What is Six Sigma?

Six Sigma is a methodology used to improve business processes by utilising statistical analysis rather than just guesswork! This proven approach has been implemented within a wide range of industries to achieve real monetary savings, while increasing customer satisfaction and productivity. FITAC Lean Six Sigma are at the forefront of Six Sigma certification and consulting services. We assist organisations with all aspects of the implementation process from training Champions to certifying employees at various belt levels. We can help your company determine the right individuals for training and how to choose potential projects.

The Six Sigma methodology is defined by 5 DMAIC steps.

DMAIC is the acronym for Define – Measure – Analyze – Improve– Control. In addition to the 5 DMAIC steps, there is also a step zero that occurs first. It is known as six sigma leadership.

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Six Sigma

Is more than just “training”, it is an approach based on data, geared toward projects with quantifiable business outcomes and results. For example, between 1995 and 1999, GE Capital was able to save €2 Billion with Six Sigma. Processes were improved by controlling variation and understanding the intricacies within them. This resulted in more predictable and profitable business processes.

Champions Are

  • Company executives who lead Six Sigma by backing projects.
  • Individuals who receive instruction regarding the basic principles of Six Sigma and its methodology.
  • Responsible for choosing employees to be “Belts” and mentoring project leaders.
  • Those who implement and back the introduction of Six Sigma within the firm.

Master Black Belts Are

  • Aligned with the Champion to offer support and provide Project Descriptions.
  • Those who will advise and instruct Green Belts and Black Belts.
  • Professionals with widespread project management knowledge.
  • Masters of Six Sigma Methodologies with proven track records.
  • Individuals with an advanced understanding of the Statistical Tools used within Six Sigma.
  • Prospective leaders of a corporation.

Six Sigma Belts Are

  • Individuals who obtain instruction concerning the road map of Six Sigma.
  • Individuals who receive one-week to five-week training sessions that provide them with an opportunity to progress through his or her project as the skills are learned.
  • Individuals who successfully complete all required training, exams, and a live project.


Black Belts

Black Belts receive five weeks of 2 day sessions that focus on the Six Sigma road map. This training will include an extensive look at statistical methodologies. Successful Black Belts are project leaders whose job requires at least 75% of their time dedicated to completing four to six month Six Sigma Projects.

Green Belts

Green Belts receive three weeks of class time which will cover the important aspects of the statistical methods needed to complete Six Sigma projects, while learning the Six Sigma road map. Green Belts spend up to 50% of their time working on Six Sigma projects that last for four to six months each.

Six Sigma Projects – Non-profit Example Project

The project should be a process or problem that is not functioning properly without a clear reason. On average, Black Belts will work on projects with at least €100,000 in potential savings, while Green Belts choose projects around €50,000. This will vary based on company size. Using the Six Sigma road map and the DMAIC method as a guide, this 4 to 6 month project should result in improved organisational knowledge and financial savings. The finance or accounting department should sign off on any Six Sigma project savings.

Available Courses

(To learn more please visit our Course Schedule)

Six Sigma White Belt in Healthcare

Consists of 2 days of training either offsite or onsite

Six Sigma White Belt

Consists of 1 day training either offsite or onsite

Six Sigma Yellow Belt

Consists of 2 days of training either offsite or onsite

Six Sigma Green Belt

Consists of 6 days of training either offsite or onsite. This course is usually run 2 days a month, over 3 months, with a specific project to be worked on in between.

Six Sigma Black Belt

Consists of 10 days of training either offsite or onsite. This course is usually run 2 days a month, over 5 months, with a specific project to be worked on in between.

Additional 1-2 day Programs Available:

  • Project Management and Selection
  • Change Management
  • Statistical Thinking for Leaders
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Creative Thinking and Innovation
  • Lean Manufacturing Tools
  • Business Process Charting

Please email info@fitac.co.uk for more details on these in-house, 1 day courses

Consulting Services for Six Sigma & Lean

FITAC Lean Six Sigma will customise any course to meet our customer’s requirements. FITAC will gladly visit your premises, free of charge, and deliver a tailor made introduction to Lean Six Sigma for your business, outlining the savings and benefits of Lean Six Sigma, based on examples we have worked on from similar businesses operating within your industry.

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