Lean Six Sigma Training

Green Belt & Black Belt

Six Sigma is a philosophy of doing business with a focus on eliminating defects through fundamental process knowledge. Its methods integrate principles of business, statistics, and engineering to achieve tangible results.

Six Sigma is a rigorous management discipline that systematically eliminates errors and improves the economics of business processes. It culminates in a transformation to a data-driven, customer-driven, cost-reduction-driven culture.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College in partnership with Continuous Improvement Solutions, LLP is proud to offer Lean Six Sigma classes, which result in a NWACC certification. These classes will also prepare you to take the highly recognized industry certification through ASQ (American Society for Quality).

Continuous Improvement through Lean Six Sigma training is a business strategy using a combination of methodologies, allowing for focus on improving all aspects of your operation. The areas of focus are:

  • Lean: To Eliminate Waste
  • Six Sigma: To Reduce Variation
  • Leadership & Strategy: To Improve People

Information and Registration

Who Should Attend:

Professionals looking to bring significant cost savings to their organization and those interested in becoming a Six Sigma Green Belt and/or Black Belt and NWACC Certified. Also prepares student to sit for the optional ASQ certification exam.

Green Belt: This 8 week course is for students who want to learn the concepts of Six Sigma, Lean and Change Leadership and who wish to develop their problem-solving approach by both in-class and in-project participation.

Black Belt: This 13 week course is for students who wish to achieve the pinnacle of Six Sigma training by developing critical skills for leadership in enterprise-wide deployment.

Contact our reception desk to register for current classes or be put on a waiting list for a future class:


Course Listing

Click on our courses listed below for more information:

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt - Cost: $1850 (includes course materials provided by instructor)- 56 hours

No Required Textbooks.

Prerequisite: Students are expected to bring a project to work on in their area. Up to two students can share a project. This problem should be one that is unstudied with no clear root cause.

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt - Cost: $6165-104 hours

Required Resources: Certified Six Sigma Black Belt Handbook and Lean Six Sigma Pocket Tool Book- Cost: Approx $200

Prerequisites: Previous Lean Six Sigma experience (documented), previous quality background (documented), or any other experience/background as approved by instructor and NWACC.

Project required on first day of class with one of the following:

  • Anticipated savings great than or equal to $75K
  • Anticipated DPPM reduction of 50,000 DPPM or 10x reduction
  • Others as approved by instructor and NWACC



Summary and Key Program Features


Learn and apply the problem solving format, DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve & Control). Our programs will introduce the participant to both basic and advanced tools to both reduce variation (traditional Six Sigma) and eliminate waste (Lean).

Classes will teach the DMAIC project methodology which has five phases:

  • Define the problem, the voice of the customer, and the project goals, specifically.
  • Measure key aspects of the current process and collect relevant data.
  • Analyze the data to investigate and verify cause-and-effect relationships.
  • Improve or optimize the current process based upon data analysis techniques and standard work to create a new, future state process.
  • Control the future state process to ensure that any deviations from target are corrected before they result in defects.


Classes are held at the following location:

NWACC/Corporate Learning

Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies

One College Drive, Bentonville, AR 72712 



Learn from the Best!


Classes are taught by Chad Smith, an ASQ (American Society for Quality) certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He is the first and only certified practitioner in Arkansas (as of 11/14/10).  Chad has 12 years direct hands-on experience in retail, manufacturing, refining, high-tech and food. He has led and guided process and product improvements for Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil and Black and Decker.

For technical questions, you may contact our instructor at: cisolutions@cox.net.