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How Long Does It Take to Get Six Sigma Trained/Certified?

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    Stefan Debis

    I’m researching job positions and they often list “Six Sigma experience a plus.”

    So I wonder how long does it take to get Six Sigma?

    As you can probably tell, I am a complete newcomer to Six Sigma.

    Any assistance you can offer is appreciated as I need to find a new position soon. :)

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    Katie Barry
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    Stefan — It looks like you didn’t search our site before posting your question. You might want to spend some time in our Training section of content: https://www.isixsigma.com/training/

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    Vinod

    Stefan:

    There’s the right way, and then there’s the cheap and easy way.

    If you want to do it the right way:

    It will take a few hours to get the training necessary to be Lean Six Sigma White Belt trained. This is an overview of the methodology, some tools, and some terminology. And, of course, why it’s necessary — what’s in it for me/you/business/customers/shareholders/etc.

    It will take a few days to get the training necessary to be Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt trained. Yellow belts join in on projects, and need some additional tools training (in addition to White Belt training, that is).

    If you’re going to lead a project as part of your main, full-time role at your company or organization, then you’ll need to understand more about the DMAIC roadmap of Lean Six Sigma, and even more tools. And some leadership tools. Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training usually takes a good couple of weeks of full time training (6-8 hours per day, 5 days per week). Then you’ll also need a mentor (usually a Master Black Belt [MBB]) who can meet with you on a weekly basis and coach you through the process, because even after training it’s difficulty to see how it all comes together.

    Finally, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training usually takes four weeks of full time training (6-8 hours per day, 5 days per week). Even more detail in tools, leadership, culture change, etc. You’ll also need a MBB mentor to get you going, and will likely report to an MBB as you work on projects full time as your job in a particular area (like the manufacturing facility, supply center, customer service center, etc.).

    So, it appears that you’re looking for something to “check the box” on your job applications. No shame in that.

    If that’s the case, then go for Lean Six Sigma White Belt training and say you’ve been Six Sigma trained in the basics. Period. Done.

    If you have the time, budget and inclination, go for Yellow Belt and go a little deeper.

    If you’re applying for a role where Six Sigma is a requirement, then you’ll likely want to go for Green Belt training and — if you can — complete a certification project that delivers real results (big financial, big defect reduction). That will give you something to talk about when you get that job interview.

    Good luck in your job hunt, and on your Lean Six Sigma journey!

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