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3 Types of Six Sigma Certifications

Six Sigma Certification gives power to employees to bring true business transformation. This in turn facilitates an enterprise to provide better products & services to its customers.

Any enterprise that certifies employees (or professionals) needs to have the necessary infrastructure such as: Six Sigma training curriculum, trainers, improvement projects, experts to mentor projects, certification criteria, etc.

Immaterial of the belt one wishes to acquire, Six Sigma Certifications can be broadly classified as follows:

  • First Party Certification
  • Second Party Certification
  • Third Party Certification

First Party Six Sigma Certification

Large Enterprises often create their internal infrastructure to certify employees. This infrastructure should include: six sigma experts, trainers, training curriculum, project selection criteria, project mentoring/coaching model, and certification criteria to certify all deserving employees. This helps establish employees as having a class above the rest, thus improving creativity and productivity of quality goods or services. Some examples include GE, Caterpillar, Bank of America, etc.

Six Sigma Certification criteria, body of knowledge, and hence proficiency levels vary between different enterprises.

The value of such a first party certification is often tied to brand value of enterprises. Hence certificates from fortune 100 enterprises do carry a good deal of recognition in the market.


Second Party Six Sigma Certification

Companies that do not have the infrastructure to train their employees, or lack the expertise, will engage an agency to assess and certify employees. Companies leverage the agency’s infrastructure and credibility to issue co-branded certifications.

However, co-branded Six Sigma certifications often come under the scanner, as agencies might be obliged to certify employees purely out of business compulsions.


Third Party Certification

Here employees get Six Sigma certification from an agency all by themselves. An employee will realize the potential of such a certification in today’s competitive job market, and drive him/herself to complete their certification.

The advantage with this type of certification is that it is a purely neutral certificate. Of course, the brand of agency matters and the employee will need to satisfy all criteria to get certified. Due to lack of a universal certification body, many agencies may have diluted certification standards. This makes it easy to receive a certification, but with little real value attached to it.

If you are looking for a six sigma certification, then, check your options. Consider the following:

  • First Party Certification: You need to check if the employer’s brand is universally recognized and if it is a fortune 100 company.
  • Second Party Certification: You need to check if the criteria used for certification is in line with the industry standard, and if there is enough hands-on exposure to six sigma tools and techniques.
  • Third Party Certification: You need to check the training curriculum and content, industry specific examples, case studies, statistical software exposure, certification criteria, personal guidance, brand, etc., between various third party certifiers before selecting one.

A good trade-off will be to receive training from a reputed organization in fulfilling the above guidelines, and then take the Six Sigma Certification from an industry recognized body like ASQ. This way you get the best of both!

Canopus Six Sigma Green Belt

Canopus Six Sigma Green BeltWe aim to give power in your hands, the power & confidence to fast track your career and grow professionally. Canopus Six Sigma Green Belt Power+ is just about that.

While you will receive access to 22 chapters of online Six Sigma Green Belt course, you will also be mentored by our Lean Six Sigma experts to complete 1 live Lean Six Sigma project at your work place. At the end of the course, you will receive Green Belt Certification from Canopus Business Management Group.

 We are Accredited Training Organization of International Association for Six Sigma Certification (IASSC) & The Council for Six Sigma Certification (CSSC)


How Lean Six Sigma project mentoring works

  • You will be guided by our Lean Six Sigma expert in each phase of DMAIC in Six Sigma Green Belt project
  • There will be 5 project mentoring sessions (over telephone), 1 for each phase of DMAIC
  • Each session will be of 30-45 mins duration
  • During these sessions, our Lean Six Sigma expert will guide you with the Six Sigma Project such as,  how to approach the overall problem, Lean Six Sigma tools to be used, what hypothesis tests to run, how to address change management aspects
  • You will also have indefinite email access to our Lean Six Sigma experts. All emails will be replied within 48 hours
  • 5 project mentoring sessions will be completed within 120 days of registration. This has no bearing on Lean Six Sigma project delays, discontinuity etc.

(Note : You need to have an active Six Sigma Project for mentoring to work)

Green Belt Six Sigma Certification  – Way forward

After taking our course, if you fulfill our Certification criteria below, you will receive Canopus Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification that is widely accepted in Industry, being an Accredited Training Organization of IASSC.

At any time in future, you can additionally enhance your credibility as a Certified Lean Six Sigma  Professional by appearing for certification evaluations of IASSC ( or ASQ (

IASSC™ Accreditation does not constitute its’ approval or recognition of our own lean six sigma certification program. The only method to earn an IASSC certification is to successfully sit for and pass an official IASSC certification™ exam. We do upon request administer or provide access to IASSC Certification exams for an additional cost of $295 towards exam fees payable to IASSC.

Certification Criteria

  1. Completion of 22 chapters of online Six Sigma Green Belt course offered by Canopus Business Management Group
  2. Clear online Lean Six Sigma exam conducted by Canopus Business Management Group (in single attempt)
  3. Submit proof for application of Lean Six Sigma concepts(Application of at least 5 Lean Six Sigma Tools to real-life problem or 1 Six Sigma Project)
  4. At the discretion of Canopus, you may have to take viva by Lean Six Sigma industry expert


  • 60 days access to online Six Sigma Green Belt course from date of registration
  • 15 days access for appearing for certification after completing online Six Sigma Green Belt course
  • 120 days project mentoring support from registration


60 days access to 22 chapters of online Six Sigma Green Belt course + Canopus Six Sigma Green Belt certification + 5 project mentoring sessions + indefinite email access to expert is Rs.19,999 + 18% GST

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