Six Sigma School: What Types of Six Sigma Training Exist?

Lean Six Sigma Training

Six Sigma is everywhere these days, and it pays to know as much about it as possible. You never know when you might need Six Sigma to improve your own organization’s processes. You might pursue six sigma training at some point in the future. How many types of training exist? And which training program is best for you? If these questions are weighing on your mind, then this is the article for you. Today we look at the types of training that exist for Six Sigma.

The Types of Six Sigma Training

  • For top-level managers. This training is specifically for high-ranking managers in executive positions. This training usually encompasses some degree of Black Belt training, though it doesn’t always cover the financial side of things, like the benefits of implementation. Management training typically involves a program overview, as well as case studies of real- and business-world examples of how Six Sigma has been deployed with success.
  • For process managers. Aimed at Six Sigma sponsors and champions, process manager training covers a lot of subjects top-level managers cover, in more detail. Process manager training looks at Six Sigma tools and methodologies in great detail, and particularly at how they can be implemented within organizations.
  • For quality leaders. Quality leader training teaches functional and process managers how to drive Six Sigma projects efficiently, with particular attention devoted to developing leadership skills, statistics training, and computer analysis tools.
  • For project leaders. Also called as Black Belt training, this program looks at Six Sigma training implementation, typically on a production level. It also covers areas such as Six Sigma methods and tools within the business.
  • For low-level employees. Known anonymously as Green Belt training, this program includes some of the same information as project leader (Black Belt) training. However, it is aimed specifically at Green Belts, who act as part-time project managers. The course structure is similar to the Black Belt course, though shorter and streamlined to Green Belt needs.
  • Lean Six Sigma training. Lean Six Sigma is an altogether different discipline than traditional Six Sigma. Though it has its similarities, LSS combines the core concepts of Lean principles and tools with Six Sigma methodology. Devices such as physical process maps, time value analysis, and Kanban are important features of the discipline. LSS teaches practitioners techniques to increase speed and quality while decreasing process costs. LSS helps eliminate accumulated waste and redundant processes. It is typically used in manufacturing but stretches to other industries (retail and software development).
  • Six Sigma in Call Centers. Six Sigma call center courses are comprehensive and aimed at professional call center workers. Data-based metrics and statistical analysis are among the many Six Sigma tools covered. The course seeks to teach trainees a disciplined approach to identify and eliminate defect in a service-based context.
  • Specialization in Design for Six Sigma. DFSS is a recent arm of Six Sigma quality processes. It is based primarily on determining customer and business demands. In contrast to Six Sigma, DFSS drives the needs of both customer and business towards resulting product solutions.

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