QUALITY IMPROVEMENT CERTIFICATIONS

 

The education and training alliance with higher education partners, like UWF, complements the quality student development programs already established in the regions’ college networks. This alliance also complements the quality manufacturing academy programs launched across Northwest Florida by including those already employed by our manufacturing members.  Through a partnership between the University of West Florida and the Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council, select quality improvement training is being offered to our members at no cost.

Strategies for Supervisory Success

Registration and Class Schedule:

Wednesday, Aug. 22 and Wednesday, September 19; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Total Number of Participants:

10

Location:

UWF Fort Walton Beach

Course Description:

Building trust and respect, coaching and communication skills are needed in high-performing teams. Employee retention after effective interviewing and hiring protects initial personnel investments. Motivating and encouraging employees, managing daily schedules, meetings and productive time and providing useful performance guidance beyond basic appraisals are foundational for production results. Deeply understanding goals, strategic objectives and applying project planning while delegating are keys to good management. Supervisory success covers topics that are essential to the workplace. Key management skills and competencies are discussed to ultimately improve morale, efficiency and productivity.

Who Should Attend?

Supervisors and leaders

Project Management Professional

Time Commitment:

5 Days (3 Days in class)

Registration and Course Schedule:

Tuesday, Jun. 5 – Thursday, Jun. 7; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuition:

$1,900 (No cost to NWFMC members)

Total Number of Participants:

10

Location:

UWF Fort Walton Beach

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.

NFPA 70E Arc Flash Compliance

Time Commitment:

1 Day

Registration and Class Schedule:

Postponed – New date/time TBA

Tuition:

$2,000 (no cost to NWFMC members)

Course Description:

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.

Principles of Problem Solving

Time Commitment:

3 Days

Registration and Class Schedule:

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 – Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuition:

$2,000 (no cost to NWFMC members)

Location:

UWF Fort Walton Beach

Course Description:

This three-day interactive program allows participants to learn, digest, and apply problem-solving knowledge to drive immediate value to their organizations. Additionally, mentorship will be offered to participants who bring projects to class.

Key Topics:

What is problem solving?
Six Sigma DMAIC methodology
Problem and goal definition
Brainstorming, testing, and implementing solutions
Methodology variations

Process Mapping

Time Commitment:

2 Days

Registration and Class Schedule:

Tuesday, Jan. 30 and Wednesday, Jan. 31; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuition:

$1,000 (no cost to NWFMC members)

Total Number of Participants:

10

Location:

UWF Fort Walton Beach

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?

Managers
System implementers
Management representatives
System coordinators
Change managers
Improvement teams

Key Topics:

What is a process map?
Benefits of process mapping
Information required for process mapping
Best practices and watch-outs
Effective process mapping sessions
Analyzing process maps

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Time Commitment:

3 Days

Registration and Class Schedule:

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 – Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017; 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuition:

$2,500 (no cost to NWFMC members)

Total Number of Participants:

10

Location:

UWF Fort Walton Beach

Course Description:

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training 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?

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:

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.