Professional Certificate in Lean Six Sigma

Professional Certificate in Lean Six Sigma

Classroom Program


9-12 months


18 Units

UCR Extension

Designed For

Those who are:

  • Involved in lean enterprise development and deployment
  • Looking to streamline operations, reduce costs, improve outcomes and/or increase productivity

What You'll Learn

  • Methods to improve speed and efficiency to complement and reinforce organizational effectiveness in meeting mission, vision and values
  • Develop and integrate Lean Six Sigma tools to more effectively meet various needs
  • Supervision and team building strategies for enhanced productivity
  • Overview of fundamental lean principles
  • Statistical analysis and strategies to administer complex projects
  • Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) methodology
  • Project management methodology, evaluation, planning, and reporting

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in a variety of industries all over the world, and can be found in companies, government or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • Lean Six Sigma Consultant
  • Project Engineer
  • Business Process Analyst
  • Warehouse Operations Manager

Program Overview


18 Units

“I recommend UCR Extension's programs to anyone who wants to become a universal employee. The knowledge may be applied anywhere--whether you are looking for a position in government, manufacturing, business operations, international relations or even medical fields. I had a fantastic experience and will definitely come back to enhance my future career!”

Vera Abassi

Process Improvement Coordinator
HiRel Connectors, Inc.

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Familiarity with project management principles and practice

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 2

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

MGT X473.1

3 units

Six Sigma incorporates the latest project and process management skills to help professionals improve performance, reduce costs and streamline processes. This program is ideal for key managers in operations, engineering, information technology and manufacturing. The Green Belt program provides a comprehensive overview of the Six Sigma methodology and prepares individuals to take stock of key projects or processes within their organization. The program focuses on five key elements – Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC). Topics include:

Throughout the program students have the opportunity to apply Six Sigma within the safety of the classroom using work projects. This program allows participants to develop a skill set that is immediately applicable within the work environment.

  • Project definition
  • Team identification
  • Measurement system analysis
  • Basic tools necessary to measure performance
  • Effects analysis
  • Probability
  • Process mapping
  • Variance
  • Control planning
  • Mistake proofing
  • Project planning

Project Management Essentials

MGT X470.41

3 units

Examine project management techniques, tools and strategies.

  • Team-based exercises and simulations
  • Proven methodology used to manage projects from inception to implementation
  • Review projects using effective monitoring and evaluation strategies
  • Root cause analysis
  • Project definition
  • Lifecycles
  • Planning
  • Risk management
  • Control and reporting

Quarter 3

Lean Principles and Practice

MGT X473.6

3 units

An in-depth examination of the basic principles for Lean Six Sigma projects and programs within an organization. You will have the opportunity to use and practice these concepts which may be implemented into the workplace to reduce waste, improve performance, and cut costs. Addresses Lean Six Sigma in manufacturing, service industry, non-profit companies, education, and government organizations. Lean principles were originally designed for manufacturing processes, and the lessons presented will show how to achieve integration of Lean Principles and Practice into other areas within a company or organization. You will study the history and principles of Lean Six Sigma, and will learn how to use metrics and measures for the implementation of a Lean Six Sigma environment.  Areas of focus are:

  • process flow
  • value stream mapping
  • the visual workplace
  • 5-S improvement
  • set-up reduction
  • Kaizen events
  • rapid improvement methods

You will also be introduced to how Lean Six Sigma techniques are used to stabilize processes, reduce variation, mistake proofing, risk assessment, and failure modes effect (FMEA) analysis. This course is appropriate for any team or individual responsible for operations and process flow improvement.  It is designed for managers, line supervisors, functional leaders, business analysts, key suppliers, business consultants, and sales representatives. 

Lean Six Sigma Capstone

MGT X473.2

3 units

Black Belts lead facility problem solving, train and coach project teams and work with organizational leaders to achieve major performance milestones. This course completes the Six Sigma process development lifecycle with use of statistical processes and strategies designed to fully implement a Six Sigma project. Participants learn how to manage and analyze all aspects of a project including human resources, technology including Minitab statistical software and other outside factors in order to control quality and performance throughout the process. Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to administer complex projects, analyze organizational processes using Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) methodology and apply advanced process mapping, statistical tools to improve operational performance.

“I am aware of the criticality of teaching to accommodate the appropriate learning methods. I use a combination of styles in the classroom, integrating my relevant life experiences into the discussions. Students relate better to real-time events rather than just textbook theory. Combining textbook theory and group discussion provides an effective teaching methodology for my students.”

Linda McKean

Management Consultant
Cathedral City, CA

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