Ethical Transparency – FAQs:

For the purposes of transparency, we have included the following Frequently Asked Questions that shed light on our history and mission…

Question #1: Why was the Council for Six Sigma Certification formed?

Answer: Ever since the beginning of Six Sigma, there has never been an official “standard” for certification or any type of recognized “accrediting” agency in the Six Sigma community. Since there was no accrediting agency, many companies would create one to appear more official.  Many large companies and government institutions fueled the problem by requiring a program to be “accredited” in order to obtain “tuition reimbursement”.

In the United States, as with many countries, colleges and universities are required to be accredited (by an accrediting agency approved by the US Department of Education) if they want to be eligible to accept financial aid.  However, Six Sigma Certification was originally intended for employees… not individuals (or put another way, it was part of an employer’s employee training budget and not a type of tuition reimbursement).  Please keep in mind that Six Sigma was designed by Motorola, not a “university”.

More simply put, the whole point of a college being accredited was to protect consumers from diploma-mills.  However, Six Sigma was never intended for consumers (or to be a main-stream college degree type).  It was intended solely for businesses.  The training was provided within a company by consultants, not professors.

But that did not prevent some training providers from creating accrediting agencies just for marketing purposes.  These “accrediting” organizations were often confused by students and employers with an officially recognized accrediting body.   These “organizations” could literally be made overnight, which is why they held no weight in the six sigma industry. Unfortunately, this also lead to a “watering down” effect on the Six Sigma community as a whole because many training providers did not adequately cover key fundamental principles in the methodology.  The Council for Six Sigma Certification was formed in an attempt to combat this.  The goal was to create a more standardized approach to training that would hold other providers more accountable for their certifications.  Helping to ensure that a “minimum body of knowledge” and a “minimum student competency” is achieved before any student can be certified.

We serve as the 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.

Question #2: Who was the original founder of the Council for Six Sigma Certification?

Answer: The Council for Six Sigma Certification was formed in 2005 by Craig Setter.  Mr. Setter, at that time, owned not only one of the most popular Six Sigma Certification providers in the world, but was also one of the pioneers in internet-based Six Sigma Training and Certification with his company “Six Sigma Online” (which is still a leading provider in the industry today).

He spent many years voicing his opinion against unethical training providers. Industry-respected publications like Quality Digest praised him for taking a stand against the highly controversial six sigma white belt programs that were seemingly being created to enhance training provider profits.  When it became clear that the trend for White Belts wasn’t going away, he created his own White Belt Program and offered it to the world for free.  It is in this tradition that we proudly link to the free offering of the White Belt Certification throughout our site…. carrying the torch of ethics and truth into the future.

With a lifetime of experience in quality improvement, Mr. Setter felt it was important to contribute something back to an industry that he had spent a lifetime being passionate about.  By training and certifying well over 100,000  individuals all for free, it would be difficult to find anyone who has contributed more towards the spread of Six Sigma worldwide than our founder.

Question #3: Why are several of the providers that show up in Google not accredited by the Council for Six Sigma Certification?

Answer: Although it is difficult to answer with absolute certainty, in many cases it is because of one (or more) of the following reasons:

1. They have applied for our accreditation, but were rejected.

2. They have created their own accreditation agency in an attempt to appear legitimate.

3. They, for whatever reason, do not feel it is beneficial to have their curriculum inspected by an accrediting agency such as ours.

Because our accreditation is free and uncomplicated, we encourage the public to exercise caution when dealing with any non-accredited provider.

Question #4: Why do some providers speak out against accreditation?

Answer: We have seen some cases where a provider will vocally discount or downplay the value of being accredited by our organization. Answering this question requires a little background…

At the time of this writing, a Google search for the term “six sigma” results in almost 20 million pages.  Many of these providers have risen to the top of Google because of their Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and affiliate marketing abilities.  Or in other words, a strong argument can be made that their primary skill is marketing, not six sigma training.

Question #5: Are there other accrediting agencies for Six Sigma?

Answer: Yes (and possibly no, depending on how you look at it).  As stated above, there are several… however, their intentions and motivations are not always clear.  Many charge expensive examination fees, expensive certification renewals, and/or charge training providers thousands of dollars per year for their “accreditation”.

We are not aware of ANY accreditation providers that exist without some type of perceived conflict of interest.

Question #6: Why do you have sponsored link(s) in your listings?

Answer: In order to keep our services free for training providers and the general public, we require operational funding that goes beyond individual and/or business capital contributions. As a result, we are currently funded through a combination of private capital contributions and advertising revenue. However, in order to preserve our listings and maximize the referrals to smaller providers, we attempt to significantly limit the advertising availability on each page and throughout the site.  For those interested in advertising availability, please contact us at