Six Sigma Certification FAQ
Last Updated: May 16, 2019 3:22:15 PM
The following article answers the most frequently asked questions about our Six Sigma Green, and Black Belt Certifications.
Do I need to complete my Green Belt before I apply for a Black Belt?
No pre-requisites are needed before getting your Gemba Academy Certification.
How long is the course?
You have access to the course content and coaches for 12 months from the time of purchase. Most candidates complete their final exam within 4-6 months
How many hours do I need to train?
The video content is 21-25 hours long. However this time does not include time applying to your project, or studying for the final exam.
Are you affiliated with a University / accredited by ASQ or other organization?
No, by design, we are not. We know, from real world experience, what Lean & Six Sigma practitioners need to solve real world (not textbook) problems and have designed the School of Six Sigma accordingly. Put another way, we are only interested in developing Lean & Six Sigma practitioners who are able to solve problems quickly and efficiently.
Do the certifications include Lean?
Yes, there are 5 basic lean courses included as part of the certification coursework.
Can I complete an online training if I don’t have a problem/project identified and am not ready to start an official Green Belt or Black Belt Certification?
Yes. The training courses are designed to be completed without official certification. We offer certificates of completion by special request for those who complete the following: watch all videos, review all resources, and pass all quizzes with an 80% or better.
The course is like the video-based and self-paced. Will I be able to communicate with my coach?
Yes, while the training videos are pre-recorded, you will be able to communicate with your personal coach while earning your certification. You will be working closely with your coach to identify and scope your project and your coach is also there to assist you with any questions.
I don't work for a company, so can I still complete a project? Does the project need to relate to company or can it be independent?
The project can definitely be independent of an employer. But it does have to be a "real" project as we don't accept "virtual" or "computer simulated" projects. There are many ways to complete your project. We just want you to find ways to practice the tools and believe in yourself!
The project must have three basic criteria:
- It must be solving a problem that you don’t know the answer to going in
- The data must be real
- The data must be measurable
Are there discounts offered?
The Certifications are separate products that are individual-based, and require considerable mentoring and project review before the certificate is issued, therefore there is internal cost and in the past we have not offered discounts on them. We strongly believe that simply passing a test is not sufficient for certification - there needs to be a solid project to demonstrate the knowledge, and that requires human support.
How much is the exam?
The exam is included in the cost of certification. Re-tests are free as long as they are within 12 months of the time of purchase.
What is the roadmap recommended to go through the Black Belt training?
The School of Six Sigma is built for sequential learning and we recommend learning in the order in which it the material is presented.
What is the best way to prepare for the qualifying exam?
The best way to prepare is to begin the process right away. Organize everything in a binder or in a small filing system, in order, for easy reference later. When you watch each video, print out the related resources such as the video overview quiz, and related template, for your reference. Take any notes on the video overview and store for later reference. Also, in the School of Lean courses, you can take each quiz online and immediately identify your weak areas with the self-grading feature. You can then highlight which areas you need to work on on the PDF version of the quiz you’ve printed out. The key is to start early and stay organized. We also recommend watching each video at least twice – once for general understanding and again for more specific comprehension of key terminology and concepts.
Do I need to take the exam on-site somewhere?
No. The exam is open book and is taken online. Also, if you do not pass with an 80% or higher on your first attempt, you may take the exam a second time at no additional cost if needed. Better still, you may use the built-in, auto-generated study guide to determine what you know and what you may need reinforcement on and you can plan your study time accordingly.
Will Gemba Academy’s certifications will be recognized in my industry?
Gemba Academy’s videos and learning resources were developed by expert Lean Six Sigma practitioners. We have many years Lean Six Sigma industry experience and we are known to have a practitioner-focused approach to our training. Lean Six Sigma is not certified by a single governing body, however, our certifications will be recognized in most, if not all, industries. Having helped over 1,000 companies, many industries and companies are familiar with Gemba Academy.
Can I get CEU credits?
CEU credits are not being offered at this time.