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Lean Six Sigma Certification for Forensic Science Professionals

At this time we are not planning a 2019 Lean Six Sigma Certification for Forensic Science Professionals course. If you would like to be added to our LSS email list, please email

March 20 - September 11, 2018

This Six Sigma Green Belt certification program begins March 20, 2018. It consists of a series of 17 2-hour long sessions delivered over the course of 27 weeks and concluding with a one day face to face finale in Pittsburgh, PA on September 11, 2018. The course will be taught by Timothy D. Kupferschmidt, Chief of Laboratories at the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner. Tim is a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma and has been practicing these improvement methods since 2008.

This course is specifically designed for forensic science professionals, although it is open to all professionals who have a process to improve. The course will follow the six sigma DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) process and incorporate tools used in lean manufacturing, six sigma variation reduction, theory of constraints and many other process and quality improvement tools.

With the instructor’s guidance, participants will select an organizational process that needs improvement. They will be learning a multitude of tools as they work to improve the selected process. Readings, quizzes, project homework and a final project presentation are required for successful completion.  Successful students will be certified as Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Cost: $1,995

Class Format and Dates

Sessions, Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm EST

March 20
  • Select project.
March 27, April 3
  • Complete project charter and validate using the voice of the customer.
April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8
  • Determine outputs and inputs to the process.
  • Create data collection plan and collect data on current state of process.
  • Use mapping tools, such as process map, SIPOC, and value stream map.
May 15, May 29, June 5, June 12
  • Determine the critical inputs of the process.
  • Analyze data and determine root causes of problems.
  • Tools may include brainstorming, FMEA, C&E diagrams and root cause analysis.
June 19, June 26, July 10, July 17
  • Generate potential solutions and improvements for the process by selecting and standardizing key steps.
  • Develop a future state process map and value stream map.
  • Develop and implement a pilot solution which will lead to full-scale implementation.
July 31, August 7
  • Develop and implement measurement of key performance indicators, create quality and management system controls.
September 11 in Pittsburgh, PA
  • A keystone seminar on managing organizational change will be conducted in the morning, to prepare participants to use the knowledge they gained to lead their organizations to implement change in the future.
  • Participants will present their report to the group using a PowerPoint presentation. Successful participants will be conferred their Green Belt Lean Six Sigma Certification during a concluding networking reception.
  • Hotel information: A group rate has been secured at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport at $133/night. Please click here to reserve your hotel room within the group block, or call 888.421.1442 and say you are with the West Virginia University group block. The discounted $133/night room rate will be available until August 20th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.