Quality Improvement Certifications

CNC Programming Essentials
NFPA 70E Arc Flash Compliance
Process Mapping
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Project Management Professional (PMP)
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

CNC Programming Essentials

Time Commitment:

8 Weeks

Registration and Course Schedule:

January 16 - March 16; Mondays and Thursdays, 3:00 - 6:00PM

Location:

Online

Total Number of Participants:

20

Course Description:

This class will be held online and taught by a Journeyman Machinist. During this class you will have the opportunity to experience the manufacturing industry from conceptual design to making the finished product. Throughout this class you will design and manufacture a perpetual motion wheel.

NFPA 70E Arc Flash Compliance

Time Commitment:

2 Days

Registration and Course Schedule:

January 12; 8:30AM - 5:00PM

Tuition:

$1,100 (No cost to NWFMC members)

Location:

Chipola College

Total number of participants:

20

Course Description:

This course is a 2-day comprehensive review of Chapter 1 and 2 of the 2015 edition of the NFPA 70E Standard. This course is intended for anyone who works on or near energized equipment.

Topics include:

Definition of arc flash
Hazards associated with an arc flash
The differences between qualified and unqualified personnel, boundaries and limits of approach
How to select the proper PPE for a particular task
Relevant portions of NFPA 70B and NETA maintenance specifications.

Each participant will receive a student guide and a copy of NFPA 70E 2015 Standard Book.

Process Mapping

Time Commitment:

2 Days

Registration and Course Schedule:

Wednesday, February 22 and Thursday, February 23; 8:30AM - 5PM

Tuition:

$1,000 (No cost to NWFMC members)

Location:

Gulf Coast State College

Total number of attendees:

10

Course Description:

Process mapping allows examination of a business’s organizational structure, removal of ineffective practices and errors, implementation of changes, and improvement of customer satisfaction. By examining a business’s core processes, one will be able to implement improvements that will make a business more efficient. Instructors experienced in various industries will teach attendees how to improve businesses via process mapping. Because business processes are essential to connecting with customers, it is necessary to understand a business’s core processes.

Who Should Attend the Process Mapping Program?

Managers
System implementers
Management representatives
System coordinators
Change managers
Improvement teams

Key Topics for Process Mapping:

What is a process map?
Benefits of process mapping
Improve processes through: eliminating processes that are unnecessary; automating, combining, altering or modifying steps; outsourcing elements of the process; changing the location where steps are completed

Benefits

Drive down costs with process mapping.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Time Commitment:

5 Days (3.5 days face to face)

Registration and Course Schedule:

Tuesday, April 25 through Thursday, April 27; 8:30AM - 5PM

Tuesday, October 10 through Thursday, October 12; 8:30AM - 5PM
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Tuition:

$2,500 (No cost to NWFMC members)

Total number of participants:

10

Recommended location:

UWF Pensacola (April); TBD (October)

Course Description:

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training is a 5-day course that introduces a practical understanding of the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) process. With this training, attendees will learn methods to support and be involved with their company’s Six Sigma Improvement Team. Six Sigma Green Belt Training overlaps with the first week of Six Sigma Black Belt training, with Green Belts spending up to 20% of their time assisting Black Belt projects or working on their own projects. Attendees will learn how to use the proper Six Sigma methods or tools to solve problems related to their organizations. A simulation called “Boards-R-Us” is used to help attendees understand the DMAIC process.

Note: This course does not cover the area of statistics. For statistics training, see the course in Data Measurement and Analysis.

Who Should Attend Lean Six Sigma Green Belt?

Any employee of an organization participating in Six Sigma teams
Anyone who works at an organization that could benefit by doing things more efficiently

Key Topics for Lean Six Sigma:

Define - Participants will be taught the tools to help identify and/or validate their improvement project, define customer requirements, and prepare themselves to be an effective project participant/leader.
Measure - Participants will learn and practice employing tools to determine critical measures necessary to satisfy customer requirements and develop a measurement plan to document process performance. Participants will learn the basics of variation and measure/calculate process sigma.
Analyze - Participants will learn how to analyze process performance data to further refine the
opportunity for improvement. Participants will use stratification and root cause analysis, and determine true sources of variation and customer dissatisfaction.
Improve - Participants will learn how to generate creative solutions that eliminate the root cause of customer defects. Participants will be introduced to various methods of solution identification, prioritization, and implementation and learn how to gain approval for the solution and plan for impacts the changes will have on the organization.
Control - Participants will learn how to execute against the plan by determining the approach to ensure achievement of the targeted results. Participants will discuss how to disseminate lessons learned, identify replication and standardization opportunities, and develop a process monitoring and management plan to assure new process performance is sustained.

Project Management Professional

Time Commitment:

5 Days (3 Days in class)

Registration and Course Schedule:

Tuesday, August 22 - Thursday, August 24; 9AM - 5PM
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Tuition:

$1,900 (No cost to NWFMC members)

Total number of participants:

10

Location:

UWF Pensacola

Course Description:

Project management is growing exponentially. It's now used in virtually all industries, such as: construction, health care, government, education and engineering. Projects are how these organizations streamline to improve productivity. Expertise in project management is a source of security, prosperity and power to these survivors. To take the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification test, 35 contact hours of project management education are needed. These hours must include "content on project quality, scope, time, cost, human resources, communications, risk, procurement, and integration management.

Who Should Attend?

The Project Management program is designed for professionals seeking PMP certification or for other business professionals seeking to improve their professional repertoire with knowledge of project management.

Certification Information:

There are no specific prerequisites for this course; however, if you plan to take the PMP Exam, you will need a Bachelor's degree and 4,500 hours of project management experience in addition to this course, or a High School Diploma or GED and 7,500 hours of project management experience.

Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)

Time Commitment:

2 Days

Registration and Course Schedule:

Wednesday, August 16 - Thursday, August 17
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Tuition:

$900 (No cost to NWFMC members)

Location:

UWF Fort Walton Beach

Course Description:

Introduce the symbols, theory, and advantages of GD&T, including cost reduction and "bonus tolerance," using discussion, practical application, and hands on exercises. An evaluation form will be provided at the end of class as well as contact information for follow-up questions to the instructor.