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Lean Six Sigma Principles

In order to compete for customers and market share, many organizations are practicing Lean Six Sigma principles to improve operational effectiveness like reducing waste and using more effective problem solving. This program is designed to give you the skills to successfully practice these principles to better your organization and grow your career.

In courses developed by working professionals in the field, you'll gain the practical skills to use lean manufacturing and Six Sigma methods to streamline your business operations to improve productivity and service while reducing waste, time, and cost. You'll also train to identify the causes of defects and waste within a business, all to help improve your job performance and management skills.

With the growth of careers and interest in Six Sigma principles, this program helps prepare you for a rewarding career in almost any business and organizational structure across industries. And to further help strengthen your job prospects, upon completing this program, you'll be able to write the exams to earn certifications from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Six Sigma Green Belt and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

About the program

  • Approximately 1-2 years, part-time
  • Learn to more effectively manage a business with Lean Six Sigma principles
  • Prepare to write the exams for the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Six Sigma Green Belt and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Lean certifications
Learn more in the Program Details.

Who should complete the Lean Six Sigma Principles Associate Certificate?

This program might be right for you if:
  • You're looking to reduce inefficiencies in your business
  • You want to implement effective processes to better manage operations
  • You have some prior working experience
  • You might be working in business operations, leadership, logistics, supply chain, or a general position
Interested? Apply today at the Program Entry to get started!

What grads can do

By training with current management and logistics professionals, you'll be gaining the knowledge and confidence to effectively problem-solve and improve operational effectiveness in nearly any type of business. Whether you use your training to improve your small business, advance your current career, or grow into new roles in management and operations, you'll be prepared with most current, effective techniques for a successful career.

Learn more about the specific opportunities awaiting you at the Graduating and Jobs page.

Program Entry

About Part-time Studies

Take a single course, or work towards a credential — all at a pace that's right for you.

Part-time courses are offered in a variety of scheduling formats, including at night or on weekends, flexible day time delivery, or you can opt for distance or online learning. If you meet the prerequisites and there's space available, you can register for a course immediately. Courses are offered in each of three terms: Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring/Summer (April).

To apply to a Part-time Studies program and earn your credential, you simply need to complete a Part-time Program Declaration Request. Applications are processed throughout the year.

To be successful in BCIT's fast paced applied learning environment, it is strongly recommended that students have English proficiency in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country and English 12 are strongly recommended for success. For information on English equivalencies, testing and upgrading options, visit:

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Program declaration

Effective January 7th, 2016, program declaration requests must be completed online. A declaration fee will be assessed at the time of the request. BCIT will no longer accept paper program declaration requests starting January 7th, 2016. Students who submitted paper declaration requests prior to January 7th, 2016 are not required to pay the fee.

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined. BCIT continuously reviews programs and implements changes based on industry and market trends. Program declaration guarantees that credit for courses which are a part of your program will be honoured despite program requirement changes.

Program declaration also provides the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.

It is not necessary to declare prior to registering in most Part-time Studies courses. It is a good idea to complete one or two courses before submitting your program declaration. Check your program's entry page for specific requirements.

Upon approval, a program plan will be sent to you confirming your program of study.

Declare Now

Please allow approximately 8 weeks for processing.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Courses

This program give you the hands-on, practical knowledge for your career that BCIT is known for. You'll learn from working industry professionals and learn the core competencies in areas like lean leadership, performance management, and other key Six Sigma topics to help prepare you for a successful career in business and management.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Required Courses (21.0 credits): Credits
  OPMT 1106 Quality Assurance Fundamentals 3.0
  OPMT 1197 Statistics for Business and Industry 4.5
  OPMT 1710 Introduction to Lean Concepts 3.0
  OPMT 1720 Lean Six Sigma Tools For Process Improvement 3.0
  OPMT 2715 Lean Leadership & Advanced Applications 4.5
  OPMT 2730 Six Sigma For Quality Management 3.0
 
Total Credits: 21.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Lean Six Sigma is a managerial concept combining the problem-solving techniques of Lean and Six Sigma. Both Lean and Six Sigma focus on reducing unproductive processes in organizations with the goal to improve operational effectiveness.

In this program, you'll learn how Six Sigma strives to improve the quality of service and manufacturing business process outputs by identifying and eliminating the causes of defects and minimizing variability and how to apply it in your current or future position.

Lean, also known as Lean Manufacturing, Lean Enterprise, or Lean Production, is a process-improvement methodology that identifies and eliminates non-value-adding activities in business processes. Value-adding activities are what the customer is willing to pay for and non-value-adding activities are considered waste and unproductive areas.

By training closely with working professionals and managers, you'll gain the key concepts and abilities of Lean and Six Sigma so you can effectively manage the operations of many types of organizations.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Many courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

Graduating & Jobs

With the practical skills you earn through this program, you’ll be better prepared for a successful advanced career in business, logistics, and management. Your courses help prepare you for additional certification as you’ll be able to write the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Six Sigma Green Belt and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Lean certification exams once you graduate to give you even more and better career options.

Some job opportunities include:
  • Logistics Coordinator/Manager
  • Process Improvement Specialist
  • Inventory Manager
  • Supply Chain Coordinator/Manager

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Contact Us

Ruth MacKay
Part-time Studies Program Assistant - Operations Management
604-412-7417 | Ruth_MacKay@bcit.ca

Ron Wlock
Part-time Studies Coordinator - Operations Management
604-432-8991 | Ron_Wlock@bcit.ca

Contact a Part-time Studies Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:
  • Course selection and program planning
  • Declaring your program
  • Making changes to your approved program plan
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Laddering options
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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