Lean Six Sigma Certification FAQ

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?

Most candidates complete their training 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 I need any statistics software?

Yes, advanced statistics software is required to complete the course. Learn More

Do the certifications include Lean?

Yes, there are 5 basic lean courses included as part of the certification coursework; however, Gemba Academy also offers a Lean Practitioner Certification as well.

Is coaching included with the certification?

Yes, while videos are pre-recorded, part of your certification includes weekly one-on-one coaching.

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 be independent of an employer as we have many students going through our program. But it does have to be a "real" scenario. Your coach will help guide you with project selection.

The project must have three basic criteria:

  1. It must be solving a problem that you don’t know the answer to going in
  2. The data must be real
  3. The data must be measurable

Are there discounts offered?

Contact us to discuss your unique situation.

How much is the exam?

The Gemba Academy certification program includes the price of the exam. The exam may be retaken at no additional cost within one year of purchase.

What is the best way to prepare for the qualifying exam?

Gemba Academy provides the resources in a study guide to help you prepare for the exam.

Do I need to take the exam on-site?

No. The exam is open book and is taken online.

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.

Can I transfer my Belt Certification to another individual?

Our pol­i­cy does not allow for Belt Cer­ti­fi­ca­tions to be trans­ferred to anoth­er can­di­date once your train­ing begins.