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Earn a TUM Lean and Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification

Professional Certificate in
Six Sigma and Lean: Quantitative Tools for Quality and Productivity

What you will learn

  • How to apply the Six Sigma methodology in your work or research, using the DMAIC process improvement cycle for identifying problems and quantitatively assess the impact of process changes;
  • How to contribute actively in Six Sigma improvement projects by applying the necessary statistical analyses, interpreting the results, and driving change;
  • How to perform process capacity analysis to evaluate process performance in terms of resource utilization and set up times in order to optimize throughput and minimize inventory;
  • To initiate Lean manufacturing transformation and analyse the new process flows to quantitatively assess productivity improvements;
  • To be able to coach and motivate your colleagues to improve quality and productivity with Six Sigma and Lean.

Learn how to drive quality and productivity programs by mastering the powerful analytical and management tools of the Six Sigma methodology and the revolutionary concepts of Lean Management.

Six Sigma and Lean enable organisations to measure and analyse production processes, to eliminate waste and to evolve their management structures in order to motivate employees and improve quality and productivity.

The series of courses is provided in collaboration with the TUM School of Management Executive Education Center and the Chair of Production and Supply Chain Management.

In this Professional Certificate program, you will learn the fundamentals of the Six Sigma methodology and Lean Manufacturing. You will learn the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve, Control) process improvement cycle and examine how the principles of Lean production improve quality and productivity and enable organisational transformation.

You will be challenged to learn both the quantitative and qualitative methods associated with Six Sigma and Lean, including:

  • problem definition;
  • baseline performance measurement and process capability;
  • measurement system analysis;
  • root cause analysis;
  • regression and correlation;
  • design of experiments;
  • control charts implementation.

Both descriptive and inferential statistics will be applied and all concepts are exercised using online problems and interactive exercises and case studies.

Upon successful completion of this program, learners will earn the TUM Lean and Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification, confirming mastery of Lean Six Sigma fundamentals to a Yellow Belt level. The material is based on the American Society of Quality ( Body of Knowledge up to a Green Belt Level. The Professional Certificate is designed as preparation for a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt exam.

A TUM Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification will help you advance your career, increase your salary earnings and improve your organisation through your mastery of quality skills.

NOTE: In order to achieve the TUM Six Sigma and Lean Yellow Belt Certification it is MANDATORY to complete all 3 courses mentioned below, pursuing all 3 Verified Certificates. Then, automatically, you will earn the Professional Certificate. Courses can be taken in any order, but since Six Sigma: Analyse, Improve, Control builds on the material learned in Six Sigma: Define and Measure, we recommend you to take this course before Six Sigma: Analyse, Improve, Control.

Expert instruction
3 skill-building courses
Progress at your own speed
2-4 months
66 - 88 hours of effort
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. TUMx's Six Sigma and Lean: Quantitative Tools for Quality and Productivity Professional Certificate

  2. 3–4 hours per week, for 8 weeks
    An introduction to the Six Sigma methodology and DMAIC cycle for process improvement with a focus on the Define and Measure phases, including basic statistics for understanding sampling plans and calculating process capability.
  3. 3–4 hours per week, for 8 weeks
    Learn how to statistically analyse process data to determine the root cause for process problems, to propose solutions, and to implement quality management tools, such as 8D and the 5 Whys, as well as the concept of Design for Six Sigma (DFSS).
  4. 3–4 hours per week, for 6 weeks
    Learn how to apply key elements of Lean Production, from minimizing inventory and reducing setup times, to using 5S and Kaizen, in order to improve quality and productivity in your workplace.
    • Average salary for professionals with the Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification is $68,294 (source: Burning Glass)
    • Those with any level of Six Sigma training earned more than those without any (+$17,357 in U.S, +$12,475 in Canada) (Source:
    • Career prospects include Quality Assurance & Control Manager/Engineer, Customer Quality & Reliability Manager, Quality Systems Coordinator, Performance Acceleration Manager, Productivity Engineer, Change Manager, Supplier Development, Value Chain Manager

Meet your instructors

from Technische Universität München (TUMx)
Martin Grunow
Professor of Production and Supply Chain Management
Technische Universität München
Holly Ott
Senior Lecturer in Operations Management
Technische Universität München

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Program endorsements

Six Sigma and Lean is key to quality and productivity through its powerful combination of best practice tools in a structured way. Courses like the ones offered in the TUM Professional Certificate program 'Six Sigma and Lean: Quantitative Tools for Quality and Productivity' provide prerequisites for a professional career in Quality Management.

Gerhard Schruefer, Director Quality Management, Infineon, Germany

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  • You can purchase every course in the program at a 10% discount using the green “Pursue the Program” button at the top left of this page. You can still take each course in the session that works best for you. After you purchase the program, you’ll have 24 months to select a session for each course. You can also complete and purchase the courses one by one. After you’ve earned a verified certificate from each course in the program, you’ll automatically receive the program credential. You can start each course in the Audit track, then upgrade before the course’s payment deadline for a verified certificate. You don’t need to complete all of the courses at once in order to earn the program credential. Courses will be re-offered on an ongoing basis, and all certificates count towards the program credential. There is no overall deadline to complete the program, but individual courses do have deadlines that you can see when enrolled. The program page lists all future course sessions that we have scheduled at this time. Try looking for the “more dates” option above the enrollment button to see future course listings.

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