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Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certificate

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certificate

Learn the Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma with a Certificate in Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

Explore the foundational elements of Lean and Six Sigma methodology and gain an understanding that can help you interact with Lean Six Sigma teams throughout your organization.

Throughout the four-week course offered 100% online by Emory Continuing Education (ECE), you will learn fundamental Lean Six Sigma terminology and concepts, examine common Lean and Six Sigma tools that improve quality and eliminate waste, and learn how the two methodologies intersect to help businesses increase their competitive advantage.

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The Yellow Belt program is designed for entry- and mid-level professionals with or without management experience who want to learn or sharpen their process improvement skills. Yellow Belt training provides professionals with a high-level overview of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies that can help them contribute to process improvement projects and apply basic strategies in their day-to-day tasks.

Program Objectives

Upon your successful completion of the Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize common Lean and Six Sigma terminology, tools, and concepts

  • Define the DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, control) approach to process improvement

  • Identify and support potential Lean Six Sigma project opportunities consistent with organizational needs

  • Speak the language of Lean Six Sigma and participate in discussions about quality improvement initiatives

What You Will Learn

Learn fundamental concepts of Lean and Six Sigma methodology to support process improvement projects in your organization. 

  • What is Lean Six Sigma? – Learn the history of Lean Six Sigma, roles and responsibilities of Lean Six Sigma practitioners, and common tools of the methodology.

  • DMAIC – Learn to identify the five phases of DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, control) and the tools and concepts that apply to each phase.  

  • What is Lean? – Understand the five principles of Lean methodology and how its tools focus on creating value and eliminating wasteful activities.

  • Additional Lean Topics – Learn additional Lean concepts such as Poka-Yoke and Kaizen events, as well as the critical success factors for process improvement projects.

Certificate Requirements

This program consists of four (4) weeks of instruction, with a 90-minute live, instructor-led virtual classroom session offered every other week. Attendance in the online class session is highly encouraged. Students should expect to complete five (5) hours of work each week.

To earn a Yellow Belt certificate, students must:

  • Successfully complete all online course materials, group discussions and quizzes (70% passing score; 3 attempts per quiz)


There are no prerequisites for this program.

Course Content Summary

Week 1. Lean Six Sigma

  • Lean Six Sigma Overview and Six Sigma History
  • Lean History and Lean Six Sigma Benefits
  • Lean Six Sigma Roles and Responsibilities
  • Voice of the Customer
  • What is value?
  • What is process improvement?
  • Definition of quality
  • Understanding variation
  • The 6 M’s
  • Bell Curve
  • Measures of central tendency
  • Measures of dispersion
  • Histograms

Week 2. DMAIC

  • The five phases and 15 tollgates
  • Project Charters
  • Process Maps
  • Baseline Measurement
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Pareto charts
  • Implementing improvements 
  • Team Dynamics
Week 3. Lean

  • Lean and efficiency
  • Waste walks
  • Value stream mapping
  • Kanban
  • Quick changeovers
  • Spaghetti diagrams
  • One piece flow

Week 4. Additional Lean Topics

  • 5S principles
  • Standard work
  • Mistake proofing
  • Kaizen events
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Lean Six Sigma teams and roles

Certificate overview

4 weeks


Time commitment
20 hours


Click below to register for an informational webinar or enroll in a class. Each webinar session will answer frequently asked questions and discuss the benefits of Lean Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma program outcomes and expectations, navigating the online classroom, and more.