Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

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Upcoming Course

June 1, 2021 to September 20, 2021

Program Fee

Hybrid: $2,500 | In-Person: $3,000

Contact Information

ASU Employees, members of the United States Military and companies registering 5 or more participants may be eligible for a special rate.

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(480) 727-4534

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Program Description

Lean and Six Sigma have been in use for decades and their impact can be far-reaching with significant financial gains as evidenced by companies such as Toyota, General Electric and Xerox. While the origins and initial use of these tools and methodologies are in manufacturing, which dates back to the post WWII industrial boom, they have gained a strong foothold across all industry sectors in recent years. It has also shown to have increased usage across all functional areas within organizations adopting a continuous improvement culture.

The Lean Six Sigma Green Certificate program accredited by Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU examines how Lean and Six Sigma are used together to provide breakthrough improvements for organizations. The program follows the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) methodology; a customer-focused, fact and data-driven approach that guides continuous improvement and operational excellence. This DMAIC methodology provides a series of statistical and standard improvement tools, and a disciplined roadmap for developing solutions to existing problems, processes, services and products.

The ASU Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate program is offered as an online,  in-person and also as a hybrid course. This gives participants various choices and allows them the flexibility and interaction common in traditional courses.

The online program will be available in March 2021 with the option to choose between healthcare, manufacturing and service specializations. This 12-week program consists of lecture videos, active learning activities, knowledge checks covering the quality tools and concepts of Lean and Six Sigma. Participants will have 60-days after the program to finalize and submit an applied project. 

The hybrid program is delivered both online and through instructor-led interactive sessions and will be available in Spring and Fall 2021. During this 12-week program, participants will complete the online course work, and attend two instructor-led sessions. During these live sessions,  participants will engage in applied learning activities and discussion. Participants will have 60-days after the program to finalize and submit an applied project. 

The in-person program  is delivered entirely in person and offered during the Summer. During this 8-week program, participants meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 am until 12 pm. The program examines the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) methodology; a customer-focused, fact and data-driven methodology that guides continuous improvement and operations excellence. This DMAIC methodology provides a series of tools, which form a disciplined roadmap for developing solutions to existing problems, processes and products. Participants will have 60-days after the program to finalize and submit an applied project. 

We also offer custom training programs for groups and organizations. Instructors will facilitate collaborative sessions that empower individuals with six tools that can be immediately deployed in their individual work areas. Please fill out our interest form or contact us at exec-fseonline@asu.edu for more information.

Becoming a Green Belt will equip you with the ability to evaluate and improve current processes, and establish optimized future state processes within your organizations. It also serves as a basis for the Six Sigma Black Belt program. Organizations are always looking for innovative ways to do things better, faster and cheaper. The Lean Six Sigma tool set will help you achieve those goals. This program is applicable in various industries; professionals, faculty, and students are encouraged to become certified.

View the program curriculum

Program Topics

  • Choosing and managing Lean Six Sigma projects. 
  • Process and Value Stream Mapping (VSM), and process flow optimization. 
  • Choosing metrics, establishing a measurement system, and collecting data. 
  • Quantifying the performance gap between current and future state process analysis.
  • Identify decision-making data in processes through the application of data analysis tools.
  • Statistics for Six Sigma including relationships between variables, correlation, and regression analysis. 
  • Lean essentials and the removal of waste from a process. 
  • Implementation of Lean Six Sigma tools to close performance gaps, reduce process variation, and center performance on a target value.
  • Application of basic statistical process control methods to monitor performance.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the need for operations, process improvement and the benefits they provide to an organization. 
  • Understand the strategic breakthrough methodologies of Lean and Six Sigma, and how they are both applied to service and production processes.
  • Apply Lean Six Sigma tools, methodology, and metrics to understand, improve and monitor process performance. 
  • Apply Lean Six Sigma methods to streamline processes, remove waste, reduce operational costs, decrease process defects and variation, and increase customer satisfaction.
  • Understand how to identify and carry out a Lean Six Sigma project using the DMAIC method.
  • Understand fundamental project management tools and how they are applied to Lean Six Sigma projects.

Earning a Certificate

To earn the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate participants are required to complete the program, and execute an applied Lean Six Sigma project. A project report template is provided as well as coaching by an experienced instructor or course facilitator. The course is structured according to the Six Sigma “DMAIC” methodology and project status updates, or Tollgates, are scheduled throughout to assist in proper execution of the project. The final project report is due 60 days after the end of instruction. With the completion of this course, you qualify for  Continuing Education Units (CEU) and Professional Development Units (PDU) from Arizona State University.

Note: A workplace-based Green Belt project is recommended. However, if you are unemployed or unable to identify a project, alternatives through a non-profit organization or community association can be identified. Many participants have found success in offering a target company, such as one they hope to be employed by in the future, the opportunity to have a Lean Six Sigma project completed. The course facilitator will help identify a suitable project and provide additional support if needed. 

Who Should Enroll

This program is for professionals involved in improving processes and operational performance within a specific work area, or as a team member contributing to larger-scale continuous improvement projects. The ideal candidates for the ASU Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program for the Service Industry are professionals that work in: government, financial institutions, customer service, healthcare, retail, hospitality, real estate, education, utility providers, etc. This certification serves as the foundation for the Six Sigma Black Belt certification program.


Working knowledge of statistics is recommended, such as a college-level statistics course, other statistics training or work-related experience.