IASSC Certification

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    Hello everyone!
    I’m working very hard to become a project manager. I am not at the position yet, so I have decided to start with the yellow belt certification since I don’t have a project that I can use to become a green belt.

    My big question is this:
    I noticed that on the IASSC website, it seems that a green belt and even black belt certification can be gotten with just a test.
    It all seems legit, but I think it’s pretty widely accepted that as long as you don’t have a project that you manage, a black belt certification just won’t happen.

    I’m just wondering about their website and to what degree it’s actually accepted in the real world. (the IASSC certificates)
    Once a project management position opens up I’m likely going to get it, but I work at one of the world’s largest car companies and it can often take some time before a new position opens up, so I am considering if it’s a good idea to either skip the yellow belt and jump directly to the green belt certification (and then do a “simulation” project before taking the exam) or if I should just complete the yellow belt, get that IASSC certificate first, and then once I’m a project manager getting the green belt.

    Does anyone have any advice on what’s the best course of action or any advice?

    I appreciate it!



    I’d skip yellow belt unless it’s required for going on in your company. Colors other than green and black were introduced to familiarize beginners with the concepts. You’ll get the same thing and more from green belt.

    IASSC certification is widely recognized but since it’s basically just passing an on-line exam it doesn’t carry much weight with me. I’d recommend ASQ certification. I admit that as a senior ASQ member I might be prejudiced.

    But you say you want to be a project manager. If that’s your goal, also consider Certified Project Manager from the Project Management Institute. That’s the gold standard. There’s a lot more to project management than you’ll learn in six sigma training and certification. One of my pet peeves is that we expect black belts to be capable project managers but we don’t teach much about project management.


    Ashwin J. More

    I have seen many professionals confused between IASSC Vs ASQ certification. See in terms of recognition both the certification bodies are respected across the world because their Body of knowledge covers everything that is important to know for a six sigma professionals.

    Directly go for Green belt certification, no need to go for Yellow belt. But if your organization demands it then you should go for it. For the yellow belt, You could either go for IASSC or ASQ because both certifications have the same criteria i.e. no work experience required.

    And if you want to directly go for a Green belt then You have two options IASSC and ASQ. If you have more than 3 years of work experience then go for ASQ. On the other if not then go for IASSC because it doesn’t have work experience criteria to appear for the exam.

    So while selecting between IASSC VS ASQ check these below factors and one thing to keep in mind is that both the certification bodies are well recognized and respected across the world. Make a decision on the basis of your need –

    1. Work experience criteria
    2. Body of knowledge
    3. Type of certification (Lean Six Sigma or just Six Sigma because IASSC provides Lean Six Sigma & ASQ provides Six Sigma)
    4. Cost of certification
    5. Validity of certification
    6. Exam format (IASSC- Closed book and ASQ – open book)

    Once you select the certification body prepare for that and after passing the exam you will become a certified six sigma practitioner then find a green belt level project to work on under the guidance of BB or MBB. Because certification + project experience will boost your profile for the project manager role.

    If you still have doubt then message me

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