Harrington Certification is the division of Harrington Management Systems that is responsible for preparing individuals to successfully complete a certification exam. To date we have certified more than 2,000 individuals and have certification programs in:
• Four levels of Innovation
• Four levels of Six Sigma
• Project Management
• Supply Chain Management
Our newest certifications are focused on ISO Innovation Standards 56002 and 56004. We have been actively involved in writing both of these international standards. We offer four levels of Innovation certification:
• Bronze Medal
• Silver Medal
• Gold Medal
• Platinum Medal
The Harrington Certification division offers three innovation certification medals. Each class of certification is designed to support one of the different populations that reside in most organizations and each is supported by a book and/or methodology.
The certification medals are unique to Harrington Certification as they reflect our special approach to implementing a significantly improved innovative process throughout an organization.
Each certification level is in keeping with the ISO 56000 Committee's thinking on Innovation Management Systems.
The best solution is when all employees receive the same basic training to improve their creativity and analysis capabilities. This establishes a common approach to problem-solving and analysis that allows all members of the team to be in harmony with each other.
The tools that are taught during the Bronze level are basic activity tools and basic problem-solving tools.
This allows the individual to apply what they have learned to their personal activities and problems as well as work effectively on teams that address the organization’s problems and opportunities.
This indicates that the individual has been trained to pilot his or her original ideas all the way through the Innovation System Cycle.
It also indicates that the individual has been trained to use the appropriate parts of the Supporting Books
The prerequisite for a Gold Medal is a Silver Medal and a minimum of one major innovative project completed successfully.
The Gold Medal requirements are designed for individuals who will be involved in implementing an organization-wide innovative improvement initiative.
Gold Medal individuals must have very good project management and portfolio management abilities. People awarded a Gold Medal often are the organization’s innovative specialists. In addition to our test, to receive the Gold Medal an individual needs to develop a set of values for him or herself related to personal excellence that includes innovation. They also are required to develop a set of values, visions, objectives, and strategies related to the type of recommendations they make to their organization. It is recommended that these documents be prepared before they take the test.
For those individuals who need assistance in preparing for the test, a five-day training program is available.
The Platinum Innovation Medal is given as a result of the individual convincing the governing board that they are a true leader in innovative systems related to their products and profitability. Successful innovative projects result in adding value to both the external customer and the organization.
These individuals will be instrumental in assuring innovation is properly integrated into the strategic plan and budgets.
The Six Sigma methodology is designed to provide the organization with tools and techniques needed to effectively take advantage of improvement opportunities and to solve problems.
The Six Sigma Yellow Belt prepares individuals to function as contributing members of the Six Sigma improvement team.
The Green Belt provides additional training and capabilities so that the individual can function as a leader of a Six Sigma improvement team that addresses problems and opportunities that are moderately complex.
The Six Sigma Black Belt has been trained in statistical problem-solving approaches plus the more complicated process improvement methodologies. Black Belts will often be called upon to be the champion for the Six Sigma initiative.
The Master Black Belts are usually used as champions for the Six Sigma program in large companies where the technology is complicated and improvement activities cut across many functions. These organizations usually have a number of Black Belts reporting to the Master Black Belts.
Yellow Belts are the team members that Green Belts and Black Belts rely on in the workplace.
The Yellow Belt is needed to gather data, participate in problem-solving, and add his/her expertise to the exploration process.
The participant will have little or no knowledge of the Six Sigma Methodology. They should have basic high school level math and reading skills.
The Green Belt class prepares the individual for managing a team that addresses simple to medium range problems and opportunities. It also prepares them for working on the part of the team that addresses complex, and difficult problems, situations, and new product performance.
Participants become very familiar with Six Sigma, and the DMAIC approach to problem-solving.
The Green Belt is expected to successfully complete an exam to be certified.
Six Sigma Black Belts are the heart and soul of the Six Sigma quality initiative. Typically, these individuals are the "best of the best." A Black Belt’s main purpose is to lead projects and work full time on them until they have been completed. Black Belts work on chronic issues that are negatively impacting the company's performance.
Black Belts are individuals who apply intensive and diversified process improvement techniques to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness.
A Black Belt also provides training, facilitation, direction, analysis and advice on product and process improvement to other members of the organization, particularly to the Green Belts in the company.
Upon successfully completing the course, the Master Black Belt should be able to meet with the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee to explain the advantages of implementing a Six Sigma Program.
The Master Black Belt should be capable of training the Green and Yellow Belts and solving the extremely difficult problems that face the organization.
He/She should save the organization a minimum of a million dollars per year.
There are many activities in an organization that benefit from individuals being recognized by their peers as being proficient in performing assigned tasks. This has led to a request for Harrington Management Systems to offer certifications not related to Six Sigma or Innovation.
Project Management and Supply Chain Management are good examples of such areas.
Taking a class indicates that the individual has been exposed to the subject; being certified indicates that the individual can perform the activity well.
Future certification offerings may include Knowledge Management, Simulation Modeling and Risk Analysis.
Project Management is the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing a project.
The methodology guides the team so that it achieves specific goals and meets specific success criteria at the specified time.
The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals within the given constraints.
Supply Chain Management keeps chaos at bay – synchronizing the activities of the network.
All Supply Chain Management or central planning processes created to manage an organization’s demand/supply network consist of three primary activities, as well as two secondary activities.
It creates a smooth flow of parts, assembly, product, and services from all suppliers to acceptance of the output by the end-user while minimizing inventory and storage costs.