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Design for Six Sigma Green Belt

Earn Your DFSS Certification from the University of Michigan - 100% online

It is estimated that 70-80% of quality problems originate in product definition and design. The Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodology aims to preempt those problems by translating customer requirements into functional requirements — ensuring more robust product, service, and process designs. Learn proven analysis tools, apply those methods within a structured framework, and earn your Green Belt certification prepared to meet customer-driven design objectives. 

Key Information

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Start Date



180 days

Time Commitment

Approximately 60 self-paced hours



Continuing Education Units (CEU)


Program Overview

Course Outline

The DFSS Green Belt course is comprised of 24 modules which are detailed below.

  1. Course Introduction—New Product Development Challenges
  2. IDDOV Methodology/ Identifying Projects
  3. Defining Customer Requirements: Voice of the Customer
  4. Survey Analysis Methods
  5. Developing Functional Requirements/FAST Diagrams
  6. House of Quality
  7. Benchmarking
  8. Design Concept Generation
  9. Creativity and Innovation Tools
  10. TRIZ Overview
  11. Design Concept Selection: Design Scorecards, Pugh Matrix
  12. Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (DFMEA)
  13. Design Issue Countermeasures, DFX Analysis, Axiomatic Design
  14. Design Optimization: Transfer Functions, P-Diagrams, and Robustness
  15. Two Group Hypothesis Tests (t-test, F-test, 2 Proportion Tests)
  16. One Way ANOVA Tests
  17. Two Way ANOVA Tests
  18. Problem Solving Session: Hypothesis Tests
  19. Tolerance Analysis: Statistical Tolerance Methods
  20. Tolerance Simulation: Development and Allocation
  21. Problem Solving Session: Tolerance Simulation
  22. Product Design Verification and Validation
  23. Process Validation
  24. Course Summary
Time Commitment and Work Pace

Estimated: 60 self-paced hours

  • 40 hours (approximately) for lecture recordings and exercises
  • 10-30 hours for project work

All requirements must be completed within 180 days after your start date. If you do not complete the course by your completion deadline, you will be required to re-enroll at a reduced cost of $500.

This is a self-paced online course consisting of 24 lecture modules with 8 exercises (multiple choice tests to complete after each learning module). Most lecture tapes are approximately one hour in length. While the course is self-paced, we recommend completing two sessions/week. 

Project Information

To earn the DFSS Green Belt certification, candidates must complete a project using the Identify-Define-Design (IDD) Six Sigma Methodology. This includes conducting an IDD analysis to translate voice of the customer requirements into a new design concept using Design for Six Sigma tools and methods covered in the course. 

Candidates should select a project from their workplace. If unable to find a work project, candidates may use a University of Michigan Green Belt Case Study Project.

Certification Requirements

Participants pursuing their University of Michigan Design for Six Sigma Green Belt Certification are required to:

  • Complete all required online lecture modules
  • Complete all testing exercises with an overall cumulative score > 80%
  • Successfully complete DFSS Green Belt Project (reviewed by U-M faculty)
Upon successful completion, you will be provided your University of Michigan Design for Six Sigma Sigma Green Belt Certification.
Prerequisites & Technical Requirements

A basic understanding of statistical analysis methods is recommended, including:

  • Basic Microsoft Excel Skills
  • Basic Statistics

To view technical requirements, click here.


Administrative/Online Technical Support

Support staff are available via phone and email to help with administrative and technical issues during our normal business hours (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time). 

Content Questions/Certification Project Support

Candidates are welcome to contact the course instructors for content questions and project support. The instructors will provide support via e-mail, phone consultation, and/or online videoconferencing.

Complimentary Software

The University of Michigan DFSS Green Belt Certification course include a copy of QE Tools statistical analysis software. QE Tools is a user-friendly Excel add-in tool designed for Green Belts. Students will use QE Tools to apply the various problem solving and statistical analysis methods both within the course and for their DFSS project.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the tools and techniques required to obtain voice of the customer and translate into functional requirements and quality metrics for designs during new product development
  • Assess performance of functional requirements and quality metrics, including techniques for optimization and validation
  • Understand tools to generate and select among design concept alternatives
  • Apply statistical and graphical analysis tools to support testing and evaluation of designs
  • Apply Design for Six Sigma Methods toward the development of new products and services at the Green Belt skill level

Who Should Take This Course

Design for Six Sigma Green Belt is aimed primarily at Product Designers, Manufacturing Engineers, and Project Managers working in new product development.

Instructional Team

Patrick Hammett, PhD
Patrick Hammett, PhD
Lead Faculty, Six Sigma Programs
Lecturer, College of Engineering
Don Lynch, PhD
Don Lynch, PhD
Instructor, Nexus
Vice President of Quality, Strategy, and Transformation, SKF USA Inc.

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- Online Six Sigma Participant