Lean Six Sigma

Professional Certificate in Lean Six Sigma

Professional Certificate in Lean Six Sigma

Classroom Program


9-12 months


UCR Extension

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Widely popular in every industry, Lean Six Sigma can make a difference for every organization, and, in turn, your own position within it. Learn how to reduce workload, eliminate waste and improve productivity in the long-term and develop objective metrics to measure, standardize and improve organizational goals. Produce predictable, measurable and quantifiable results over the lifetime of an organization to better meet the needs of customers, vendors, staff and stakeholders.

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

Real People. Real Results.

“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 1

Lean Principles and Practice

MGT X473.6

3 units

Lean Six Sigma by the Numbers

MGT X473.5

3 units

Quarter 2

Project Management Essentials

MGT X470.41

3 units

Project Leadership, Communication and Team Building

MGT X470.33

3 units

Quarter 3

Lean Six Sigma Mindset

MGT X473.1

3 units

Quarter 4

Lean Six Sigma Capstone

MGT X473.2

3 units

Instructor Spotlight

“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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