Green Belt Certificate Program

Mercer University’s Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate program provides effective training and holistic systems thinking. The program emphasizes how leadership, culture, change management, root cause analysis, theory of constraints, seven types of waste, business analytics, and other lean tools can positively affect your company on three primary foundations: organizational effectiveness through process improvement, increased firm profits through a value-added customer-oriented approach, and employee success and satisfaction through personal growth.

Our action-oriented Green Belt Certificate program is distinguished from other lean programs in its dedication to providing training in soft skills, methodological rigor and quantitative tools of Lean Six Sigma while also coaching participants on the development, implementation, evaluation, and presentation of a lean project. Mercer’s program is structured to align with the American Society for Quality (ASQ’s) standards for Lean Six Sigma.

As part of our credentialing process, participants are expected to develop a project charter and carry out a small, but meaningful process change plan in a division of their organization. Mercer faculty will serve as coaches while participants work as change agents, applying the Lean Six Sigma training from the classroom directly to the workplace.

Throughout the training, participants will transition between workshop lectures, critical discussions, multiple hands-on simulations, and active peer feedback on project development.

Who should attend?

  • Business executives interested in continuous process improvement in their organizations
  • Directors and managers seeking to reduce bottlenecks in their departments with a refocus on systems thinking to improve overall workplace productivity
  • Employees who want to improve their teams’ efficiency, understand how to develop voice and influence in managerial projects, and provide ongoing support and direction for their teams

Next Program Begins Thursday, October 7, 2021

  • Session One: Thursday, October 7, 2021
  • Session Two: Thursday, October 21, 2021
  • Session Three: Thursday, November 11, 2021
  • Session Four: Thursday, December 9, 2021

Register by Thursday, September 23 to attend. Program will meet at Mercer’s Henry County Regional Academic Center.


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  • 24

    total hours of instruction from two highly-credentialed instructors leading the program

  • 6+

    meals and refreshments included in program cost

  • $2,500

    cost of program covers instruction, breakfast, lunch, refreshments, certificate presentation, and free parking

Program Details

Henry County Program

The fall 2021 Green Belt program will be in-person at Mercer’s Henry County location. All sessions are 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Final presentation is 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Open-notes exam to be completed online within one week of course end date. Course schedule is as follows: Thursday, October 7, 2021 - Session One, Thursday, October 21, 2021 - Session Two, Thursday, November 11, 2021 - Session Three, and Thursday, December 9, 2021: Project and Certificate Presentation. Program participants will receive a Mercer University certificate of completion.

Macon Program

The Macon-based Green Belt program will be in-person on Mercer’s Macon campus. All sessions are 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Final presentation is 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Open-notes exam to be completed online within one week of course end date.


Program cost is $2,500 per person. Registration fees cover program materials, 24 hours of instruction, three breakfasts, lunches, and snacks during program, free parking on Mercer’s Atlanta campus, two 30-minute Zoom conference call coaching sessions to provide personalized support on project development, and a Mercer certificate of completion. Special pricing is available for current Mercer University students, faculty and staff, and alumni.

Course Outline

Mercer's Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program will equip participants with the ability to use tools and concepts to solve operational problems, improve processes, and improve overall customer satisfaction. Learn more about the specific course topics covered in the Atlanta and Macon-based programs.

Meet the Instructors

Dr. Myriam Quispe-Agnoli – Atlanta and Macon programs

Dr. Quispe-Agnolis is an Associate Professor of Economics at Mercer's School of Business. Her research fields are international economics, open macroeconomics, and economic development. Her current research interests include economic impact of immigration, small business financing, unemployment and underemployment, and the impact of financial architecture on community and economic development.

Dr. Eric Kushins – Atlanta program

Dr. Kushins is an Assistant Professor of Management at Berry College and was an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship in Mercer's School of Business from 2015-2018. In addition to teaching undergraduate and MBA courses in Human Resource Management, Team Dynamics, Operations Management and Social Entrepreneurship, he has trained hundreds of individuals in Lean Six Sigma over the past five years. He has served as a Green and Black Belt instructor for organizations in a variety of sectors, including health care, energy, IT, retail, and higher education. The Lean Six Sigma programs he has developed have provided teams and organizations with immediate performance improvement and greater employee engagement.

Dr. Melinda Hollingshed – Macon program

Dr. Hollingshed joined Mercer’s School of Engineering in 2015. She is an alumna of Mercer Engineering and an Assistant Professor within the Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management Department. Dr. Hollingshed’s main areas of interest and research are quality engineering and process improvement. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (LSSMBB) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Prior to working in academia, Dr. Hollingshed worked with Fortune 500 companies leading Lean Six Sigma projects in the areas of manufacturing and supply chain management, as well as training Green Belts and Black Belts.

Key Takeaways

Take the Lead

gain practical experience initiating, implementing, and evaluating firm projects

Influence Change

build personal leadership and team building skills to effectively manage organizational change

Think Strategically

develop the ability to recognize project priorities, coordinate resources more effectively, and identify and manage risk

Personalized Support

benefit from one-on-one coaching with Mercer faculty throughout the project duration to ensure lean tools are effectively implemented

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

To help protect the health of our program participants and visitors, we have implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of campus facilities along with a number of new operating procedures. Read more about Mercer University’s COVID-19 policies.