Six Sigma professionals exist at every level – each with a different role to play. While Six Sigma implementations and roles may vary, here is a basic guide to who does what.
At the project level, there are black belts, master black belts, green belts, yellow belts and white belts. These people conduct projects and implement improvements.
In addition, each project needs organizational support. Six Sigma executives and champions set the direction for selecting and deploying projects. They ensure, at a high level, that projects succeed, add value, and fit within the organizational plan.
ASQ certification is a formal recognition that an individual has demonstrated a proficiency within, and comprehension of, a specific body of knowledge.
|Master Black Belt (MBB) |
Trains and coaches Black Belts and Green Belts. Functions more at the Six Sigma program level by developing key metrics and the strategic direction. Acts as an organization’s Six Sigma technologist and internal consultant.
|Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) |
Understands Six Sigma philosophies and principles, including the supporting systems and tools. Demonstrates team leadership and understands all aspects of the DMAIC model in accordance with Six Sigma principles.
|Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) |
Supports a Six Sigma Black Belt by analyzing and solving quality problems and is involved in quality-improvement projects.
|Six Sigma Yellow Belt (CSSYB) |
Has a small role, interest, or need to develop foundational knowledge of Six Sigma, whether as an entry level employee or an executive champion.
Advance your career and your organization with an ASQ certification. These certifications emphasize lean (waste reduction without sacrificing productivity) in their bodies of knowledge.
ASQ Certification exams moved from paper and pencil to computer-based testing in 2016. Quality certification exams are delivered via computer at 8,000 different Prometric testing facilities allowing for additional annual exam administrations, availability of exam days, faster retesting, and faster test results. Learn more about computer-based testing here.
Obtaining your Six Sigma certification is proven to increase your earning potential. Results from the 2016 Quality Progress Salary Survey showed that U.S. respondents who completed any level of Six Sigma training earned $17,357 more on average than those without any Six Sigma training.
Salaries were shown to increase in alignment with the more advanced the Six Sigma belt. On average:
Than persons with no Six Sigma certifications. Those who earned their certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt (CSSYB), the most entry-level Six Sigma belt, also saw a slight increase in salary.
Those who earned their certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt (CSSYB), the most entry-level Six Sigma belt, also saw a slight increase in salary.
For full details, view the results of Quality Progress' annual Salary Survey.
Within the first years of Crown Equipment Corporation’s Six Sigma initiative, Green Belt efforts resulted in hard savings of $1.2 million. The company has saved a little more than $500 per hour for each hour spent in training.
Tyler Wallace obtained CQIA and CSSBB certifications to jumpstart his career in healthcare. Within a time period of two years, he received two promotions and tripled his salary.
Read more case studies about the results ASQ certifications have helped organizations and individuals achieve.
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