Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate

Develop your quality management and project leadership talents

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt is skilled in leading small-scale Six Sigma improvement projects.  With this valuable credential, you’ll have the skills to use proven techniques for solving quality problems and improving processes.


  • Format: Online

    Hours: 40 hours / 4.0 CEUs

    When: Oct. 12 - Dec. 7, 2015

    Cost: $1,899

The University of Georgia offers the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Online Certificate Course. This eight-week, online program explains Lean Six Sigma methodologies and helps you become certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

The program includes:

  • audio presentations with corresponding visuals 
  • asynchronous discussion boards
  • weekly, instructor-led, live Web sessions to discuss Six Sigma topics
  • modules on the Six Sigma philosophy, DMAIC methodology, graphical analysis tools and statistical methods
  • a case study addressing regulated industries, manufacturing problems, R&D, marketing and office operations

What is Lean Six Sigma?

It combines several methodologies:

  • Six Sigma is an enterprise-wide, project-driven quality improvement approach that emphasizes a systematic approach to problem solving and making decisions based on data. Six Sigma results in increased customer satisfaction, improved quality and reduced costs.
  • DMAIC is a five-step methodology used for projects aimed at improving an existing business process.
  • Lean is a method that concentrates on reducing waste by improving work flow and eliminating mistakes.

Together, these methodologies provide companies a powerful means to delight their customers and improve bottom-line results. Initially implemented in manufacturing firms, Lean Six Sigma techniques are now being used by hospitals, educational institutions, banks, retail operations, insurance companies and other service-related industries to reduce waste, improve customer service, and reduce costs. 

Course Information

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Course Date: 
Monday, October 12, 2015 - Monday, December 7, 2015
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Online. Eight weeks of audio presentations with corresponding visuals, supplemental materials as downloadable.pdf's, and weekly, instructor-led Web meetings. Students will also interact with each other in an asynchronous discussion board. 

Once-a-week live online classroom sessions with the instructor will be on Monday evenings 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. These sessions will be archived for later viewing if the student is unable to participate in these live meetings. 

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Continuing Education Information: 

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and will receive a University of Georgia Certificate of Completion that awards 4.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Visit the University of Georgia CEU policies for more details.

Dr. Mary McShane-Vaughn earned a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and an MS in Statistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in Flint, Michigan. She is currently Principal at University Training Partners, a company that develops and delivers Six Sigma training for corporations and universities.

Over the past four years, Dr. McShane-Vaughn has helped hundreds of professionals learn and apply Lean Six Sigma principles to their workplaces. Previously, she was a tenured faculty member at Southern Polytechnic State University. For 8 years, she directed and grew their Master of Science in Quality Assurance program and taught Statistics, Statistical Quality Control, Linear Regression and Design of Experiments in the graduate program.

Before her career in academics, Dr. McShane-Vaughn worked for 15 years as a quality engineer and statistician in the automotive, medical device manufacturing, consumer products testing and revenue management industries.  

Dr. McShane-Vaughn is the past chair of the Six Sigma Black Belt exam for the American Society for Quality, and currently serves on the Editorial Review Board of Six Sigma Forum Magazine for ASQ. She was an examiner for the Georgia Oglethorpe Board of Examiners, Georgia's equivalent of the National Malcolm Baldrige Award. Dr. McShane-Vaughn is a senior member of the American Society for Quality and a member of the American Statistical Association. She holds ASQ certifications as a Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Engineer and Reliability Engineer.

The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook: A Quick Reference Guide to 100 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed [Paperback] 

Authors: Michael L. George, John Maxey, David Rowlands, Mark Price 
Paperback: 225 pages 
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (August 1, 2004) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0071441190 
ISBN-13: 978-0071441193 

This book may be available at your local bookstore and can be ordered online for under $20. Textbook references are identified by the book and page number icon in the online course presentation / materials.