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Lean Six Sigma is a management approach to business performance improvement that has blended the two individual specialisms of Lean and Six Sigma.

The application of Lean Six Sigma allows quality and efficiency improvements to be effectively realized. The focus of Lean is about speed, efficiency and taking waste out of a process. Six Sigma focuses on effectiveness and removal of errors.

When combined and implemented properly it can be a powerful management tool that can greatly improve an organization’s performance, by providing a structured approach to resolving problems.

We're pleased to announce that all of the Lean Six Sigma belts are now available in Dutch.

Certify your ability to:

  • To work effectively with, or as a member of, a process improvement team working in an environment supporting Lean Six Sigma.
  • To analyse and refine processes to improve efficiency and remove waste using Lean.
  • Reduce process variation and improve quality and consistency.
  • Add value for customers, employees and shareholders by minimising process variation and waste.
  • Improve performance and reduce timescales for Lean Six Sigma projects.
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt digital badge

Yellow Belt

Certify that you are an effective process improvement team member.

Project Management, Change Management, Process Management, Agile
Who is the Yellow Belt for?
  • Anyone who wants to learn basic Lean Six Sigma principles and the most important Lean Six Sigma instruments
  • Improvement Managers
  • Operational Line Managers
  • Team Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Change Managers
  • Finance Managers
  • IT Managers
  • HR Managers
  • Staff involved in business process performance improvement projects
What are the key things you will learn?
  • The general philosophy of process mprovement and why it's important in moving an organization towards operational excellence
  • Awareness of different process improvement methods
  • How to execute improvement projects
  • Setting up and facilitating Kaizen teams
  • Techniques to create a continuous improvement culture
  • The tools and techniques needed to create stable and efficient processes
Exam format:
  • Multiple choice format
  • 50 questions per paper
  • 25 marks or more required to pass (out of 50 available) - 50%
  • 40 minutes duration
  • Closed-book
  • Calculators are not permitted for this exam
Lean Six Sigma Orange Belt Foundation digital badge

Orange Belt

Be recognized as a capable leader of a variety of process improvement projects.

Project Management, Process Management
What is required?
  • Educational Level required: Vocational Educational Training (VET) (EQF Level 4 or 5)
Who is the Orange Belt for?
  • Team leaders and supervisors acting as leaders of Lean, Kaizen or less complex Six Sigma process improvement projects
  • Improvement Managers
  • Operational Line Managers
  • Team and Project Managers
  • Change Managers
  • Finance Managers
  • IT Managers
  • HR Managers
Exam format:
  • Multiple choice format
  • 50 questions per paper
  • 32 marks or more required to pass (out of 50 available) - 64%
  • 60 minutes duration
  • Closed-book
  • Calculators are permitted for this exam
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Theory digital badge

Green Belt

Become a specialist in executing Lean Six Sigma projects.

Project Management, Information Management & Analysis
What is required?
  • Education level required: Higher vocational education / university level (EQF Level 6).
Who is Green Belt for?

Lean Six Sigma Green Belts are specialists in executing Lean Six Sigma projects. With the right combination of specialist expertise, statistical analysis and structured Lean Six Sigma methodology, the Green Belt is able to achieve significant improvements in performance and quality. A Green Belt might work alone or as a junior project manager in a team or as a team member in larger Black Belt project.

Theory exam format:
  • Multiple choice format
  • 60 questions per paper
  • 38 marks or more required to pass (out of 60 available) - 63%
  • 180 minutes duration
  • Open-book
  • Calculators are permitted for this exam
Practical Assessment:
  • This step towards achieving the complete Green Belt certificate involves the submission of two Lean Six Sigma projects to APMG for assessment.
  • Each project must demonstrate an achievement of saving / cost avoidance of at least € 20,000 per year.
  • Each project must be signed-off by the Champion and Financial Controller.
  • The Practical Assessment must be taken within 3 years of successfully completing the theory exam.
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Theory digital badge

Black Belt

Become an expert in executing Lean Six Sigma projects.

Project Management, Change Management, Information Management & Analysis
What is required?
  • Education level: Higher vocational education / university level and field experience (EQF Level 7).
Who is the Black Belt for?

Lean Six Sigma Black Belts are experts in executing Lean Six Sigma projects. As a program manager they are responsible for managing complex breakthrough projects and supporting improvement teams with tools and techniques. They have both skills for applying analytical tools and skills for leading change.

Theory exam format:
  • Multiple choice format
  • 60 questions per paper
  • 38 marks or more required to pass (out of 60 available) - 63%
  • 180 minutes duration
  • Open-book
  • Calculators are permitted for this exam
Practical Assessment:
  • This step towards achieving the complete Black Belt certificate involves the submission of two Lean Six Sigma projects to APMG for assessment. 
  • Each project must demonstrate an achievement of saving / cost avoidance of at least € 50,000 per year.
  • Each project must be signed-off by the Champion and Financial Controller.
  • The Practical Assessment must be taken within 3 years of successfully completing the theory exam.

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FAQs

What is a Lean Six Sigma digital badge?

Digital badges allow you to easily showcase your achievements online.

When you pass an exam - you'll instantly have the option to claim a digital badge representing your new certificate.

Your badge can be embedded on an email signature, website, social media or digital CV.

With just one click employers, customers and clients can easily view and verify your credentials and skills.

Please download our digital sharing presentation for more information.

How do I claim my Lean Six Sigma digital badge?

Once you’ve been notified that you’ve passed your exam - you will have the option to create a digital badge in APMG's Candidate Portal.

Visit APMG's Candidate Portal, view your exam results and select 'Create Badge'.

This takes you to the Acclaim website where the digital badges are hosted. You will be guided through the Acclaim account creation process.

Once you have created an account with Acclaim - login into the account and accept your pending badge.

How can I train for the Lean Six Sigma examinations?

Training for Lean Six Sigma is available from the network of Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) who are assessed and certified by APMG International. To find a training course - choose a Lean Six Sigma certification level to see the ATOs. Only these organizations and registered partners/affiliates are authorized to deliver Lean Six Sigma training.

Do I have to receive training to sit the exam?

No, however this is recommended. In addition to receiving accredited training, individuals also have the option of self-study to prepare for the examinations by purchasing the core texts from APMG Business Books. APMG International administers public exam sessions around the world to accommodate those who self-study. Click here to book a self-study exam.

How do I sit the exams?

The vast majority of Lean Six Sigma accredited training organizations include the examinations as part of the associated training course. Alternatively, and for individuals that have self-studied, APMG International administers public exam sessions around the world. Sessions are run at certain APMG International offices. There are seven dedicated centres in the UK for public examinations, and in the United States we utilize the public library network to facilitate sessions. To book a self-study exam click here - or contact your local APMG office to see if a classroom is located near you.

Are there any pre-requisites for the Lean Six Sigma examinations?

There are no pre-requisites for the Theory examinations. Candidates looking to take the Practical Assessments for the Green/Black Belts will need to ensure they have passed the Theory examinations. Candidates will need to agree to the Terms and Conditions prior to sitting their examination.

What are the main publications for Lean Six Sigma and where can I purchase them?

APMG International's Lean Six Sigma qualifications are based on the "Climbing the Mountain: mind set, skill set and tool set" publications and exercise books. These can be purchased from APMG Business Books

Most Lean Six Sigma accredited training organizations include these publications with the course materials.

When can I expect the results of my Lean Six Sigma examinations?

Lean Six Sigma Yellow and Orange Belt examinations can be marked on location after the exam, but this is down to the discretion of the invigilator at the time. Green and Black Belt Theory exams are marked at APMG-International offices and results released soon after. Your result will be sent to your ATO approximately 7-10 days after your exam date. Your ATO should notify you of your results so please contact them for further details. Please allow an additional 14 days for the result of your Practical Assessment.

If you did not take your exam through an ATO, your results will be sent directly to you via the relevant APMG-International office approximately 7-10 days after the date of your exam.

What pass mark is required to be eligible to become a Lean Six Sigma trainer?

To be eligible to apply to become a Lean Six Sigma trainer, individuals must achieve a pass in the Belt level above that Belt level which they intend to train. For instance, to be eligible to become a Yellow Belt trainer you will need to pass the Orange Belt exam at the standard pass mark. Black Belt trainers will need to pass the Black Belt exam and also demonstrate at least 5 years’ experience working in a Lean Six Sigma environment.

How can I advertise myself as Lean Six Sigma qualified on my business card?

Candidates who have passed the Lean Six Sigma examinations can put the following statements on their business cards/CVs.

  • Yellow Belt: Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
  • Orange Belt: Lean Six Sigma Orange Belt
  • Green Belt Theory: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Green Belt Practical Assessment: Lean Six Sigma Certified Green Belt
  • Black Belt Theory: Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Black Belt Practical Assessment: Lean Six Sigma Certified Black Belt

Can I use the Lean Six Sigma logo?

Only accredited training organizations and their registered partners are allowed to use the Lean Six Sigma logo.

How long are the Lean Six Sigma certifications valid for?

The Yellow, Orange, Green and Black Belt Theory certifications are not valid for a defined period and will not expire.

Candidates who pass the Practical Assessments are recognized as 'Lean Six Sigma Certified Green/Black Belts'. Individuals will remain certified for a period of 5 years. To maintain the certified status, candidates must complete and pass a Lean Six Sigma re-assessment examination 5 years following their initial/previous certified Green/Black Belt certification.

When will I receive my certificate?

Candidates will automatically be sent an electronic certificate within two business days of their exam results being released. If you have not received your certificate within this timeframe please contact our Customer Interaction Team - servicedesk@apmg-international.com

Electronic certificates are environmentally friendly, but can be printed if required. It is also very easy to share them with employers and other third parties. APMG will send you a link to your registered email address. This link will take you to your Candidate Portal where you will find your electronic certificate(s). You can always access all your electronic certificates using the APMG candidate portal.

Sometimes, if you have taken your examination(s) via a Training Organisation, certificates will be issued based on the preferences that the Training Organisation selected when booking the exam. The Training Organisation can select either an electronic certificate or both paper and electronic certificates are provided to the candidate. The Training Organisation can also choose if certificates are sent to the candidates directly or via the Training Organisation. If you have been awarded an electronic certificate but also require a hard copy certificate, you can always order a hard copy certificate for GBP 12.00. This is also the case if you re-order your hard copy certificate.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy certificate in addition to your electronic certificate please contact our Customer Interaction Team - servicedesk@apmg-international.com

How much does it cost to sit the Lean Six Sigma examinations?

If you are sitting the examinations through an accredited training organization, the costs of the exams are generally included in the course fee. APMG-International use a global pricing structure, so for those sitting exams at a public exam centre, the cost is dependent on where the exams are being sat. To find out the costs in your region, please contact the APMG-International Service Desk on +44 (0)1494 452450 or at: servicedesk@apmg-international.com

Which languages are Lean Six Sigma examinations available in?

  • All of the belts are available in English and Dutch.

How does my organization become a Lean Six Sigma Accredited Training Organization (ATO)?

An organization wishing to become a Lean Six Sigma ATO should apply by clicking 'Deliver training' - or contact their local APMG office. The organization will then be subject to APMG-International's ATO assessment process.

How do I become a Lean Six Sigma approved trainer?

All Lean Six Sigma trainers must be ‘sponsored’ by a Lean Six Sigma Accredited Training Organization (ATO). Contact a Lean Six Sigma ATO from the search engine here - or contact your local APMG office. A trainer application must be submitted by the sponsoring ATO to their local APMG office. 

Can I use a calculator for the exam?

  • Yellow Belt - No
  • Orange Belt - Yes
  • Green Belt - Yes
  • Black Belt - Yes

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