Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

This course propels Black Belts – who have demonstrated a mastery of Six Sigma tools and a natural aptitude to lead and teach – to expert status. Facilitation, mentoring and leadership training prepare individuals to become champions of improvement who create a strategic continuous improvement vision and lead culture change. The course delves into project selection, advanced statistical analysis and statistical process control. Certification requires passing an exam and demonstrating the ability to teach Lean Six Sigma.


96 (17-week course consisting of classroom instruction and group discussion moderated by experienced Master Black Belts and continuous improvement professionals)

Learning Outcomes

Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt graduates are innovative internal consultants with deep technical knowledge who serve as champions, teachers, mentors and project leaders. They:

  • Guide enterprise-wide Lean Six Sigma deployment and programs, integrating organizational strategies to improve financial responsibility and improve stakeholder and shareholder value
  • Partner with leadership to select, prioritize and charter projects that align with the organization’s strategic goals and objectives
  • Oversee the design of continuous improvement training and determine its delivery
  • Educate and coach Lean Six Sigma facilitators in the DMAIC methodology, and expose all levels of the organization to the language, tools and applications of Six Sigma
  • Serve as improvement project specialists for complex projects
  • Use advanced analytic methods and statistical tools to perform research and implement new quality initiatives

Intended Audience

Black Belts who seek to engineer Lean Six Sigma company initiatives by instructing, leading and supervising Black Belts and Green Belts. 


  • Possess a Black Belt Certification from a reputable organization (approved by TCIE)
  • Work as a Black Belt for at least three years (unless granted special permission by TCIE)
  • Three completed projects in an A3 format, to be submitted to TCIE for review and approval
  • Knowledge and use of Minitab statistical software
  • Strong computer and Microsoft Office skills

Credential opportunities

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs): TCIE grants 8.7 CEUs upon full attendance and participation of this course. 

Course Schedule

Monday, March 2 - Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Exam date: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

UB Baird Research Park

For the detailed course schedule, see the dropdown below.

Dates and Times

Monday 3/2

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday 3/3

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday 3/10

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday 3/16

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday 3/17

9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday 3/24

9 a.m. to noon

Monday 3/30

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday 3/31

9 a.m. to noon

Tuesday 4/7

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday 4/27

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday 5/4

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday 5/12

9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Monday 5/18

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday 6/1

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday 6/8

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday 6/16

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday 6/22

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday 6/23

9 a.m. to noon

Tuesday 6/30: Exam date

9:00 a.m. 

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, for more than 20 years. 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.