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Lean Six Sigma Certification

Lean Six Sigma Certification

Certification is a three step process for each:

    • Pass the exam at the relevant level.
    • Present evidence of practice for assessment.

Successful candidates receive a written feedback report and certificate, and join our official Certification Register. Setting high performance expectations, the Academy has certified 1,000s of LSS candidates.

The certification process helps you to further your skills, keep up to date with current practice and develop your knowledge over time. As well as receiving a BQF certificate at the appropriate level, you will receive a ‘Licence of Current Practice’.

Download the new Lean Six Sigma Licence of Current Practice.

  • Your certificate remains valid forever (as a Degree certificate would for example).
  • After three years, although it is not compulsory, we do advise you to renew your licence to demonstrate you are up to date with current Lean Six Sigma practice.
  • To do this you will need to provide evidence that you have undertaken Continued Professional Development (CPD)in Lean Six Sigma over the last three years.
  • If you do not renew your licence within the three years you will appear as ‘inactive’ on the certification register.

For more information about how to renew your licence please see our ‘How to Recertify‘ page.

Benefits of certification

    • An internationally recognised certification standard, highly regarded by employers.
    • A high calibre, world-renowned training provision.
    • A consistent benchmark of competency and capability across all markets and industry sectors.
    • Opportunities to develop and recruit new staff at a recognised and certified level of professional capability.
    • A leading independent benchmark, recognised and trusted by
    • Enhance your competitive edge over your peers, helping to strengthen employment opportunities and keep up with Lean/LSS thinking and practice.

For more information about how to renew your licence please see our ‘How to Recertify‘ page.


Does my GB/BB/MBB certificate expire?

No. The principle is the same as, for example, a university degree certificate.  This certifies that you achieved this qualification on the date shown on your certificate but does not indicate whether you have maintained and further developed your skills since that date.

What happens if I do not renew my licence within three years?

You can renew your licence by following the standard certification process.  The normal certification fee will apply.

It is more than three years since I certified but the re-certification process was not available when my three year anniversary passed.

You can obtain a licence using the licence renewal process up to 31st December 2017 irrespective of the date of your original certification.

Is online training accepted for acquisition of knowledge?

Yes, provided it meets the same criteria as classroom training and can be evidenced as described.

Is internal company delivered training accepted?

Yes, provided it is a formal course endorsed by your company’s training department and can be evidenced as described.

I was certified as a BQF Green Belt then upgraded to BQF Black Belt, do I need to keep my Green Belt licence up to date?

No, it is superseded by the Black Belt licence.

Can I obtain a licence of current practice through BQF if I was certified as a Green Belt by another organisation?

You will first need to certify through BQF and then can renew your licence every 3 years.

Could you define “recognised, reputable (training) organisation”?

It would be unfair for us to insist that only officially accredited BQF training organisations can provide training for these purposes but we also need to protect the integrity of the licence. We suggest that you use good judgement when selecting training providers. We reserve the right to refuse to accept training certificates from organisations whose credentials we cannot satisfy ourselves are acceptable.

How will I receive my certificate?

An electronic certificate will be emailed to you along with instructions on how to take full advantage of your digital certificate. Electronic certificates can then be added to LinkedIn, shared via social media or downloaded as a PDF.

If you have any other questions please email LSSacademy@bqf.org.uk.