The vast, complex, and ever-changing business landscape of today requires a unique set of skills and knowledge to stay ahead of the curve. That’s why PLNU’s Lean Six Sigma Certificate Program offers just the tools you need to take a leap forward in your career.

Our cost-effective model and relational learning instruction will teach you how to streamline operations, improve processes, reduce cost, increase customer service, and maximize profit for your organization.

Personalized Instruction

You’ll received instruction through tailored classes that use current expertise, future-ready practices, and personalized attention to help you drive innovation.

Geared for Working Professionals

A flexible and condensed learning format designed to meet your professional goals and sharpen your influence in the workplace allows you to finish the program quickly while still working a full-time job.

A Balanced Approach

PLNU offers a Green Belt certification through a step-by-step approach to “balanced management” by Defining, Measuring, Analyzing, Improving, and Controlling (DMAIC) performance.

Program Description

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) training and certification prepares practitioners to apply the LSS tools and deliver results, focused on customer needs and business success. This highly interactive course uses several case studies, simulations, and games. No prerequisites are needed.  

Green Belt Overview

Green Belts are typically Six Sigma practitioners who complete five half days of Six Sigma training and play a functional role in support of larger Six Sigma efforts. A Green Belt is dedicated to communicating the fundamental principles of Lean Six Sigma with colleagues and inspires creativity and change with measurable results.

Matt Boyne, Ed.D.

Matt Boyne, Ed.D.
Adjunct Professor of Operations Management | Lean Six Sigma Certificate

Our Lean Six Sigma certificate seeks to enable students to be both technical experts and organizational change leaders. In a cohesive, systematic approach, we emphasize the use of software in the classroom while integrating established leadership principles. A holder of our certificate will be able to lead Green Belt projects, creating savings for their organizations; lead project teams; and understand the implementation of organizational strategy using Lean Six Sigma methods.

Expected Completion Time

1 Month (6 Sessions on Tuesday Nights from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

Program FormatClassroom
LocationMission Valley
Needed Units to Graduate


Program Start Date

Fall 2015 Start Dates will be announced soon



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Important Dates

Fall 2015 course dates will be announced soon

Nikki Shimozaki

Nikki Shimozaki

PLNU MBA '14 | Lean Six Sigma Certificate

With the accelerated format of the Lean Six Sigma certificate program, I was able to learn a lot of information in one night and directly apply it to my work the next day.

Program Details

What is Lean Six Sigma?

Many businesses have not kept pace with the rise and fall of change. Lean Six Sigma (LSS) provides a systematic method to optimize performance efficiencies by refining process and reducing variations to achieve profit. PLNU offers superior Lean Six Sigma certificate programs that will provide you with the tools to improve quality and process activities. Our cost-effective model and relational learning instruction will help you achieve your desired professional goals. Learn the specialized knowledge to streamline operations, increase value, and reduce waste.   

How does LSS drive innovation and improvement?

Team Building

Increase employee involvement through active participation on process improvement teams. Involving employees in the implementation of quality activities gives them a greater appreciation for the impact of their work and a greater appreciation for how the work of other employees and departments also contributes to success. 

Cost Reduction

Reduce cost through process improvement and require less time and employee resources to decrease deficiency and error by examining the various steps involved in a process, understanding what customers value, and then acting to eliminate unnecessary steps while increasing value. Companies using Lean Six Sigma can significantly decrease costs and increase customer value.  

Acknowledge Customer Needs

Lean Six Sigma focuses on process improvement as well as improvements to product delivery methods and other customer service activities that impact customer satisfaction. Increased customer satisfaction will lead to repeat business, increased margins, and business success. 

Lean Six SigmaWhy PLNU for Lean Six Sigma?

Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranks PLNU nationally in its top 100 best values in private institutions, placing PLNU among private universities and liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding rigor with affordability. PLNU is committed to providing professional certifications that add value to our communities.

PLNU offers a Certificate Program in Lean Six Sigma to help close our local skills gap in business and to better serve our community. Our objective is to prepare students with the practical knowledge they need to use an evidence-based approach to improve processes, increase customer satisfaction, and maximize success.
Convenient Schedule

As a busy professional, we value your time and many commitments, and we have created a flexible and condensed learning experience to meet your educational goals and advance in your career.

Certification requires participants to attend all training, pass an assessment, work on a team project, and deliver project results.

Program Objectives

  • Learn LSS philosophy and Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC) methodology.
  • Obtain knowledge of the most common Lean and Six Sigma tools.
  • Learn techniques for identifying and selecting opportunities for improvement.
  • See how LSS can impact bottom-line and overall business performance.
  • Apply LSS concepts on a project to improve business processes.
  • Begin creating a culture of continuous improvement utilizing LSS.

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Adjunct Professor of Operations Management
Dr. Boyne earned his Ed.D. at Pepperdine University where his research focused on educational technologies and human performance. He teaches project management and operations management courses in the PLNU MBA program. Dr. Boyne has ...


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