigma Academy. It will not only provide you with more knowledge, but will look better on your resume too.
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