Examinations

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Examinations

The examination protocol is administered by the Institute for Professional Problem Solvers (IPPS). The IPPS is an independent examination body governed by a Board of Directors responsible to keep the Institute relevant into the future. 

Tiers of Accreditation

Examination is based on the general three tiers of accreditation, which is Foundation Problem Solver, Practitioner Problem Solver and Master Problem Solver.

At the Foundation Level the examination is based on multiple choice questions needed to be answered in an online administered exam. Participants would be able to answer all questions based on a problem-solving workshop done inhouse or online. The focus is mostly on testing the participant’s ability to recall the problem-solving technique knowledge.

The Practitioner Level exam is based upon the participant proving that they have mastered the skills in applying sound problem-solving approaches. This is based upon either advanced training or actual Continuous Improvement applications done in their organizations. At this level the focus is on whether the participant can apply the skills learned correctly with real business problem situations. At this level of certification IPPS would sought the written verification from the participant’s manager to verify the application of various problem-solving applications.

The Master Level exam is purely based upon the participant’s ability and skills in initiating
and executing a complete Continuous Improvement project. The participant needs to
demonstrate their ability to facilitate problem-solving sessions with appropriate problem-
solving teams. This would include their ability to prepare participants for their session as
well as incorporate the stakeholders and appropriate information sources.
This level of certification is the ultimate level and not that easy to achieve. This
accreditation is subject to the following requirements:

  • Submission of full description of CI project to pass the first requirement.
  • Anonymous description of the results achieved, indicating some level of success.
  • Confirmation letter from a senior manager substantiating results achieved.

Once the participant successfully passed the examination they would be issued with the
appropriate level certificate.

Process Science accreditation and certification, is a result of the significant incorporation of Lean Thinking, Six Sigma and Data Science at three tiers.

Process Science Yellow Belt requires problem solving and lean examinations for certification. The IPPS foundation Problem Solvers examination as well as the a recognised Lean or Lean Six Sigma examination.

Process Science Green Belt is a high value intermediate level certification based on detail Lean Six Sigma Thinking as well as introductory data science.  Certification requires that candidates successfully complete an online multiple choice examination and evidence that the candidate implemented a Process Science Green Belt Process Improvement project successfully.

At Process Science Black Belt level, a multiple choice online examination is used to test advanced analysis techniques and candidates are required to provide evidence of the successful implementation of a high level value stream improvement project which includes Lean, Six Sigma and Data Science Components.