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    Ross
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    Hi everyone!Can anyone give me some facts and insight regarding the job and career prospects of Black Belt certification.Β  Which of the institutes offering these certifications are well recognised and which institute is considered to be a benchmark for the industry.

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    #84292

    Picklyk
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    There are many certification bodies…ASQ is the benchmark, however.Β  Right now, the Six Sigma job market is outstanding in contrast to the rest of the world.Β  So not only is there great opportunity, but Black Belts usually have great exposure in their respective companies.Β 

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    #84293

    mand
    Member

    Sherry,I took the ASQ SSBB Certification Exam in October and passed.Β  I put my resume on Monster.com in the Spring showing the ASQ SSBB certification andΒ received an email inquiry from a head hunter resulting in an interview.Β  Can’t beat that!I agree with Jay – the ASQ SSBB certification is best.Β Best wishes.

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    #84302

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    Jay,
    Just out of curiosity how did you determine ASQ was the benchmark?

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    #84307

    Ross
    Member

    Hi Sam,
    Thanks a lot for your reply. I really appreciate that. Well could you also inform me regarding the industries wherein this certification has a scope, or does this certification holds good for all the industries.
    Thanks in adavance,
    Sherry.
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    #84308

    Ross
    Member

    Hi Jay,
    Thanks a ton for your reply. Is this certification available through distance learning also. I want to ensure that the correspondence mode for this certification is as well recognised as is the regular mode.
    Take care,
    Sherry.

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    #84309

    Ross
    Member

    Hey Jay,
    I have also heard a lot about this BMG?? Is this also reliable and well recognised?
    Sherry.

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    #84310

    rast67
    Participant

    Greetings Sherry,
    I received my BB certification through (then) Compaq Computers, which I find more and more companies doing now-a-days, establishing their own in-house program.Β  As far as job prospects are concerned, the overseas market is absolutely booming.Β  Not all positions require language abilities (however it sure does not hurt).Β  The pay may be a little lower then in the USA, but after a two year International tour, you can probably write your own ticket anywhere.
    Cheers,
    SCR

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    #84315

    Ross
    Member

    Hello SCR,
    Thanks for your considerate response. I was of the opinion that Black Belt certification is a general certification and is applicble to all industries.Β  Is this true or am I a bit far off from the realty.Β  Does Compaq also provides this certification or is the certification obtained by you specifically for the computer industry.
    Looking forward to hear from you.
    Thnks and regards,
    Sherry.
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    #84318

    rast67
    Participant

    Yes sure…. once you are certified ….your certified. But a lot of companies, even if you have your nice little certification paper on the wall, want you to go through their own certification process.Β  Companies tailor their Six Sigma process to match their own industry.Β Β I have been a BBΒ for only 3 years, but now my new company wants me to participate in there BB certification classes.Β  I will have one certification from Compaq and now one from Textron, i guess the more training the better….right?
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    SCR

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    #84319

    Picklyk
    Participant

    Great point mike.Β  I mis-spoke.Β  ASQ is the most recognized, not necessarily the benchmark.Β Β Β 

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    #84325

    Hemanth
    Participant

    Go to the site http://www.asq.org
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    #84329

    Savage
    Participant

    All,
    Motorola University also offers certification
    Matt

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    #84356

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    Jay,
    Just my curiosity. I wasn’t sure if there had been a survey or something else that was published.
    Thanks.

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    #84621

    Steve Clapp
    Member

    Sherry et al,
    A Six Sigma BB certification is not standardized like CPA’s and attorneys’ are.Β  However, if you get certified through GE, Motorola, Allied/Honeywell, or ASQ, you are generally recognized as having gone through the most comprehensive training.Β 
    I am currently studying for my certification under ASQ guidelines (check out their body of knowledge requirements).Β  Because I don’t have $18,000 to spend on a formal training class, I purchased the Quality Council of Indiana’s Primer and related materials ($190), MoreSteam.com’s online course ($2200), and a couple of statistics books ($20).Β  The Primer is OK; it just doesn’t go into a lot of detail or contain many examples.Β  MoreSteam is much better; it’s pretty interactive, which for me is a better way to learn.
    The best way to learn and apply Six Sigma is to find a project or two to sink your teeth into.Β  Do them for free forΒ external clientsΒ if you need to speed up getting the projects; otherwise, ask your management if you can tackle some in-house defects on your own (with their explicit and continued support).
    My advice is to get the certification as soon as possible.Β  It’s a hot item today, but who knows what will come along in a couple of years to replace it (reference Business Process Reengineering and TQM).
    Steve Clapp

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    #84693

    Ross
    Member

    HiΒ  Steve,
    Thanks a lot for your valuable feedback and advice. Well, in case u feel like contacting me through my personal e-mail address… it is [email protected]. I’ll look forward to an e-mail from you and we can carry on our discussions and share our experiences.
    Sherry.
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    #84695

    degree0
    Participant

    Guys,
    I am in a funny situation. I work for Six Sigma Enablement teamΒ  in a reputed orgn and completed my GB training in 2002.However since the project selection is done by deployment champion & he does not see many projects of Six Sigma Improve & Design kind which the current bench of BBs cannot handle, therefore he is not encouraging nominating us for inhouse training program.
    While I am using an equal rigor in developing & creating six sigma metrics(Β last yearΒ I authored theΒ Six Sigma based Metrics Toolkit which is currently being deployed globally) and have demonstrated problem solving using analytical techniques in previous projects, the absence of any certification & exposure to interpreting statistical tools is so frustrating.
    I am ready to do a self sponsored BB training program but the absence of any project sponsored by orgn would be a challenge. Is there any orgn which offers BB certification for training only certifying the knowledge & statistical abilities.
    Frankly , even my BB peers do not see any point in me being denied a BB training & while my project experience is rich & impressive , most of the offers I am getting areΒ for BBΒ roles whereΒ lack of certification becomes anΒ hinderance.Β Β 

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    #84784

    DColvin
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    I would agree with ASQ being the most widely recognized.Β  We have a number of Black Belts at our compnay studying for this exam although we also offer in-house certification.Β  I think it helps to strenghten your own company certification, especially if it is not one of the larger well known companies.Β  …of course this must always be combined with accomplishments……

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    #84791

    Helper
    Participant

    What industry do you work in?

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    #84793

    degree0
    Participant

    I work for a finance shared service center.

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    #85210

    Jose
    Participant

    Steve,
    I am looking into moresteam but I am worried about being able to really get all the technical material when all you get is a web based product and no books to be able to go back over the material to read and memorize some of the statistical details so how do you feel moresteam does in that area? Also would you still buy the Quality Council of Indiana materials eventhough you’re using moresteam?

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    #85213

    Steve Clapp
    Member

    Jose,
    With Moresteam you do get a very good how-to book on DOE and a very nice DOE application on CD.Β  The other material, while only online, is yours for six months (that’s the length of your license to access Moresteam.com).Β  So do with it what you will in that time.
    I’m glad I bought the Quality Council’s primer even though I had Moresteam’s material.Β  I learn better when a topic is presented to me from more than one angle.Β  In addition, you CAN bring the primer into the ASQ exam with you.
    Steve Clapp

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    #85217

    IinterviewBB’s
    Participant

    If you can’t tie certification to successful project completion then when I interview you the fact that you are ASQ certified or others will not make a bit of difference. (I have worked as a senior six sigma leader for 4 fortune 100 companies) I expect a BB coming to me claiming to be a BB to have completed at least 10 projects and have served in the role for 18mos to 24mos.
    You should be more concerned with performing a BB role than achieving certification. Certification should come with the role.
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    #85278

    Ross
    Member

    Hi,
    Thanks for your kind response. May I please know in what industries can I take up the projects? Presently I am working with a Business Process Outsourcing Company and would like to change my Industry. Although the management of my company has agreed to provide me with a couple of projects to work upon, but I am more interested in taking up a project in some other industry.Β  The only reason I decided to take up the certification course was that I might get openings in some ohter industry as well.
    I would appreciate if you would kindly let me know regarding the industries wherein I can take up these assignments and how to approach those industries.
    I would greatly appreciate a response from you.
    Thanks and regards,
    Sherry.
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    #85279

    IinterviewBB’s
    Participant

    Almost every industry is doing six sigma. Some more than others. Just take a look under monster or even this website’s job list and you’ll see all sorts of companies in many many industries. There are also old links in the forum to six sigma companies. I would say figure out the industry you would enjoy and then look for a company doing six sigma. I have been in the medical, financial, power, logistics, and retail industries as a six sigma resource

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