How can you find the best black belt certification?
This is a tricky question to answer, because there is no “best” certification overall.
Rather, there are a couple of market leaders and some key criteria to look for in order to find the right certification for your needs.
Six Sigma Black Belt Certification: Market Leaders
Once you begin shopping around for the best black belt certification, you will find that there are lots of different options available to you.
Many training providers self-certify, meaning that the certification you gain is awarded by the training provider. This is particularly true for third level six sigma black belt programmes.
Independent certification from market leaders such as ASQ (the American Society for Quality) and IASSC (the International Association for Six Sigma Certification) is also offered by several training providers.
There are 3 key advantages to choosing a programme with one of these independent certifications:
- As both of these certifications are recognised worldwide, they are particularly useful for those who wish to travel as part of their career.
- Both the ASQ and IASSC qualifications add widely acknowledged credibility to your CV and your reputation as a process improvement practitioner.
- The syllabus for each of these courses is robust and specifically designed to produce black belts of the highest calibre.
Six Sigma Black Belt Certification: What’s “best” for you?
Over the years, we have noticed that candidates come to six sigma black belt training and certification at varying stages in their career and for different reasons.
Considering both of the following factors is something we encourage as part of finding the best certification option for your career.
Review the circumstances of your decision to go for a six sigma black belt certification. What prompted the decision? What is your situation right now?
It’s helpful to write down a brief synopsis of your experience to date. We recommend sharing this with any potential training providers before you commit to a training programme, as they can use this to assess your suitability.
Next, think about what you hope to gain from completing six sigma black belt training and certification.
Greater earning potential? A job change? The capability to achieve more from your process improvement initiatives? A more solid understanding of the role you already carry out?
As you begin to evaluate your current situation and your goals, you may be surprised at the clear picture that emerges.
Armed with this information, you’re now ready to find the very best course and certification for your next move.
It’s worth noting that researching a six sigma black belt training and certification programme can take some time and effort. There are a lot of offerings out there and no two programmes are the same.
Here are some research tips to help you on your journey:
Create a custom spreadsheet
Nothing too detailed, but a spreadsheet or checklist that includes your goals and essential criteria that must be met (fits your schedule, price within your budget etc.) is very helpful.
As you research each option, tick off which criteria it meets. This will give you an at-a-glance decision making tool.
Ask for advice
Every training provider should offer guidance and advice on their own programme and its suitability to meet your goals.
The more information they are willing to share and the more conversation they are keen to engage in, the more reassured you can feel that you’re on the right track.
Check the credentials
Finally, it’s wise to ensure that the provider you choose is established and has a good track record with lean six sigma training. Ask for the credentials of the trainer delivering the programme.
Following the path above will help you to choose the best six sigma black belt certification for your professional development.
Ready to Get Started with Your Six Sigma Black Belt Certification?
If you’re ready to begin your path to getting certified, take a look at our black belt training programme.
This is a 14-day course, delivered in a live online training environment. Modules are short and focused, given in 2 or 3-day per month instalments.
Our programme leads to two six sigma black belt certifications:
1. ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)
2. Professional Development Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
We have opted to work towards the ASQ certification in response to demand from students. Of the two main certifications, it is slightly better-known on a global scale.
Practical, Confidence-Building Approach
Throughout the programme, you will apply your new skills and knowledge to project work. This helps to build confidence in your ability to utilise black belt level techniques.
Learn More & Get Advice
You can get full details on our Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Course by visiting the course page or downloading a PDF copy of the brochure.
If you have any questions, we are here to help. Contact us online or by phone (Freephone 1800 910 810) to ask us anything about your black belt certification.