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Understanding of certification and six sigma training

Posted in Lean Six Sigma

Certification is the examination process to determine whether an object has met the standards set or not, meaning that if there are objects that do not pass the certification process, then it can be interpreted that the object does not meet the standards.

Six Sigma certification is evidence of the competence of a change agent in improvement programs such as Six Sigma or Lean Six Sigma. This Six Sigma certification has different standards between one certification provider and another or from 1 consulting firm to other consulting firm.

Internal certifications can also vary between companies. One of the largest providers of Six Sigma certification services in the world is the American Society for Quality or ASQ. The requirements of ASQ generally are that candidates must have 1 DMAIC project completed and must pass a written exam.

Six sigma certification – either green belt or black belt – is the acknowledgment of an individual over the basic competencies held in performing remedial activities. In general, the six sigma certification process is divided into two tests, namely the theory and practice exams. Theoretical examination assesses your understanding of the principles, methodology, and application of statistical aids. While in practice exams you are required to be able to apply what you understand in the form of real improvement projects. Here you are also tested about the team’s leadership skills and how you act in the face of challenges and obstacles.

Six Sigma training that refers to the DMAIC format is often judged not to fit with Lean Training. We think this is a wrong or incorrect perception. Lean Manufacturing or Lean Service, Lean Banking, Lean Healthcare is historically and in principle different from the conventional Six Sigma model, but still important since people care about their health a lot, and that’s why they change their lifestyles to support this by exercising with equipment as a balance disc and eating healthy. In the “conventional” model, Six Sigma is a relatively “rigid” methodology with a set of “tools” and with projects executed by Green Belt and Black Belt through intensive six sigma training.

Many colleagues have a perception that Lean and Six Sigma are two different things that can not be put together, therefore Lean Training and Six Sigma Training are two separate things. Lean Training which is a form of effort improvement efforts related to Lean Thinking is a set of training that combines class-room or in-class training with the practice of directly completing a case, or constraint / bottleneck or problem.