Lean Six Sigma Certificates

Yellow and Green Belt Certifications

A certificate in Lean Six Sigma prepares you to eliminate waste or inefficiency in your workplace. Specifically, the certificates address how managerial employees can rid their systems of Defects, Overproduction, Transportation, Waiting, Inventory, Motion, and Overprocessing as it applies to engineering concepts. 

If you are a professional working in a hospital, a manufacturing facility, or any service industry, a certificate in Lean Six Sigma helps you learn the tools necessary to undertake continuous improvement projects aimed at reducing and eliminating waste, reducing project variations, improving customer satisfaction, and increasing your organization's bottom line.

The College of Engineering & Engineering offers three certificates in Lean Six Sigma

  • Yellow Belt: 1-day course

Lean: VSM, 5S, Mistake-proofing, Pull Systems, Little's Law, SMED, Takt time, PDCA, Fishbone, Scatter plots, Process Maps, Kaizen events, measurements, Continuous ImprovementLean Six Sigma at NIU CEET

  • Green Belt: four-day course, after completing Yellow Belt

       Lean Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC) methodology and the tools        that can be applied in each phase. Participants receive a certificate after successfully                completing a project reviewed by a panel of judges.

Define: Origins of Six Sigma, SMART problem/goal statement, CTQ tree, SIPOC, Pareto Analysis, Stakeholder Analysis, COPQ, Project Charter.

Measure: Process Maps, Cause and Effect diagrams, Measures and Metrics (DPU, FPY, DPMO, KPI Trees, Location and Spread, Sampling, MSA, MSA Drill down, Gage R&R, Cp, Cpk, IMR and Run Charts

Analyze: Source of Variation, ANOVA, Simple Linear Regression, DoE

Improve: Affinity Diagrams, FMEA, Cost benefit Analysis, Solution Selection

Control: Project Management, Change Management, Control Plans, Poka - Yoke, Control Charts, Dashboard tracking, Documentation

Participants are required to complete a small project and present the project findings to a panel of judges in order to obtain a green belt. Depending upon your availability and the nature of the support that one receives from the organization in which the project is conducted, it could take any where from three to four months to complete the project.

  • Black Belt: three-day course, after completing Green Belt

DMAIC overview, DMADV, VOC, QFD, Kano Analysis, Advanced DOE, Multiple Regression, Soft Skills

Current Classes

Yellow and Green Belt package: $1,500.00 per person (includes training material, lunch and refreshments)
Black Belt package: $3,500.00 per person (includes training material, lunch, and refreshments)


Location Address Dates for all classes Times for each class meeting Registration Link
NIU Naperville 1120 East Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563 

Black Belt - January 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 11, 2017

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Register now
NIU Hoffman Estates 5555 Trillium Blvd., Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 

Yellow Belt - March 4, 2017

Green Belt - March 11, 18, 25, and April 1, 2017

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Register now
NIU Naperville 1120 East Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563 

Yellow Belt - January 7, 2017

Green Belt - January 14, 21, 28, and February 4, 2017

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Register now

 Note: Please check the display board near the reception for any last minute room changes.


Why Six Sigma at NIU

  • Modules are taught by knowledgeable faculty members and Master Black Belts who are currently working in large corporations
  • Flexible and convenient course options, such as weekends and evenings
  • Face to face course delivery
  • On site training available to groups of 15 or more

Many Locations across the Region*

  • NIU Chicago 
  • NIU DeKalb
  • NIU Hoffman Estates 
  • NIU Naperville

*Training at your facility available for groups of 15 or more.