The International Association for Six Sigma Certification™ (IASSC™) grants the status of Accredited Training Organization (ATO), Accredited Deployment Program (ADP), Accredited Curriculum Provider (ACP) and Accredited Training Associate (ATA) to qualifying parties. The ATO, ADP, ACP, ATA and its designated representatives hereby acknowledge and agree to comply with the Terms and Conditions contained herein for the period the ATO, ADP, ACP, ATA shall hold this designation.
Accredited Courseware – the materials utilized by the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA for the belt courses taught by the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA as submitted to IASSC for accreditation approval.
Accredited Instructors – course instructors granted the Accredited Training Associate (ATA) designation by IASSC.
Acknowledging Party – the entity and/or person acknowledging acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
Application Information – all information and documentation submitted to IASSC by the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA during the application process including, but not limited to, company description, course Tables of Content, Delivery Schema, training management systems and instructors.
Certification – designations bestowed upon individuals who successfully complete an IASSC Certification Examination.
Delivery Schema – the manner by which the course material is presented to a student, including the amount of classroom time, mentoring time and/or online modules.
IASSC Certification Examination – an examination given to a candidate seeking Certification by IASSC.
IASSC Marks – the badges, logos and other IASSC trademarked symbols provided to the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA for use in displaying their accredited status. http://iassc.org/marks-usage-policy/
IASSC Marks Usage Policy – the terms and conditions to which the Member agrees relative to the usage and display of the IASSC Marks.
Member – any individual or entity that maintains a professional relationship with IASSC as an accredited entity or a certified party.
IASSC ATO, ADP, ACP, and ATA Business Practices:
IASSC authorizes an ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA the right to display such a designation by using the IASSC Marks provided to the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA in accordance with the terms and conditions of the IASSC Marks Usage Policy. An ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA shall not place any IASSC Marks on certificates issued by the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA for their own certification.
Upon expiration or termination of the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA accreditation, the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA agrees to immediately cease (1) using, directly or indirectly, all IASSC Marks; and/or (2) making any representation or implication that the former ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA has any continuing relationship with IASSC. The foregoing two specific restrictions shall be hereinafter referred to collectively as the “Usage Restrictions.” The ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA acknowledges and agrees that any breach of the Usage Restrictions will result in irreparable injury, the remedies at law will be inadequate, and in addition to any other remedy IASSC may have (including but not limited to those set out herein), IASSC shall be entitled to the specific performance of the Usage Restrictions, as well as both temporary and permanent injunctive relief (notwithstanding any limitations in law or equity, such as being required to post a bond). The ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA acknowledges and agrees that damages flowing from any breach of the Usage Restrictions are not readily susceptible to being measured in monetary terms; therefore, in the event of breach, IASSC will be entitled to collect liquidated damages from the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA in the amount of $1,000 per day for each day that the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA is in breach of any Usage Restriction; provided, however, IASSC shall provide at least 10 calendar days to cure any breach of a Usage Restriction, and in the event the breach is cured within 10 calendar days from the date IASSC sends notice of the breach via email, the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA will not be liable for the applicable liquidated damages that have accrued.
An ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA must present the Accreditation Badge and link to the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA’s IASSC Accredited Profile on the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA’s website and/or online professional networking profiles.
For the term of the accreditation issued by IASSC, the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA agrees to offer Lean Six Sigma belt courses substantially consistent with the Application Information approved by IASSC and agrees to notify IASSC of any deviations to the programs offered, including content covered, Delivery Schema and/or methods within 30 days of any such changes.
The ATO, ADP, or ACP must always maintain a designated Accredited Instructor (ATA), and IASSC must be immediately notified in writing if the ATA changes.
IASSC Certification Examinations:
The ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA agrees to offer and administer the IASSC Certification Examinations in a manner consistent with the procedures described herein and in accordance with the Accredited Entity Exam Program, as defined here: http://iassc.org/accreditations/exam-administration-program/, in addition to other applicable exam administration documentation provided to the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA.
IASSC maintains the right to revoke the privilege of the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA to act as a proctor for the IASSC paper-based exams should the exam results of the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA deviate in results significantly from the norm (i.e. excessively high scores, similar scores between examinees, etc.) for other exam sources maintained by IASSC. In such instances, IASSC may require the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA to have their course participants sit for the IASSC Certification Examination through the web-based system provided by IASSC.
The ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA acknowledges the content of the IASSC Certification Examinations are proprietary information owned by IASSC and shall therefore not be copied or reproduced or utilized in any manner not described herein or in any associated documentation referenced herein.
Other Terms and Conditions:
1. The ATO, ADP, or ACP accreditation is issued for a period of two (2) years. The ATA accreditation is issued for a period of three (3) years. Renewal of the designation requires the submission of a new ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA Application, payment of the appropriate fee, as well as any other documentation IASSC may request to reconfirm verification of the membership criteria. ATA renewals are subject to the IASSC Recertification Criteria and must maintain a Certification Status of “Active” unless they qualify for “grandfathered” status. ATAs who have been granted a designation prior to March 1st 2017 will be grandfathered, noted as such and therefore not subject to the term of three (3) years or the recertification requirements; provided, however, the “grandfathered” ATA adheres to all applicable terms and conditions.
2. The ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA applicant understands and agrees that IASSC will conduct a due diligence process to verify the information provided in the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA application. Third parties may be contacted to confirm the information provided in the application. The ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA applicant waives any claims against IASSC for breach of privacy or confidentiality during this verification process that could arise from the good faith verification activities and/or any other investigation that IASSC conducts as IASSC determines in its sole and absolute discretion.
3. IASSC maintains the right to conduct audits of the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA; the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA agrees to fully cooperate with IASSC during any audit, investigation, inquiry, or any other matter arising out of or related to the relationship between the parties. Should it be suspected that the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA has breached any of these Terms and Conditions, IASSC shall give written notice of such potential breaches. Electronic mail shall serve as an acceptable means of providing written notice as to any potential breach. The ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA shall have thirty (30) days to provide evidence of the cure of the applicable breach or default, or IASSC may take any and all applicable disciplinary measures in accordance with the IASSC Disciplinary Policy. The IASSC Appeals Process shall apply in the event any disciplinary measures are taken by IASSC.
4. In the event of any changes pertaining to a Member, including but not limited to change in ownership, contact information or any other substantive changes to the information provided within the Application Information by the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA, the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA shall provide IASSC electronic mail notice of such changes within thirty (30) days of such changes.
5. The ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA agrees that IASSC, in its sole discretion, may publicly list the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA on the IASSC website. Listing may include a link to the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA's website, along with other non-confidential information associated with the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA. IASSC has the right to list information concerning the Accredited Provider’s status or standing with IASSC within the public Accreditation Profile, whether negative or positive, including results of investigations conducted, breaches of code of conduct, etc. Also, the basic ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA information that IASSC displays may change from time to time as new information becomes available.
6. As a Member of IASSC the ATO, ADP, ACP, ATA acknowledges that it will abide by and uphold the terms and conditions of the IASSC Agreements listed herein and the standards of the IASSC Code of Conduct.
7. The ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA applicant affirms, under penalty of perjury, that all information provided in the application for ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA Accreditation is correct and complete. Additionally, the provider certifies, under penalty of perjury, that the provider has the legal right to deliver the content (including any applicable intellectual property rights, etc.) utilized in their training programs.
8. An Application Fee is due prior to IASSC performing due diligence and is non-refundable.
9. Any disputes arising out of the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA applications, or any other matter, shall be instituted and maintained in the appropriate courts located in Maricopa County, Arizona, and the parties specifically waive any objections to such jurisdiction and venue and irrevocably consent to the personal jurisdiction of such courts. This Agreement shall be governed in accordance with the laws of the State of Arizona, USA, notwithstanding any conflict-of-law provisions to the contrary.
10. IASSC maintains the right to modify all Terms and Conditions herein as it deems necessary from time to time without notice; it is the responsibility of the ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA to review all Terms and Conditions on a regular basis.
11. In the event of litigation, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover from the other party, as part of the prevailing party's costs, reasonable attorneys' fees, the amount of which shall be fixed by the court, and shall be made a part of any award or judgment rendered (regardless of whether or not the matter is contested).
12. The ATO, ADP, ACP, or ATA understand that IASSC is not a, nor is affiliated with any, governmental agency, and that the Lean Six Sigma Industry is not regulated by any state or federal governmental agency or single authority. IASSC Lean Six Sigma Accreditation(s), Certification(s) and Bodies of Knowledge are voluntarily adopted by professionals in the Lean Six Sigma Industry. I understand that when IASSC uses terms such as “Industry”, “The Industry”, “Industry Standard”, “Universally Accepted”, “Generally Accepted” and other generalized terms, the terms are meant as a generalization of IASSC’s characterization of what it believes to be the industry standard and/or majority view of what constitutes the industry standard. I understand that IASSC endeavors to represent the voice of the industry’s majority, and that because it is not practical to survey and interview every organization and professional involved in Lean Six Sigma, IASSC has used reasonable methods and its best efforts to define and establish Lean Six Sigma standards for the purpose of supplying the Industry with standards that are viable and practical minimum competency standards. I understand that my engagement with IASSC, as described herein, constitutes my agreement with, alignment towards and support of, the IASSC standards, and I will use my best efforts, judgment and actions to uphold and defend these standards.
13. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY, WHETHER HEREIN OR OTHERWISE, ANY INFORMATION, PRODUCT, OR SERVICE PROVIDED BY IASSC IS BEING PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS’’ BASIS, WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OR GUARANTEE OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABLE FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
IASSC Agreements and Policies referenced in this document and made a part hereof:
• Marks Usage Policy
• Code of Conduct
• Disciplinary Policy