Western Michigan University offers Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification through its Center for Integrated Supply Management. It is ideal for individuals engaged in the technical aspects of the business, such as engineering and manufacturing. The certification is designed for managers and supervisors involved in the creation and management of systems supporting continuous improvement through experimentation and advanced data analysis methodologies.
Fall 2023 semester dates
Sessions will be held virtually on Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates:
- September 15, 22, 29
- October 6, 13, 27
- November 3, 10, 17
- December 1
Registration ends Sept. 5
Green Belt certification will be presented virtually. Participants must have completed yellow belt training prior to green belt and must attend all sessions in order to earn Green Belt certification.
Course Overview: Attendees will explore advanced Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques to grow process improvement skills and become a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. They will discover how to minimize waste, streamline processes and increase efficiency by mastering essential and advanced Lean Six Sigma tools and methods.
Course Objectives: Participants will learn the nuances of continuous improvement (CI) through Lean Six Sigma (LSS) methodology as it applies to transactional and non-transaction areas. They will be able to apply LSS methodology and tools to their everyday work. They will be able to apply the systems and techniques in order to manage work projects, programs and initiatives.
Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- Explain and apply the fundamental principles of continuous improvement via Lean Six Sigma.
- Apply DMAIC/DMADV/IDDOV/PDCA/JDI project management methodology to initiatives and everyday work.
- Implement measurement and analysis techniques to understand the root causes of failures, waste and increased cost drivers.
- Develop systems to work on in order to enable team members to work in them.
- Construct and interpret designed experiments to increase revenue and market share.
Format: WMU will host hybrid sessions for participants. Session times are subject to change. Instructors use an open interaction format coupled with individual and group project assignments. Class members will use the tools from the session to manage their organization and related staff members as they build a culture of continuous improvement.
Understand the history and philosophy of continuous improvement utilizing LSS methodology and tools.
Learn the system structure, tools and techniques of LSS project management.
Connect with “kindred spirit” professionals through classroom activities and coursework.
Explore relevant case study examples.
- One-on-one coaching support for participants before and after the course. Note: Customized coaching and training for work teams is available for an additional charge.
Earn WMU Center for Integrated Supply Management Certification as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt based on class participation, coursework and testing.
- Credit hours toward a WMU master's degree in business.
Prerequisites: A fundamental business or management and problem solving working knowledge is recommended, in addition to a fundamental working knowledge of statistics.
Course Requirements: Participants will be required to:
- Attend all sessions.
- Participate with open, honest discussion.
- Work with team members on assignments in and out of class.
- Pass exam at the end of the session.
Course Materials: The instructors will provide templates and electronic files, along with content videos for viewing.
Required Equipment: Each participant should have access to a laptop with Webex, Excel, Word and PowerPoint installed.
Contact: For questions, email Tom Kelly.