FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

General Questions

What does AIGPE stand for?

AIGPE is an acronym for Advanced Innovation Group Pro Excellence.

Is AIGPE an independent Lean Six Sigma Certification body?

Yes. AIGPE, founded in 2014, has a focus on providing world-class, state-of-the-art Six Sigma training and certification programs at an economical cost. In 2014, no other organization was providing these training and certification programs at a price that could be affordable to the masses. They charged an enormous amount, and in most cases, the value of their delivery did not correlate to the price paid by the candidate. Not just that, going through these high-priced certification programs did not yield the right return in the job market. Plus, most of these programs were held in-person, and the exams were paper-based. When the entire planet was getting online and turning paperless, the Lean Six Sigma training and certification organizations were still traditional in their operations. AIGPE exclusively offers Lean Six Sigma training and certification programs based on authentic, universal, and documented criteria. The base of these criteria(s) are:

  • Industry best practices that are applicable today
  • Getting away from the traditional theory-based content and embracing today’s practical, result-driven and application-oriented approach
  • Deliver to the needs of today’s multinational global organizations that are engaged in fulfilling ever-changing customer demands, people needs, process characteristics, and technological requirements

There are only two criteria(s) for AIGPE Certification. Complete the AIGPE training to 100% and successful completion of the AIGPE Certification Exam. There is no other prerequisite. You may apply for AIGPE Training and Certification, irrespective of your educational background. It doesn’t matter whether you are a fresher, an executive who has just joined the organization, a mid-level manager, or senior management professional. There is no dependency. The foundation of AIGPE Training and Certification programs is its universally accepted Body of Knowledge. Successful completion of the AIGPE Training and Certification results in the AIGPE Lean Six Sigma Certification.

Many Lean Six Sigma Certification organizations provide only a certification exam and do not provide training. Why does AIGPE provide independent Training and Certification programs?

AIGPE believes that providing just a Certification Exam is not customer-centric. How? Here are the reasons: 

  • A Certification Exam testifies only the theoretical knowledge of a candidate.
  • It doesn’t endorse the candidate’s skills and abilities to solve complex real-life problems that the organization faces today.
  • It only provides an outline of the knowledge that a candidate should possess through its defined Body of Knowledge. But it fails to offer insights on the details that a candidate truly needs to be successful in his/her career.
  • A real Lean Six Sigma professional needs a mindset that can:
    • Influence Change
    • Facilitate Business Process Improvements
    • Manage and Lead people
    • Have a holistic end-to-end view of a business
    • And Bolster the Organization into Success. Do you think just an exam can do this for the candidate? 
  • It puts the candidate at risk to identify an unknown training provider. This provider may deliver substandard training content, may not offer any support, and may falsely guarantee success.
  • A Certification Exam alone doesn’t take into account the factor of globalization. It fails to recognize the changing customer needs, rapid technological changes, and the necessary upgrades required by (today’s) Lean Six Sigma Professionals.

Conducting a Certification Exam alone is a traditional approach that was suitable a decade ago. A lot has changed since then.

Today’s fast-paced professionals and organizations do not need a stamp of the big, authoritative organization(s) to let them know they are on the right path. They instinctively know that. 

What they need is: 

  • The right kind of training, 
  • The correct type of coaching, 
  • A hand-holding through severe problem situations, 
  • Consistency in quality irrespective of location,  
  • Regular upgrades that match today’s changing environment, 
  • And then an independent evaluation of the candidates based on these factors coupled with a foundational universally accepted Body of Knowledge

AIGPE understands these needs of today’s professionals and organizations. Hence, AIGPE:

  • Provides training as well as prep work on several platforms across the globe
  • Owns this training content
  • Makes necessary upgrades to the material from time-to-time 
  • Takes the ownership to prepare candidates for the certification exam
  • Provides the training material that includes video training, downloadable content as well as activities needed for every student
  • Video training offers success stories, case studies, industry best practices, real-life anecdotes, a thorough explanation of why a tool or a technique is supposed to be used the way it is used, this and much more 
  • The downloadable content provides offline training material, tools, templates, use cases and much more that the candidate values and puts to right use in his/her organization
  • Provides the necessary support required by the student through various communication channels

This level of knowledge is transformative for a candidate going through the training and certification process. It molds the candidate’s mindset from a conventional task-oriented approach to a thorough holistic end-to-end business approach that organizations need today. It instills the right qualities and values required by a true Lean Six Sigma professional.

After going through this comprehensive and hands-on training process, the candidate is fully prepared to sit for an independent evaluation of his/her knowledge and skills. And this evaluation is conducted through an unbiased certification exam that tests not only the candidate’s level of understanding but also examines his/her experience and expertise.

These are the key reasons why AIGPE provides a complete suite of Training + Certification programs and not just Certification Exams.

 

In how many countries does AIGPE conduct its training and certification programs?

AIGPE is a global Lean Six Sigma Credentialing organization. AIGPE conducts its programs in 175+ countries. As of mid-2020, more than 75,000 unique professionals have gone through AIGPE training and certification programs. On average, 475,400+ minutes of AIGPE content is consumed by AIGPE students per month. 12,300+ students actively go through AIGPE programs each month.

AIGPE Certification Training Programs Related Questions

What are the different training programs offered by AIGPE?

AIGPE training programs are divided into five categories. Below are the details:

Six Sigma Certification:

  • Six Sigma White Belt Certification
  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification
  • Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
  • Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

Lean Specialization Certification:

  • Lean Masterclass (Part 01): Become a Lean Proficient
  • Lean Masterclass (Part 02): Become a Lean Expert
  • Lean Masterclass: Become a Just-In-Time Specialist

Minitab Specialization Certification:

  • Minitab Masterclass (Part 01): Master Top 10 Graphical Tools
  • Minitab Masterclass (Part 02): Master Top 7 Control Charts
  • Minitab Masterclass (Part 03): Master Top 7 Hypothesis Tests

Micro Specialization Certification:

  • FMEA Masterclass: Become a Certified FMEA Practitioner
  • QFD Masterclass: Become a QFD Specialist
  • Kano Analysis Masterclass: Become a Kano Analysis Specialist
  • Process Mapping Masterclass: A Practical Guide for Beginners
  • The Voice of Customer Techniques

Managerial Skills Training:

  • Active Listening: A Practical Guide to be an Active Listener
  • Interpersonal Skills for Elite Leaders and Project Managers
What is the format of AIGPE Training Programs?

All of the AIGPE training programs are 100% online web-based training programs. You can access these training programs from any location, at any time, using any device based on your convenience.

 

 

Practice Tests and Simulation Exams Related Questions

I have completed the training content. But before appearing for the exam, can I access some practice questions or tests that can help me prepare well. Any suggestions?

Yes. Each Training program is laced with several practice questions that aid in preparing your for the certification exam. These practice questions are included within the program material. 

In addition to these, you can purchase additional practice tests and certification simulation exams made available for each certification program. This purchase is completely optional. It will act as an additional cushion to help you prepare well.

Which are the Certification Simulation Exams offered by AIGPE?

Below are the Certification Simulation Exams offered by AIGPE:

  • AIGPE’s Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification Simulation Exam
  • AIGPE’s Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Simulation Exam
  • AIGPE’s Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Simulation Exam

 

In addition to these, you can purchase additional practice tests and certification simulation exams made available for each certification program. This purchase is completely optional. It will act as an additional cushion to help you prepare well.

Which are the Practice Tests offered by AIGPE?

Below are the Practice Tests offered by AIGPE?

  • Six Sigma Black Belt: Phase 0 & 1 Practice Tests
  • Six Sigma Black Belt: Phase 2 & 3 Practice Tests
  • Six Sigma Black Belt: Phase 4 & 5 Practice Tests

Certification Exam Questions

What is AIGPE Certification?

AIGPE Certification is a globally recognized Lean Six Sigma Certification. AIGPE’s mission is to foster the needed process improvement and project management skills in a candidate, enhance his/her talent and capability to the level required by the industry, and provide a global recognition that gives the candidate a professional status in the industry.

The Certified AIGPE professional manifests and illustrates their mastery and expertise in the subject as defined by the AIGPE Body of Knowledge. This Body of Knowledge is the foundation of the many AIGPE Training and Certification Programs.

What are the Certifications offered by AIGPE?

AIGPE offers a range of Lean Six Sigma and process improvement Certifications. These are divided into categories and programs as outlined below:

Six Sigma Certification:

  • Six Sigma White Belt Certification
  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification
  • Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
  • Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

Lean Specialization Certification:

  • Lean Masterclass (Part 01): Become a Lean Proficient
  • Lean Masterclass (Part 02): Become a Lean Expert
  • Lean Masterclass: Become a Just-In-Time Specialist

Minitab Specialization Certification:

  • Minitab Masterclass (Part 01): Master Top 10 Graphical Tools
  • Minitab Masterclass (Part 02): Master Top 7 Control Charts
  • Minitab Masterclass (Part 03): Master Top 7 Hypothesis Tests

Micro Specialization Certification:

  • FMEA Masterclass: Become a Certified FMEA Practitioner
  • QFD Masterclass: Become a QFD Specialist
  • Kano Analysis Masterclass: Become a Kano Analysis Specialist
  • Process Mapping Masterclass: A Practical Guide for Beginners
  • The Voice of Customer Techniques

In addition to the above, there are Managerial Skills Training, which does not belong to the category of being Certification programs.

 

What is the format of the AIGPE Certification Exam?

The AIGPE Certification Exam is an online multiple-choice questions exam.

How much do the AIGPE Certification Exams cost?

AIGPE believes in providing world-class, state-of-the-art programs at an affordable price.

The AIGPE Certification Exams are FREE for the first two attempts after completing the training. 

However, if the candidate doesn’t pass in these first two attempts, each additional attempt of AIGPE Certification Exam has the following cost:

  • Six Sigma White Belt Certification Exam – 30 USD/attempt
  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification Exam – 50 USD/attempt
  • Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Exam – 75 USD/attempt
  • Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Exam – 100 USD/attempt
  • Each Certification Program in Lean, Minitab and Micro Specialization Categories – 30 USD/attempt
What is the time limit for the exams?

AIGPE Exams have no time-limit. You can take, however, long to complete the exam. With that said, the exam has to be completed in one sitting i.e. once you start the exam, you have to complete the exam. If you get out of the exam for any reason, you may be required to startover from the beginning.

Are the exams open-book?

Yes. AIGPE Certification Exams are open-book. You can refer to the training material, downloadable pdf’s, templates, your notes, or any other material. It is important to note that the AIGPE exams are not designed to test your knowledge alone. The exams will test your skills, abilities, experience as well as expertise of the subject matter.

How many questions are there in the Certification Exam?

The number of questions are as follows:

  • Six Sigma White Belt – 30 questions
  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt – 50 questions
  • Six Sigma Green Belt – 75 questions
  • Six Sigma Black Belt – 100 questions
  • Each Certification Exam in Lean, Minitab and Micro Specialization Categories – 30 questions
Are there any requirements to sit for the AIGPE Certification Exams?

The primary requirement to sit for any of the AIGPE Certification Exam is to complete its training provided by AIGPE to 100%. You should have attained the Certificate of Completion of the AIGPE training course for which you are attempting the exam. This is a requirement for every course offered by AIGPE (except, the Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification Program).

The AIGPE Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification Program has an additional mandatory requirement of completing AIGPE’s Six Sigma Green Belt Training to 100%.

There is no other prerequisite.

I'm ready for the exam. Where can I get the Certification Exam link?

The Certification Exam link is made available within the video training material. At the beginning of the video training program, you are introduced to the Certification Exam Rules. At the end of the training program, you will get a lecture that is titled: AIGPE XXX Certification Exam Guidelines (XXX stands for the Program that you are enrolled in). Please review this guidelines video lecture. The exam link is made available in the downloadable pdf attached in the resources section of this lecture.

If you do not find this lecture or the pdf with the exam link, check the following:

  • Are you in a Certification Training Program offered by AIGPE? If yes, you will definitely get access to the exam link
  • If you are taking the training course on a mobile phone or a tablet, you may want to switch to a laptop. Some of our training partners do not provide access to the resources pdf material in their apps used on smaller devices. 

Post Certification Exam Questions

When will I get my Exam Result?

You will be notified whether you have passed or failed the Certification Exam within moments of completing the Exam. You will also receive an email confirming that we have received your response.

I have PASSED the Certification Exam. What Next?

Once you pass the certification exam, it is time to celebrate. You will receive your AIGPE Program Certification Kit on email within four weeks after exam completion.

What will be included in my AIGPE Program Certification Kit?

Each AIGPE Program Certification Kit includes the following:

  • A Certification pdf that includes the certification (credential) number
  • A Digital Certification Badge 
  • Inclusion of your name in AIGPE’s Official Certification Register

You will be granted the right to use the AIGPE Certification Records; as licensed designation which may be used in resumes, public profiles and other personal marketing material consistent with AIGPE Records Use Policy.

This Certification Kit is emailed to you.

I have passed the Certification Exam in the first attempt. Can I retake the Certification Exam using the second free attempt?

No. Once you pass the Certification Exam, you cannot retake the Certification Exam using the second free attempt. Abiding by the certification guidelines is critical for every participant.

I did not receive the confirmation email after passing the Certification Exam?

As you get a message on the screen that you have passed the Certification Exam, your exam data gets saved on our exam servers. An automated confirmation email is then sent to the email address that you have entered in the exam form at the onset of the Certification Exam. In most cases, when a candidate approaches us stating that he/she has not received the confirmation email, it is identified that the candidate had updated incorrect email address at the onset. Hence, please ensure that you have entered the correct email address when asked to do so on the exam form.

If you do not receive the confirmation email even after entering the correct email address, please don’t panic. Sometimes, the confirmation email reaches your spam or junk folder. If you are using a Gmail account, it may appear in the Promotions or Social folder. We request you to look into all folders.

If you have checked everything described above and still do not find the confirmation email, please drop us a note on [email protected] explaining the situation.

I have FAILED the Certification Exam in my first attempt. What Next?

If you have failed the Certification Exam in the first attempt, don’t lose heart. You still have the second FREE attempt to pass the Certification Exam. However, you can re-appear for the Certification Exam using the second FREE attempt only after one week of completing the first attempt. (For example, if you have appeared for the certification exam on 1st May using the first FREE attempt, and you fail in this attempt. You can re-apply for the certification exam using your second FREE attempt only after one week i.e., on or after 8th May. You are NOT allowed to re-apply for the Certification Exam using the second FREE attempt between 1st and 7th May in this example).

How many times am I allowed to retake the Certification Exam?

If you do not achieve a passing score of AIGPE Certification exam in your first attempt, the second sitting for the same examination may NOT be undertaken within one week of the first sitting. The third seating may NOT be undertaken within 1 month of the first sitting. Any subsequent sittings must be at least 1 month apart from the most recent failed sitting.

AIGPE Certification Exam cost is waived for the first two attempts. If you do not pass in the first two attempts, you will need to purchase an exam voucher for every attempt if you wish to retake it.

Can I get a hard-copy of the certification? I am ready to pay for the print and courier charges.

AIGPE certifies professionals in 175+ countries currently. The cost of the course and certification is kept extremely low (very much unlike other certification organizations that charge in the upward range of $300+). AIGPE has also not invested in a supply chain to deliver certificates so these cost benefits can be passed on to our dedicated student community. Hence, we do not provide physical copies of the certificates.

What we do ensure is that the certificate pdf’s are of extremely high print quality. So participants can take prints however large at their convenience.

What if I do not get the certification on email within the time period of 4 weeks?

We do NOT encourage candidates to send us a communication relating to the certification in a time-period of 4 weeks because of the volume of certification requests. We do our best to process your certification at the soonest in this time-period.

However, if this situation occurs and if you do not get the certification kit within the stipulated time of 4 weeks, you can reach us at [email protected] requesting for the status of the certificate. Our friendly customer service will ensure your query is answered and resolved.

How can my AIGPE Certification be verified?

Once you become AIGPE Certified Professional, you receive 1) AIGPE Certification (pdf), 2) a Digital Badge and 3) Inclusion of your name in AIGPE’s Official Certification Register. The option to verify your certification is available on the website. The individual or organization who wish to verify your certification is required to submit a form providing details such as Certificate Holders Name, Certification Type, Verifiers Name, Purpose of Certification Verification and other details. The AIGPE Certification Database contains information of all professionals who have achieved AIGPE Certifications. Please allow up to 7 business days for a response after submitting the form.