Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Transactional – Blended (BB134)

Developed with service industry businesses in mind but applicable across all disciplines, Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Transactional training prepares individuals to become the leaders of improvement projects and team members and/or managers of a Lean Six Sigma program. The course develops enhanced problem-solving skills and advanced mastery of Six Sigma’s industry-tested system for process variation reduction. Through finance, government and health care examples, sessions teach candidates how to apply the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) methodology in pursuit of financial benefit and organizational improvement. The DMAIC model provides a comprehensive framework for project management, which places strategic emphasis on team building and root cause analysis. Additionally, candidates learn how to use process mapping, perform data collection, apply graphical analysis and implement an extensive set of statistical tools.

Candidates earn certification by passing an exam and undertaking and documenting an individual improvement project at their place of work or a qualified host company/organization (candidate must secure arrangements). Successful projects require access to relevant personnel and data. Past projects have netted savings between $100,000 and $250,000.  

A final report is submitted for instructor approval, outlining performance goals and fully describing steps taken toward improvement. Project outcomes – such as process improvement and financial impact – are documented through the identification of before-and-after performance metrics.

Hours: 134 hours of online education, classroom-based instruction and project review sessions

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt tackle long-lasting, recurring, complex problems that hinder a company’s performance. As continuous improvement leaders, they:

  • Act as a catalyst for process improvement
  • Participate in the development of a Six Sigma program
  • Orchestrate and execute selection and alignment of Six Sigma projects
  • Lead and oversee project teams and Green Belts by assigning team member roles
  • Work with employees at all levels and functions within the organization
  • Mentor and coach anyone responsible for an improvement project and members of a project improvement team
  • Apply basic and advanced Six Sigma tools as necessary, selecting the right statistical tools to have the greatest impact

Intended Audience

Highly motivated individuals serving in a range of positions at any type of organization, from shop-floor employees to executives


  • Identification of an improvement project before training
  • Strong computer and Microsoft Office skills

Course Schedule

Monday, September 23, 2019 - Monday, June 15, 2020
UB Baird Research Park

The Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Transactional program consists of:

  • Half-day classes: 8 a.m. to noon
  • Full-day classes: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Project review sessions: 8 to 10 a.m.
  • Exam review session: 8 to 10 a.m.

For the detailed course schedule, see the dropdown below.

Dates and Times

Date Event

Monday, September 23, 2019


Monday, September 30, 2019


Tuesday, October 01, 2019


Monday, October 21, 2019

Project Review

Monday, November 04, 2019


Tuesday, November 05, 2019


Monday, November 18, 2019

Project Review

Monday, December 02, 2019


Tuesday, December 03, 2019


Monday, December 16, 2019

Project Review

Monday, January 06, 2020


Tuesday, January 07, 2020


Monday, January 13, 2020

Project Review

Monday, February 03, 2020


Monday, February 10, 2020

Exam Review

Friday, February 14, 2020

Online Exam

Monday, March 2, 2020

Project Review

Monday, March 16, 2020

Project Review

Monday, April 6, 2020

Project Review

Monday, May 4, 2020

Project Review

Monday, May 18, 2020

Project Review

Monday, June 15, 2020

Project Review

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Project Due

Instructor Bio: Peter Baumgartner, CSSMBB

As UB TCIE’s Operational Excellence Director, Peter is a resident expert in the Lean Six Sigma methodology and tools who has delivered substantial, validated hard and soft savings across a variety of projects in finance, medical devices, insurance, food services, building materials, publishing, and other service-related industries, as well as manufacturing. He has nearly 10 years of experience with a global company in serving as the lead on a multitude of process improvement project teams that have delivered record performance in yields, cost reduction, quality and safety. With an M.S. in statistics, Peter has an advanced understanding and application of statistics, and develops the potential in others through helping them understand Six Sigma and Lean methodologies.


Another session may be scheduled if there is enough demand. Contact Mariah Glass at mariahgl@buffalo.edu 
if interested.