Lean Six Sigma Certification and its Value

Thu, 2014-04-10 09:28

Most people who have heard about Six Sigma Certification are aware that its origin is somewhat unconventional. Unlike the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, which is governed by the Project Management Institute, Six Sigma has no standard certification body. Six Sigma was developed by a company — Motorola — and became famous as a successful business strategy at General Electric.

Many organizations now offer some form of Six Sigma training and certification. Oftentimes, the training shows a direct tie to that particular organization's needs. Thus, it can be difficult for Six Sigma professionals to demonstrate applicable skills to other organizations, based solely on the certification acquired from one's previous job.

Does This Mean That there is Little Value in a Six Sigma Certification?

Not at all. Like all certifications and skills, it's how you USE it. You'll find numerous job postings across Monster.com and Indeed.com that request candidates with a Six Sigma or Lean Six Sigma Certification (Lean symbolizing a more aggressive approach to business efficiency). It's clear that the foundational set of skills is in demand. More importantly, however, hiring managers have started to ask the pointed questions about how individuals have actually used the concepts in a real work situation. Simply stating the certification on your resume is not enough.

At Everblue, we specialize in providing career-oriented training for individuals who seek professional development and growth. Our job is to instill in you the foundational skills you need to succeed in your occupation. With this in mind, we examined common questions and hesitations concerning Lean Six Sigma Certification and developed our training to address these issues head on.

The benefit of Everblue's Lean Six Sigma course is not only that students get introduced to Lean Six Sigma tools that include the DMAIC model and Sigma XL software, but our students also undergo a rigorous one-on-one apprenticeship under the supervision of an experienced Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. This ongoing project mentorship is included in the cost of the training course and allows the Lean Six Sigma candidate to put to use the concepts learned in class.

What is One-on-One Project Mentorship?

Following Everblue's Lean Six Sigma training, students are required to follow up with their instructor to coordinate continued one-on-one learning. The project in question may be a real project that the candidate has to complete for work. If this is not feasible, our instructor will work with the candidate to find a suitable project. After the project has been determined, our instructor will spend the next few weeks evaluating the candidate's use of Lean Six Sigma techniques to complete the project. Students may reach out to the instructor at any time with questions or feedback. Although the instructor will be available for all interaction, the responsibility rests with the student to take ownership of all activities related to the project. This is a candidate’s opportunity to demonstrate his or her complete understanding of Lean Six Sigma in a comfortable and protected environment.

Just because a person has passed a Lean Six Sigma exam doesn't mean that the person really understands how to use Lean Six Sigma and its various tools. Someone could just be a good test-taker but not truly understand the methodology. Everblue's project mentoring experience addresses this common concern and puts to rest any questions about the candidate's real-world experience. Our students can go on to job interviews and confidently describe their participation in a real Lean Six Sigma project. For this reason, Everblue's training is invaluable to the student and his or her career aspirations. To learn more about this interactive training experience, give us a call at 800-460-2575.

By Lesley Cowie



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