Six Sigma

Certifications are granted through our industry partner, the ROI Alliance. The Engineering Management Program offers a complete and comprehensive program enabling individuals to earn varying levels of Six Sigma Certification. ROI Alliance agreed to grant these certifications because the curriculum for the courses we offer, as modified in the fall of 2005, covers the required material.

To begin these certifications, students need to have a foundation in applied statistics. EMEN 5005: Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods is a prerequisite course.

EMEN 5040: Quality, Strategy, & Value Creation

EMEN 5042: Methods for Quality Improvement

EMEN 5043: Advanced Topics in Quality Systems/Engineering

EMEN 5900: Research Methods

EMEN 5610: Advanced Statistical Methods for Engineering Research

EMEN 5620: Data Mining and Screening Experiments for Engineering Research

EMEN 5041: Advanced Topics in Value Creation

EMEN 5050: Leading Oneself

The courses associated with each level of Certification have been designed and are taught by faculty with real-world experience in the Quality Sciences. EMP's faculty have been certifying individuals who have completed this training for the last 10 years.

All of the courses within this program are available via distance education technology, making certification at the Green, Black, or Master Black Belt levels possible wherever you are in the world. Because the courses are offered asynchronously, you have the flexibility to schedule your learning around your professional and personal commitments.

Will the Green/Black Belt/Master Black Belt training enable me to take a third-party Black Belt certification test?

At this time there is no national consensus on what a Green, Black, or Master Black Belt should know, and as a result there is high variability in the skills people possess who say they are Black Belts. Two organizations have recently put forward certification tests and seek to become recognized as de facto third-party certification bodies. Third party certification is not required in addition to certification received from the Engineering Management Program. Third party certifications are not considered a professional license, although they do offer some degree of standardization. Our Six Sigma training will prepare you for either third party test. In both exams there are some topics in each that we do not cover, since our experience is that Black and Master Black Belts do not perform those functions, or in the case of ASQ’s certification, that the technique is invalid. So if you do want to proceed with third-party certification, we recommend that you reduce your stress by discussing these topics with your instructor and/or by purchasing a study guide from the respective organization.

If I already am certified by another organization as a Green Belt, can I just add the two courses required to become a Black Belt in your program? Or, if I am already certified elsewhere as a Black Belt, will the Engineering Management program accept this certification and allow me to take two additional courses to become a certified Master Black Belt?

There is no national consensus on what a Green, Black, or Master Black Belt should know, and as a result there is high variability in the skills people possess who say they are Green or Black Belts. As a result, and to protect the integrity of our program, we cannot accept outside certification without some analysis of the skills you actually possess. We have created a diagnostic instrument for the Green Belt level, and a second instrument for the Black Belt level. After you take the appropriate exam, we will identify the deficiencies in your previous training, and recommend a potentially modified list of courses you would still have to take in order to be certified in our Green or Black Belt program. It is possible, of course, that there will be no deficiencies identified, and you will be able to proceed to the next level.