Six Sigma training exists in two main varieties, Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma, along with numerous courses which teach ancillary tools and techniques. Six Sigma courses are available with and without certification from industry bodies such as the British Quality Foundation, Chartered Quality Institution or BSI Group.
This guide to Six Sigma Training costs will provide an outline cost for each type of course based on the prices provided by Approved Index suppliers at the time of publishing. Do bear in mind that course prices vary between suppliers and that incidental costs such as travel and accommodation will be involved when attending open courses. For these reasons we recommend gathering as many quotes as possible before choosing a Six Sigma training course.
Six Sigma Training Prices
Six Sigma is a management methodology which teaches continuous improvement through minimisation of defects. While originally developed for the manufacturing industries Six Sigma was soon exported to the service industries by replacing the definition of defect with any outcome which does not meet customer expectations. Six Sigma teaches decision making based on statistical analysis of data from current processes and ensures that every decision can be backed up by verifiable evidence and checked for measurable benefits.
A one day course of Six Sigma training which introduces the candidate to the fundamental concepts costs around £200 to £250 +VAT.
The Six Sigma Yellow Belt course provides a more in-depth introduction to Six Sigma concepts and methods and lasts for 3 days. It costs around £600 - £800 +VAT.
Six Sigma Green Belt is the level at which statistical techniques and methods are introduced and taught. These courses go deeper into Six Sigma methodology and teach the tools necessary for implementing Six Sigma projects. With certification you can expect a Green Belt course to cost upwards of £2,000 +VAT.
A Six Sigma Black Belt course takes candidates to the level at which they are not only expert in devising and implementing Six Sigma projects but are also capable of teaching Six Sigma techniques to others in their organisation. Black Belt courses, with certification, cost upwards of £3,500 +VAT.
Lean Six Sigma Training Prices
Lean manufacturing is a complementary methodology to Six Sigma which aims to minimise waste in business processes, thereby increasing speed and reducing lead times. Incorporating lean and Six Sigma methods gives you Lean Six Sigma. The costs of Lean Six Sigma courses break down slightly differently to those of Six Sigma due to a two tier Green Belt system:
A one day Lean Six Sigma awareness course will cost in the environs of £250 +VAT.
A Lean Six Sigma Foundation Green Belt provides a more in-depth introduction to Lean Six Sigma without going into advanced statistical techniques. The course usually lasts 4-5 days and costs just under £2,000 +VAT.
The Lean Six Sigma Advanced Green Belt does go into the more advanced techniques providing candidates with the skills and knowledge to implement projects, remove waste from processes and be able to demonstrate benefits to others. The course is normally split into two modules of 5 days each and costs about £3,500 +VAT.
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt courses teach candidates how to drive Lean Six Sigma Projects and teach Six Sigma, Lean and Business Improvement techniques to others. Courses last between 16 and 20 days and cost around £5,000 +VAT.
Moving Between Levels and Other Courses
Rather than going for a Black Belt course straight off the bat with all the financial and time commitments that entails, you might prefer to take courses incrementally. Upgrading from Lean Six Sigma Foundation to Lean Six Sigma Green Belt costs around £2,500 +VAT while upgrading from Lean Six Sigma Green Belt to Black Belt costs about £3,500 +VAT.
Other modules available from Six Sigma training companies include courses on advanced statistical methods, change management or Lean Six Sigma for Innovation and Design. Courses range in price from £400 to £3,000 but by the time you need take such courses you’ll probably know what you’re looking for.
Bespoke Six Sigma Training
Both vanilla and Lean Six Sigma training is available on a bespoke basis for companies looking to train several staff members at the same time. This will obviously negate the need for travel and accommodation but does mean that you need the space and facilities to host the training and remember that the trainer’s expenses will be incorporated into the price. Significant savings on open course prices can be made though, so check around for several quotes to find the best deal.
Incidental Six Sigma Training Costs
Some courses, especially at the Black Belt level, require you to purchase computer programmes for statistical analysis (most commonly MINITAB). This can set you back almost £1,000 so be sure to check.