Why Choose University Training Partners?

Our self-paced Yellow Belt course comes with instructor support! You'll get personalized feedback on assignments. And, if you get stuck or discouraged, help is only a discussion post away.

  • Learn Six Sigma through video presentations, case assignments and knowledge checks.

  • Dr. MMV, your instructor, is there to give feedback on your assignments and help you when you are stuck.

  • Our course material has helped more than a thousand students learn to certificate improve processes.

Mirasol Resort Case Study

Lets you apply the tools you learn to a real-world situation

Instead of using generic textbook examples and assignments, our course engages you right from the start as you act as a Six Sigma team member at the Mirasol Hotel. You'll get to know the organization's challenges, personalities and politics. You might even discover that Mirasol is not that much different from your organization, regardless of your industry. As you move through the modules, you will apply the tools you learn to the case company.
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Mirasol Resort Case Study

Yellow Belt course curriculum

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  • 1
    Welcome to the course!
  • 2
    Module 1: What is Lean Six Sigma?
    • What you'll learn in this module...
    • Lean Six Sigma introduction
    • Lean Six Sigma introduction - part 2
    • The DMAIC roadmap
    • Test your learning
  • 3
    Module 2: The Mirasol case study
    • What you'll learn in this module...
    • The Mirasol Resort case study
    • Assignment: Case study response
  • 4
    Module 3: The voice of the customer
    • What you'll learn in this module...
    • Capturing the voice of the customer
    • Test your learning
  • 5
    Module 4: Six Sigma projects
    • What you'll learn in this module...
    • Assignment: Mirasol project brainstorming
    • Test your learning
  • 6
    Module 5: Processes and graphing tools
    • What you'll learn in this module...
    • The Cost of Quality
    • Process maps
    • Graphical tools
    • Pareto chart how-to
    • Run chart how-to
    • Assignment: Pareto chart
    • Assignment: Run chart
    • Test your learning
  • 7
    It's Ninja time!
    • Whew! You are halfway there
    • Who's a ninja?
  • 8
    Module 6: Root cause analysis
    • Root cause analysis
    • Test your learning
  • 9
    Module 7: Descriptive statistics
    • What you'll learn in this module...
    • Descriptive statistics
    • Formulas how-to
    • Assignment: Descriptive statistics
    • Test your learning...
  • 10
    Module 8: Lean tools
    • What you'll learn in this module...
    • Visual management, 5S and mistake proofing
    • Eight wastes and SMED
    • Quick changeover: Formula One Pit Crew
    • Meals per hour
    • 5S in the Office
    • Assignment: Eight Wastes
    • Test your learning
  • 11
    Module 9: Control plans & Case wrap up
    • What you'll learn in this module...
    • Control Plans
    • Mirasol project reports - Jim
    • Mirasol project reports - Eli
  • 12
    Next steps
    • Congrats! Here's what's next...
    • Before you go...

Bonus material

Great takeaways to use for your first Six Sigma improvement project

  • Six Sigma Planning Templates

    This course includes templates that you can leverage for your first Six Sigma project. Templates include SIPOC, project charter, team charter, and a tollgate checklist.

  • Spreadsheet Calculations

    Learn to use formulas to calculate descriptive statistics for your data.

  • Spreadsheet Graphics

    Learn to make data-driven decisions based on graphs you create from the case data.

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Your Instructor

Dr. MMV knows her stuff

  • Dr. Mary McShane Vaughn

    Principal Partner

    Dr. Mary McShane Vaughn

    Over the last 10 years, "Dr. MMV" has enthusiastically trained more than 1000 Six Sigma Yellow, Green and Black Belts. She earned her PhD in Industrial Engineering and MS in Statistics from Georgia Tech. As a tenured professor, she taught graduate courses in statistics, regression analysis, design of experiments and SPC. Mary is an ASQ certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Engineer and Reliability Engineer. She is a past ASQ Black Belt exam chair, and currently serves on the CQE exam committee. She is also the author of three textbooks: Lean Six Sigma Leadership, The Probability Handbook and The Probability Workbook, and co-author of The Certified Quality Inspector Handbook. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/drmmv/


  • Will I get a Yellow Belt certification from this course?

    You will receive a certificate at the end of the course with a unique cert number. As you research other programs, remember that there is no one set standard or governing body for Six Sigma certifications. (It's not a license like a PE, nor does it have a uniform curriculum like PMI).

  • How does this course curriculum compare to an ASQ course?

    The ASQ Yellow Belt body of knowledge includes a lot of manufacturing-specific topics and more statistics than our course. We have applied the Pareto Principle to our curriculum and present the tools that are the most often used across all industries for process improvement projects.

  • Do I need to complete a project to earn my certificate?

    No. A project is not required for the course certificate. However, we encourage you to complete a process improvement project as soon as you finish the course to solidify your skills. Some students even start on a project before the course is complete!

  • Do I need to purchase statistical software for the course?

    No. All of the calculations and graphs presented in the course are performed using Microsoft Excel. If you are a little rusty using spreadsheets, or have never used them before, there are tutorials included in the course.

  • How long do I have to finish the course?

    Once you enroll, you will have six months (180 days) to complete the course material. Students who work continuously through the material can earn their certificates within two to three months.

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