Frequently Asked Questions

What type of work experience do you need for the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt?

There is no specific work experience or number of years required to take the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Programs.

Six Sigma methodologies strive to eliminate defects in processes that lead to customer dissatisfaction. These basic principles allow Six Sigma professionals to work in a variety of industries including (but not limited to) business, manufacturing, or even healthcare.

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Are there any prerequisites for Emory's Lean Six Sigma Programs?

There are some general guidelines for enrolling, which include:

  • An understanding of basic mathematical functions
  • General proficiency in using computer software
  • Access to a computer with screen resolution of at least 1280x1024 pixels, Flash version 9 or above, session cookies enabled, and JavaScript enabled
  • We recommend non-native English speakers have a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 250 on the computer-based exam, or 100 on the internet-based exam. These scores are recommended, but not required. For more information, contact the Program Advisor.

White Belt Certification is the minimum requirement to enroll in the Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare Professionals course. Students who will lead and manage Six Sigma projects are encouraged to complete the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate as a prerequisite.

A Green Belt Certification is required to enroll in the Black Belt Certificate Program. Lean Six Sigma Black Belt students are also required to bring a laptop to use during the in-class sessions.

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I have a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from another institution. Will I be able to take Emory's Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program?

Yes, as long as you take the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt exam with us and score 75% or higher.

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Will I need to be re-certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or Lean Six Sigma Black Belt after a number of years?

No. Once you receive your certification through our program you will never have to renew your certification.

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Is this certification comparable to ASQ?

Our curriculum is based largely on the same topics as ASQ; however, it is an Emory certification, not an ASQ certification.

ASQ (the American Society for Quality) is a professional association focused on quality in all fields, but is not the official overseeing body for Six Sigma. At this time, there is no official overseeing body for Six Sigma.

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What's the difference between Lean and Six Sigma?

Lean is an improvement approach with an emphasis on waste and streamlining operations for maximum throughput. Six Sigma is broader. It is a customer-focused (internal and external customers) problem solving methodology that strives for delivering high performance reliability and value by improving processes, reducing defects and variation. Some businesses may benefit from a combination, thereby reducing the waste and streamlining business processes before improving the processes.

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What sets your program apart?

Our program is a convenient, blended learning format which offers the best of online and in class learning. Our classroom portion is based on case studies, which will simulate the steps you would take in a real life project. Additionally, there is no overseeing body for Six Sigma, so you should obtain your certificate from a quality program. Emory is the only top 25 university in Georgia.

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