Frequently Asked Questions

Lean Six Sigma Training

  1. What should I expect from the training course?
  2. What is the difference between the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt semester delivery format and the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt accelerated 2 week program?
  3. Do I need to complete the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt before the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program?
  4. How often is the Lean Six Sigma semester delivery format offered?
  5. What are the course prerequisites?
  6. What does the course fee cover?
  7. Do you offer tuition payment plans?
  8. What is not covered by the course fee?
  9. Will a letter of completion be provided for my employer?
  10. Do you accept financial aid?
  11. Will I be certified upon completing the course?
  12. Will I receive a 1098-T tax form for the course?
  13. Will this course require much studying and preparation?
  14. Is there technology assistance for the course?
  15. How do I obtain Professional Development Units (PDUs)?

1. What should I expect from the training course?

The Lean Six Sigma program provides training on how to use the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) methodology to solve problems within your organization. Lecture topics include many proven Lean Six Sigma problem-solving methods and statistical tools, which are reinforced through hands-on learning exercises. The Green Belt semester delivery format is taught concurrently with our graduate course.

2. What is the difference between the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt semester delivery format and the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt accelerated 2 week program?

There is no difference, other than time frame.

3. Do I need to complete the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt before the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program?

It is highly recommended.

4. How often is the Lean Six Sigma semester delivery format offered?

This course is offered every spring and fall semester.

5. What are the course prerequisites?

There are no specific pre-requisites. It is, however, highly recommended that potential participants consider the following issues before enrolling in this course.

Lean Six Sigma training involves the use of statistical analysis, but this content is taught at a practical level so everyone can understand and learn. Through hands-on learning exercise, participants work as teams to collect data. Then, participants utilize the step-by-step instructions provided in their training manual to analyze their data using a statistical software package. Finally, the instructor reinforces the interpretation of this analysis in class.

Please note that potential participants should be fluent in English (written and spoken). A minimum TOEFL score of: 79 IBT, or 213 on the computer based exam, or 550 on the paper based exam, is a good guideline to determine if English language skills are adequate. Evidence of test scores, however, is not required to enroll in this certificate course.

Potential participants are encouraged to read through all the information on our website to determine if this course is right for you. If you still have questions, please contact us and we will be more than happy to discuss the details of the course with you personally.

6. What does the course fee cover?

  • Training Manual
  • Software
  • Quick reference guide
  • Instructional time
  • Certification exam (1 attempt)
  • On-campus parking
  • Refreshments (traditional delivery format only)

7. Do you offer tuition payment plans?

Payment is due in full at the time of registration.

8. What is not covered by the course fee?

Semester delivery format:
  • Completing a Lean Six Sigma project as part of this course*
  • Project consultation meetings with the instructor outside of class**
  • Project review (can be scheduled subsequent to the course – additional fees apply)

* If you are willing to meet the graduate course deadlines for the project as listed in the course outline, you may complete a project at no additional cost and receive the same type of feedback each graduate student will receive throughout the course.
** Also not covered by course fees for traditional delivery formats.

9. Will a letter of completion be provided for my employer?

Upon completion of the course, you may request a letter printed on UH letterhead that states whether or not you passed the course and gives your final grade. Grades for the Lean Six Sigma program are based solely on the certification exam given at the end of the course. Failure to take this exam (which is optional for graduate students) will result in a failing grade for the course for professional training participants (for graduate students the certification exam does not count towards your final semester grade, i.e., it is not an academic program final exam).

10. Do you accept financial aid?

Sallie Mae now offers personal loans to pay for professional development and continuing education courses. Please visit Sallie Mae's website for more information.
Please note that all course fees must still be paid by the posted deadlines. For more information as to how to apply for the Sallie Mae student loan, please contact our office of financial aid at 713.743.1010 option 3.

11. Will I be certified upon completing the course?

The certification process requires the following:
  • Participate in training course
    • Attendance at all sessions expected
  • Pass exam at end of course
    • Those who score 75% or better will receive certificate that states they are certified in Green/Black belt training
  • Complete project(s)
    • Green Belt level: 1 Green Belt project
    • Black Belt level: 1 Black Belt or 2 Green Belt projects
  • Pass project review*
    • Present entire project(s) at meeting
      1. 30-45 min. presentation
      2. 15-30 min. discussion
    • Instructor – verifies tools/methods used correctly
    • Managers/executives from company – verifies project savings, benefits, etc.
    • Those who pass will receive certificate that states they are fully certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green/Black Belt

* Fee for project review is included in the original course fees for the traditional delivery format, but additional fees apply for the project review in the semester delivery format.

12. Will I receive a 1098-T tax form for the course?

You will need to contact your CPA or a local tax office for instructions on how to file educational fees paid on your taxes.

13. Will this course require much studying and preparation?

Yes. Due to the difficulty of the level of information and the comprehensive nature of the course, participants are expected to dedicate additional time for studying, class preparation, and projects.

14. Is there technology assistance for the course?

Please note the following technology assistance that is offered for program participants:
  • Our course management system, Blackboard, is used to share course materials with participants electronically
  • An ID and password will be provided to each participant (please change your password after your initial login)
  • If you need assistance with accessing this system or to have your password reset, please contact Ms. Lois Nichols (lnichols@uh.edu or 713-743-1973)
  • Please note that that training participants should not use the Blackboard help desk, as this is a resource for academic students only

15. How do I obtain Professional Development Units (PDUs)?

  • Go to http://tel.occe.ou.edu/pmi/PMI_Member/PDUlogin.php3 to submit your PDU claim.
  • This course is recognized as a Registered Education Provider (REP) and registered with PMI under "TEMP 6342 – Contemporary Project Quality Management" (highest PDU type).
  • Please contact PMI directly for help with the PDU claim process.