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Lean Six Sigma


The Gold Standard of Product and Process Excellence
Six Sigma is a proven systematic approach to improve measurable results for any organization. Lean is a process to identify and eliminate sources of waste and activities that do not add value to create maximum productivity.

The Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt training takes organizations to the next level by uniting product and process excellence with goals such as improving customer service and/or enhancing shareholder value creation. Leaders in today's organizations are turning to the Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt training to ensure their competitive edge, improve service and build the skill base needed to sustain performance improvement.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for those who are responsible for, or are looking to contribute to, high impact projects by incorporating Lean Six Sigma methodology.

Career Insight

Occupational summary for general and operations managers in the US. Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.

Annual Job Openings
Projected Growth
Median Salary
(Highly experienced workers can earn up to $234k)

Program Benefits

At the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Execute better: Lean Six Sigma links strategic plans to operational improvements to create efficiencies for your business.
  • Build customer loyalty: Lean Six Sigma helps you target your customer needs so you can improve the things that matter most to your customers.
  • Create greater returns by lowering operating costs and delivering products and services quicker and with higher customer satisfaction through operational excellence.
Graduate Tom Cook discusses the value of the Lean Six Sigma programs and how the practical education and instructor support were critical to his success.

Course Schedule

Required Courses

MGMT X410.28
LSS Philosophy and Project Selection (1.50 Units)
MGMT X410.28
to be scheduled Online Online to be scheduled
MGMT X410.27
Lean Six Sigma Descriptive Statistics (2.50 Units)
MGMT X410.27
  Online   to be scheduled
MGMT X410.18
Lea Six Sigma Toolkit (2.50 Units)
MGMT X410.18
to be scheduled   Online  
MGMT X410.17
Lean Six Sigma Project Practicum (2.00 Units)
MGMT X410.17
to be scheduled Online to be scheduled  

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full certificate.

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Academic Calendar

Event Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Winter 2021
Registration Begins Jan 24 Apr 24 Jul 17 Oct 23
Courses Begin* (week of) Mar 30 Jun 22 Sep 21 Jan 4
Courses End* (week of) Jun 8 Sep 7 Dec 14 Mar 15
Parking Permits Expire Jun 30 Sep 30 Dec 31 Mar 31
Administrative Holidays Mar 27, May 25 Jul 3, Sep 7 Nov 11, Nov 26-27, Dec 24-25, Dec 31 Jan 1, Jan 18, Feb 15

*Actual dates may vary by program.


Green Belt Specialized Studies Award Requirements

A Green Belt specialized studies digital certificate is awarded upon successful completion of four courses totaling 8.5 quarter units (85 hours of instruction), in the recommended sequence, each with a letter grade of “C” or better. Students must complete and submit the Request for Green Belt Specialized Studies Certificate Form with a non-refundable $35 application fee after completing all the Green Belt courses. Students not pursuing a specialized studies award are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

All Green and Black Belt requirements must be completed within five (5) years of enrolling in the first course.

“The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program helped me to understand the business and people aspects of process improvement. By using the simple tools I learned…I have already been able to significantly improve the IT environment of my company. The Lean Six Sigma program has enabled me to change my role at work and helped me earn a new title! I look forward to continuing on to the Black Belt program and to furthering my career.” Jennifer Hackler
Program Graduate

Green Belt Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does the program cost?
  • Estimated course fees: $4,250 (each course is $850 and there are 5 required courses)
    Estimated Textbook/statistical software/course materials: $500
    Estimated request for specialized studies Green Belt certificate fee: $35
    Total estimated cost for the program: $4,785
    Please note that all estimated costs are subject to change.
  • Do I have to pay for the entire program before classes begin?
  • No. Although you do have the option to pay for the program upfront, you may pay-as-you go by just paying for each course only when you enroll in it. Keep in mind that course fees do not include the cost of textbooks and course materials (if applicable).
  • How do I get my textbooks?
  • Textbook(s) may be purchased or rented from a vendor of your choice, such as
  • How long will it take me to complete the entire program?
  • Green Belt courses can be taken individually, depending on your objectives. Currently, it is possible to complete the program and earn your Green Belt in 3 quarters or even 2 quarters if permitted by the schedule, and if you don't mind a heavier course load and a more intense experience.
  • Do I have to apply and be accepted before I start?
  • No. There is no formal application process as this is a continuing professional education and not a degree program.
  • Where can I find the course schedule? Do I have to take the classes in order?
  • Please go to Green Belt Course Schedule and click on the green online button(s) pertaining to the course(s) for detailed information and opportunity to enroll. The recommended (with some flexibility) sequence of courses in Green Belt is found on the webpage. Please note that MGMT X410.28-Lean Six Sigma Philosophy and Project Selection- must be taken first, as it is a prerequisite, and MGMT X410.17-Lean Six Sigma Project Practicum- must be taken last.
  • How do I enroll in courses?
  • You may enroll online. If you prefer not to enroll online, the Student Services staff – (949) 824-5414 or – should be able to assist you with your specific payment arrangement and enrollment request.
  • When should I enroll?
  • The sooner you enroll in courses the better. As specified on the Green Belt webpage and stated here, some courses have specific requirements affecting the recommended time for enrollment.

    Please enroll no later than one week prior to the class start date in the following Green Belt courses: MGMT X410.28, MGMT X410.29, MGMT X410.18 and MGMT X410.17.

    Please enroll no later than two weeks prior to the class start date in the following course – MGMT X410.27 (Lean Six Sigma Descriptive Statistics) – to receive the necessary instructions on paying the usage fee and obtaining the required statistical software package for the course.
  • Can I complete the entire program online?
  • Yes.
  • I've never taken an online class. How does it work? Is it self-paced?
  • Our online courses are structured and instructor- led. You will learn in your own time – reading, watching videos or listening to material supplied, doing course activities and assignments and completing assessments. You'll enjoy full support throughout your studies, with instructors available online to guide, advise and offer feedback on your progress. The syllabus will list timelines and due dates for assignments and project(s). You are expected to be fully engaged and log in at least 3 times a week to complete readings, assignments, and participate in discussion forums. Students will spend approximately 5-10 hours a week on each course – this is an estimate and will vary for each student. Please refer to the Online Frequently Asked Questions for more information on our online courses. If you would like to experience a tour of our online courses, please visit Experience an Online Course.
  • I am an international student / I am located overseas – am I able to enroll?
  • Yes.
  • Do you offer job placement at the end of the program?
  • No. Although UCI DCE does not offer placement services, earning your Green Belt will help advance your career prospects, while expanding your knowledge base and increasing your productivity in the workplace. You will also be able to benefit from networking opportunities resulting from your interaction with your instructor and classmates, who may come from a variety of fields and industries.
  • Is UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education an accredited institution?
  • Yes. We are part of the University of California system of schools, and are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). DCE certificate programs and courses are approved by the appropriate academic schools within the University of California, Irvine. For more information, please see UCI Accreditation.
  • What is the “declaration of candidacy”? When do I have to complete it?
  • You do not declare candidacy in the Green Belt specialized studies program. Instead, you submit the request for the specialized studies certificate along with the $35 fee after the completion of your last Green Belt course.
  • Are there scholarships or financial aid available for this program?
  • There is no specific financial assistance for this program, but you may visit Financial Information for general information.
  • What if I can't find here the answer to my question?
  • If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email

Advisory Committee

  • James Braggs, Sr. Quality Systems Specialist, The Boeing Company
  • Dan Jarmel, Director, Process and Quality Excellence at Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Joe Kausek, System Director of Performance Improvement, SSM Health
  • Henry (Hank) Rogers, Principal, The Business Cavalry Consulting, and Instructor, UCI Division of Continuing Education

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.