Lean Six Sigma Certification

Offering Green Belt and Black Belt Certifications

For organizations to be successful, they need a consistent methodology and common terminology for continuous improvement. The Lean Six Sigma program offered by Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business integrates the best of the Lean and Six Sigma methodologies to more effectively solve complex problems with unknown solutions while identifying improvement opportunities. The program also offers introductions to best-in-class methods in business analysis and change management—setting the “gold standard” in Lean Six Sigma training.

The Lean Six Sigma Certification Program received a 4.95 out of 5.0 overall satisfaction rating from program participants.

Lean Six Sigma is now a global trend—a methodology for business excellence through continuous improvement. Upon certification, participants will be equipped with tools to optimize business processes and contribute to breakthrough results in corporate performance: the same process-improvement skills that enabled early pioneers such as Motorola and General Electric to produce dramatic results in organizational performance. The curriculum integrates Six Sigma and Lean with business analytics and business intelligence under one umbrella, making it the most comprehensive offering in Atlanta. The 27 people who attended the last program gave it an overall satisfaction rating of 4.95 out of 5.0.

Program Format

  • You can earn a Green Belt in five days by attending our weeklong Lean Six Sigma program. You are required to attend class and complete assigned homework. No project is required for the Green Belt.
  • You can earn a Black Belt by attending the Green Belt weeklong program and also attending the weeklong Black Belt program. You are required to attend class, participate in the LSS simulation, and complete an approved Black Belt project.

Program Content

Six Sigma is about quality. Lean is about speed through reduction in waste and complexity. Both Six Sigma and Lean offer sets of tools that are dedicated to meeting customer requirements. A major component of this program is the DMAIC process.

  • Define: Focus on the big picture, understanding customer requirements, project prioritization, charting a project, scheduling, listening to the "voices" of the customers, the processes, and the employees.
  • Measure: Focus on gaining a competitive advantage through business analytics; Identifying inputs and outputs, types of measures, setting targets, data collection, root cause analysis, and introduction to Minitab software.
  • Analysis: Focus on diagnosis first, then action. Qualitative and quantitative analysis, process analysis, hypothesis testing, descriptive statistics, forecasting models, process flowchart techniques, non-parametric testing, and benchmarking.
  • Improve: Focus on process improvement as an engine for
    organizational growth. Developing potential solutions, creating the
    future state, optimizing solutions, identifying Kaizen events, evaluating risk, and service recovery.
  • Control: Focus on implementing controls and developing standards. Evaluating financial benefits, monitoring process changes, understanding process capability, developing response plans, and effective project closure.

Professor LevineProgram Participants (Who Should Attend)

  • Individuals interested in developing a deep understanding of Lean Six Sigma and business analytics
  • Individuals who want to earn a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt Certification
  • Individuals who are responsible for planning and leading continuous improvement projects
  • Individuals who want to advance or change their careers by obtaining a Lean Six Sigma certification
  • Teams who want to work together to effectuate plans and implement high-priority projects

Program Benefits

Program participants will return to their organizations with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Effectively apply Lean Six Sigma methods and tools
  • Clearly articulate the DMAIC Six Sigma stages and objectives
  • Integrate business performance management with Lean Six Sigma methodologies
  • Lead departmental projects to higher performance
  • Become more effective team members for key cross-functional projects
  • Bring about measurable improvements in customer satisfaction, product quality, and profitability
  • Lead mission-critical transformational change initiatives that create sustainable corporate value

Program Faculty

  • Michael Jordan, EDB, Master Black Belt
  • Kenneth Levine, DBA, Master Black Belt (Pictured above)
  • Satish Nargundkar, Ph.D., Master Black Belt

Buckhead CenterWhen

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

The five-day Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program will be held:

April 11-15, 2016, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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July 18-22, 2016, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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September 12-16, 2016, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

The five-day Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program will be held:

June 13-17, 2016, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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November 28 - December 2, 2016, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Georgia State University, Robinson College of Business
Buckhead Center, Tower Place 200, Suite 500, 3348 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326


Green Belt Certification

$3,750 per person, standard registration fee

Black Belt Certification (Green Belt Required)

Note: If you received your Green Belt anywhere other than Georgia State University, you must send a copy of the certificate to our office to complete your registration. If you received your Green Belt from GSU, you must send your course completion date to our office to complete your registration. Send all materials to Shelley Nelson at snelson30@dev.gsu.edu.

$3,950 per person, standard registration fee


We offer the following discounts. Send an email to execed@dev.gsu.edu or call the Executive Education Center at 404-413-7300 to confirm eligibility and obtain the appropriate discount code.

  • Early Bird (30 Days Prior to Program Start) - 5%
  • Non-Profit Organizations - 10%
  • Military and Veterans - 10%
  • Companies sending a team of three or more - 10%
  • Past Exec Ed Program Participants - 10%
  • GSU Alumni - 25%
  • GSU Student - 25%
  • GSU Faculty or Staff Member - 50%

Individuals in the government's WIA Program need to choose a Green Belt weeklong program and a Black Belt weeklong program. This qualifies as your approved "combo" package. Call Shelley Nelson, Georgia State University, at 404-413-3932 if you have questions, or contact the Workforce Development Specialist located in your county.

Fee covers tuition, books and materials, Certificate in Lean Six Sigma, Minitab 14 student software, computer simulation licensing fees (if applicable), breakfast and lunch, snacks, wireless Internet, on-site IT support, and parking in the Tower Place 200 parking structure.


Upon program completion, you will receive a Lean Six Sigma Certification.

"With continued corporate pressure to improve capital efficiency, GSU's Lean Six Sigma is just what the doctor ordered. The program combines the right level of project management, statistics, and fun. I realized small improvements equal big cost savings!"

"Combining the quantitative analysis tools with Lean and Six Sigma provides an obvious competitive advantage for any manager in any industry. As the techniques became obvious, I could hardly wait until the end of class to get started improving another process!"

"I took the Lean Six Sigma Gold training to help bulletproof my resume, but have found the basic principles so useful in my current position that I am seeing success immediately in my approach to problem solving and efficiency at work."

"I had an interview last week with a marketing company. They were really excited about the Six Sigma. I said I was taking the Green Belt exam this month and I would be taking the Black Belt certification too. A lot of their clients use Six Sigma and they said just saying I had a Green Belt would be impressive to the clients. I don't even have it yet but it has been helpful."

"Excellent instructors with a wide array of knowledge and relate concepts to real world Lean and Six Sigma projects. I highly recommend this training for personal and career development."