James Madison University

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About the course

With Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification, you will be prepared to support organizational change through project management, communication, and technical process improvement. After earning your Six Sigma Lean Green Belt certification from JMU, you will be able to quantify deliverables to an organization in terms of cost, quality, cycle time, or safety improvements.

JMU’s non-credit online Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program employs the DMAIC(deh-MAY-ick) framework to help you undertake systematic improvement activity in your business processes:

  • Define: A project begins with a problem requiring a solution. Ensure everyone involved with the project knows their role, the nature of the problem, and the project’s mission.
  • Measure: The work completed in the Define stage is based on identification of the problem. During the Measure stage, you must quantify/qualify the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the current work process(es.)
  • Analyze: With a clearer picture provided by the Define and Measure steps, it’s time to examine and interpret the facts uncovered, and thus identify the root of your problem.
  • Improve: Brainstorm, and then ultimately select the most appropriate solution to your problem. Apply your solution to test its effectiveness.
  • Control: Maintain the project’s improvements by drafting the new solution’s control plan.

Why Become a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt?

A Green Belt can impact an organization’s bottom line. What’s more, Green Belt certification from JMU communicates to an employer that you have been trained in basic problem-solving skills and the statistical tools needed to work effectively on process improvement under supervision of a Black Belt.

What Qualifications Do I Need to Enroll in the Green Belt Program?

To ensure our graduates are qualified for employment after earning a Lean Six Sigma certificate and are prepared for the challenging education in this program, we require:

Either at least four years of professional work experience OR a four-year degree in any field, and:

  • An understanding of basic mathematical functions
  • Experience/general ease with computer software usage
  • Access to a computer with Internet Explorer version 6+, screen resolution of at least 1280 x 1024 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.

Is the Focus of the Green Belt Certificate Program Technical in Nature or More Management-Based?

JMU’s Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Program is unique in that it covers the technical aspects of Lean Six Sigma, along with sound management practices. For example, we use the Case Study approach for assignments based on real business world issues. Participants will often work in teams on the scenarios and activities.

What Type of Projects Will I Be Able to Lead as a Green Belt?

Green Belts are capable of leading projects that are smaller in scope (i.e., 90-120 days) and well-defined to focus on a specific issue.

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Scott Fowler

Scott Fowler is a certified Master Black Belt and Lean Master. He has been a Lean Six Sigma consultant within a diverse cross section of industries over the past 20 years including Government, Manufacturing, Energy Production, Healthcare & Pharmaceutical, Financial, and Service industries. As...

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Ben Samimy

Dr. Ben Samimy teaches Process Improvement/Business Process Re-engineering courses at James Madison University. His experience includes 15+ years of applying Lean Six Sigma (LSS) principles; implementing LSS across organizations, developing curricula, coaching, mentoring, and teaching LSS courses...

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