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Six Sigma Belt Certifications

Certifications are granted through our industry partner, the ROI Alliance.

The Engineering Management Program offers a complete and comprehensive program enabling individuals to earn varying levels of Six Sigma Certification.

Green Belt Certification
Black Belt Certification
Master Black Belt Certification

The courses associated with each level of Certification have been designed and are taught by faculty with real-world experience in the Quality Sciences. EMP's faculty have been certifying individuals who have completed this training for the last 10 years.

All of the courses within this program are available via distance education technology, making certification at the Green, Black, or Master Black Belt levels possible where ever you are in the world. Because the courses are offered asynchronously, you have the flexibility to schedule your learning around your professional and personal commitments.

Private firms often charge $20,000 to $30,000 for Black Belt Training and Certification. As part of the University of Colorado, the Engineering Management Program offers the courses at a standard academic rate, which means you can obtain Black Belt Certification for 30-50% of the usual cost.

Lower cost, shorter time, on-site, and customized solutions might be available through the Center for Business Performance Management, a sister organization within the College of Engineering and Applied Science.


Six Sigma Certifications and Equivalent Graduate Certificates
Professional Certification Courses Equivalent Graduate Certificate
Green Belt Certification

EMEN 5040

EMEN 5042

EMEN 5043

EMEN 5900

Quality Systems for Product and Process Engineering
Additional Courses for Black Belt Certification

EMEN 5610

EMEN 5620

Managing Applied Research in Technology

+ Green Belt Courses

Additional Courses for Master Black Belt Certification

EMEN 5041

EMEN 5050

Performance Excellence in Technology Management

+ Black Belt Courses


Six Sigma Training & Consulting

Six Sigma Overview

We offer a half day Six Sigma overview session.

Champion Training
  • A 20 day training, on-site with flexible scheduling or open to the public.
Champion Training

Six Sigma Champion Training is offered in one of two formats:

  • A 3-5 day seminar offered to the public; or
  • A 3-5 day seminar, custom designed for and offered at a firm’s location; on demand.
Six Sigma Consulting

By obtaining your Six Sigma Certifications from the Engineering Management program at the University of Colorado—Boulder, you can count on additional and future support for you and your firm when and as needed.

If, as a result of your training, you initiate projects that lead to advanced or complex statistical issues, you will be able to obtain assistance from the Center for Statistical Solutions in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, which is affiliated with the Engineering Management Program.

If you run into problems or challenges where assistance is needed in broader business performance issues, the Institute for Business Performance Excellence, a consulting group affiliated with both the Leeds School of Business and the Engineering Management program will also be available to assist you.

Please contact Steven Ouellette at for more information about this opportunity.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Do I qualify for Black Belt certification if I have taken EMP courses prior (before Fall 2005) to the introduction of these certificates?

  • All of the Black Belt certifications are granted through our industry partner, the ROI Alliance. ROI Alliance agreed to grant these certifications because the curriculum for the courses we offer, as modified in the fall of 2005, covers the required material. If EMP students have taken and satisfactorily completed the required courses after that date they are automatically granted the BB certifications.
  • Some of our alumni and current students, such as yourself, took the required courses before the fall semester of 2005 and are still interested in receiving the BB certifications. In this case, there are two options, both of which require that the material is learned and competency in it is demonstrated.

Option 1: Take the required course sequence for credit. Even though students have already taken these courses, they may enroll again, but this time the courses will not be counted towards a graduate degree. This option would work best when the student’s employer will cover the cost of for-credit courses.

Option 2: Purchase the CDs from CAETE for the required courses and contract with Statistical Solutions (a Division of the Center for Computational, Mathematical and Statistical Solutions at CU-Boulder) to administer the exams for each class and notify ROI Alliance that competency has been demonstrated. The current cost for this route is $550/course – $300 to CAETE for the purchase of the CD’s (This pricing is only available to EMP alumni as the normal CAETE rates for purchase of a class is $5000) and $250 to the Center for the grading of the exams and notifying ROI Alliance. Going this route, the extra cost, beyond completion of the EMP degree, will cost anywhere from $550 (if only one course needs to be taken) to $2200 if four classes need to be taken. This route is likely the lowest total cost solution.

2) Will the Green/Black Belt/Master Black Belt training enable me to take a third-party Black Belt certification test?

At this time there is no national consensus on what a Green, Black, or Master Black Belt should know, and as a result there is high variability in the skills people possess who say they are Black Belts. Two organizations have recently put forward certification tests and seek to become recognized as de facto third-party certification bodies. Third party certification is not required in addition to certification received from the Engineering Management Program. Third party certifications are not considered a professional license, although they do offer some degree of standardization. Our Six Sigma training will prepare you for either third party test. In both exams there are some topics in each that we do not cover, since our experience is that Black and Master Black Belts do not perform those functions, or in the case of ASQ’s certification, that the technique is invalid. So if you do want to proceed with third-party certification, we recommend that you reduce your stress by discussing these topics with your instructor and/or by purchasing a study guide from the respective organization.

3) If I already am certified by another organization as a Green Belt, can I just add the two courses required to become a Black Belt in your program? Or, if I am already certified elsewhere as a Black Belt, will the Engineering Management program accept this certification and allow me to take two additional courses to become a certified Master Black Belt?

There is no national consensus on what a Green, Black, or Master Black Belt should know, and as a result there is high variability in the skills people possess who say they are Green or Black Belts. As a result, and to protect the integrity of our program, we cannot accept outside certification without some analysis of the skills you actually possess. We have created a diagnostic instrument for the Green Belt level, and a second instrument for the Black Belt level. After you take the appropriate exam, we will identify the deficiencies in your previous training, and recommend a potentially modified list of courses you would still have to take in order to be certified in our Green or Black Belt program. It is possible, of course, that there will be no deficiencies identified, and you will be able to proceed to the next level.