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School of Continuing EducationLean Six Sigma Green Belt

Energize your career, empower your growth.

Earning a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt is more than upskilling—it’s acquiring one of the most in-demand process improvement skills in the marketplace today.

How Green Belt Certification Benefits You:

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1. Improve Efficiencies

Learn to eliminate wasteful practices or materials and solve problems caused by inefficient business processes.

2. Master Skills

Master skills needed to increase profits, decrease costs, and improve efficiency by using proven process improvement techniques.

3. Stand Out

Become a recognized expert in process improvement with a sought-after credential that sets you apart from colleagues.

4. Move Ahead

Boost your earning power and build your resume: increase your chances of landing a new job or promotion.

Course Information

When you earn your Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification with ODU and USF, you're energizing your career and empowering your personal growth. Earning a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt is more than upskilling—it's acquiring one of the most in-demand process improvement skills in the marketplace today. It's also more than just another credential to add to your profile; this certification defines you as a continuous improvement expert and can redefine your career path.

Certified Green Belts can expect better job opportunities and the potential for significantly higher earnings along with the respect that comes with driving organizational change and improvement of your company's processes. In just 10 sessions over two to three months, you'll complete all the necessary requirements for certification, including training hours, project assessment, and exams.

Focusing on managing quality projects utilizing the fundamentals of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies, Lean topics include the concepts of the elimination of waste and reduction of cycle time in organizational processes. Six Sigma principles consist of problem solving techniques, data collection and analysis, reduction of process variation, process capability and control, and continual improvement.

The program, in partnership with the University of South Florida, is designed to help students prepare for certification and is applicable to project managers, project team participants, business analysts, technical specialists, and others who want to improve business processes utilizing proven quality methodologies.

Students are required to select and work on a real problem while applying learned techniques and tools to effectively resolve the problem and meet specified project goals.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a certificate from USF and ODU. To receive certification, students must successfully complete a project, give a presentation of their final storyboard, meet attendance requirements and pass a series of tests.

Are you looking to improve business processes, eliminate inefficiencies, enhance quality, build best-in-class systems, and be part of building a leaner culture at their organization by applying the same process improvement methodologies implemented by top companies across the globe? If so, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt is for you! This program is especially popular for:

  • Project Managers
  • Operation Managers
  • Project Team Participants
  • Business Analysts
  • Technical Specialists

Learning to build and use quality processes has been shown to increase customer satisfaction and eliminate waste. Students will learn the principles of the DMAIC process to achieve these goals:

  • Define a project
  • Measure the process through data collection and process reviews
  • Analyze the data utilizing statistical tools
  • Improve the process by creating effective solutions
  • Control to ensure the process continues to meet its output objectives

Dr. Ian Briggs is an entrepreneurial business leader and highly competent educator with over 20 years of successful teaching and management experience with an emphasis on leadership, operations, program and project management, sales and marketing, customer service and delivery, human resources, and employee learning and development. He has extensive global expertise in managing cross-functional teams across a broad range of industries including electronic manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, information technology, sports, non-profit, and healthcare. He has worked as a Regional Business Director (Southeast Asia) for Merck, and as a Business Manager for Microsoft with cross-cultural responsibility, directing highly successful global projects within these same organizations. As part of a protean career, for 10 years Dr. Briggs developed and managed his own business training and coaching world-class athletes for competition. More recently he has taken to educating companies and their employees with regard to leadership, effective people management, and improving organizational productivity and profitability through the efficient and sustainable use of human resources. This concept lends itself to the learning and use of Human Resource Management as a successful business methodology.

Dr. Briggs educational background includes an undergraduate degree in business, an MBA with a focus on international business and human resource management, and a PhD in Management with an emphasis on leadership and organizational change. With this very diverse background he is very keen to share a unique combination of academic and practical experience to prepare adult learners for their future success.

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It's time to make your move!

Dates: July 9 - September 24, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: Online (live, synchronous)

Fees: $2,995. Cost includes all materials, tools, final exam and final storyboard review. Students register and pay tuition with ODU. USF will provide login credentials to each student to access the class.

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Corporate Clients

Custom Green Belt training for your organization

ODU and USF are able to offer custom Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training for corporate clients! If you are an organization interested in offering training to your employees, let us set up a Lunch & Learn to tell you exactly what we can offer. Click here to contact us!