Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt One-on-One

Applicable across all industries, Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training prepares individuals to become  Continuous Improvement leaders. The course develops enhanced problem-solving skills and advanced mastery of Six Sigma’s industry-tested system for process variation reduction. Candidates learn how to apply the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) methodology in pursuit of organizational improvement and financial benefit. . 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. Examples throughout the course focus on finance, government, ahealth care, and manufacturing and are relatable to every sector.

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.  

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.

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: 58 hours of online education and personal mentoring/coaching hours from a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt; mentoring is conducted online. 

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

Start this self-paced course at the beginning of any month you choose. Payment will be needed two weeks before.

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

At the very latest, the exam must be taken 9 months from course start, at which time access to the online course will be deactivated. Also, a project must be submitted within 12 months of the course start. Candidates must meet these requirements in order to be certified.


Online Education 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.



If interested please contact Gary Simon at ggsimon@buffalo.edu or 716.645.8837. 


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