Is a degree required to become Lean Six Sigma certified?

A degree is not required to obtain a Lean Six Sigma certification. Our training is geared towards practical application versus a theoretical or academic approach.

Unlike the Project Management Institute (PMI), there is no official governing body for Lean Six Sigma training or its curriculum. Organizations and training providers create their training programs and curriculum based on their own needs and guiding principles.
Below are a couple of reasons why there is no official governing body for Lean Six Sigma:
  1. Organizations choose the tools and methods that work best for them. For example, manufacturing organizations may see value in training employees in the use of Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED), whereas transactional (service) organizations may not see this tool as useful given their processes.
  2. Lean and Six Sigma methods were derived from work done at Toyota and Motorola decades ago. Their focus was on building problem-solving cultures and achieving results as opposed to issuing certifications. In both organizations their methods continued to evolve and change as they learned what worked best for them.
An important consideration in selecting your training provider is to understand what guides their approach to process improvement. Below are the philosophies and principles that shape’s offerings:
  1. Provide the Most Useful Content: We understand that organizations want to solve problems, get results and thrive. For learners to apply process improvement successfully, it is best to focus on the tools and methods that have proven to be the most useful for for Yellow, Green and Black Belts. It’s key not to cover every single tool, graph or statistical test in the toolkit, but to highlight and spend time on the tools and methods most helpful in delivering solid improvement results.
  2. Make Better Problem Solvers: We guide and support a practical approach to helping learners get better at solving problems. We focus our efforts squarely on empowering each learner to becoming a better problem solver, not necessarily a better statistician, mathematician or historian.
  3. Improve Retention and Recall: Learners using both online and face-to-face education run the risk of forgetting what they’ve learned. We’ve designed interactive material to challenge learners and drive retention. Exams are a way to cement education and improve learner recall, so instead of charging additional fees for retakes, we guide learners to ensure they understand the content as they work to pass the exams.
  4. Embrace the Current Best Practices: We pay attention to thought leadership, the newest methods and what we learn from our clients every day. We constantly update and adapt our materials to incorporate the best of the best into our Continuous Improvement body of knowledge. We are never satisfied with “good enough.”
Our goal at is to ensure you learn and apply Lean Six Sigma successfully. We recommend that you research training providers to get a hands-on sense of each provider's courses so you can truly grasp the quality before investing your time and money. To help you with this we offer our White Belt and Yellow Belt Training for free.
You can register for our Free Yellow Belt Training, or you can check out our Register page to see all of the courses and support tools that we offer!

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