Six Sigma offers a long path for students to follow. Those who want to become proficient specialists capable of tackling all kinds of projects need to spend many years perfecting their skills. If you are just starting out, you have a lot of learning ahead of you. But the journey will be an exciting one, full of interesting challenges that will change the way you think about problems. Let’s take a look at the stages you’ll go through, and the certification requirements that you’ll need to pass for some of them.
In order to be eligible for a Six Sigma Green Belt, you need to have 3 years of experience in a full-time position. The job must match one of the areas listed in the Green Belt body of knowledge, and additionally, it must specifically be full-time. You are not eligible with internships or part-time positions, and you cannot convert them to full-time equivalent hours. Because of this, it’s a good idea to take some time to evaluate your career path and the direction you’ll take it in the future, so that you can better align your job with your Six Sigma studies.
You must have completed at least two projects related to Six Sigma in order to be eligible for a Six Sigma Black Belt. Those project must specifically provide you with signed affidavits at the end. Alternatively, you can be eligible with only one project, as long as you also have the three years of working experience required for a Green Belt certificate. Note that this means that you don’t necessarily need to be a Green Belt before proceeding to a Black Belt. You can skip the requirement for having three years of working experience by compensating with two completed projects. But of course, those projects will usually take long enough that you’ll qualify for the Green Belt requirement by default as well.
Master Black Belt
You’re required to be a certified Six Sigma Black Belt in order to be eligible for a Master Black Belt certificate. Additionally, you need at least five years of experience as a Six Sigma Black Belt, or to have ten Six Sigma Black Belt projects in your portfolio. The requirements are quite high compared to the previous levels, which is why Six Sigma Master Black Belts enjoy greater salary prospects and other benefits in the industry. It’s a long journey, but the final destination is well worth it if you know what you are doing.
With all that in mind, it’s important to get started as early as possible if you want to realistically attain the level of a Master Black Belt. There is a lot of climbing to do, and you’re inevitably going to face problems with some of the projects you work on along the way as well. That’s why it’s so important to study the field as much as you can, and understand the requirements of each level before committing to the path in the first place.