Green Belt training is one level of the Six Sigma business management strategy that can be achieved through seminars or in an online setting. Green Belt certification and training offers a great jumping off place to move up within a corporation as well as becoming a more desirable candidate for a new position.
In 1987, Motorola launched a program that promoted a "Six Sigma" standard of quality, a statistical term meaning "within the smallest margin of error or defects." The term was not limited to Motorola's products but to every facet of the business, from production to administration, providing a company with fewer defects on every level.
Six Sigma spread and became a business and profit management strategy that was adopted by many different companies and today a highly sought-after trait for management and other business professionals to have.
Six Sigma is a method used to achieve measurable results within a quality management program, because any sort of quality or profit improvement will not be maintained if there is not statistical data behind it to prove it has achieved the desired result.
The Six Sigma approach involves something that Six Sigma champions refer to as DMAIC, or define, measure, analyze, improve and control.
Achieving a Six Sigma status most often happens in seminars lasting several weeks. There are both Green Belt and Black Belt certifications available. Green Belt certification covers all of the basics of Six Sigma. For an extended time commitment, as well as a steeper fee, a practitioner can receive a Black Belt, meaning a mastery of Six Sigma methodology as well as leadership skills.
The difference between the two is simply leadership responsibilities. Green Belt training is perfect for those who want to move up within a company as well as work on team-building skills without already being in a management or leadership position.
Regardless if a businessman obtains a Green Belt or a Black Belt, the person becomes a desirable candidate to move up within a corporate setting as Six Sigma continues to take off as a popular form of analyzing and improving profit through measurable data.
Nicole Miller is a law student and writer living and studying in Boston. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Northridge and is a published writer who has contributed to "Inside Kung Fu Magazine" and various websites.