Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

This course is available for open enrollment.

This course prepares individuals to become improvement leaders and team managers for their organization’s Lean Six Sigma program by teaching them how to apply the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) methodology of process variation reduction. Candidates receive a comprehensive framework for project management, and learn how to use process mapping, perform data collection, apply graphical analysis and implement an extensive set of statistical tools. Certification requires passing an exam and completing a successful Six Sigma project (past projects have netted savings between $100,000 and $250,000).

All projects submissions and resubmissions must be received for final review within 12 months of onboarding. After 12 months an administrative fee will be assessed for any project submission.

Program options:

Program hours and learning formats vary according to the option selected:

  • Traditional: 160 hours of classroom-based instruction provided at a client-designated site 
  • Blended learning: 110 hours* of online education, classroom-based instruction and project review sessions
  • One-on-one: 72 hours of online education and personal mentoring/coaching hours

* Number of hours may be more depending on the size of the group

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 Timeline

Candidates are expected to take the exam 5 months after beginning the program and submit a project 9 months after the program start.