Six Sigma is a type of project management approach that mainly stresses the elimination of faulty production and thus loss minimization. This ideology was first introduced by a Motorola employee named Bill Smith. Lately, Six Sigma has been influenced vastly by Japanese ideology. There are several techniques and methodologies of Six Sigma like the DMAIC, risk management, project scheduling, etc. that require in-depth knowledge and training to completely understand them and apply them to project management appropriately. Thus, there are provisions for certification in Six Sigma a various levels. The Six Sigma certification is provided at five different levels, namely, (in decreasing order) executive leadership, champions, Master Black Belts, Black Belts, and green Belts, with the requirements at each level being different.
Executive Leadership level of Six Sigma is aspired by top-level professionals like the CEOs indirect handling of product and marking them ok tested.
The other levels work under the level above them while assisting and guiding the one below.
Requirements: – in order to be able to apply and appear for the Six Sigma Black Belt certification examination, the candidate must have at least two completed projects with signed affidavits. Alternatively, one complete project and three years of project management experience with regard to the Six Sigma approach may be applied.
Training; – Training sessions for Lean Six Sigma Black Belt are available in offline and online mode. The official site of ASQ provides the best Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training.
A total number of questions in the certification exam: The examination consists of a total of 165 questions, out of which 150 are for attaining the certification by obtaining the passing percentage, whereas the other 15 questions are not considered for marking. The said 15 questions include feedback questions from the applicant regarding the exam and its arrangements by ASQ.
Language of the examination: English
Total duration provided for the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification examination: Four and a half hours that sums up to 270 minutes. But for the scoring questions, only 4 hrs and 18 minutes are provided. Rest 12 minutes are provided for answering the 15 feedback questions.
Cost of the certification examination: The cost of the examination for the members of ASQ is a bit less, i.e., $ 100 less to be exact. The cost is about $438 per applicant for members. For Non-members, the examination registration costs approximately US $538.
Retest: In case a candidate does not qualify for the certification for the first time, ASQ provides for a retest with a slightly lesser examination fee that sums to about US $338.
The validity of the Black Belt certificate: – The certification is generally valid only one year in general and can be renewed by retaking the same test and passing it again.
Features of Black Belt training course concepts:-
– The knowledge has a better in-depth grasp of the concepts specified.
– Yet, the application-oriented problem solving and other concepts are comparatively less.
– Leadership building training is one of the main focus of Black Belt Six Sigma certification
– The Black Belt certified personnel is tutored to guide their subordinates to cooperate well with their seniors for the efficient handling of a project and thus build a good relation among the employees and with the client by Sprintzeal.
– DMAIC stands for the steps of define, measure, analyze, improving, and control. This includes the A to Z of a project and all the other allied functions related to project management.
Certifications are the hassle-free way of proving one’s worth to the recruiter and thus being able to achieve a higher post with a better pay scale. Lean Six Sigma certifications are headed by ASQ and cater to individuals aspiring future in the project management arena. Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification is one of the five levels of certification of Six Sigma that aims to hone the individual for the better management of a project with respect to its factors of risk, time, scope, budget, etc., of the project. Above are the details about the certification examination and its features, along with the concepts undertaken by this certification.