Is a Six Sigma Black Belt worth it?Originally published, February 2019. Revised and updated November 2021
Are you thinking about becoming a certified Six Sigma Black Belt?
Deciding to work towards a Six Sigma Black Belt certification is a commitment, but one that can transform your career.
In this article, we’ll take a look at what’s involved in becoming a qualified and confident Black Belt Six Sigma practitioner.
We also answer some of the most frequently asked questions about black belts, such as:
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What is a 6 Sigma Black Belt?
Put very simply, Black Belts are process improvement masters.
They lead change and drive sustainable improvement at an organisational level.
We explore the role in more detail in our article, “What is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt?”.
What is a Six Sigma Black Belt Salary?
When evaluating the question of whether a six sigma black belt is worth it, let’s begin with the all-important salary question.
People often want to know about the salary potential of practicing black belts.
Payscale.com reports an average salary of €61K for Certified Six Sigma Black Belts in Ireland. (based on figures reported in November 2021 source)
This is simply an average estimate and can vary from industry to industry, increasing with your experience.
It’s also important to factor in that aside from annual salary, qualified black belts are continuously in demand in all sectors.
Is a Six Sigma Black Belt worth it?
Greater earning potential is just one of the reasons to pursue this certification. Here are another 3 key outcomes:
1. Achieve Better Savings & Improvements
If you’ve been working in a process improvement environment, or have been involved with lean six sigma projects, you know that there are different levels of savings and improvements.
Starting with tackling the “low hanging fruit” or easy-to-achieve savings and improvements, those involved can begin to see results from their lean six sigma projects early on.
Black Belts are the crucial for unlocking the “sweet fruit” – those improvements that can really transform a department or business.
They have the understanding and skill to achieve these transformational improvements.
2. Enjoy a More Rewarding Work Life
This is connected to the previous benefit, but there’s no denying that achieving the “sweet fruit” of harder-to-reach savings and improvements is satisfying for any lean six sigma practitioner.
Experienced six sigma practitioners relish fresh challenges and thrive on tackling new and more complex projects.
3. Expanding Career Potential
Along with an increased salary, you also gain a new level of credibility as a qualified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Being known for this high level of process improvement proficiency gives you the freedom to take your career to new places.
A whole new set of opportunities present themselves, ready for you to jump in and explore.
How Long Does it take to Become a Six Sigma Black Belt?
Our innovative programme is unique, in that combines practical application of the ASQ Black Belt Body of Knowledge (BB BoK) to a black belt project plus exam preparation for your international certification.
While the timeline varies from person to person, with our focused programme, it is certainly possible to gain your Six Sigma Black Belt Certification within 6 - 7 months.
We have broken down the Professional Development timeline for achieving your certification into 3 phases:
Phase 1: Training
Duration: 5 months (14 days: 3 & 2-day instalments)
We run our live virtual training over 5 months, with 4 x 3-day instalments, and 1 x 2-day instalment.
This style of training balances an intensive approach when in training, and time between modules for participants to absorb the learning, revise, and work on their project.
Phase 2: Project Work & Study
Duration: up to 8 Weeks
Participants have up to 8 weeks from the last date of training to complete and submit their project work for grading.
They also use this time to study for the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) exam.
It is important to note that study time varies for each person. Some complete the exam swiftly following the end of training, while others prefer to extend their study period.
Phase 3: Exam
Duration: 4 Hours
Once you are ready and have booked your exam, the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt exam will take 4 hours. It is a proctored, online exam with 150 questions.
If you have passed the exam, you will receive your qualification directly from ASQ.
Who Attends Black Belt Training?
- Six Sigma Black Belt Training is designed for those with experience in both working on and leading process improvement initiatives.
- It's a natural next step for those who have already gained a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.
- You can read a detailed outline of the experience required in our course brochure.
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