Quality Improvement and Lean Operations

Lean Six Sigma



Why Should You Earn This Certification?

If you manage operations for your organization or are interested in pursuing a career in quality management, you should consider obtaining this certification. Although Lean Six Sigma is well integrated into the manufacturing world, it is equally valuable in all forms of business, including healthcare, banking, retail, human resources, and finance.

Credential you will earn: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt Certification from the Center for Professional Development @IUN

Course length: 64 hours for Green Belt; 80 hours for Black Belt




Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is a methodology that provides the strategy, tools and techniques to significantly improve the performance of an organization relative to processes, services, employees, customer satisfaction and the business bottom line. It combines the concept of Lean, which focuses on the elimination of waste and non-value added activities, with the structured, data-driven analytical tools of Six Sigma.

In today’s global economy, Lean Six Sigma has become the standard of excellence as companies strive to be competitive and successful. Leading companies understand that the key to this success is performance excellence and continual improvement, both of which can be achieved through the successful implementation of Lean Six Sigma. Today, 84 percent of Fortune companies and 34 percent of small businesses utilize LSS or its tools (Source: Department of Commerce per RIT).


  • Continual Improvement in Processes, People and Results
  • Customer Focus and Satisfaction
  • Identify, Improve and Control the Process Flow
  • Remove Non–Value Added Steps and Waste
  • Manage by Fact and Reduce Variation
  • Teamwork–Involve and Equip the People


  • Intermediate-level certification
  • Trained to resolve the majority of process problems
  • Serve as project team leaders
  • Train and coach team members to apply LSS strategies and tools
  • Identifies new opportunities for improvement projects
  • Prerequisite to Black Belt Certification

Class dates, times and course flexibility will be designed to accommodate student's schedules.  Registrants will be contacted directly by the instructor after registration closes.

Class time

Approximately 14 weeks with a mix of virtual and independent sessions.

Price Includes
  • Approximately 64 hours of instruction to prepare for certification exam
  • Statistical concepts taught via Excel 2016 or (PC with Excel 2016 or better required)
  • Textbook
  • Standard LSS Forms
  • Custom reference materials written by your instructor
  • Price includes a $150.00 non-refundable registration fee.
Certification Requirements
  • Pass a written exam with a score of 75% or better

  • Expert-level certification
  • Highly trained in the complete set of LSS techniques and tools
  • Serve as internal consultants for LSS strategy implementation and training
  • Serve as coaches and mentors in LSS techniques and tools (typically up to 10 Green Belts)
  • Serve as team leader for complex projects or projects that require advanced analytical skills
  • Identifies new opportunities for improvement projects
Class time
Price Includes
  • 80 hours of instruction
  • 1-year license for Minitab Statistical Software
  • Statistical concepts taught via in-class Minitab workshops
  • Textbook
  • Standard LSS Forms
  • Custom reference materials written by your instructor
  • Start to finish Project consultation by instructor
  • Price includes a $150.00 non-refundable registration fee
Certification Requirements
  • Pass course quizzes (9) with an average score of 75% or better.
  • Complete a required project within 6 months of completing the Black Belt program

Andrew Kmiec, CSSBB, began his career in 1980 as a Quality Engineer with US Steel, where he quickly became known as a problem solver, using his mathematical background and computer skills to investigate and solve process and product issues.  This ability was not confined to just problem solving.  Using experimental design and regression analysis, Andy was able to develop the key process parameters required to optimize the mechanical properties of several key product lines. Over the next 25 years, Andy was promoted to various Quality Assurance Management positions, which gave him the ability to mentor and train Engineers and Quality professionals in these techniques. 

In 2005, Andy was promoted to Continuous Improvement Manager for the Gary Works complex.  This gave him the opportunity to train over 100 managers in the CI process and oversee numerous projects covering the complete range of business drivers – safety, environmental, quality, productivity and cost.  His success in this position eventually resulted in his promotion to Director of Quality Systems – North American Flat Roll Operations, where he was responsible for the training of 160 Quality Engineers at seven plants.  He developed a Six Sigma based program and personally trained over 50 engineers. This training included Six Sigma philosophy and principles and also included a multitude of other successful analytical techniques Andy had learned over the years. 

Andy began his teaching career here at IUN in 2010, teaching Statistics in the MBA program.  His role has expanded here since his retirement from US Steel in 2015, and he now teaches Statistics, Operations Management and Total Quality Management.  He has also incorporated Lean Six Sigma training into the MBA program.  His goal is to not only teach the concepts to his students, but to share his lifetime of experiences in quality, continuous improvement, data analysis and problem solving.