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Advanced Lean Six Sigma Short Course Survey

We are asking for feedback from our Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt practitioners who have indicated that they could use a more in-depth look at creating and using visual charts and graphs that illustrate numerical data used in the DMAIC process. We would like to know your interest level in this type of class if offered during Fall Quarter 2018. Click here to take the survey.

Select the program you want to see the current schedule and to register or apply.

Lean Six Sigma is a business and data-driven, disciplined approach to reducing waste and minimizing defects in any type of process (be it manufacturing or services).  Lean Six Sigma focuses on reduction of waste, increased profitability, and customer satisfaction.

Lean Six Sigma Gallery Walk Presentation“As a Boeing program manager I utilized tools from the LSS program frequently when interfacing with hourly employees, salary employees, managers, mid-level managers and executives. I was able to bring what I learned in a manufacturing environment to my new position at Seattle City Light.  I bring practical experience and interaction to class when teaching. I firmly believe in what I teach and sincerely care about the professional success of my students,” LSS instructor Nathan Navarro said. Read more...  Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt certificates are now APPROVED FOR VA BENEFITS and WORKSOURCE funding. Register or Apply Now!


Lean Workshops

Continue to build on skills learned in the Green or Black Belt classes with an in-depth look at Value Stream Mapping.

 Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream Mapping is a team-based process improvement technique used to evaluate and document current processes and design and generate a plan for a desired future state.  This in-depth course is designed for Lean Six Sigma coaches, managers and leaders seeking a more structured approach to transforming and improving processes in a wide range of businesses and organizations. Register Now!

 White Belt

White Belts learn how the Lean Six Sigma continuous improvement process works in an organization. White Belts are typically supervisors, managers, directors or executive level staff who may be tasked with implementing and managing teams using the Lean Six Sigma process. White Belts provide strategic oversight and direction for projects, review progress, and assist in solution implementation. Fee includes lunch and a free registration for coworker/supervisor. Register Now!

Green Belt

Green Belts learn the comprehensive elements of Lean Six Sigma in order to assist staff in using the process and facilitate team efforts. They collect data, make initial interpretations and begin to formulate recommendations that are fed to Black Belts or the sponsoring managers.  Green Belts typically facilitate 1-2 projects a year while maintaining their regular work duties. This course covers the concepts of Lean and Six Sigma for both manufacturing and service businesses. Students are provided an overview of Lean, Six Sigma and the DMAIC problem solving methodology. Included are both statistical and non-statistical techniques used for continuous process improvement such as process definition, process flow diagrams, data collection techniques, measurement techniques, causes of process variation, pareto diagrams, histograms, cause and effect diagrams, control charts and process capability analysis. Register Now!

Black Belt

Black Belts are experienced and well trained Lean Six Sigma professionals who provide project management, statistical analysis, financial analysis, meeting facilitation and project prioritization for the organization. The typical Black Belt leads several projects, coaches and mentors Green Belts and understands how to define a problem in order to quickly drive towards a solution. Black Belts often manage Lean Six Sigma projects full time and serve as the liaison between the staff and project sponsors and managers.  Register or Apply Now!


These organizations have sponsored their employees in a Lean Six Sigma class through UW Tacoma:

Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, Alaska Airlines, Amazon, BCRA, Bellingham School District, Bethel School District, Blood Works Northwest, Blue Origin (Amazon), Boeing Corporation, Brooks Running, CenturyLink, Central Kitsap School District, City of Bellevue, City of Issaquah, City of Lakewood, City of Oak Harbor, City of Olympia, City of Redmond, City of Renton, City of Seattle, City of Vancouver, Concut Diamond Products, Costco, Crane Aerospace, Essential Explorations, Esterline Technologies, Getinge - Arjo, Goodwill Industries, Guardian Fall Protection, Innovative Hearth Products - US, John I Haas, Inc. Yakima, King Co. Library System, King County (other), King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks, Lam Research Corporation , Logic Staffing, LuLulemon, Mac/Apple, Marysville Food Bank, Metropolitan Development Council, Milgard Windows and Doors, Navia Benefit Solutions, Northwest Integrated Health , NW Fasteners, Pierce County (other departments), Pierce County Public Works (2 classes), Pierce Transit, Platinum Group, LLC, Puget Sound Clean Air, Puget Sound Educational School District, Purpose Investment Group, Red Dot Corporation, Safe Streets, Sealy Simmons Sumner, Seattle U, Sitecrafting, Snohomish County, Spacelabs, Spokane Regional Health District, Tacoma Housing Authority, Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, Tacoma School District, Target, Thurston County Public Works, Thyssenkrupp Elevators, Toray Composits, U.S. Navy, University Mechanical Contractors, Inc. , University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Washington, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, US Air Force, US Army, Veteran's Administration, Washington Air National Guard, Washington Army National Guard, Washington State Attorney General Office, Washington State Department of Agriculture , Washington State Department of Corrections, Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington State Department of Employment Security, Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, Washington State Department of Health, Washington State Department of Health and Social Services – Child Support Division, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Washington State Department of Licensing, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, Washington State Department of Revenue, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Aging and Adult Services, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (general), Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Special Commitment Center, Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Health Benefit Exchange, Washington State Health Care Authority, Washington State Liquor and Marijuana Control Board, Washington State Military Department, Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings, Washington State Office of Regulatory Assistance, Washington State Patrol, Washington State Auditor’s Office, Washington State Student Achievement Council, Washington State Traffic Safety Commission, Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission, WSECU, Zodiac Aerospace.