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    36
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    I am looking for a good online six sigma training course.  Green – black/champion.
    There are a number of them out there and they range from cheap to extremely expensive.  I would like to know that i am entering a good program for a reasonable price.
    any help would be greatly apprecieated.
    thanks in advance

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    #152466

    qualitycolorado
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    36,
    Regarding your request for recommendations about “good” Six Sigma Online Training for GBs, BBs, and Champions:
    What is your purpose for purpose for the training? 
    — Are you going to use the knowledge to lead Projects? 
    — Are you a Sponsor / Champion, and need to beef up your skills on how to sponsor good improvement efforts? 
    Or, do you have a different purpose?
    Also, why do you want to do this on-line, as opposed to taking an “in-person” course?
     
    Finally, how much knowledge about Six Sigma do you already have?
     
    Best regards,
    QualityColorado

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    #152467

    36
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    I choose an online arena due to the time flexibility of the program to my personal & work schedule. 
     
    I am a regulatory affairs/quality systems professional within the medical device industry and wish to add six sigma to my current working knowledge and background.  
     
    the knowledge I gain will improve and assist my abilities.

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    #152470

    qualitycolorado
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    36,
    Thanks for the reply. It sounds like you will be using the knowledge generally, but not specificially for Projects (or, at least, not any time soon).
    Soooooo …. here is some advice:
    Any Green Belt or Black Belt training that is worth anything, whether it is on line or in person, will require the completion of one or more improvement projects. Taking Green Belt or Black Belt training is something you take just when you need it — if you take it too early and can’t apply it, you will be wasting your time.  You need to have a Project to make Green Belt or Black Belt training worthwhile.
     
    If you find a Green Belt or Black Belt training class that does NOT require a Project, then you are working with snake-oil salesmen, not reputable Six Sigma trainers.
     
    Having said that, it sounds like you do not have a Project to use as a Green Belt or Black Belt Project, and are not planning to use Six Sigma on projects.
     
    So, you should probably skip on to something else — perhaps some general Six Sigma knowledge refreshers.
     
    Are you sure you want to take a paying course right now? Would some of the “open courseware” fill your need for knowledge, such as this free offering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)?
    “Lean Six Sigma” (from 2004):http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Engineering-Systems-Division/ESD-60Summer-2004/CourseHome/index.htm
     
    Best regards,
    QualityColorado
     
     

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    #152483

    Edwards
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    Please have a look at Q-Skills  http://www.q-skills.com
    Clients include Microsoft, GE, Florida Power & Light.

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    #152504

    36
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    QualityColorado,
    Thanks for your response.  It is greatly apprecieated. 
    Within my position i am continually managing project teams and as ISO refers to it continuously improving our processes and systems.  My projects are never ending and some transform from need to implementation to ongoing maintenance.  But even at project completion I am charged with continual positive growth of the system beyond implementation.  Plus my knowledge of 6 sigma will aid me in developing improved systems to help those who use them on a daily basis.
    beyond allof this my company provides a good dollar ammount to be used for continued educational purposes.

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    #152505

    qualitycolorado
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    36,
     
    You are welcome.  As other iSixSigma posters  know, I am not a big fan of on-line courses for GB and BB training and certification.
     
    However, if you do go that route, here are some tips for performing  “due diligence” with various potential vendors for Green Belt and Black Belt courses:
     
    1.  Approach any vendor like you would approach a potential employee:  ask lots of questions about their own experiences with Six Sigma.  Ask the vendor how the company applies Six Sigma to its own operations.  A lot will tell you how the have helped OTHERS, but dig  beyond that.  Ask how their own company has utilized Six Sigma.  If they can’t tell you, skip on to the next training company.
    2.  Ask for references from prior attendees, and call them.  And, ask about the “success rate” of their graduates — ask them how they define success, too — these questions will tell you whether they actually keep in touch with people who have completed their course, and how they are applying the knowledge.
     
    3.  Ask whether the class requires completion of one or more projects prior to getting “certified”.  Most courses do testing, but only some require a Project.  If they do NOT require a project, skip on to the next training company.
     
    4.  Ask them whether their company provides support from a BB or MBB AFTER the class, while you are trying to complete your BB or GB certification project.  If NOT, skip on to the next training company.
     
    If they DO provide that kind of support, dig in further: how is the support provided, how often, etc.  AND, ask about the credentials of the BB or MBB that would be helping you — when did they get certified, what projects have they completed, etc.
     
    … in-person courses (at least, some of them) are typically better than on-line course, but I hope the considerations above help your hunt …
     
    Good hunting!
     
    Best regards,
    QualityColorado

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