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Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) Certificate Program with Externship

Program includes National Certification & an Externship Opportunity

The Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) Specialist

Six Sigma Specialists are tasked with supporting the project lead, most likely a Six Sigma Black Belt and provides a stepping stone to this advanced classification as well. Successful participants in this class will be poised to work on small, defined Six Sigma projects within an organization, requiring less oversight by the assigned manager (presumably a Six Sigma Black Belt). This ability to free up supervisory time reduces costs and increases productivity for entire projects, which presents significant value to both current and prospective employers. Whether in healthcare, finance, government, manufacturing or any other industry, Six Sigma Green Belt training is ideal for current professionals looking toward advancement in their current position as well as individuals looking to gain employment with any firm that utilizes these concepts and techniques.

The Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) Program

The Six Sigma Specialist program helps professionals to strengthen organizations by employing the core concepts of Six Sigma geared toward enhanced problem-solving skills with an emphasis on the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) model. The Six Sigma Specialist program presents an overview of the key concepts for the Six Sigma Green Belt Certification exam. Students will explore processes and team management, operational metrics, and key tools and techniques to achieve process excellence. This program is designed to prepare students to sit for the Six Sigma Green Belt Certification exam offered by the American Association for Quality.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Justify the value of Six Sigma metrics
  • Analyze customer information within a potential Six Sigma project
  • Apply the design for Six Sigma (DFSS) process
  • Apply theories of team dynamics to improve Six Sigma process
  • Apply the Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC) process
  • Generate process management documentation
  • Analyze the effects of statistical process control (SPC) on performance
  • Analyze process capability in the context of performance
  • Apply design of experiments (DOE) to a potential project
  • Use Microsoft Office


  • Describe the four key business drivers of Six Sigma
  • Discuss the value of Six Sigma to a company
  • Use Six Sigma metrics and scorecards to evaluate projects


  • Describe the goals of Six Sigma
  • Describe methods to collect customer data
  • Utilize customer data to provide customer feedback
  • Apply quality function deployment (QFD) to a project


  • Describe how organizations design for Six Sigma (DFSS)
  • Explain the differences between design and process failure mode and effects analysis (DFMEA and PFMEA)
  • Describe failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA)
  • Explain how quality function deployment (QFD) relates to Six Sigma (DFSS) process


  • Identify key individuals in the quality field
  • Explain how the teachings of key individuals in the quality field affected the Six Sigma methodology


  • Explain the Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC) problem-solving process
  • Use Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC) to solve problems in business


  • Identify the relationships between process input and output variables
  • Use a process map to define the scope of a project


  • Describe the goals and benefits of statistical process control (SPC)
  • Describe rational subgrouping
  • Complete a control chart


  • Describe the process of designing and conducting process capability studies
  • Differentiate between process performance and specifications
  • Compute process capability and process performance indices


  • Describe Six Sigma lean tools
  • Explain how lean tools relate to lean manufacturing

Note: This program can be completed in 6 months. However, students will have online access to this program for a 24-month period.

Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are several National Certification exams that are available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) Exam
      • The Six Sigma Green Belt certification requires 3 years of work experience in one or more areas of the Six Sigma Green Belt Body of Knowledge.
      • Work experience must be in a full time, paid role. Paid intern, co-op or any other course work cannot be applied

National Certification

Upon successful completion of this Auburn University program, students would be eligible to sit for the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB)exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the national certification exam and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so.Auburn University works with each student to complete the exam application and register the student to take their national certification exam.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location. Auburn University works with national organizations and has the ability to place students in externship opportunities nationwide.

Note: No refunds can be issued after the start date published in your Financial Award document.