Course Description

Enhance Your Career with Lean Six Sigma Green Belt!

This Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification program prepares the attendees to solve modern business problems using and applying Lean Six Sigma concepts and techniques. Beginning with the basic theories, including DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control), this certification course covers various tools associated with Lean and Six Sigma approaches. Students who complete their certification will gain an understanding of the strategic importance of business improvement, the need for fact-based management and how to deploy these tools in different sectors and organizations.

Who Should Attend: This course is relevant to any professional ranging from middle management to senior executives. No prior experience in process management or project management is required. Attendees from any industry will benefit as Lean Six Sigma are business problem solving approaches  applicable to every sector equally. This certification course includes a capstone project component which will require attendees to apply the Lean Six Sigma theories they learn in class in their workplace. As a result, there will be a real benefit to the attendees and their employers.

Learner Outcomes

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the background of Lean and Six Sigma philosophies
  • Explain the philosophy of six sigma quality and its potential impact on a business
  • Explain the key elements of lean thinking and linkage to Six Sigma
  • Apply quality tools and the DMAIC methodology in problem solving
  • Summarize the concept of Cost of Poor Quality
  • Conduct root cause analysis on a business problem
  • Map a process using the Process Flow Diagram
  • Apply concepts of Lean thinking and 7 forms of waste to improve business performance
  • Evaluate whether a process is value added or not
  • Summarize the challenges a business has in deploying Lean thinking
  • Lead a successful Six Sigma project in their respective organizations

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Course Materials: All materials shared via Blackboard

Technical Requirements

Remote Learning: The safety of our community is our top priority and we believe that extending remote teaching to support social distancing efforts is the best decision at this time. USD has created a dedicated COVID-19 website to serve as the first stop for the USD community for information. Visit the University's COVID-19 website (sandiego.edu/coronavirus) for the most current information for the USD community.


Undergraduate degree is preferred, but no there are no official requirements for this course. Unlike other Six Sigma certification courses, our Green Belt Certification includes all materials covered in the Yellow Belt course, plus what is needed for the Green Belt Certification.

Job Market and Career Outlook

Because Lean Six Sigma methodologies and concepts can be effectively applied to nearly every industry, those with this certification are well qualified for management and leadership positions within countless organizations. From automotive and manufacturing to healthcare and technology, Lean Six Sigma certificate holders will possess the skills needed to be successful in today’s business environment.

While there is no direct correlation between a Lean Six Sigma Certification and salary levels, those who hold this certificate are more likely to lead teams, hold management positions, and work as consultants – all career paths which typically equate to a higher than average salary.

Employers Hiring Six Sigma Green Belts

Companies that hire individuals to fill Six Sigma positions include General Electric Co., The Hershey Company, 3M, Abbott Laboratories, IBM, Honeywell, Newell Rubbermaid, Wells Fargo, and Siemens.

Experienced Instructors

Gurpreet Singh: Gupreet Singh, Ph.D., ASQ-MBB, CPSM, CPSD, C.P.M. is an international award-winning thought leader, consultant, entrepreneur, author, coach, and educator. Dr. Singh teaches both the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Yellow Belt courses at USD, while also managing his own consulting company, Strategic Supply Chain & Six Sigma Consulting. Prior to USD, Dr. Singh served as Assistant Professor in the Industrial Engineering department for the USD Shiley- Marcos School Of Engineering. Dr. Singh is also a visiting Professor for Rutgers University, NJ, San Diego State University, CA,  Georgetown University, D.C., and teaches various MBA, MS, and Executive MBA courses in Lean Six Sigma and Supply Chain Management.

FAQs about Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

Q: What is Lean?
According to Investopedia, "Lean" refers to any method, measure or tool that helps in the identification and elimination of waste.

Q: What is Six Sigma?
According to Investopedia, Six Sigma is a quality-control methodology originally developed as a management method to work faster with fewer mistakes that has now become an industry standard with certifications offered to practitioners.

Q: What is Lean Six Sigma?
Lean Six Sigma is a “team-focused managerial approach that seeks to improve performance by eliminating waste and defects. It combines Six Sigma methods and tools and the lean manufacturing/lean enterprise philosophy, striving to eliminate waste of physical resources, time, effort and talent while assuring quality in production and organizational processes.”


The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Senior College and University Commission (WASC).



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Online Fixed-Date
Jan 31, 2022 to Apr 04, 2022
Course Format
Course Fee(s)
BUS PD - $3500 credit $3,500.00
Available for Extension Credit
3.0 units
  • Gurpreet Singh
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