The 'belt' association with six sigma ranks
an employee's experience with 6 sigma projects. Starting with a Green Belt
and progressing to a Master Black Belt, each level has its own
requirements to be certified. These are people that are trained in Six
Sigma using DMAIC,
(Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) typically
using statistical process
control techniques with a control plan
to monitor process management goals.
The length of time and number of projects that is required for each level
is listed below.
Typically an apprentice in training to become a Black Belt. This level
typically utilizes statistical and quality
control techniques 2% to 5% of time, (about 1-2 hrs/week), and does
in house consulting and training. On average completing a minimum of 2
projects per Year
A team leader. Accountable for project improvements
to the completion of the process. The Black Belt is a mentor for a
Green Belt. Typically operates 5% to 10% of Time, (about 2-4 hrs/week),
and provides consulting and training. About 4 projects per year on
A mentor for Green and Black Belts. Typically accountable for initiating
project or process improvement plans and monitors those plans to the
completion of the process. Will do six
sigma projects 80% to 100% of the time. Also will do consulting,
mentoring, and training with 2 to 10 projects a year.
Also see Champion.