<p>So a simple googling of "six sigma" will yield ton of results: a lot of institutions that will 'sell' you the certification, pretty much like an online MBA; and here the confusion starts!!</p>
<p>I am still a senior undergrad Mechanical Eng student, and I would like to get six sigma certified (yellow belt)
First of all can a student even get the certification, or do you need to have some experience before?
Second, does it make a difference where you get your certification from? That is will a company care whether you have your certification from Villanova or ASQ?</p>
<p>I appreciate any words of wisdom concerning six sigma.
thank you in advance</p>
<p>There are some colleges that have classes in it. At Ohio State, undergrad business majors can take a 2 quarter class for certification with an actual project to earn a green belt. I would check to see if there’s a program like that at your school.</p>
<p>Also, I don’t think a yellow belt entails very much. I interned at Motorola, and all you had to do to earn a yellow belt was go through like 4 online classes, which weren’t too long. The yellow belt is supposed to just get you ready to start a green belt project, so I’m not sure how much value add there is for doing it unless you have something to apply it to.</p>
<p>Alright… good info, but what do you know about the Green Belt?
Also do you think it matters where you get your certification from? My school doesn’t have 6sigma courses, but alot of institutions give the coursework online is it worth it…
<p>I’m a green belt and I got my cert. through company training. It took two week long classes and then a project before I was able to take the written test. In our case, your course instructor had to approve your project before you could start.
For value in the workplace, a green belt isn’t worth much, but a black belt is. The trouble is that Black Belts are tough to get, you have to really pretty much work as a Six Sigma person for about 6 months to earn one.
Frankly; unless a company that you are interested in requires Six Sigma, I wouldn’t bother with it. The tools are just the same ones that you use for other analysis, put into a Six Sigma wrapper.</p>