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IISE, UL team
up for innovative
online training
Top quality web-based modules
offer instruction for 6 lean and
Six Sigma belts, 5 certificates
By Keith Albertson
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Lean Six Sigma training became a little more con-
venient and comprehensive this summer thanks to a
new collaboration between IISE and UL that offers
quality, flexibility and a return on investment to par-
The launch of “IISE-UL: The New Generation of
Lean Six Sigma 4.0” offers web-based, customizable courses
in 22 modules designed to allow professionals seeking to learn
better processes and quality to earn six lean and Six Sigma belts
and five certificates in the privacy of their home or office.
A preview of the courses was introduced at the IISE mem-
bership booth during the Annual Conference & Expo 2019 in
Orlando, Florida.
This partnership will enable IISE to deliver the next gen-
eration of online training,” said IISE CEO Don Greene. “It
will be completely modular and customizable. Six belts and
five certificates will allow you to align training with your
workforce needs.
The collaboration brought IISE Director of Continuing
Education Larry Aft and UL designers together to create the
modules, which offer interactive visual displays of the same
lean and Six Sigma certification instruction provided by IISE.
It is open to members and nonmembers, with prices starting
below $1,000 and discounts for IISE members and for corpo-
rate partners whose employees sign up for the courses.
The training offers companies a handy training tool for their
employees and give professionals a convenient and affordable
way to improve their skills and knowledge and enhance their
“It’s professionally done, high-quality programs online that
could free up companies from having to pay in-house instruc-
tors or outside consultants,” Aft said.
Six belts, five certificates
A listing of the modules offered by the UL-IISE training package available to help earn specific lean and Six Sigma green and yellow belts or
6 13 5 15 7 22 6 4 4 5 3
Mapping Waste
Tools for
1 Welcome x x x x x x x x x x x
2 What is Lean Six Sigma? x x x x x x x x x x
3 DMAIIC Process x x x x x x
4 Roles and Responsibilities x x x x x x
5 Variation x x x x x
6 Describing Data x x x x x
7 Control Charts x x x
8 Interpreting Control Charts x x x
9 Process Capability x x x
10 Design for Six Sigma x x
11 Root Cause Analysis x x x
12 Implementation Strategy x x x
13 Lean Enterprise x x x x x x x x
14 Voice of the Customer x x
15 Process Maps x x
16 Value Stream Mapping x x x
17 Identifying Waste x x x
18 Standard Work x x x
19 Flow and Layout x x
20 Kaizen Approach x x
21 Push and Pull x x
Lean Tools for Standard
x x x
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IISE, UL team up for innovative online training
The courses offer a total of six certifications that include
separate modules each in the following disciplines and
number recommended for each (see Figure 1):
Lean Yellow Belt in five modules
Six Sigma Yellow Belt in six modules
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt in seven modules
Lean Green Belt in 15 modules
Six Sigma Green Belt in 13 modules
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in all 22 modules
Also offered are five certificate courses, each valid for
three years, including:
Control Charts and Capability Certificate in six modules
Value Stream Mapping in four modules
Waste in four modules
Lean Tools for Standard Workplace in five modules
Root Cause Analysis Certificate in three modules
The modular design allows trained employees to grow as
their careers do. For example, line workers could start with
a Waste Certificate, adding more certicates as they earn
promotions on their way to earning yellow or green belts.
“We are excited to partner with IISE to offer this suite
of first-class lean and Six Sigma training courses,” said
Scott Barnard, managing director of UL PURE Learning.
These suites offer organizations continuing improvement
programs that can energize employees and transform orga-
nizations from the bottom up.
The courses offer the benefits of both convenience and
top-quality content. The convenience comes in the ease
and portability of online courses that attendees can take
anywhere, at work or at home, even on a lunch break.
By breaking it up into modules, you offer it to those
who cant sit through a three-day course,” Greene said in
introducing the project during the State of the Institute
session at the Annual Conference. “They may only need
training in a few areas and they can get precisely what they
need through a microburst of training.
In addition to the convenience of web-based training,
IISE and UL worked extensively to ensure that the quality
of the modules was the same as instruction offered in other
IISE courses.
“It has to come up to our standards,” Aft said. “Anything
that goes out of here with our name has to meet our stan-
dards. The technology is a step up, and we were interested
that the quality be there as well.
The training can help ISEs in manufacturing, aero-
space, healthcare, financial, supply chain/logistics/trans-
portation, web development, semiconductor, IT, facility
planning, warehouse management and other enterprises
improve processes and boost quality.
Those who already have earned their lean and Six Sig-
ma belts can pick and choose individual areas on which to
brush up and refresh their knowledge.
“We tried to decide what specic skills could stand alone,
such as an organization just wants to look at 5S or VSM
(value stream mapping), to have modules that would tell
them what’s involved,” Aft said. “We created several mod-
ules for expertise on all the green tools without having to
sit for a green belt certificate exam.
Kevin Hicks (at left, above photo) and Marc Brody (at left, photo at right) of UL discuss the UL-IISE training modules
during a presentation at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo May 21 in Orlando, Florida. A video preview of the training
course was shown to attendees in the exhibit hall at the Rosen Single Creek Hotel during the conference.
Photos by Keith Albertson IISE
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Here is how registration works:
1. Visit www.iise.org/UL for more information on the cours-
es offered, pricing and a link to the registration page.
2. Once on the UL-IISE landing page, click on the regis-
tration button, pick your course and provide the neces-
sary information.
3. Attendees can log on to the module and take the course
on their schedule at their convenience.
4. Once they complete a course, students seeking green or
yellow belts will receive an email link to take an online
exam. Once they have taken and passed the exam, they
will receive a digital badge by email acknowledging the
course completion.
5. Those completing a certificate course will receive a digi-
tal certificate once their status has been verified.
Each session is conducted in a user-friendly style with
colorful graphics and images and straightforward instruc-
tive narration to walk attendees through each section. The
modules are easy to follow and include numerous exam-
ples and instruction by virtual instructors who walk you
through each lesson.
Attendees can listen to the narration or click on a link to
read the full transcript. They can be paused and resumed
as desired and finished later on their schedule. Included are
short quizzes along the way to test your knowledge.
“It’s a more modernized presentation that appeals to a
younger generation,” Aft said. “They have less time avail-
able in big blocks and are looking for smaller chunks instead
of spending five days at a class listening to all the presenta-
tions, which can add up to some 20 odd hours. Thats a lot
of time to dedicate. We thought it would be good to cre-
ate smaller modules what would be logical divisions of the
five-day class.
Screenshots from the UL-IISE training modules display
different elements and visuals of the online training. The
22 courses in 6 Six Sigma and five certificate suites offer
interactive graphics, quizzes and virtual instructors, all
offering top quality instruction taken from IISE training
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UL history and background
UL, founded in 1894, is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2019. Here’s a timeline of the company’s key milestones throughout its history:
• 1893: At the World’s Columbian Exposition (also known as
the World’s Fair) held in Chicago, William Henry Merrill Jr.,
an MIT graduate, assumes his first post-college position at
the Boston Board of Fire Underwriters. He proposes creating
an electrical testing laboratory and the Chicago Underwriters
Association and the Western Insurance Union provide funding
for the Underwriters Electrical Bureau.
• 1894: Merrill founds the Underwriters Electrical Bureau, later
known as the Electrical Bureau of the National Board of Fire
Underwriters. On March 24, 1894, it conducts its first test on
non-combustible insulation.
• 1901: Underwriters Laboratories (UL) incorporates in the state
of Illinois. Henry Clay Eddy is named president and Merrill is
named manager of the organization.
• 1903: UL publishes its first Standard for Safety, titled “Tin
Clad Fire Doors.” The doors were primarily used in public
spaces such as warehouses, schools and hospitals.
• 1905: The organization moves to its newly-constructed
headquarters on East Ohio Street in Chicago in a building
widely considered a fireproof fortress “safeguarded with every
known precaution.”
• 1906: UL inaugurates its label service to certify individual
products meeting the standards tested by UL investigations
carried out in the laboratory and on the assembly line.
• 1910: The Council of Underwriters Laboratories, ULs first
council, supervises the technical work of the Laboratories,
establishing a uniform compilation of the organization’s
increasingly sophisticated work.
• 1919: UL publishes its first Standards for electric ranges and
automatic sprinklers.
• 1921: UL begins operating an airworthiness testing program
and is the first national organization in the world to certify
airplanes for use. ULs success in this approach sets the stage
leading up to the introduction and passage of the federal Air
Commerce Act in 1926.
• 1928: UL publishes its first UL Standard for Radios and
developing testing protocols for player pianos.
• 1930: Throughout the 1930s, UL certifies early model
consumer electronics such as electric dishwashers, automatic
washing machines, black-and-white television sets and
vending machines.
• 1935: UL operates a fleet of mobile labs, cars outfitted with
equipment, to allow for the testing of products in the field.
• 1942: During World War II, UL tests devices to protect against
the sabotage of U.S. plants producing or storing materials
important to the war program.
• 1946: UL begins using new, high-visibility tactics to deliver
safety awareness campaigns directly to the public in step with
the rise of consumerism. These include the production of films
such as “Approved by the Underwriters” and “Danger Sleuths.”
• 1953: The hazards of imploding picture tubes lead to
increased testing of televisions and the development of
requirements for manufacturers to mitigate potential dangers.
• 1956: UL expands internationally, certifying European-made
products destined for the U.S. market.
• 1963: First automotive seat belt is certified.
Photos courtesy of UL
A view of the electricity building at the 1893
World Columbian Exposition in Chicago where MIT
graduate William Henry Merrill Jr. first pitched the
idea of an electrical testing laboratory to insurance
William Henry Merrill Jr. (center) poses with ULs
first employees. This three-person staff issues 75
reports to its customers on an annual budget of
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22 modules in
Six Sigma 4.0
Here are the modules offered
in the online training courses
offered by UL and IISE. Each
lean Six Sigma certification
level includes recommended
courses to be completed and
the exam for each passed. For
the five certificates offered, a
set list of courses need only be
• Welcome
What is Lean Six Sigma
DMAIIC Process
Roles and Responsibilities
• Variation
Describing Data
Control Charts
Interpreting Control
Process Capability
Design for Six Sigma
Root Cause Analysis
Implementation Strategy
Lean Enterprise
Voice of the Customer
Process Maps
Value Stream Mapping
Identifying Waste
Standard Work
Flow and Layout
• Kaizen
Push and Pull
Lean Tools for Standard
• 1969: Classification Service is introduced using “Classified” on UL labels as an alternative to
the word “Listed.” This applies when the scope of ULs investigation for a product has certain
• 1971: The first personal flotation device (life vest) is certified for buoyancy and flammability.
• 1975: UL staff investigates 10,000 incidents of TV tube fires, resulting in the development of
the landmark federal television standard adopted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
• 1977: UL begins testing and certifying microwave ovens, helping to shepherd an innovation
that transforms the way people cook.
• 1978: The first personal computer is certified as the machines begin to grow in popularity and
• 1979: ULs Northbrook office is officially designated as the company’s corporate headquarters.
• 1980: UL begins its expansion into the Asia-Pacific region when it establishes an agreement
with the China Certification and Inspection Group.
• 1980: The first solar collector is certified.
• 1985: The Standard for Telephone Equipment – UL 1459 – is ULs 500th Standard. By this
time, UL Marks appear on 2.5 billion products manufactured in more than 40,000 plants
• 1992: UL introduces a mark for Canada; the first UL Mark designed for use outside the U.S.
• 1996: UL acquires DEMKO, the Danish national testing and certification organization, in its first
overseas acquisition.
• 2002: In 2003, UL opens a kid-powered safety exhibit at Innoventions at Epcot at the Walt
Disney World Resort of Lake Buena Vista, Fla. called “Test the Limits Lab.”
• 2003: UL creates a new joint venture with CCIC to invest $15 million for state-of-the-art testing
facilities in Suzhou and Beijing, China.
• 2009: A new set of requirements is introduced for indoor/outdoor cord sets for electric vehicles.
• 2011: LightSmart, ULs first mobile app, is launched to help consumers save energy and money
on lightbulb purchases.
• 2012: UL acquires Wiklund Research & Design, Inc., a human factors engineering laboratory
based out of Concord, Massachusetts, allowing UL to provide research and user interface
design support for the medical device industry.
• 2014: UL begins scientific research with Georgia Tech on the chemical and particle emission
hazards of 3D printers and their impact on indoor air quality.
• 2016: The “Close Your Door” campaign is begun after fire safety research finds that sleeping
with a closed door may increase victim survivability during a fire.
• 2017: UL XplorLabs, a STEM-focused online educational platform, is introduced to inspire
middle school classrooms to solve real world engineering challenges using science.
• 2018: UL 3030 addresses electrical system requirements for unmanned aerial vehicles, or
drones, operated by trained pilots.
A sample of the early
labels used by UL to
certify various products
that met standards set
by technicians in UL