For students that are looking for Lean Six Sigma training, provider accreditation is an important criterion to consider. There are several key questions regarding accreditation. Is accreditation important? Are all accreditations the same? Yes, accreditation can be a way to find a quality program. Unfortunately, this designation is not always a determination of a quality program. There are some accreditations that mean nothing, because the process to be accredited is not thorough.
Trusted Accreditation Providers
So, how do you separate the good accredited providers from the bad?
The most important thing to look at is the accrediting body. Is the accrediting body a for-profit or non-profit organization? While both types can provide excellent accrediting services, there are some for-profit organizations that only require a passing grade on an exam for Lean Six Sigma belt certifications. Non-profit organizations are more legally controlled and may, as a result, take a stricter view of accreditation requirements.
What are some examples of non-profit organizations that offer accreditation for training providers? There are a number of these organizations, but two that are very well known in the professional training arena are the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Not only are both organizations non-profit, but they have demonstrated their dedication to quality training programs and providers for years by requiring an extensive accreditation process and maintaining high standards.
What is Accreditation?
What does accreditation mean? There isn’t a single answer to this question. For PMI and IACET, as mentioned above, the accredited organization has undergone scrutiny regarding the training, instructors, and material that is used on a general basis. While there are not any requirements for specific Six Sigma training, there is a general understanding that the training programs should provide the skills required for individuals to successfully conduct themselves at the belt level completed. For instance, a student trying to earn a Six Sigma Green Belt certification would have the training needed to complete a green belt level project and demonstrate their skill by successfully completing a real world green belt level project, which has been reviewed and approved by a Master Black Belt.
The next thing to consider beyond accreditation by PMI and/or IACET is what does the Lean Six Sigma organization require for a proper combination of training and project completion for certification? Learn more about project-based accreditation.
Remember, an accredited training provider label is only as good as the organization that offers it. You should always do your due diligence regarding the training organization and the accrediting body. Learning the details about both will ensure that you find a quality training program that will enhance your Six Sigma career.