Six Sigma Black Belts and Green Belts

Paloma Consulting provides business improvement consultancy and training, using Six Sigma as one of the key methodologies to help organisations improve performance.

Six Sigma is a practical methodology that leads to a sustainable solution to a business problem. A practitioner who has been trained in the tools and techniques of Six Sigma is often called a Black Belt or Green Belt. Such a person has the necessary skills and experience to carry out improvement projects in their organisation and realise substantial benefits, such as cost savings and improved customer satisfaction.

The distinction between Green Belt and Black Belt is generally based on the level of training and experience of the practitioner, with a Black Belt having a greater expertise in a larger number of the Six Sigma tools and an ability to use more complex techniques.

Green Belts and Black Belts

A Green Belt is able to carry out improvement projects in an organisation and lead the team who work on these projects.

A Black Belt is able to carry out more complex improvement projects in an organisation and lead the teams who work on these projects. They often also mentor Green Belts. Some companies employ Black Belts to work full time on improvement projects. In other organisations existing process engineers and change managers learn Six Sigma skills in order to enhance their effectiveness in their role.

Green Belt and Black Belt training

Paloma consultants have trained over three thousand Green Belts and Black Belts. All training is tailored to the clients' specific needs with, for example, service sector clients requiring a different approach from those in the various manufacturing industries. Green Belt training tends to be shorter than Black Belt training and omits some of the more complex and advanced statistical tools. However, it is still project based. All Green Belt candidates carry out a project during training that enables them to practise the tools in a real situation, whilst Black Belt trainees generally complete more than one project during training demonstrating more complex tool use. Considerable support and coaching is given as well as the interactive classroom learning so that all Green Belt and Black Belt trainees successfully complete one or more improvement projects for their organisation.  The projects realise significant benefits for the organisation and a substantial, audited return on investment.