FAQs

Find answers to your questions about Purdue MEP's Six Sigma certificate programs below and, if we haven’t answered your particular questions, please contact Debra Cochran at (317) 388-5129 or decochra@purdue.edu


About Our Workshops

What Six Sigma workshops do you offer?

We offer the following workshops:

 

Workshop Length Cost  

White Belt

1 day

$199

 

Green Belt

6 days (1 day/week for 6 weeks)

$2000

Body of Knowledge

Black Belt (includes Green Belt)

12 days (1 day/week for 12 weeks)

$3600
*Includes Minitab

Body of Knowledge


We also occasionally offer condensed schedules that consist of 5 consecutive days for Green Belt or 10 consecutive days for Black Belt. Visit our Workshops and Events page for information on current offerings.

What are the prerequisites for your workshops?

None of our programs has prerequisites, other than a strong desire to learn and demonstrate Six Sigma skills. A working knowledge of basic statistics is helpful but not required.

Do your workshops apply to my industry/role?

Our Six Sigma workshops are appropriate for individuals from any industry. 

In addition, our workshops are appropriate for individuals in many roles, including roles in production, quality, finance, human resources, logistics and shipping, customer service, sales and marketing, and product development.

Who teaches your workshops?

Our Six Sigma workshops are taught by skilled, knowledgeable instructors who have an average of 25 years of experience in manufacturing. Their backgrounds range from plant management, quality management, engineering, product design, process development, sales, finance, human resources, and continuous improvement. All have used Six Sigma to lead continuous improvement projects in industry.

Each of our instructors is passionate about providing high-value solutions to help companies reach higher levels of performance.

Why should I choose your program? What differentiates your program from others?

Purdue MEP has offered Six Sigma training since 2008 and has trained hundreds of individuals from a wide variety of manufacturing and service industries. Our instructors average 25 years of experience in manufacturing, and all have used Six Sigma to lead continuous improvement projects in industry. In the most recent year, our attendees gave our program an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5.

Our program is a high-quality, cost-effective way to increase your skills and add value to your organization. 

Do you offer a Lean Six Sigma certification or a Master Six Sigma Black Belt certification?

We do not offer these programs at this time. However, both our Green Belt and Black Belt programs introduce lean principles.  

What is your cancellation policy?

View our cancellation policy here.

 

Schedule

When and where are your workshops offered?

We offer Six Sigma workshops multiple times per year and in various locations in Indiana. Visit our Workshops and Events page for information on workshop dates and locations.

Will you conduct a workshop on site at my company?

Yes, we can conduct workshops on your site for a group of your employees; this is a cost efficient way to train multiple individuals. For more information, please contact Debra Cochran at (317) 388-5129 or decochra@purdue.edu

 

Fees, Discounts, and Materials

Does the course fee include all materials?

Yes, the fee includes all materials needed for the workshop, including the exam. You will receive these materials on the first day of class. The course materials and slides are provided electronically via a Purdue MEP issued USB drive. Pre-printed materials are available for purchase during the registration process for an additional fee of $25. 

When registering for Black Belt training, you will receive a six-month, non-renewable license to Minitab. If you already have access to Minitab and do not need this license, Purdue MEP will discount your fee by $600. Contact Debra Cochran at (317) 388-5129 or decochra@purdue.edu.   

Is a laptop required?

For the Green Belt workshop, a laptop is not required but suggested. A laptop with Minitab is required for the Black Belt workshop. The course materials and slides are provided electronically via a Purdue MEP issued USB drive and having a laptop available to view the slides during class is beneficial. 

Do you offer discounts if multiple individuals from one company sign up?

No. However, we can conduct workshops on your site for a group of your employees; this is a cost efficient way to train multiple individuals. For more information, please contact Debra Cochran at (317) 388-5129 or decochra@purdue.edu

Are your workshops eligible for GI Bill benefits?

Yes, our Green Belt and Black Belt workshops are eligible for Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

 

Credentials & CEUs

What credentials will I receive once I complete one of your workshops?

Credential

Requirements

Purdue MEP Green Belt Training Certificate

·         Attend all days of training

·         Score 80% or higher on the Green Belt exam

Purdue MEP Green Belt Certification

·         Attend all days of training

·         Score 80% or higher on the Green Belt exam

·         Successfully complete a Green Belt project

Purdue MEP Black Belt Training Certificate

·         Attend all days of training

·         Score 80% or higher on the Black Belt exam

Purdue MEP Black Belt Certification

·         Attend all days of training

·         Score 80% or higher on the Black Belt exam

·         Successfully complete a Black Belt project

Do you offer CEUs for the workshops?

Yes, you can obtain CEUs for completing our workshops. There is a $15 processing fee to obtain your CEU transcript record. If you are interested in obtaining CEUs, you can prepay at registration or request an application form at the end of the session.

Our workshops also qualify for professional development hours (PDHs) through the Indiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. Once you complete the workshop, Purdue MEP will provide you a certificate of completion you can submit to the board for these credits.

 

Six Sigma Projects

Is a project required?

To obtain a Purdue MEP Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt certification, you must complete a project. Completing a project allows you to demonstrate mastery of the new skills you have learned.

Your instructor can mentor you in identifying a project. You must submit your project for review within 120 days of the last class session, and the project must meet criteria set by your instructor to be approved. Both during and following the classroom sessions, your instructor will be available to coach and mentor you as you complete your project.

Can my project be kept confidential?

Yes. Our Six Sigma instructors will sign a non-disclosure agreement if necessary.

How can I complete a project if I am currently unemployed?

You can complete a project through another organization, such as a small business or non-profit organization. Your instructor can mentor you in identifying a project, but it is ultimately your responsibility to identify an organization.  

 

Green Belt to Black Belt

I’ve completed a Green Belt training through another organization. Can I take your Black Belt Workshop?

Yes. To enroll in our Black Belt workshop, you must demonstrate Green Belt knowledge by:

  • Submitting a certificate or other information showing that you have completed a Green Belt program; this information must be reviewed and approved by Purdue MEP.
  • Passing the Purdue MEP Green Belt exam.

You must also pay a $2100 fee for the Black Belt training. Contact Debra Cochran at (317) 388-5129 or decochra@purdue.edu for additional information.   

 

Failure to Pass

If I don’t pass the exam, what happens next?

If you fail the Green Belt exam, you can retake the exam one time at no additional cost. If you fail the exam a second time, you may repeat the Green Belt workshop at the regular cost. You cannot advance to Black Belt training until you pass the Green Belt exam.  

If you fail the Black Belt exam, you can retake the exam one time at no additional cost. If you fail the exam a second time, you may repeat the Black Belt workshop at the regular cost.

 

Contact

Debra Cochran
Debra Cochran
Events Specialist
317-388-5129
decochra@purdue.edu
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