International Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training Course (IASSC)

This Lean Six Sigma Black Belt course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, confidence and capability to manage Black Belt projects successfully. This programme also functions as an intensive exam preparation for the international IASSC Black Belt exam.

We run this 15-day programme in short, focused instalments over 4 months. The objective of this course is to provide you with practical, best-practice approaches to Black Belt projects, while preparing you, with sample questions and answers, to achieve a respected, international Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.

Why Choose This Course?

  • Training, SigmaXL software, course materials, black belt exam & certification.
  • Content aligned with global best-practices for Six Sigma excellence
  • Guidance and support from our expert Six Sigma trainers throughout

Next Black Belt Dates

Start Date: 12th of March 2019 Dublin Reserve
Module 1: 12th - 14th March 2019 Dublin
Module 2: 15th - 18th April 2019 Dublin
Module 3: 13th - 16th May 2019 Dublin
Module 4: 10th - 13th June 2019 Dublin
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What are the benefits of this IASSC Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Course?

  • Top and Bottom Line Metrics

    Applying the skills gained during this programme will allow you to deliver sustainable top and bottom line improvements within any role.
  • Manage Business Process Excellence

    Learn how to lead, mentor and support cross-functional teams to promote business process excellence on every level.
  • International Certification with Credibility

    IASSC (the International Association for Six Sigma Certification) is an internationally recognised accrediting body, committed to promoting and upholding best-practice Lean Six Sigma standards.
  • Global Standards of Excellence

    This course covers exam preparation to sit and pass the IASSC Lean Six Sigma Black Belt exam and gain a globally respected IASSC Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification.
  • Enhanced Career Prospects

    Professional Development is an Accredited Training Organisation (ATO) with IASSC and our trainers are IASSC Accredited Training Associates (ATA).

Course Objectives

  • Objective 1: Gain Knowledge to sit IASSC International Black Belt Exam


  • Objective 2: Apply the Knowledge to a Project


  • Objective 3: Develop Your Managing People Skills

Course Content

  • Month 1, Days 1 - 4 - Define & Measure Phases

    Introduction to the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Programme:
    About IASSC, the exam application and format
    About your project

    Define Phase
    Understanding Six Sigma:

    General History of Six Sigma and Continuous Improvement
    Deliverables of a Lean Six Sigma Project
    The Problem Solving Strategy Y = f(x)
    Voice of the Customer, Business and Employee
    Six Sigma Roles and Responsibilities

    The Lean Enterprise:
    Understanding Lean
    The History of Lean
    Lean & Six Sigma
    The 8 Elements of Waste

    Selecting Lean Six Sigma Projects:
    Building a Business Case and Project Charter
    Developing Project Metrics
    Financial Evaluation and Benefits Capture

    Lean Six Sigma Project Structure:
    Governance Structures
    Roles and Responsibilities
    Selecting team members

    Measure Phase:
    Process Definition:
    Cause and Effect / Fishbone Diagrams
    Process Mapping, SIPOC, Value Stream Map
    XY Diagram
    Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

    Six Sigma Statistics:
    Basic Statistics
    Descriptive Statistics
    Normal Distributions and Normality
    Graphical Analysis

    • Month 2, Days 5 - 8 - Measure & Analyse Phases

      Review of progress with project
      Sample Exam Questions: Define
      Measure Phase Continued
      Measurement System Analysis:
      Precision and Accuracy
      Bias, Linearity and Stability
      Gage, Repeatability and Reproducibility
      Variable and Attribute MSA

      Process Capability:

      Capability Analysis
      Concept of Stability
      Attribute and Discrete Capability
      Monitoring Techniques

      Analyse Process Maps

      Patterns of Variation

      Multi-Vari Analysis
      Classes of Distributions

      Inferential Statistics

      Understanding Inference, Sampling Techniques and Uses
      Central Limit Theorem

      Hypothesis Testing

      General Concepts and Goals
      Significance: Practical vs Statistical
      Risk: Alpha and Beta
      Types of Hypothesis Test
      Hypothesis Testing with Normal Data
      Hypothesis testing with Non-Normal Data
      Chi-Squared (Contingency Tables) including tests of equal variance, normality testing and sample size calculation, performing tests and interpreting results

    • Month 3, Days 9 - 12 - Improve Phase & Managing People

      Improve Phase
      Running Kaizen Events
      Implementing Pull and Kanban Systems
      Error Proofing
      Implementing 5S
      Simple Linear Regression, correlation, regression equations, residuals analysis
      Multiple Regression Analysis, non-linear and multi-regression, confidence and prediction intervals, residuals analysis, data transformation, Box Cox
      Designed Experiments (Objectives, Methods, Considerations)
      Full Factorial Experiments
      Fractional Factorial Experiments
      Managing People:
      Self-awareness and Emotional Intelligence
      Understanding and adapting your social and leadership style
      Managing Change and Resistance
      Team Dynamics
      Leadership Skills
      Managing Performance
      Communication and Assertiveness Skills
      Influencing Stakeholders
      Coaching Team Members
      Handling Difficult Situations

  • Month 4, Days 13 - 15 - Control Phase, Project Presentation

    Project Work
    Sample Exam Questions
    Lean Controls, 5S Kanban, Poka Yoke (Mistake Proofing)
    Standardised procedures
    Visual Workplace
    Statistical Process Control (SPC), Data Collection for SPC, I-MR Chart, Xbar- R Chart, U Chart, NP Chart, X - S Chart, CumSum Chart, EMWA Chart, Control Methods, Control Chart Anatomy, Subgroups, Impact of Variation, Frequency of Sampling, Centre Line and Control Limit Calculations
    Six Sigma Control Plans, Cost Benefit Analysis, elements of control plan, elements of response plan
    Day 15: Project Presentation
    Presentation of Projects for Professional Development Black Belt Certification
    30 minute PowerPoint Presentation
    Submit assessments

More Information about this Black Belt Programme

Programme Hours

Black Belt Programme Hours

Our black belt programme meets the IASSC requirement for a minimum of 140 hours through a combination of classroom-based training, self-directed study, and project work.

Who Attends?

Deciding whether you're ready to work towards a black belt certification can be difficult. Here is a sample of who attends our international black belt programme:

  • People with experience leading an managing process improvements, ideally at a Green Belt level.
  • Anyone seeking global credibility as a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt practitioner.
  • Those wishing to become proficient at managing cross-functional process improvements.

Are you new to Lean Six Sigma?

If Lean and Six Sigma are new areas for you, our Professional Development Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Course may be the best starting point for you.

Need Advice?

If you're unsure about whether you're ready to get started with black belt training, why not get in touch with us? Our training consultants can advise on the best path for your process improvement training. You can reach us by calling Freephone 1800 910 810, or by clicking below to ask us a quick question.

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Frequently Asked Questions: IASSC Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

  • Do I need previous experience in Lean Six Sigma?

    Yes, previous experience in a lean or six sigma environment, preferably at a Green Belt Level is needed for this course. This is because Black Belt is an advanced level of Lean Six Sigma implementation.
    If you are a beginner, or have very little experience in the area of Lean Six Sigma, why not click below to Ask Us A Quick Question, or read about our Professional Development Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Course?
  • I am unsure if I have enough experience for the Black Belt course. What should I do?

    Don't worry, we can offer helpful guidance. You can call us on Freephone 1800 910 810 to discuss your level of experience. Alternatively, click below to Ask A Quick Question and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • How is this course delivered?

    This programme is 15 days in total, delivered in 3 x 4 day modules and 1 x 3 day module over a period of 4 months. A combination of theoretical and active learning is provided to give you well-rounded training in Black Belt skills, along with exam preparation. The practical aspects of your learning will include interactive activities, Sigma XL software exercises and application of tools to your project. We also provide sample exam questions for each module.
  • Who delivers this course?

    Our trainers are experienced Lean Six Sigma Black Belts who have led cost saving improvement projects across a range of business areas.
  • What certification will I receive?

    When you successfully complete training and project work, you will receive a Professional Development Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate. Further study and passing your IASSC exam, will earn an IASSC certification as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt practitioner.
  • Who are IASSC?

    IASSC, or the International Association for Six Sigma Certification are a globally recognised certifying body for awarding certification in six sigma and promoting standards of excellence in all credential holders.
  • How do I gain my certification?

    Attend our Black Belt course and complete the related project work to achieve a Professional Development Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate. Allocate study time and apply for your IASSC Lean Six Sigma Black Belt exam. Once you have successfully passed your exam, you will be awarded an IASSC Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate.

Do you have any other questions?

We will be more than happy to advise you on the best path for your Lean Six Sigma training. You can phone us on Freephone 1800 910 810, or click below to Ask a Question.

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Thomas Feeney

"The real-world training and personal tutoring I received through Professional Development was indispensable during my project & training.

Pat’s guidance on everything from Scope, Project Selection, the DMAIC Process even basic terminology, was spot on when utilised in a corporate environment. He even made statistics enjoyable!

I would endorse this course to anyone wishing to learn in a very positive, supportive environment. Professional Development live Lean Six Sigma every day and it shows in their training and tests.

I would highly recommend Professional Development to anyone looking to become a qualified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt."

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