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Program Purpose

Purdue University delivers a best-in-class online Lean Six Sigma (LSS) certification program for students with a range of career objectives and Lean Six Sigma experience. It trains professionals who seek to satisfy the growing demand for Lean knowledge and skills. Many companies now require this training not only from their employees, but also from their suppliers.

We understand that Lean Six Sigma training is a trajectory and have developed our rigorous university-based program to support you every step of the way. Many of our students take all of our courses in sequence, but students also can take them on a stand-alone basis.

Purdue offers the following courses online:

All of the courses in the Lean Six Sigma program are 100% online, instructor-led courses, excluding the Green Belt Refresher. The Refresher is primarily a self-study course.

Students who successfully complete our online Lean Six Sigma Black Belt or Green Belt courses receive their certification from Purdue University and have the option, at no additional cost, of earning CEUs (continuing education units), which come with a Purdue transcript.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

The online Lean Six Sigma Green Belt is designed for people with full schedules and little or no prior experience with Lean Six Sigma. It provides students with an introduction to the tools, techniques and methodologies that will empower them to lead Lean Six Sigma projects in their organizations. Students learn the problem-solving framework for improving processes -- Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) -- and also receive instruction in the tools for streamlining production and services from end to end. By course completion, you will be well-versed in the knowledge and skills needed for successfully leading a Green Belt-level project to reduce or eliminate waste, lower defects in your organization’s products and processes, and improve customer satisfaction.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from Purdue University. You also have the option, at no additional cost, of earning 4.5 CEUs (continuing education units), which come with a Purdue transcript.

Lean Principles

The Lean Principles course focuses on the 14 management principles practiced in Lean systems for achieving operational excellence. It focuses on both the Toyota Production System and the Toyota Way. Lean Principles is a harmonious system that incorporates specific tools, quality improvement methods, and a business philosophy based on a deep understanding of people and human motivation. Though based on an automotive manufacturer, discussions and assignments extend beyond manufacturing into a broad range of industries, products and services. Ultimately, students learn how to use Lean process techniques and methodologies to transform their organizations into Lean enterprises that benefit customers.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will earn certification in Lean Principles from Purdue University. You also have the option, at no additional cost, of earning 3.5 CEUs, which come with a Purdue transcript.

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

The online Lean Six Sigma Black Belt is geared to busy professionals who want to learn how to manage Black Belt-level projects and oversee the projects of Green Belts in their organizations. It provides students with advanced understanding of Lean Six Sigma methodologies, tools and techniques and is an opportunity to master the subject matter by conducting a Black Belt-level improvement project.

The goal of the course is to empower students to assume a Black Belt role in an organization and, ultimately, serve as a change agent to improve customer satisfaction and business productivity.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Purdue University. You also have the option, at no additional cost, of earning 9.0 CEUs (continuing education units), which come with a Purdue transcript. Prerequisites for the LSS Black Belt are LSS Green Belt or Green Belt Refresher and Lean Principles.


Green Belt Refresher

The online Six Sigma Green Belt Refresher is designed for people who would like to brush up on their Green Belt-level Six Sigma knowledge or take Purdue University’s online Lean Six Sigma Black Belt course. Because courses offered by other providers may diverge somewhat from Purdue’s own course, our Green Belt Refresher helps ensure that all of the students who enroll in the Black Belt course have the necessary tools to succeed.

Your instructor assesses your Green Belt-level knowledge through a structured online venue and phone interview. If they identify knowledge gaps during the assessment process, they will give you up to 12 assignments designed to strengthen your Lean Six Sigma knowledge and address any deficiencies.

“ Excellent online course with great instructors and resources that provide a working individual with flexibility to successfully complete the program. ”

“ This course has proved to be my best career investment. It easily, and quickly paid for itself. The Green Belt delivered as many applied tools as my MBA and returned many times what that degree has in terms of compensation. ”

Stas Snyder, Six Sigma Green Belt

“ This program is comprehensive, providing all the information you need to look at job processes from a fresh point of view and be successful in your career. It has helped me become a leading force for positive change in my organization. ”

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Why Purdue?

Purdue Lean Six Sigma students work in an array of industries and hold a broad range of positions. They come to Purdue to learn from industry experts who meet the university’s high standards of academic excellence. Our instructors are ideally positioned to provide students not only with the requisite knowledge and skills, but also with a wealth of knowledge and know-how from the field.

They engage students in a stimulating range of learning activities, using Purdue-developed educational materials and tools. Students watch streaming video lectures, participate in online discussion boards, take online self-tests and quizzes, and complete a broad range of assignments. Students can work where and when they want and have numerous opportunities for networking with their classmates and receiving live coaching from their instructors.

Purdue University is an internationally-recognized higher educational institution known for its world-class faculty, groundbreaking research, and transformative education. The university is based in West Lafayette, Ind., and was founded in 1869 as the state’s land-grant university. Today, it consistently earns top national rankings in numerous disciplines including business, engineering and education.

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