Thursday, January 21, 2010

Six Sigma Training in LatitudeU

LatitudeU now offers Six Sigma online courses from the industry leading training provider - SkillSoft.

What is American Society for Quality?

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) is the world's leading authority on quality. With more than 100,000 individual and organizational members, this professional association advances learning, quality improvement, and knowledge exchange to improve business results, and to create better workplaces and communities worldwide.

What is Six Sigma?

Six Sigma is ASQ's systematic, rigorous and proven methodology focused on improving the quality of processes within an organization, and eliminating process defects. A successful implementation of these business improvement principles aligns all of a company's people, processes and energy around a common strategy and culture. Six Sigma Methodologies are applicable to organizations across the spectrum of industries, from manufacturing to service to healthcare.

Six Sigma Awareness

Successful Six Sigma implementations require a company-wide Six Sigma culture, with awareness and buy in from all employees in an organization. SkillSoft's Six Sigma introduction course is designed to help build a Six Sigma culture by introducing all employees in an organization to the foundation concepts of Six Sigma philosophy and process.

Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

Green Belts play a vital role in Six Sigma implementation by leading and executing the projects that improve processes, and supporting the Six Sigma culture throughout an organization. SkillSoft offers courseware that provides individuals with the concepts and philosophies necessary to support an organization's Six Sigma implementation at the Green Belt level. Click here to view the SkillSoft courses relating to Green Belt certification.

Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

Six Sigma Black Belts have a thorough understanding of all Six Sigma principles, can explain its philosophies and are the leaders of change within an organization. The SkillSoft's Six Sigma Black Belt provides candidates with a comprehensive understanding of the Black Belt body of knowledge. SkillSoft's Black Belt courseware is mapped directly to ASQ Black Belt exam objectives, with realistic examples and simulations derived from real experiences of certified Black Belts. The courseware is mapped to the Six Sigma DMAIC model. This view of Six Sigma recognizes the underlying and rigorous approach known as DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve and control). DMAIC defines the steps a Six Sigma practitioner is expected to follow, starting with identifying the problem and ending with the implementation of long-lasting solutions. While DMAIC is not the only Six Sigma methodology in use, it is certainly the most widely adopted and recognized. To download the Six Sigma Black Belt Body of Knowledge go to:

Click here to view the SkillSoft courses that map to the Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.

Six Sigma Champion Program

Six Sigma implementations require strong executive and management support. Champions are upper level managers who ensure the success of a Six Sigma strategy by supporting its implementation at all levels of an organization. SkillSoft has released 4 courses that map to the Champion Program. Click here for the list of courses that map to the Champion Program.


To maintain a Six Sigma Black Belt certification, ASQ requires the credential holder to recertify every three years. To recertify, the ASQ certified professional must earn 18 recertification units (RUs) within the three-year certification period or retake the exam.

Recertification guidelines permit the learners to obtain 9 of the 18 required RU's via eLearning and SkillSoft offers a range of professional development courses that may be eligible for RU credits. As applicability for RU's depends upon each learner's area of study and professional development plans, learners are responsible to verify with ASQ whether the SkillSoft course(s) they have chosen are relevant to the BOK or their own professional development. Specific information is included in the Recertification Journal/Application.

To view instructions for submitting your recertification information, go to:

For more information on Six Sigma Certification and ASQ go to:

Click here for the Six Sigma Course Catalog

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