One very important change in Generation III of Six Sigma’s professional designations is to make the entire program a lot more affordable so many small businesses can avail of it. People who carry on the operational roles for these companies are called x-belts, six sigma professionals who have either green or black belts and carry on specific quality management responsibilities for their companies. But sometimes, it can be very costly for trainers to invest in the skills acquisition of black belts. It is expensive for them to train a black belt in a classroom set up and takes a lot of waiting to get their return of investments, making the black belt option somewhat cost-prohibitive for those who do not have the funds that mirror that of multinational companies.

Some companies do not even have the means to train a green belt. Because of this, Six Sigma introduced Generation III which carries on a new belt  the white belt. The white belt requires far less training and offers speedier return of investments. It has a narrower focus compared to the black belt professional, so the white belter can look more closely at a work block within a company instead of looking at the situation at a whole. A person who has a white belt certification can finish up to twelve projects per year and has the potential to return at least twenty five thousand dollar from each of the project he has completed to his employer’s bottom line.


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