IQF Six Sigma DMAIC Certification vs. ASQ Certification



I have been looking into getting my black belt certification and one of my local community colleges offers a training program on six sigma. The class looks like it geared toward obtaining the IQF Six Sigma DMAIC certification. I am quite familiar with ASQ and have little to no exposure to the IQF. Is a certification from the IQF recognized in industry? Or should I just stick with ASQ?
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Welcome to the Cove!

Not sure if it is or not, but IQF looks to be a cheaper and more flexible option. But I did find a table of comparison between ASQ and IQF certification schemes here which could help you make your decision.

Brian :rolleyes:


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The bottom line will be whether a current or prospective employer will a) value certification, and b) recognize the certifying organization.

I know nothing about AQF, but one thing that I saw on their website that set alarm bells ringing was "Green Belts scoring minimum 50% are successful and certificate is awarded". The site did not state what the criteria was for the Black Belt exam. I would be concerned about any certifying exam where a passing grade was less than 70%.


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Some additional information on IQF. They are a reputable organization that has been in business for some time. The reason for the 50% pass level for green belt appears to be as follows:

Green Belts, Black Belts and Master Black Belts all take the same Fundamentals section of the same exam. Black Belts and MBBs also take the same Application section of the same exam. The exam questions appear to be of a steadily increasing degree of difficulty. That is x% are of GB difficulty, and additional y% are BB difficulty and a final z% are MBB difficulty.


Thank you very much for taking the time to look into and respond to my question. I feel much more confident in my decision to pursue certification with IQF now. I have always looked to these forums over throughout my fledgling career in quality as a source of accurate reliable information. Thank you again! :agree:
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