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Professional Certification Exam Preparation Courses

A Six-Week Path Towards Success

Judson's six-week Professional Certification Exam Preparation Courses will provide a path for you to achieve your professional certification in the areas of Six Sigma (Yellow, Green, Black Belts), Quality Improvement, Project Management, Production and Inventory Management, or Human Resources. Professional certification students work in an array of industries and hold a broad range of positions. They come to Judson University to learn from industry experts who meet the university’s high standards of academic excellence. Our instructors are nationally certified and ideally positioned to provide students not only with the requisite knowledge and skills, but also with a wealth of knowledge and know-how from the field. Students are challenged with a broad range of assignments during their certification exam preparation course.

How Judson’s Exam Preparation Courses Will Help You

  • Credibility. Certifications provide an unbiased and reliable means to validate your domain knowledge and professional experience.
  • Transferability. Certifications are not tied to any one specific methodology, industry or region. Once you earn a certification, you can move and adapt with your career.
  • Competitive Advantage. Become more marketable. Many certification holders achieve salary increases, career advancement opportunities and employer recognition.
  • Commitment. Emphasize your commitment to professional growth by earning a certification. Certifications ensure that you continue to develop your knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Relevance. Demonstrate your relevance with certifications that are developed by practitioners, uphold rigorous standards, and base coursework on ongoing research and current industry practices.
  • Marketability. Professionals who do not have a college degree can earn increased salaries and/or promotions through earning certifications.

Discover the Judson Advantage

By taking your Professional Certification Exam Preparation Courses through Judson, you will have quality from an accredited, nonprofit university offering the courses.

Judson Advantages Include

  • Competitive Pricing: Judson offers the most competitive and structured value per Professional Certification Exam Preparation Course in the Chicago area
  • Nationally Certified Instructors: Classes taught by highly trained educators
  • Evening Courses: Courses one night a week for six weeks - convenient for working professionals
  • Convenient Locations: Classrooms in the Rockford and Elgin marketplaces as well as online
  • Welcoming Environment: Safe locations with free and ample parking
  • Food on Campus: Options in Elgin (during the academic year) and Rockford (year-round)

Exam Preparation Courses Offered

The Six Sigma Yellow Belt (CSSYB) certification is aimed at those new to the world of Six Sigma who have a small role, interest, or need to develop foundational knowledge. Yellow Belts can be entry-level employees who seek to improve their world or executive champions who require an overview of Six Sigma and DMAIC. This certification will adopt the approach of advancing the concept and potential of using Six Sigma tools and methodologies within an organization.

Requirements: The Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification requires no education or work experience.

Certifying Organization: ASQ

Six Sigma Green Belts (CSSGB) are employees who spend some of their time on process improvement teams. They analyze and solve quality problems, and are involved with Six Sigma, lean, or other quality improvement projects.

Requirements: The Six Sigma Green Belt certification requires three years of work experience in one or more areas of the Six Sigma Green Belt Body of Knowledge. Work experience must be in a full-time, paid role.

Certifying Organization: ASQ

A Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) leads the Six Sigma improvement process. The Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) is a professional who can explain Six Sigma philosophies and principles, including supporting systems and tools. A Black Belt should demonstrate team leadership, understand team dynamics, and assign team member roles and responsibilities. Black Belts have a thorough understanding of all aspects of the DMAIC model in accordance with Six Sigma principles. They have basic knowledge of lean enterprise concepts, are able to identify nonvalue-added elements activities, and are able to use specific tools.

Requirements: Six Sigma Black Belt requires two completed projects with signed affidavits, or one completed project with a signed affidavit and three years of work experience, in one or more areas of the Six Sigma Black Belt Body of Knowledge.

Certifying Organization: ASQ

As a Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA) you will have a basic knowledge of quality tools and their uses and be involved in quality improvement projects but will not necessarily come from a traditional quality area. Those new to quality, process leader practitioners, and those who support the practice of business excellence would benefit from formal recognition of proficiency on the fundamentals of quality and process improvement.

Requirements: You must have two years of work experience or an associate degree or two years of equivalent higher education.

Certifying Organization: ASQ

As a Certified Quality Process Analyst (CQPA) you will, in support of and under the direction of quality engineers or supervisors, analyze and solve quality problems and be involved in quality improvement projects. A CQPA certification is designed for recent graduates or someone with work experience who wants to enhance his or her knowledge of quality tools and processes.

Requirements: You must have two years of work experience or an associate degree or two years of equivalent higher education.

Certifying Organization: ASQ

As a Certified Quality Technician (CQT) you will, in support of and under the direction of quality engineers or supervisors, analyze and solve quality problems, prepare inspection plans and instructions, select sampling plan applications, prepare procedures, train inspectors, perform audits, analyze quality costs and other quality data, and apply fundamental statistical methods for process control.

Requirements: You must have at least four years of higher education and/or work experience in one or more areas of the Certified Quality Technician Body of Knowledge.

Certifying Organization: ASQ

The Certified Supplier Quality Professional (CSQP) understands the principles of product and service quality evaluation and control. This body of knowledge and applied technologies include, but are not limited to, development and operation of quality control systems, application and analysis of testing and inspection procedures, the ability to use metrology and statistical methods to diagnose and correct improper quality control practices, an understanding of human factors and motivation, familiarity with quality cost concepts and techniques, and the knowledge and ability to develop and administer management information systems and to audit quality systems for deficiency identification and correction.

Requirements: You must have eight years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Supplier Quality Professional Body of Knowledge. A minimum of three years of this experience must be in a decision-making position.

Certifying Organization: ASQ

The Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) is a professional who understands the standards and principles of auditing and the auditing techniques of examining, questioning, evaluating and reporting to determine a quality system's adequacy and deficiencies. The Certified Quality Auditor analyzes all elements of a quality system and judges its degree of adherence to the criteria of industrial management and quality evaluation and control systems.

Requirements: You must have eight years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Quality Auditor Body of Knowledge. A minimum of three years of this experience must be in a decision-making position.

Certifying Organization: ASQ

The Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) is a professional who leads and champions process-improvement initiatives - everywhere from small businesses to multinational corporations - that can have regional or global focus in a variety of service and industrial settings. A Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence facilitates and leads team efforts to establish and monitor customer/supplier relations, supports strategic planning and deployment initiatives, and helps develop measurement systems to determine organizational improvement.

Requirements: You must have 10 years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence Body of Knowledge. A minimum of five years of this experience must be in a decision-making position.

Certifying Organization: ASQ

The Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) is a professional who understands the principles of product and service quality evaluation and control. This body of knowledge and applied technologies include, but are not limited to, development and operation of quality control systems, application and analysis of testing and inspection procedures, the ability to use metrology and statistical methods to diagnose and correct improper quality control practices, an understanding of human factors and motivation, familiarity with quality cost concepts and techniques, and the knowledge and ability to develop and administer management information systems and to audit quality systems for deficiency identification and correction.

Requirements: You must have eight years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Quality Engineer Body of Knowledge. A minimum of three years of this experience must be in a decision-making position.

Certifying Organization: ASQ

The CAPM certification offers recognition to practitioners who are interested in or are just starting a career in project management, as well as project team members who wish to demonstrate their project management knowledge. Individuals who contribute specialized skills to a project team can benefit from this certification by allowing them to align their work with that of project managers. Individuals who do not have project experience but are interested in project management can benefit from this certification as well because it demonstrates their professional knowledge. This knowledge can be applied to on-the-job experiences that help develop growing levels of competence in the practice of project management.

Requirements: Applicants must have a high school diploma plus 1,500 hours of professional experience on a project team or high school diploma plus 23 contact hours of formal project management education.

Certifying Organization: PMI

CPIM Part 1 is intended to provide participants with the knowledge to effectively apply production and inventory management tools and techniques in the workplace. Implementing production and inventory management is a journey that requires management support to deploy teams to work on continuous improvement projects in a structured, data-driven manner for ongoing success. Production and inventory management leads to waste elimination and reduced process variation for quality improvement, cost reduction, improved customer service, and increased profitability.

Requirements: There are no minimum requirements to be eligible to take the CPIM Part 1 Exam. To be fully certified requires successfully passing of both CPIM Part 1 and CPIM Part 2.

Certifying Organization: APICS

CPIM Part 2, combines key concepts from the field of operations management. It details four areas of knowledge: Master Planning of Resources (MPR), Detailed Scheduling and Planning (DSP), Execution and Control of Operations (ECO), and Strategic Management of Resources (SMR).

Requirements: There are no minimum requirements to be eligible to take the CPIM Part 1 Exam. To be fully certified requires successfully passing of both CPIM Part 1 and CPIM Part 2.

Certifying Organization: APICS

Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP certification demonstrates to employers, clients and colleagues that a project manager possesses project management knowledge, experience and skills to bring projects to successful completion. As the demand for skilled project managers is at a critically urgent level, practitioners who hold the PMP certification are well positioned to provide the professional skills necessary to lead project teams and achieve successful project results. The PMP recognizes the competence of an individual to perform in the role of a project manager, specifically experience in leading and directing projects. Year after year, the PMP certification has garnered global recognition and commanded a higher salary for certified individuals over non-certified individuals.

Requirements: Applicants must have (a high school diploma plus 7,500 hours of professional experience on a project team, and 35 hours of formal project management education) or (a four-year degree plus 4,500 hours of professional experience on a project team, 35 contact hours of formal project management education.)

Certifying Organization: PMI

Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP certification demonstrates to employers, clients and colleagues that a project manager possesses project management knowledge, experience and skills to bring projects to successful completion. As the demand for skilled project managers is at a critically urgent level, practitioners who hold the PMP certification are well positioned to provide the professional skills necessary to lead project teams and achieve successful project results. The PMP recognizes the competence of an individual to perform in the role of a project manager, specifically experience in leading and directing projects. Year after year, the PMP certification has garnered global recognition and commanded a higher salary for certified individuals over non-certified individuals.

Requirements: Applicants must have (a high school diploma plus 7,500 hours of professional experience on a project team, and 35 hours of formal project management education) or (a four-year degree plus 4,500 hours of professional experience on a project team, and 35 contact hours of formal project management education.)

Certifying Organization: PMI

The Lean Bronze Essential Body of Work describes the baseline knowledge, skills, and abilities required by lean professionals and lays the groundwork for understanding and evaluating the Lean Bronze Certification requirements. It will help you better envision your role and evaluate your readiness for certification. The Lean Bronze Blueprint provides additional information beyond the Lean Certification Body of Knowledge by going a step further and specifying relevant segments of the Body of Knowledge and providing additional details on the proficiency expected for Lean Bronze Certification.

Requirements: To earn your Lean Bronze Certification, you must demonstrate your ability to apply lean principles and tools. This is accomplished through the development of your Lean Bronze Portfolio. You have three years from receiving your Lean Knowledge Certificate to submit your Portfolio.

Certifying Organization: SME

Human Resource professionals who implement policies and strategies, serve as point of contact for staff and stakeholders, deliver HR services, and perform operational HR functions, should take the SHRM-CP exam. SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) exam for early-career and mid-level practitioners.

Requirements: Eligibility requirements depends on the education level and work experience (www.shrm.org)

Certifying Organization: SHRM

HR professionals who develop strategies, lead the HR function, foster influence in the community, analyze performance metrics, and align HR strategies to organizational goals, should take the SHRM-SCP exam. SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) exam for senior-level and executive practitioners.

Requirements: Eligibility requirements depends on the education level and work experience (www.shrm.org)

Certifying Organization: SHRM

Certifying Organizations

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Courses Certified:

  • Certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt (CSSYB)
  • Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB)
  • Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA)
  • Certified Quality Process Analyst (CQPA)
  • Certified Quality Technician (CQT)
  • Certified Supplier Quality Professional (CSQP)
  • Certified Quality Auditor (CQA)
  • Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQOE)
  • Certified Quality Engineer (CQE)
  • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)
 

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With more than 112,000 designees around the world, CPIM has been recognized globally as the standard of professional compitence in production and inventory management since 1973. CPIM designations are essential for professionals working in production and inventory management, operations, supply chain management, procurement, materials management, purchasing and planning.

Courses Certified:

  • Certified in Production and Inventory Management I
  • Certified in Production and Inventory Management II
 

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PMI Certification shows that you have the essential knowledge, experience and education to effectively contribute to project, strategic and organizational success. This rapidly growing profession will see an estimated 1.57 million new jobs created through 2020, states PMI.

Courses Certified:

  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • Project Management Professional – Part 1
  • Project Management Professional – Part 2
 

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SHRM Website

Credentials for HR Professionals.

Courses Certified:

  • SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)
  • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM)
 

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SME Website

SME is an association of professionals, educators, and students committed to promoting and supporting the manufacturing industry.

Courses Certified:

  • Lean Bronze Certification (LBC)
 

How Companies Benefit from Employees Who Earn Certifications

Many companies and industries benefit when employees are certified to use best-practices, rely on data-driven processes and systems and continue to learn new methodologies for their work.

Judson’s Exam Preparation Courses will ensure that employees are receiving instruction quickly to move toward taking their Certification Exams. All of the courses we offer are tied directly to Professional Certifying organizations.

Benefits company’s experience from sending key employees

  • Maximize ROI on systems and technology
  • Reduce costs and expenses
  • Receive more value from employees
  • Stand out among competitors
  • Improve quality control methods
  • Boost employees’ ability to improve systems and processes
  • Increase measurement, evaluation and problem solving for complex processes

Exam Preparation Course Locations

Elgin, Rockford, and Online

Employees can take a course using whatever mode works best for them. Courses are offered in Elgin, Rockford, or Online. If a company has enough employees requiring a single certification, Judson can also offer the courses at your locations. To inquire further about having courses taught at your locations, contact us at certifications@judsonu.edu.

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Finances

Each course is $2,500. For potential tuition reimbursement, speak with your HR department.

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Professional Certification Exam Preparation Program
certifications@judsonu.edu
847-628-5050

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