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  • Certification: Achieve an internationally-recognised ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB).
  • Versatility: The skills and knowledge you’ll gain during this training can be applied effectively to any industry.
  • Exam Simulator: We include 14 days of training and a 365-day access to the ASQ exam simulator.
  • Choose Your Style: This Black Belt course is available in both classroom and live virtual training formats.
  • Expert Trainers: Our Black Belt trainers have extensive experience leading process improvement initiatives.
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  • ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt
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If you want to achieve an international Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification, this programme is a focused and time-efficient way to do so. Through completing this Black Belt training, you will dive deeper into Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. The skills you gain will enable you to lead process improvement teams towards achieving transformational improvements for your organisation.

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We include everything you need to gain knowledge and capability as a Black Belt practitioner, and set yourself up for ASQ exam success. Booking a place on our programme provides you with 14 days of training (classroom or virtual), course materials, Sigma XL software, and 365 days of unlimited access to an online ASQ exam simulator.

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Virtual 12th, 13th, 14th of October 2020 Module 1 - Start Date Reserve
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Virtual 7th, 8th, 9th of December 2020 Module 3
Virtual 13th, 14th, 1th of January 2021 Module 4
Virtual 8th & 9th of February 2021 Module 5

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In-house (also called 'in-company" or 'on-site') training for teams is extremely effective. It is an excellent choice if you have a number of people who require Black Belt training. The ideal candidate for Black Belt training is someone who has a lot of experience leading and working on process improvement projects.

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What is the Focus of this Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Programme?

When applied effectively, Lean Six Sigma can be a powerful methodology for bringing about significant financial improvements, raising standards of quality, and reducing – or even eliminating - waste across any business.

Our Six Sigma Black Belt programme is focused on equipping participants with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to deliver these kinds of savings and improvements at an advanced, Black Belt level.

Through application to active projects over the 6-month span of the programme, you’ll cement your learning. We also focus on preparing you to sit and pass the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt exam.

Why Choose our Programme?

  • Join an Elite Group of Black Belts

    This programme is designed to train Black Belts of an exceptional calibre. Through completing this programme and achieving certification, you’ll be joining a group of standout Black Belt practitioners.
  • Proof of Competence

    Through completing the project work central to this course, you’ll gain solid proof of your ability to execute successful Black Belt initiatives.
  • International Certification & Established Credibility

    This programme leads to the internationally respected ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB). With members in over 130 countries, ASQ (American Society for Quality) is known globally as a leader in upholding impeccable Six Sigma standards of excellence and quality. The ASQ Mark of Quality is internationally recognised as proof of competence for Lean Six Sigma practitioners.
  • All Training and Exam Preparation Resources Included

    We include all elements you’ll need to acquire Black Belt knowledge and confidence, and to prepare to achieve your certification successfully. This incorporates 14 days of training, all course materials, SigmaXL software, and a 365-day access to the ASQ exam simulator. Your ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt exam is the only additional cost (see below).
  • A Versatile Black Belt Skill-Set

    The skills and knowledge you’ll gain during this training can be applied effectively to any industry.
  • Potential for Increased Salary

    On average, Black Belts command a higher salary than other belt levels and non-certified process improvement practitioners.
  • International, Best-Practice Methodologies

    This Lean Six Sigma Black Belt programme is designed to provide you with practical, best-practice approaches to Black Belt projects.
  • Delivered by Experts

    Our Black Belt trainers have extensive practical experience leading and managing process improvement initiatives across a range of businesses based on the lean six sigma methodology.
Course Aims

Course Aims

This course is fully aligned with the ASQ Black Belt Body of Knowledge (BB Bok). The aims of our programme are:

1. Knowledge & Skills through Practical Project Application

To equip you with the knowledge and skills to understand and be able to apply the ASQ Black Belt Body of Knowledge (BB BoK) to a Black Belt project. In order to achieve this, you are required to complete a Black Belt project using the body of knowledge. You will be provided with a detailed assessment brief outlining the requirements and associated improvements and financial savings. On successful completion of the project, you will be awarded a Professional Development Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (based on the ASQ BB BoK).

2. Exam Preparation

To prepare you for the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) exam. ASQ lay down eligibility criteria in order to be approved by them to sit their exam. You can read more about the eligibility criteria in the "Eligibility" tab, or by downloading our PDF brochure. You are responsible for ensuring that you meet these criteria.

Who Attends This Programme?

Who Attends?

This Black Belt training is designed for participants from diverse organisational areas within business.

As Lean Six Sigma is a process improvement methodology utilised in every sector, our participants come from a broad spectrum of backgrounds. Black Belts are in demand in every industry including finance, healthcare, hospitality, logistics, pharmaceuticals, IT, and of course, manufacturing.

The ideal candidate for this programme is someone who has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the processes in their business. They should be in influential positions where they can effect positive change. This could include organisational leaders, managers and supervisors, and project managers.

You can read more about the eligibility requirements for this Black Belt programme in the "Eligibility" tab, or by downloading our PDF brochure.

Your Exam

Your Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) Exam

When ready, you will need to schedule your exam directly with the ASQ. Your exam fees are paid directly to the ASQ at this time.

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You can book your place on our next Black Belt dates by using the button below, or by calling our team at Freephone 1800 910 810. If you have any questions we can help with, submit your query using the Ask A Question button and we'll get back to you with the information you need.

ASQ CSSBB Certified Six Sigma Black Belt Course Content

For a full outline of our Black Belt course and how it is delivered, download our PDF Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Brochure.

Module 1 - Organization-Wide Planning and Deployment

Training Objectives: Module 1

  1. Understand the value and goals of deploying Lean Six Sigma within a project.
  2. Be able to apply lean six sigma tools to screen and select projects for improvement.
  3. Understand the roles and responsibilities within a Lean Six Sigma deployment projects.
  4. Be able to apply a range of strategic planning tools and apply change management techniques to overcome barriers and drive organisational change.

A. Organization-wide Considerations

  • Fundamentals of Six Sigma and lean methodologies
  • Project Selection and Six Sigma, lean, and continuous improvement methodologies
  • Relationships among business systems and processes and stakeholders
  • Strategic planning, feasibility and deployment tools (hoshin kanri, portfolio analysis, SWOT, PEST,contingency and business continuity planning

B. Leadership

  • Lean Six Sigma Roles and responsibilities
  • Organizational roadblocks and change management

Module 2 - Organizational Process Management and Measures

Training Objectives: Module 2

  1. Understand the impact of different stakeholders on a project.
  2. Be able to select and apply benchmarking techniques appropriate to your project.
  3. Understand and analyse performance and financial metrics.
  • A. Impact of lean six sigma projects on stakeholders
  • B. Benchmarking and selection of performance goals
  • C. Performance and Financial Business Measures

Module 3 - Team Management

Training Objectives: Module 3

  1. Be able to apply team selection criteria to ensure you have the right balance of skills and expertise.
  2. Be able to apply a range of interpersonal and team techniques to successfully manage, motivate and reward the project team.

A. Team Formation

  • Team types and constraints
  • Team roles and responsibilities
  • Team member selection criteria
  • Team success factors

B. Team Facilitation

  • Motivational techniques
  • Team stages of development
  • Team communication
  • Team leadership models

C. Team Dynamics

  • Group behaviours
  • Meeting management
  • Team decision-making methods

D. Team Training

  • Training needs assessment
  • Delivery techniques
  • Evaluation of training

Module 4 - Define

Training Objectives: Module 4

  1. Be able to determine customer requirements using a range of tools including data collection methods, Voice of the Customer, Kano, CTQ, QFD, SIPOC etc).
  2. Be able to use a project charter to initiate a project which will include a business case, problem statement, scope, goals, performance metrics etc.) and be able to use various project management and analytical tools to track the project progress.

A. Voice of the Customer

  • Customer identification, segmentation and impact assessment
  • Customer data collection methods
  • Customer requirements (CTX, CTQ, QFD, SIPOC,Kano model)

B. Business Case and Project Charter

  • Business case
  • Problem statement
  • Project scope
  • Goals and objectives
  • Project performance measurements
  • Project charter review

C. Project Management Tools

  • Gantt charts
  • Toll-gate reviews
  • Work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • RACI model

D. Analytical Tools

  • Affinity diagrams
  • Tree diagrams
  • Matrix diagrams
  • Prioritization matrices
  • Activity network diagrams

Module 5 - Measure

Training Objectives: Module 5

  1. Be able to use process flow metrics and tools to indicate the performance of a process.
  2. Be able to develop and implement data collection plans, and use techniques in sampling, data capture, and processing tools.
  3. Understand and use MSA (Measurement System Analysis) tools.
  4. Apply and evaluate descriptive statistics, probability concepts and distributions.
  5. Be able to determine and evaluate process capability and process performance indices.

A. Process Characteristics

  • Process flow metrics
  • Process analysis tools

B. Data Collection

  • Types of data
  • Measurement scales
  • Sampling concepts and methods
  • Data collection plans and methods

C. Measurement Systems

  • Measurement system analysis (MSA)
  • Measurement systems across the organization
  • Metrology

D. Basic Statistics

  • Basic statistical terms
  • Central limit theorem
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Graphical methods
  • Valid statistical conclusions

E. Probability

  • Basic concepts
  • Distributions (normal, Poisson, binomial, chi square, Student’s t, F, hypergeometric, bivariate, exponential, lognormal, Weibull)

F. Process Capability

  • Process capability indices Cp and Cpk.
  • Process performance indices Pp, Ppk, Cpm, and process sigma
  • Process capability studies, attribute data, non-normal data and use of transformation techniques.
  • Process performance vs. specification metrics (PPM, defects per million, DPMO, DPU, throughput yield, RTY
  • Short-term and long-term capability

Module 6 - Analyse

Training Objectives: Module 6

  1. Be able to model relationships between process variables using correlation and regression analysis and multivariate tools.
  2. Be able to perform hypothesis tests for means, variances, and proportions, and analyse their results.
  3. Understand and evaluate and appropriately apply a range of tests including ANOVA, chi square, contingency tables, and nonparametric tests to your project.
  4. Understand and be able to apply FMEA and use root cause analysis tools to your project.
  5. Be able to identify and analyse your process using the seven lean waste streams and apply gap analysis tools to compare current and future states.

A. Measuring and Modelling Relationships Between Variables

  • Correlation coefficient and confidence level
  • Linear regression
  • Multivariate tools to investigate sources of variation

B. Hypothesis Testing

  • Terminology
  • Statistical vs. practical significance
  • Sample size
  • Point and interval estimates
  • Tests for means, variances, and proportions
  • Analysis of variance (ANOVA)
  • Goodness-of-fit (chi square) tests
  • Contingency tables
  • Nonparametric tests

C. Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

D. Additional Analysis Methods

  • Gap analysis
  • Root cause analysis
  • Waste analysis

Module 7 - Improve

Training Objectives: Module 7

  1. Understand and be able to distinguish, apply and evaluate design of experiments (DOE) principles.
  2. Be able to apply various lean methods to eliminate waste and reduce cycle time.
  3. Be able to develop plan to implement an improved process and be able to analyse and interpret risks.

A. Design of Experiments (DOE)

  • Terminology
  • Design principles
  • Planning experiments
  • One-factor experiments
  • Two-level fractional factorial experiments
  • Full factorial experiments

B. Lean Methods

  • Waste elimination including pull systems, Kanban, 5S, standard work, poka-yoke
  • Cycle-time reduction including continuous flow, SMED), heijunka (production leveling)
  • Kaizen
  • Other improvement tools and techniques including TOC and OEE

C. Implementation Plans for Improvement

Module 8 - Control

Training Objectives: Module 8

  1. Understand and be able to apply a range of statistical process control (SPC) techniques to your project.
  2. Understand and be able to apply total productive maintenance (TPM) and visual factory concepts to your project.
  3. Be able to develop and apply control plans and associated tools to maintain and sustain project improvements.

A. Statistical Process Control (SPC)

  • Objectives
  • Selection of variables
  • Rational subgrouping
  • Control chart selection including X-R, X-s, ImR, p, np, c, u, short-run SPC, and moving average
  • Control chart analysis

B. Other Controls

  • Total productive maintenance (TPM)
  • Visual controls

C. Maintain Controls

  • Measurement system reanalysis
  • Control plan

D. Sustain Improvements

  • Lessons learned
  • Documentation
  • Training for process owners and staff
  • Ongoing evaluation

Module 9 - Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) Framework and Methodologies

Training Objectives: Module 9

  1. Understand common DFSS methodolodies (DMADV and DMADOV).
  2. Understand DFX methodologies, and elements of robust designs.
  • A. Common DFSS Methodologies including DMADV and DMADOV
  • B. Design for X (DFX)
  • C. Robust Designs

What are the Eligibility Requirements for this Six Sigma Black Belt Training?

The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt professional drives and supports cross functional and multi-disciplined teams to effectively manage business process excellence across the organisation. The skills of the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt include advanced knowledge in Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques coupled with enhanced interpersonal skills and people management skills to coach and mentor multiple teams.

The ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) is aimed at experienced process improvement practitioners who want to progress their skills and expertise. As a programme and certification designed for seasoned practitioners, there are a number of eligibility requirements and an application process that must be adhered to.

We can approve your eligibility status for this programme and advise on your eligibility status for the ASQ exam. You are responsible for ensuring that you meet the criteria for your exam.

When you get in touch, we will walk you through the eligibility criteria in detail. Here is a brief overview of the ideal candidate for this training and certification:

  • Delegates should have experience leading and managing business and process improvements and should have delivered cost savings in either transactional (Service) or transformational (manufacturing) environments using Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques.
  • They should have an understanding of basic statistics and algebra to understand statistical concepts.
  • Participants need to be able to influence and effectively manage change across the business and to drive a continuous improvement culture to deliver greater savings and gain breakthrough performance in key business areas.
  • It is essential to have a defined, approved business improvement project to work on during this programme that will enable you to return a significant saving to your organisation. Typically our Black Belts deliver savings in the region of €90K to €250K.
  • It is important that each participants can devote significant time to completing the project and exercises between course modules.

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If you are unsure if you meet the eligibility criteria, the best way to clarify is by consulting with our Director of Training. Get in touch, either by calling Freephone 1800 910 810, or clicking below to ask a question or request a call back.

More Information About Your Black Belt Exam & Certification

Here is an overview of the 2 black belt certifications you will achieve through this programme, and a brief introduction on how they are achieved. For full details, download our PDF Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Brochure.

Professional Development - Project

Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

You will apply the ASQ Body of Knowledge to a black belt project which will be submitted to Professional Development for assessment and certification, in line with a detailed assessment brief. Following completion of the course, you will have up to 2 months to complete your project for assessment

ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt - Exam

Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)

  • Computer Delivered

    The CSSBB examination is a one-part, 165-question, four-and-a-half-hour exam and is offered in English only. One hundred and fifty questions are scored and 15 are not scored.
  • Paper and Pencil

    The CSSBB examination is a one-part, 150-question, four-hour exam and is offered in English only.

The following is a summary of the distribution of questions over the Black Belt BoK:

  1. Organization-Wide Planning and Deployment (Questions 12)
  2. Organizational Process Management and Measures (10 Questions)
  3. Team Management (18 Questions)
  4. Define (20 Questions)
  5. Measure (25 Questions)
  6. Analyze (22 Questions)
  7. Improve (21 Questions)
  8. Control (15 Questions)
  9. Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) Framework and Methodologies (7 Questions)

Next Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Dates

Virtual 12th, 13th, 14th of October 2020 Module 1 - Start Date Reserve
Virtual 9th, 10th, 11th of November 2020 Module 2
Virtual 7th, 8th, 9th of December 2020 Module 3
Virtual 13th, 14th, 1th of January 2021 Module 4
Virtual 8th & 9th of February 2021 Module 5

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, previous experience in a Lean or Six Sigma environment is needed for this course. This is because Black Belt is an advanced level of Lean Six Sigma implementation.

You can read about the eligibility requirements for this programme in the "Eligibility" tab on this page, or by downloading our PDF brochure.

If you are a beginner, or have very little experience in the area of Lean Six Sigma we have other options that will work well for you. Why not Ask Us A Quick Question about the best option for your training?

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

If you have experience leading Lean Six Sigma initiatives and are ready to progress your skills, Six Sigma Black Belt training is the natural next step.

A good Six Sigma Black Belt course will support you in developing your existing skills and equip you with the new tools you need to take your abilities to the next level.

This programme is 14 days in total, delivered in 3 or 2-day modules over a period of 5 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 project work. We also provide sample exam questions for each module of training.

Our trainers are experienced Lean Six Sigma Black Belts who have led cost saving improvement projects across a range of business areas.

Our Black Belt training leads to 2 Black Belt certifications.

When you successfully complete training and project work, you will receive a Professional Development Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate.

Through further study and passing your ASQ exam, you will become an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB).

ASQ, or the American Society for Quality are a globally-recognised certifying body for awarding certification in Six Sigma. They also promote high standards of excellence in all credential holders.

  • Step 1: Attend our Black Belt course and complete the related project work to achieve a Professional Development Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate.
  • Step 2: Allocate study time and apply for your ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt exam.
  • Step 3: Complete your exam. Once you have successfully passed your exam, you will be awarded an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate.

By following the steps in our Black Belt programme, earning your Black Belt qualification in 7 months is an achievable goal.

Sometimes this timeline may vary, depending on your availability for study following training.

We include everything you need to achieve your Lean Six Sigma Black Belt:

  • 14 days of classroom training
  • Course materials
  • Sigma XL software
  • ASQ online exam simulator

Our virtual training is available for access from wherever you are located. All you need is a steady internet connection and a device (computer, table, phone) with a web-camera.

There are 2 fast ways to secure your place on our next Lean Six Sigma Black Belt dates:

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