What to Do When People Falsely Claim Certification?

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    Stephen Coath

    Hi folks,
    a quick question that was spurred on by a profile I saw recently.
    Basically at my last company I was running a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program when the company decided it no longer wanted to go down this route and abandoned it. (They were basically using Six Sigma as a sledgehammer to crack a nut).

    Anyway long story short, out of 20 participants 6 finished their initial project and were certified as Lean Six Sigma Green Belts. The others were in various stages of their projects.
    In the past few weeks I received a notification via Linked In that one of these is now calling himself a Black Belt and in the past few days another has been employed at a new employer as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
    Neither completed training past Green Belt or completed a project past the Measure stage.

    Both state they received their certification at my previous company which anyone who does 30 seconds of searching could see would indicate I certified them.

    I would have to ask why would any company employ someone at that position without doing background checks?


    Andrew Parr

    I agree, but unfortunately people don’t and you can get some very spurious qualifications to the extent that a nutritionist on UK TV managed to convince the station that she had a doctorate that allegedly didn’t exist.

    You should protect the status of your own company and report them. My opinion.



    @CI-Mentor – This is a result of a couple problems in the industry. First, there is no widely accepted accreditation organization. At one time, it could have been ASQ, but about a decade ago they messed up their examination standards and fell out of favor. The other is that too many companies want the benefits but don’t want to pay the costs. Instead of doing some research (excellent reports were put together by iSixSigma in past years) on the CI industry and being willing to pay for the benefits that training and experience can bring, they are only looking to fill a spot with the cheapest commodity that seems to fit the requirements. Since too few in HR (and often in management as well) have a real understanding of the requirements of a good CI professional, they can put down just about anything and go unchallenged. On the other hand, there are some of us who have never been “certified” but instead learned on our own and have taught others and just know this stuff. Although we can probably provide more return than some of these “certified” belts, we are shunned due to no “cert.”

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