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Certification vs Hands-on Experience

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    Garrett B Densley
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    I am thinking about taking the six sigma green belt certification through UGA and i need some feedback. I currently work at the department of labor but would like to get back to the manufacturing industry. I was working for Carbo Ceramics as a Quality Control Technician. In my position I monitored the in-process raw material and checked the finished product for quality. There were times that I would need to make adjusts to eliminate waste during the screening process. My question is will this certification do me any good if I don’t have any hands on experience in applying the methodology. I can take a 5 day course which consist of the yellow and green belt for $3450 or take it online which would consist of 8 weeks. I am trying to look ahead to prepare myself for companies that are starting up next year in my area. Amazon and Irving Tissue are the companies that I would like to seek employment. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Mike Carnell
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    Not having direct experience is always going to be a problem if someone asks. The other issue is what you learn in a classroom isn’t really going to mean much to you if you do not apply it. In today’s market there are a huge number of companies that sell certification with no project work. I know a person who sat down one weekend and passed 4 BB certification tests and 1 MBB test in 1 day. The market is full of people like this. Read a book called “Everything I Learned About Lean I Learned In Joe’s Garage.” You can be creative on doing projects.

    I would also back up and look at the amount of material that should be covered in a GB course (YB should by definition be in the GB material) and it gets covered in 5 days? The course I would use as a benchmark for e-leaning is Moresteam. I have not seen every course out there but I am familiar with this one (I have no financial connection to the company). They have very solid material and are well recognized in industry. They have very interactive material and make good use of simulations. If you are going to be in a situation where you do not have application experience Moresteam does a great job of putting you into the thinking situations a Belt would face.

    Good luck.

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    Garrett B Densley
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    Thank you for the info. I greatly appreciate it.

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    Mike Carnell
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    You are welcome.

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