So what does a Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB) do, anyway? Who can be one? How is a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification different from a Black, Yellow, or WhiteBelt? If you’re confused by all these different “Belts” and what they mean, you’re not alone. If you’re wondering whether you could be a SSGB, read on.
A Green Belt (GB) is someone who has completed the required Six Sigma training, and a GB level project. Certification requires successful completion of both the training and the project, or simulated project in the case of on-line training. After certification, a Green Belt typically serves under the supervision of or in support of a Black Belt (BB). Often the GB pursues Six Sigma activities on a part-time basis and fulfills other work responsibilities as well, whereas the BB is usually devoted full-time to Six Sigma projects. The GB can also carry out GB level projects independently.
Compared to the Green Belt, the Six Sigma Black Belt has completed twice as much training and a more challenging, higher-potential project. A Yellow Belt is a Six Sigma project team member under the guidance of a GB, but has not completed Six Sigma training. A White Belt also may serve on a local problem-solving team that supports a Six Sigma project, but may not be an official member of the Six Sigma team. The White Belt’s awareness and understanding of Six Sigma terms and methods is usually less comprehensive than that of the Yellow Belt.
Who can be a Six Sigma Green Belt?
Someone selected for SSGB training has usually had some project management experience or has served as a process owner. A Green Belt would typically have some experience in one or more of the Six Sigma areas of expertise (such as statistics, business drivers, process management, and so on). Not only that, but the successful GB candidate has a track record of leadership and being a change agent.
Can you often see a better way of doing things? Are you usually successful in getting buy-in for your ideas? Have you implemented change with documented results? Do you have a college degree or extensive management/supervisory experience? Have you had course work in engineering, statistics, or business disciplines?
If “yes” to all of these, then you are a good candidate to become a Six Sigma Green Belt. If you answered “no” to any of these criteria, then you may want to work on filling that gap before seeking Green Belt training.
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