How to Choose the Right Lean Six Sigma Course
Originally published, July 2020. Updated January 2022.
Acquiring knowledge, skill and certification with Lean Six Sigma is a smart move for individuals and businesses alike.
With so much information about Lean Six Sigma certifications available online, it can be difficult to decide on the right starting point for your training or your team’s development.
We have created this article as a short, introductory guide to choosing the right Lean Six Sigma course to help you achieve your goals.
Get an Instant Guide
You can get access to tips and guidelines on choosing a Lean Six Sigma course by instantly downloading our PDF Guide to Lean Six Sigma.
This guide also includes helpful resources on understanding Lean Six Sigma, the different belts and roles, and the benefits you can achieve by using a process improvement approach.
In This Article:
Why Lean Six Sigma Now?
Adopting a “Lean culture” has been a growing trend among Irish and international organisations for the past decade. It is one of the most powerful transformational moves any business can make.
With the impact of Covid-19 and Brexit over the last two years, the process improvement and streamlining capability of Lean Six Sigma has become more valuable than ever.
Those who understand and are confidently capable with Lean Six Sigma are in demand everywhere.
If you are thinking about expanding your capabilities with Lean Six Sigma knowledge and certification or implementing Lean Six Sigma within your organisation, this article and our accompanying PDF guide can point you in the right direction.
Now that you have a good idea of what you’re hoping to gain, it will be beneficial to get some insights into what is covered on a Lean Six Sigma course.
Below, you can take an at-a-glance look at what is covered on our most popular courses: Yellow Belt, Green Belt, and Black Belt.
You can also download each course brochure to gain a more detailed view of the course content.
Yellow Belt: A Perfect Jumping-Off Point
We recommend our Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Course for anyone who is completely new to the concept of Lean Six Sigma.
If you want to dip your toes into Lean Six Sigma, our short, 2-day course is the best first step for you.
- Duration: 2 days
- Format: Online (live virtual)
- Experience Needed: none
- Certification: Professional Development Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
You Will Gain:
- A foundational understanding of Lean Six Sigma
- The ability to contribute to Lean Six Sigma projects
- A Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certificate
Green Belt: Gain a Confident Understanding
Our Green Belt Training has the most course dates scheduled and receives the highest number of participants.
This course is for anyone who really wants to get to grips with understanding and being able to apply Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques to active projects within their role.
- Duration: 5 days
- Format: Online (live virtual)
- Experience Needed: none, although some process improvement knowledge is helpful
- Certification: Professional Development Lean Six Sigma Green Belt + QQI Certificate in Lean Manufacturing Tools
You Will Gain:
- A range of process improvement skills you can utilise in any business environment.
- The ability to run a Green Belt level project and contribute to Black Belt projects.
- A more in-depth knowledge and understanding of Lean Six Sigma.
- Two recognised Lean Six Sigma certifications.
Black Belt: Take your expertise to a new level
If you’re considering a Black Belt certification, you will already be in your stride with process improvement and / or Lean Six Sigma methods. Learn more about the role of Six Sigma Black Belt here…
Our Lean Six Sigma Black Belt programme is designed to support you in becoming a high-achieving, qualified Black Belt practitioner.
It is a Black Belt programme like no other, blending active project work with intensive theoretical learning and ASQ exam preparation.
- Duration: 14 days
- Format: Online (live virtual)
- Experience Needed: Yes. You can read about the eligibility requirements by downloading our PDF brochure or visiting our Black Belt webpage.
- Certification: Professional Development Lean Six Sigma Black Belt + ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB).
You Will Gain:
- Established international credibility through the prestigious ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt qualification.
- A versatile, effective, Black Belt level skill-set.
- Guidance and insight from expert, Black Belt qualified trainers. Our Black Belt trainers bring years of consultation, implementation, and training expertise to each programme.
Tailored Solutions for Teams & Businesses
If your goals around Lean Six Sigma training and certification are focused on creating improvements or a culture change in your business, our tailored solutions will be the best fit.
With this style of in-company training, we can deliver Lean Six Sigma programmes exclusively to your team on dates you choose.
We will customise the course content to focus on what you want to achieve in your business.
Our Yellow, Green, and Black Belt courses can be delivered in this tailored format. We also have a series of high-impact, 1 and 2-day workshops that are popular with clients who wish to focus on a particular aspect of Lean Six Sigma.
For a full consultation on what will have the most impact for your business, get in touch with our Director of Training. You can use the buttons below or call us at Freephone 1800 910 810.
Why Choose Us?
For 33 years, we have been one of Ireland’s leading training and certification providers in diverse areas of business excellence.
In recent years, Lean Six Sigma has become one of our key specialities. With a wealth of expertise on our training and consultancy team, we have developed a robust suite of Lean Six Sigma certification programmes and workshops.
We deliver public courses for individuals and tailored, in-company programmes for corporate clients in both classroom and live online formats.
We are known for our practical approach to Lean Six Sigma learning, our skilled Lean Six Sigma training and consultancy team, and our respected international certification programmes.
What clients say about our Lean Six Sigma Online Courses
Here's what some of our recent participants on live virtual Lean Six Sigma courses had to say about their experience:
I received good support from Professional Development, from booking this course, for making sure I was prepared for this course before it began and in the aftermath of taking this course. I would highly recommend anyone else do a course with Professional Development, as both their training and administration team offered me high quality support throughout my training.
Programme was very well organised – specifically, with the extensive use of the Dropbox, I could easily access any slides, supporting documents etc. both during and after the training. Content was provided in a clear and concise manner – there was ample support and clarification being provided by the trainer any time anything was unclear.
I would rate the service provided to me by my training consultant plus the booking process 10/10. I was given ample information to access the course, supporting documentation and slides to navigate the course content and any queries I had in relation to the course were responded to quickly and efficiently.
One of the strengths of this course that was greatly appreciated was the constant discussion around the assignments. Once new information was covered in the course, the assignments would be reviewed and any questions asked around what was required. Another strength of this course was the well organised Dropbox, which made following along with the slides and reading documents outside course hours incredibly accessible.
The live virtual classroom worked well beyond my expectations. A few exercises, especially team exercises, could have been improved if they were held in-person, however taking the current situation into mind, the virtual classroom worked smoothly, team exercises were easy to co-ordinate and apart from minor technology issues, the overall experience was good.
I had a very good experience and impression of the course. The trainer was very clear in explaining various subjects and the discussions & exercises were very productive.
This experience helps to give me a structure or a defined approach to analyse and or solve problems arising in my field of work.
Strengths of the course were theory & practice given; the virtual delivery was very good and interactive, exceeding my expectations.
The course was very good and the trainer excellent. Some discussions & exercises were very useful and I liked spending time on my project and hearing about other projects in the break outs.
Virtual delivery was very good and I don’t think face to face would have been any better. It’s a heavy topic and I don’t think face to face would have improved that.
My experience with Professional Development was very positive, the course was well organised, training consultant 5/5 and the trainer is experienced, with a really good voice, easy to listen to.
The Six-Sigma Lean green belt course was fantastic. The coach was incredible, very patient, open to questions and extremely helpful. Also, after the course he was always available by email for questions and comments.
The course was well organised and structure, lots of good material and very professionally delivered.
I will definitely recommend it. I'm really, really happy and now considering the next level, black belt.
Ready to get started on your Lean Six Sigma training and certification? Talk to us about your options by calling Freephone 1800 910 810, or clicking below to ask a question.