Students who complete Villanova University's online Six Sigma program can now earn industry-recognized certification from the university. A comprehensive exam - available for Green Belt, Lean Sensei or Black Belt certification - is administered completely online, with results available immediately.

Villanova is the first university to offer Six Sigma certification online. Certified professionals enjoy instant recognition, credibility and respect for their accomplishment, notes George Eckes, the best-selling Six Sigma author and consultant who teaches the online courses.

"Earning your Green Belt, Lean Sensei or Black Belt certification validates your commitment to quality, increases your earning potential, and offers you a competitive advantage in the workplace," said Eckes, whose clients have included Motorola, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Volvo and others. "In today's job market, certification is an excellent way to distinguish yourself as the Six Sigma expert."

Villanova University's state-of-the-art, three-course master certificate program teaches professionals proven techniques for minimizing waste and improving efficiencies, empowering them with key skills to use immediately.

Recertification is required every three years to ensure that students maintain the same level of knowledge demonstrated on their first exam. Students must earn at least nine Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by choosing from a wide variety of Villanova courses.