The Lean Sigma Quality MOOC (White Belt) is a free seven-week online course delivered through IT Sligo’s online learning platform (Moodle). As the course is delivered fully online, there is NO requirement to attend IT Sligo. This award-winning course has been delivered to over 10000 participants in 50 countries and is brought to you by Ireland’s largest online provider of accredited Quality, Lean Six Sigma and Operational Excellence programmes.

Course Summary

Start Date:  12th October 2020 Duration:  7 weeks
Delivery Method:  100% Online Assessment: Weekly Online Quiz
Award:  Lean Sigma (White Belt)
Hours study: Suggest: 2 – 3 hrs per week

The course will provide you with videos lectures, discussion forums, quizzes and additional resources on Lean Sigma Quality topics. If you reach a minimum grade of 50%, you will be automatically awarded an electronic certificate of Accomplishment (White Belt). The course allows you to learn about Lean Sigma and also gives you a glimpse of what IT Sligo’s award-winning online courses are like. Register below for the next running of the MOOC. We will then email you with access instructions before the MOOC commences.

How do I register for the course?


Already registered?
You can login on our IT Sligo MOOC site.

What does this course cover?
Watch our introductory video on Youtube.

Lean Six Sigma has been around for more than two decades and since then it has been embraced by leading global companies in the manufacturing and service industries. It has become the foremost process improvement approach for organisations that wish to attain world-class performance in quality and customer satisfaction. The tools and techniques are now expanding to the healthcare and government sectors where benefits have been achieved in productivity, efficiency and elimination of ‘waste’ – a term used in Lean Sigma quality which refers to anything that does not add value to the product or service. On this course, the following topics will be addressed:

  • Introduction to Lean and ‘waste’ elimination
  • Lean Tools
  • Error Proofing (poka-yoke)
  • 5S and Visual Factory
  • Introduction to Six Sigma and variation reduction
  • Six Sigma DMAIC problem solving methodology
  • 7 Quality Tools
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Lean & Six Sigma examples from the Manufacturing, Service and Healthcare sectors

How will the course be taught?
This course will use the same technology as IT Sligo’s existing award-winning online courses. This course will consist of a series of weekly short recorded lectures as well as extra learning resources that can be accessed online at any time. During the course, you will have access to discussion areas where you can ask questions and get support from your lecturers and fellow participants as you work through the materials. You will be able to take regular quizzes to see how you are progressing.

Will I get certification for completing this course?
If you reach a minimum grade in all the quizzes you will be automatically awarded an electronic Certificate of Accomplishment (White Belt) that you can print or display online on your LinkedIn page. There will be a quiz following each online lecture and your best five out of six quizzes will count towards your final grade. In line with other free (MOOC) courses, there are no college credits assigned to this MOOC.

Do IT Sligo offer other online Lean & OpEx / Six Sigma courses?
Yes, IT Sligo are Ireland’s largest online provider of accredited Quality, Lean Six Sigma and Operational Excellence programmes. We offer the following QQI accredited online courses at Level 7 and Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

The most suitable follow on course from the MOOC is our Six Sigma or Lean & OpEx Yellow belt. These are one-semester courses (5 credits) at Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). The IT Sligo Green and Black Belt courses also cover the Body of Knowledge (BOK) for the American Society for Quality (ASQ) certifications. In addition to your IT Sligo certificate, you have the option of obtaining an additional ASQ certification by taking the ASQ exam. Fees for the ASQ exam are paid directly to the external provider.