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Certified Lean Six Sigma - Yellow Belt (classroom)

Certified process improvement and quality management qualification, in three levels


What is Lean Six Sigma?

Lean Six Sigma is a powerful management tool that provides organisations with a systematic approach to enhance profitability, productivity, overall business performance and most importantly, customer satisfaction. Lean Six Sigma uses a statistical approach and methodology to measure and reduce variation to improve performance and eliminate waste, including:

  • Defects

  • Over-Production

  • Waiting

  • Non-Utilized Talent

  • Transportation

  • Inventory

  • Motion

  • Extra-Processing

We are now living in an ever-increasingly digital world. More companies are adopting a digital-first approach. Lean Six Sigma can also be a beneficial tool for companies that are seeking to embrace large organisational changes, such as a full digital transformation, as it can assist in driving simplification, automation and digitisation of processes.


Why study Lean Six Sigma?

Lean Six Sigma not only reduces process defects and waste, but also provides a means for achieving a culture for continuous improvement. Virtually any key business process where the Lean Six Sigma methodology is properly applied and sustained, could return high yield, bottom-line results. By investing in Lean Six Sigma, you’re investing in the future of your organisation and giving staff the tools to confidently make operational decisions.


Why Study Lean Six Sigma at UWS?

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is one of Scotland’s largest modern Universities with almost 17,000 students. At UWS we’re keen to join forces with like-minded organisations, for the benefit of our students and wider society. Our academic schools are always working with a host of industry, government and academic partners. 

With ambitious plans for continuous development, UWS aims to have a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of Scotland, and beyond, by providing relevant, high quality, inclusive higher education and innovative and useful research. We aim to make the communities we serve more successful; and to create opportunities for all to participate.

UWS deliver a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in this field, including MSc Project Management and MSc Quality Management we pride ourselves on our extensive links with industry. All of our Lean Six Sigma programmes are delivered by academics who boast years or practical experience in the field and as such, UWS is one of the leading providers of Lean Six Sigma training in Scotland and is an affiliate member of the Institute of Six Sigma Professionals (ISSP). 

Given current social distancing guidelines, we have transformed all of our Lean Six Sigma courses to be delivered digitally. As a result, delegates will be able to engage with our course leaders during interactive group classes. Additionally, delegates will have access to our dedicated learning portal where they can continue their self-paced study. Here, delegates will have unlimited access to course case studies, academic materials and tasks, should they wish to revisit and consolidate any specific areas of teaching upon completion of the course. 


Introductory Element (Yellow Belt)

The introductory element will introduce course participants to the concepts of Lean and Six Sigma, providing introduction, knowledge and practical application of some key tools and techniques to help bring about process improvement. This element (Yellow Belt) of the certification has a practical focus and comprises 17 modules. These modules cover an introduction to:


  • Six Sigma

  • Lean

  • Lean Six Sigma

  • Systems and Process Thinking


  • Lean Six Sigma tools

  • Variation

  • Kaizen

  • 5-S

  • Value Stream Mapping


The introductory element also covers: Total Productive Maintenance, Problem Solving and the Seven Tools of Quality Improvement, Team Work, Process mapping, Measurement Systems Analysis.

The introductory element is assessed though an extensive, probing examination. The assessment is a one-hour, open-book, multiple-choice examination consisting of 50 questions. The pass mark is 60%.


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