There are four levels of certification available for Six Sigma experts:
n Executives-Senior management leaders that communicate, lead and direct the company's overall objectives toward a successful and profitable Six Sigma deployment.
n Champions-Upper-level managers who lead the implementation efforts of Six Sigma projects.
n Black Belts-Professionals who implement the principles, practices and techniques of Six Sigma.
n Green Belts-Professionals who lead and execute process-level improvement projects.
To be certified as a Six Sigma expert, professionals must take training programs, offered through ASQ and other training organizations.
Information on training and certification programs is available at www.isixsigma.com, a free online resource about Six Sigma. -Kate Maddox