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Excellence In Training

System of Training

The aim of The QFD Institute's QFD Belt Program is to produce project team members, professionals in quality, design, and business, and facilitators and educators possessing a strong, up-to-date, solid QFD foundation and best QFD practice. We emphasize on Voice of Customer discovery of unspoken needs, sound QFD deployments, and use of the latest QFD tools and valid math. This is a holistic understanding of Comprehensive QFD and an innovative integration of QFD with emerging quality and design methods.

The intent is to produce practitioners who are capable of applying QFD thinking and tools correctly and effectively in their profession for successful development of new products, services, and business processes, and by doing so, to foster the next generation of QFD practitioners.

To this end, the QFD Belt Certificate system of training has been developed to encompass six levels of proficiency: QFD Green Belt®; QFD White Belt®; QFD Black Belt®; QFD Gold Belt®; QFD Mater Black Belt®; and QFD Red Belt®. It draws upon valuable traditions from Drs. Akao and Mizuno's Comprehensive QFD and new advancements incorporated in recent years, retaining the best that was created by the two co-founders while embracing the demands of today's business reality. This is the only QFD curriculum sanctioned and authorized by Dr. Akao, founder of QFD.

This system of training and QFD Belt Certificates emphasizes mastery proven through competent application. The training graduates are expected to apply what was learned in the classroom on real projects and are encouraged to keep up with future enhancements through QFD Green Belt® Update and QFD Black Belt® Update continuing education courses.

Consistency In Training Quality

The rigorous process demanded of its QFD Belt Certificate program ensures that The QFD Institute's training graduates and facilitators teaching under its approval are in compliance with the principles of The QFD Institute.

The QFD Institute's instructors have trained nearly 1500 QFD Green Belts® and QFD Black Belts® spanning 18 countries since 2000.

The QFD Institute permits only full status QFD Black Belts® who have successfully completed the "train-the-trainer course" or higher to teach the QFD Green Belt® Courses, and only full status QFD Master Black Belts® who have completed the same or higher to teach the QFD Black Belt® Courses. Individuals' QFD Belt status may be verified through the QFD Institute office.

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Integrity Of The Certificate

The QFD Institute's QFD Belt program aims to deliver the highest possible standards of QFD training in the world. At all times in developing the training curricula and materials, emphasis is placed on the current best QFD practice and efficient execution.

In teaching QFD courses, emphasis is placed on transmission of the best available QFD expertise and hands-on practice of QFD tools that students will be able to apply to an actual project during the course or immediately when returning to work.

In determining a student's eligibility for a change in their QFD Belt status, emphasis is placed on mastery demonstrated through sound application, in addition to completion of the course. In both in-house and public QFD Belt courses, students receive a provisional QFD Belt Certificate upon successful completion of the course. Full status is earned upon successful review of the students' QFD project using their tailored QFD process, submitted within a specified timeframe.

Certificate holders are additionally required to attend the periodic QFD Green Belt® Update Course and QFD Black Belt® Update Course in order to keep their Certificate status current as well as to keep their skills at the cutting edge.

This assures the integrity of The QFD Institute's QFD Belt Certificate and the highest possible standards in QFD education that The QFD Institutes strives to deliver.


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