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    Dave Diehl
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    I’ve been a software systems analyst/programmer/etc for over 20 years, have been working for small companies since 1990, and only became aware of Six Sigma just this morning when looking at an online job posting that specifically mentioned certification.  My curiosity piqued, I searched and found this site.
    I’m very, very impressed. It seems my original college degree (Systems Analysis/Operations Research) has finally caught up with reality. 
    I’m interested in certification but, based on what I’ve read, it’s difficult to become a black belt unless you work in a large organization that supports the methodology — providing financial, time, and projects.
    So…can an entrepreneur do this?

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    Van Loon
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    Becoming a BB is should not require a larg organization. There are many organizations that offer BB. Some require a test, and most require some form of classroom training followed by at least one project. If you are an entrepreneur, then you might want to hook up with a smaller company that can use the SS methodology, and perhaps even do the project at no charge. They get something of value, and you get your BB. I have seen BB training going for well below $10,000.

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    Lass
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    Training is not enough.  To fully grasp the concepts taught in your training, you must use them in practice.  Certification doesn’t amount to a hill of beans without the practical application, and one project is usually not sufficient to accomplish this. 
    If you are seeking employment with a company who has implemented Six Sigma, it has been my experience that they are more impressed with your project work than a certification.  Others may have had different experiences, however. 
    If you decide to take the training on your own, you might be able to find a side job as a consultant.  The other option is to work on small projects that do not require the support of process owners or upper management, but that is usually tough to accomplish unless you have a plethora of free time on your hands.
    Lass

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