The Different Lean Six Sigma Belts Explained

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I am often asked about the significance of the different Six Sigma belt levels. Here are the explanations from IASSC and from me. The Pyzdek Institute is an IASSC Accredited Training Organization. It is not necessary to start with the White Belt level and progress to Black Belt. You can start at the Black Belt level if that’s where you want to eventually be. Unlike actual martial arts, you won’t get beat up if you do this!

Black BeltCertified Lean Six Sigma Black Belts
The Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt is a professional who is well versed in the Lean Six Sigma Methodology, who leads improvement projects, typically in a full-time role. A Lean Six Sigma Black Belt possesses a thorough understanding of all aspects within the phases of D-M-A-I-C. They understand how to perform and interpret Six Sigma tools and how to use standard principles of Lean. Pyzdek Institute Lean Six Sigma Black Belts complete 180 hours of online training with homework assignments, pass a comprehensive timed online exam, and present a real-world project to a Pyzdek Institute Certified Master Black Belt or to Thomas Pyzdek.

Green BeltCertified Lean Six Sigma Green Belts

The Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt is a professional who is well versed in the Lean Six Sigma Methodology who both leads or supports improvement projects, typically as a part-time role.  A Lean Six Sigma Green Belt possesses a thorough understanding of all aspects within the phases of D-M-A-I-C. They understand how to perform and interpret Six Sigma tools and how to use standard principles of Lean. Pyzdek Institute Lean Six Sigma Green Belts complete 100 hours of online training with homework assignments, pass a comprehensive timed online exam, and present a real-world project to a Pyzdek Institute Certified Master Black Belt or to Thomas Pyzdek.

Yellow BeltCertified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belts

The Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt is a professional who is versed in the basics of the Lean Six Sigma Methodology who supports improvement projects as a part of a team or conducts small projects on a part time basis.  A Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt possesses an understanding of the aspects within the phases of D-M-C.  Pyzdek Institute Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belts complete 40 hours of online training and pass a comprehensive timed online exam. There is no project requirement for Yellow Belts.

White Belt (2)Certified Lean Six Sigma White Belts

The Pyzdek Institute also provides training and certification at the White Belt level. IASSC does not recognize this level of certification, but here is a description of it. The Pyzdek Institute Certified Lean Six Sigma White Belt is a professional who is familiar with the basic principles and vocabulary of Lean Six Sigma. A Lean Six Sigma White Belt is typically a person impacted by improvement projects as a stakeholder or who is participating on an improvement project as a team member.  Pyzdek Institute Lean Six Sigma White Belts complete 4 hours of online training. There is no final exam or project requirement for White Belts.

Other Belt Colors
Martial arts belts.

Other Belts

I am continuously running across other Six Sigma belt colors (e.g., Orange Belts.) Each of these attempt to fill some niche where a subset of the full Lean Six Sigma body of knowledge is needed. By and large, however, the four belt levels described above will meet the needs of most professionals.

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Author: Thomas Pyzdek

Consultant, author, owner of The Pyzdek Institute