Unless you are taking a six sigma training and certification provided by your employer, you are likely to spend some hard earned bucks on the certification exam. A typical six sigma certification cost varies between under $100 to $700 depending on the belt level and whether training is included with certification. Some six sigma training providers do not offer just certification exams and require you to pursue their training in order to be allowed to take a certification test (e.g. goleansixsigma.com). As a side note, I have to say that the fact that most six sigma certification exam providers require taking their training is a bit sketchy. You do not need to be a genius to realize that there is an inherent conflict of interest in such an approach. But anyhow, let’s not digress and get back to six sigma certification cost.
Goleansixsigma.com offers certification exams at yellow, green and black belt levels online. If you still decide to go after yellow belt, you can do so for $79. Green and black belt certification exams are offered in combination with training. The training and certification exam for green belts costs $699 and you do not have to recertify. In case you are not successful on your first attempt you can retake for free. For black belt candidates, the six sigma certification cost at this level is $899 and there is a prerequisite to have the green belt from goleansixsigma.com.
There is no single six sigma certification authority and therefore you can find a large number of organizations which administer certification exams. Although this post reviewed just a small sample of them, ASQ and IASSC seem to be some of the most recognizable and reputable. No matter which organization you choose for getting certified, you would need to prepare. If you feel that certification exams are already expensive and would like to prepare on your own, you can visit www.sixsigmatrainingfree.com for free six sigma preparation materials and practice tests. That’s how I passed the black belt exam with IASSC. With a bit discipline and determination you can do too.
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