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Six Sigma Green Belt
- February 1 – February 26, 2016
(see program outline)
Six Sigma Black Belt
- October 26 – December 17, 2015
(see program outline)
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Six Sigma Common Questions
What industries are using Six Sigma today?
Six Sigma is becoming increasingly relevant in the Financial Services field, Healthcare, Education, Government, as well as traditional services industries such as retailing, restaurants, and food service
What are the requirements for USC's Six Sigma Program?
There are some general guidelines for enrolling, which include:
- A four-year undergraduate degree or four years of professional experience
- An understanding of basic mathematical functions
- General proficiency in using computer software
- Access to the internet (preferably high-speed)
- To enroll in the Black Belt you must have completed a Green Belt Certificate Program
Is there any external reading for this program?
You will be required to complete the online modules outside of class, but there is no required reading beyond that.
How many online modules are there, and how much time does it take to complete the online modules?
There are a total of 12 required online modules. How fast you are able to complete the online modules will depend largely on your background and comfort with the topics. Students should expect to spend anywhere from 20-30 hours total completing the online modules. The individual modules range in length from 20-90 minutes.
How many instructor led online sessions are there?
There are 10 sessions over 2 weeks. Each session meets from 7pm - 9pm Monday - Friday.
What if I don't live in South Carolina, can I still enroll in the program?
USC's program is structured to make it convenient for out of state students to attend. Since our program offers such a flexible learning format, participants living outside the Columbia area can easily enroll in either program.
How long is the certification exam?
The certification exam is given in the afternoon on the last day of in-class training and takes approximately two hours to complete.
Will the instructor be available outside of class for consultation?
Yes, you will have the email and phone contact information of your instructor.
Is enrollment limited?
Yes, each class is limited to approximately 20 students. Contact us to find out if space is available in the upcoming programs.
What’s the difference between Lean and Six Sigma?
Lean is an improvement approach with an emphasis on waste and streamlining operations for maximum throughput. Six Sigma, a much broader approach, is a customer-focused (internal and external customers) problem solving methodology that strives for delivering high performance reliability and value by improving processes, reducing defects and variation. Some businesses may benefit from a combination, thereby reducing the waste and streamlining business processes before improving the processes.
Do you accept financial aid?
The majority of financial aid programs are only available to students attending credit courses which lead to a degree or other academic credential. Since USC Professional and Continuing Education does not offer credit courses, we are unable to process these traditional forms of financial aid.
Do I need to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?
No, the FASFA is used only for degree programs.
Are continuing education loans available for non-credit classes?
Yes, loans are available through Sallie Mae Continuing Education Loan Program. If you are considering paying for your program with a Sallie Mae loan, please visit their website for information. Note: Some programs sell out weeks before the start date. If you plan to apply for a loan with Sallie Mae, begin your application early to allow adequate processing time.
Can I get a loan for the cost of books and supplies as well as tuition?
This varies from lender to lender, but Sallie Mae will allow you to borrow up to 60% over the cost of tuition to cover books, supplies, transportation and other costs.
My credit rating is not the greatest. Should I still try to get a loan?
Many lenders will be happy to loan you the money if you have a co-borrower who will sign your loan agreement. Be aware that the interest rate on the loan will vary according to your credit rating.
Can I start a class while I am waiting for my loan to be approved?
No, but we accept credit cards for the cost of the class and would refund the same card when the loan money arrives.
My employer offers tuition vouchers. Do you accept these vouchers?
Yes, we are happy to accept your tuition voucher and invoice your employer. The voucher must clearly give the name and address of the employer as well as the amount allowed for the class.
Green Belt Questions
Why become a Six Sigma Green Belt?
A Six Sigma Green Belt can impact an organization's bottom line through employment of statistically based tools that are taught in Six Sigma Green Belt training. A Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate from USC demonstrates to an employer or potential employer that you have been trained in basic problem solving skills and the statistical tools needed to work effectively on process improvement under supervision of a Black Belt.
What type of work experience do you need for the Green Belt?
There is no specific work experience or number of years required to take the Green Belt Program.
Why participate in the USC Six Sigma Green Belt Program?
The University of South Carolina is one of the most highly respected universities in the Carolinas. At USC, you'll learn practical tools and techniques that will give you the confidence and knowledge needed to apply Six Sigma Green Belt skills in any process within your organization.
Is the focus of the Green Belt Certificate Program technical in nature or more management-based?
USC's Six Sigma Green Belt Program is unique in that it combines the technical aspects of Six Sigma with sound management practices. For example, we use the Case Study approach for assignments based on real business world issues. Participants will often work in teams on the scenarios and activities. This gives participants an opportunity to work in collaborative, team environments
Will I need to be re-certified as a Green Belt after a number of years?
No. Once you receive your Green Belt certification through our program you will not need to renew your certification.
Black Belt Questions
Why become a Six Sigma Black Belt?
A Six Sigma Black Belt can impact an organization's bottom line through employment of statistically based tools that are taught in Six Sigma Black Belt training. A Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate from USC demonstrates to an employer or potential employer that you have been trained in advanced problem solving skills and the statistical tools needed to effectively lead process improvement projects.
What type of work experience do you need for the Black Belt?
There is no specific work experience or number of years required to take the Black Belt Program.
Why participate in the USC Six Sigma Black Belt Program?
The University of South Carolina is one of the most highly respected universities in the Carolinas. At USC, the emphasis will be on practical tools and techniques giving the participant the knowledge to apply their Six Sigma Green Belt skills in any process within their own organization.
Will I need to be re-certified as a Black Belt after a number of years?
No. Once you receive your Black Belt Certification through our program you will never have to renew your certification.