Difference between Six Sigma Belts

What is the difference between Six Sigma Belts?

Six Sigma training has become a popular term throughout the business world, yet not many people know the difference between the Six Sigma Belts. Here is what each of the courses cover:


Yellow Belt Training
The most basic level, that covers the understanding of the Six Sigma style.

The employee will be part of a project team where he will review process improvements that support the project

Green Belt Training
Within the course the delegate will learn the tips and techniques that make for a good Six sigma execution, and receive fundamental training in Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and control.

People with this certification are often referred to as worker bees because they do the majority of the work during projects. From Gathering the necessary information, experiments and test throughout the project.

Black Belt Training
Focus on additional training in deeper analysis tools (think stats) and perhaps even some instruction on change management or stakeholder influencing.

These are the people who are in charge of the Six Sigma Projects within their respective companies. Most of the time, these are the people who are asked to take on this task on a full time basis. Along with heading the project, they also are expected to coach, develop and advise other managers so the entire company can achieve this goal. Leads problem-solving projects. Trains and coaches project teams.

Master Black Belt Training
This is the highest of the Six Sigma belts one can achieve. Focus on Change Management techniques.

The master black belt will make sure everything continues running smoothly and all the training the company learned stays in the company. They are there to execute the practices throughout the company, not just within the project. A Six Sigma master black belt course is all the above, plus will have mentored or coached about 20 or more green belts and black belts, is even deeper on the statistics and analysis, plus is well versed in change management techniques. Trains and coaches Six Sigma Black Belts and Green Belts. Functions more at the Six Sigma program level by developing key metrics and the strategic direction. Acts as an organization's Six Sigma technologist and internal consultant.


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