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Helping consumers like you find the best Six Sigma training & certification available for your specific needs and budget… whether at a leading university, a private training provider, or by utilizing our free self-study material.


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Take your career to the next level. Setting the bar for accreditation standards worldwide, our certifications are what employer’s trust.

Whether you are looking for a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification or a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, our certifications are the trusted industry solution. Choose from a Master Black Belt, Black Belt, Green Belt, Yellow Belt, or White Belt Certification.

Whether you are looking for a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification or a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, our certifications are the trusted industry solution. Choose from a Master Black Belt, Black Belt, Green Belt, Yellow Belt, or White Belt Certification.

Lean Six Sigma simply means a program that includes “lean” principles in the Six Sigma Curriculum. Most (if not all) Six Sigma programs are actually identical to their “Lean” Six Sigma counterparts.

The primary reason for the widespread misunderstanding is because although Six Sigma began decades ago, it was only when the military began implementing it that it became a household name.  However, since the military referred to it as “Lean Six Sigma”, it has caused confusion ever since.

To accommodate employers and employees alike, we offer both varieties.

If you are unsure of which to choose, we typically recommend “Six Sigma” for most people.  We recommend “Lean Six Sigma” for those that work in the public sector or armed forces.

Need training first?

View our listing of accredited training providers and mentors. We are the largest industry accreditation provider to colleges, universities, and private training organizations worldwide**.  For those that are self-reliant (or cannot afford traditional training), we also offer free training materials to help you achieve your certification goals.

The Council for Six Sigma Certification serves as an Official Industry Standard of Six Sigma Accreditation for Six Sigma training providers worldwide who choose to join together behind our standardization after disclosing their internal operations. We are a professional accrediting body within the Six Sigma industry with affiliates that sell training, mentoring, coaching, or consulting services in many categories.

Our objective is to ensure that Six Sigma Certified individuals have been exposed to the complete Six Sigma Body of Knowledge and have been required to meet a minimum standard of proficiency for six sigma and its implementation. This is achieved by requiring all training and/or certification providers to meet specific criteria in not only their education requirements, but also in their testing requirements. Our accredited training providers are rigorously reviewed to ensure that they meet an extensive checklist of compliance. Once approved, accredited providers are monitored to determine if the program has been altered, a new instructor is introduced, or a certification requirement is modified.

Free Self-Study Guides & Full Edition Manuals for Six Sigma Professionals:

The Council for Six Sigma Certification is excited to offer a perfect solution for those that are self-reliant or simply cannot afford the cost of traditional six sigma training. If you are comfortable tackling the methodology on your own, we are here to help! Simply read the necessary self-study guide and take the certification exam. If you have problems along the way, we recommend that you reach out to a Mentor or Training Provider.

Keeping training providers honest…

As an added benefit to the entire Six Sigma industry, we help force training providers to add more value beyond just a textbook. By offering FREE self-study six sigma training manuals, they are pressured to offer additional supplemental materials and instructor support in return for the prices they charge.

Always up to date…

Because our six sigma training guides are the basis of many training provider’s programs, we are constantly receiving feedback from them and the Six Sigma community that we can use to make our training (and their training) better. This ensures that we can always offer the latest updates, improvements, and industry changes in an easily obtainable up-to-date edition for everyone to enjoy.

Our top priority is ensuring that you receive the best quality Six Sigma training possible.  However, we realize that your priorities are not as simple.  Money, time, and energy all play a part in your decisions as well.   

If you have limited time to devote to your Six Sigma training, we STRONGLY encourage you to utilize the free Self-Study Guide.  Most, if not all, online “self-paced” training providers have a course deadline (typically 12 months) and there are no guarantees that they will stay in business before you complete your training with them.

Whenever you are comparison shopping, it is always wise to break down the different features you should hopefully be getting:

Low-Cost Self-Study option:

Total Cost: Free (White Belt), $150 (Yellow Belt), $250 (Green Belt), $350 (Black Belt)

  • Free Comprehensive Training Materials 
  • Certification (exam fees vary) 


Approved Training Provider*:

Total Cost: Typically 3x – 30x higher than the Self Study Option

  • Comprehensive Training Materials (Note: many providers are simply providing our Free Self-Study Guide as their core curriculum).
  • Certification  (exam fees vary)
  • Tools & Templates (see below)
  • Instructor Guidance & Support (see below)

Training Materials: 

No matter how you learn Six Sigma, some type of textbook or manual will be involved. The methodology is far too comprehensive to be handled with a handful of videos.  You will be reading the material one way or another.

Six Sigma training covers quite a bit of material (and at times rather complicated concepts). It will be necessary for you to be able to easily reference a specific topic when carrying out a project in the future.

That is why Six Sigma Certification exams that are closed book are less respected. Any Six Sigma professional who doesn’t use a reference book in the field is questionable.  So why should the testing standard be any different?

Keep in mind that Six Sigma is a “methodology”.  It is a process made up of steps.

Whenever you have a complicated process of “steps”, you should always utilize a reference manual.  That is why commercial airline pilots are REQUIRED to reference their checklist every time they fly.  It ensures that the process is under control (exactly what Six Sigma by definition strives for).

So the difference between the “Self-Study” and “Training Provider” approach boils down to the 2 features (above): “Tools & Templates” and “Instructor Guidance & Support).  Let’s take a look at them one by one.

Tools & Templates:

In our post-Google world, many tools and templates can easily be found on the internet for free.  This should not be something that affects your decision.

Many training providers will also include statistical software (trial or full version).  Some professionals prefer a more robust software such as Minitab.

Please keep in mind that this software can always be purchased at a later time independently (software manufacturers also typically have a trial version available on their websites).

Also keep in mind that in real-world work environments Microsoft Excel is still the most commonly used software.  Many Excel templates are freely available online.

Even for those that don’t own Excel, again Google is your friend.  There are numerous free alternatives to Excel.

It all boils down to “Guidance and Support”…

Based on what you have learned above you should now realize that it all boils down to “guidance and support”.  So this forces us to rephrase the question again:

“Does the guidance and support I will receive justify the extra costs?”

Now before we continue, it is important to point out one glaring fact.  If you choose to use the free self-study materials but feel like you need quite a bit of assistance along the way… you can reach out to a provider or mentor.

With that said, let’s face it, in today’s Google-age, most people are pretty self-reliant and resourceful when it comes to finding answers to their questions.

Okay back to our question, “Does the guidance and support I will receive justify the extra costs?”.  Please consider the following analogy…

Remember back when you were in school?  Teachers would always assign “reading assignments”  (typically a chapter in a textbook) for homework.  But what happened in the classroom the next day always varied based on the quality of your teacher.

Bad Teachers:

You read your chapter and came into class.  For the lecture, the teacher would then read the same chapter AGAIN out-loud (forcing you to endure it twice).  Worse yet, some teachers would make their students take turns reading it (so in the meanwhile they could focus on other tasks).

Key Takeaway: We try our best to not accredit these training providers to begin with, but you should still be on the lookout.  These are typically your lower cost training providers (their low cost means that they simply do not have the budget for professional guidance and support).  

Good Teachers:

The same as above, but this time they actually paused during the out-loud reading to help “clarify” any questions and to explain concepts in multiple ways to facilitate the learning process.

Now, if you were someone that CONSTANTLY had their hand raised to ask a question, using a training provider that offers instructor support might be worthwhile.

However, if you were the person that, for the most part, rarely had a question (or are comfortable using Google), then you would probably succeed just fine taking the self-study approach.

Key Takeaway:  If you are resourceful with Google, heavily consider Self-Study.  If you are someone who feels like they would need quite a bit of support along the way… then reaching out to a mentor or training provider might be worthwhile.  If you do choose to utilize an Accredited Training Provider, we recommend the following guide: Choosing a Provider Guide.

Great Teachers:

These are rare.  These are the teachers that worked with you one-on-one to help you apply what you learned in your day-to-day life.  In Six Sigma, they are EXPENSIVE.  Think about it…

This Six Sigma “teacher” would command a salary well above $100,000/yr.  If they are only working with you one-on-one, and you will need them for months.  In Six Sigma, it is EXTREMELY unlikely you will find this for a couple thousand dollars (or less).  But if price is of no concern, this would obviously be the most ideal way to learn six sigma.

Key Takeaway:  Unless you are willing to pay $15,000+ for dedicated private instruction, you will likely want to consider the other options above (or consider a combination of them).

In summary, the price really boils down to how much guidance and support you feel that you will need.  If you are not sure, start with the free self-study option and decide later.


*NOTE: Because Training Providers vary in the services they offer, we are simply generalizing above.   Some provider’s may/may-not offer the services listed.  If you do choose to utilize an Accredited Training Provider, we recommend the following guide: Choosing a Provider Guide.

The LARGEST Six Sigma Accreditation Provider in the World…

You need to be sure your certification will be respected and that the organization standing behind it will still be around in a few years.  Our overwhelming reach across the globe speaks for itself.  

Why we are the TRUSTED agency for the industry…

Originally founded in 2005, we review Yellow Belt, Green Belt, Black Belt, Master Black Belt, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training/certification providers. Trainers include university programs, third party training providers, government agencies, corporate training programs, independent consultants, and consulting firms.

The Council for Six Sigma Certification provides Six Sigma accrediting services to more than 165 countries around the world. To learn more about us, we encourage you to review our Accreditation Standards, the required Body of Knowledge, and our Ethical Transparency pages. 


Government Recognized

Over the years we been approached by several federal government agencies that have recognized us as a path to accreditation for their own internal programs.††

We at the Council for Six Sigma Certification are proud to offer our support to these agencies in translating the benefits of Six Sigma within their organization, and thus helping to better the life of the billions of people with which whom these agencies impact on a daily basis.

Being able to offer this support is by far one of the most rewarding benefits we can bring to the industry.

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**Information above is valid at the time of this writing (July 27th, 2018). 

† Although each of these organizations have applied for accreditation through our organization thereby seeking to have their organization listed on our website,  the endorsement of The Council for Six Sigma Certification by any of these organizations is neither intended nor implied.

†† When the Council for Six Sigma Certification uses terms on the Site such as “Government Recognized” and/or other generalized terms, the terms are meant to reflect the fact that one or more employees (or contractors communicating via a government owned email address and/or stated they are from said government agency) has requested information in regards to the Council for Six Sigma Certification’s services for one or more of their respective government’s internal training program(s). In no way should the use of these terms be interpreted as any type of official government endorsement. The Council for Six Sigma Certification is not affiliated with any local, state, or federal governmental agency.