What is a Six Sigma Black Belt?

What is a Six Sigma Black Belt?

What Makes a Six Sigma Black Belt Stand Out From The Crowd?

Experienced managers, supervisors and process improvement project leaders often reach a point where they want to progress their skills and take their process improvement capabilities to the next level. This is where Six Sigma Black Belt certification comes in...

This article will give you an overview of the characteristics of successful Black Belt practitioners and the benefits you’ll gain by becoming black belt certified. It will also outline the black belt training and certification process.

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What is a Six Sigma Black Belt?

Black Belt Characteristics

Lean Six Sigma Black Belts have thoroughly mastered sustainable process improvement at every level. They are the leaders and mentors in any process improvement culture or project.

Black Belts are capable of looking at the bigger picture while simultaneously remaining aware of the level of detail involved in any process or project.

10 Key Characteristics of Black Belts

Here are 10 characteristics and abilities all high-performance black belts will possess:

  • Understanding of organisations at cross-functional and process levels
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Ability to lead change
  • Advanced project management capabilities
  • Pro-active attitude to achieving goals and problem solving
  • Customer advocacy skills
  • Technical aptitude - computer competency, analytical skills
  • Motivation to produce sustainable results
  • Simultaneously leads and participates in process improvement projects
  • Ability to remain detail-orientated while focusing on the bigger picture

What does a Six Sigma Black Belt do?

A Six Sigma Black Belt practitioner will drive process improvement at a strategic level across an initiative or organisation.

They will often also actively participate in ongoing projects, and mentor Six Sigma Green Belts and Yellow Belts.

Why Get Black Belt Certified?

Attending training and achieving a recognised and respected certification at Black Belt level will develop your skill and knowledge, cement your experience, and add weight and credibility to your career in process improvement.

Top 5 Benefits of Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

1. Lean Six Sigma Black Belt personnel are identified as “go-to” achievers in any organisation.
2. Having achieved proficiency in process improvement, ideally but not essentially at Green Belt level, candidates find new, rewarding challenges at Black Belt level.
3. Progressing to Black Belt level enables you to acquire the “sweet fruit” of high-level improvements and savings.
Improvements & Savings
4. Our Black Belt programme leads to a respected, international certification, giving you flexibility to travel or to work with multi-national organisations in any industry.
International Certification
5. Black Belt certification enhances your career prospects, as practitioners at this level are in demand in every sector.
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Who Attends Black Belt training?

Who Attends Training?

There are some eligibility requirements for Black Belt training and certification.

Black Belt training is for those who have plenty of experience both leading and implementing process improvements in an organisation.

It’s a natural next step for people who have achieved a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification and built experience upon this qualification.

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If you are completely new to the concept of Lean Six Sigma, or have very limited experience working with process improvement, we recommend our Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course.

Need advice about your eligibility status?

If you have some experience in Lean Six Sigma (either formally, or informally) and are unsure if you are ready for Black Belt certification, why not get in contact with us?

You can reach our training consultants by calling us on Freephone 1800 910 810 or 01 861 0700 (9.00 am to 5.30 pm, Monday to Thursday, or 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Friday).

How to Get Black Belt Certified

We offer an intensive, practical, and focused way to achieve your Black Belt Certification in a matter of months.

Our International Six Sigma Black Belt programme is delivered over 4 months in 3 and 4-day instalments.

Upon successfully completing this course, its accompanying project work, and the IASSC Black Belt Exam, participants will achieve 2 certifications:

  • Professional Development Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
    (project based)
  • IASSC Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
    (exam based)

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

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How much does certification cost?

Our Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Course is a complete solution including everything you need to achieve both black belt certifications.

The objective of the 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.

The programme cost of €7,495 includes:

  • 15 days classroom training (3 and 4-day modules over 4 months)
  • Exam and certification fees
  • Study support materials
  • Sigma XL software

How long will it take to become black belt certified?

We run this 15-day programme in short, focused instalments over 4 months.

Following training, you will work on your project and study for your exam. You can read details of the certification process below.

What is the certification process?

5 Steps to Black Belt Certification

Achieving your Six Sigma Black Belt certificaton with us is a practical, 5-stage process for each certification.

The steps for each certification are complimentary, and for the most part, run in tandem.

Professional Development Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

(project based)
  • Step 1
    Attend our International IASSC Black Belt Programme.
  • Step 2
    Undertake project work against requirements outlined in our detailed assessment brief.
  • Step 3
    Make a 30-minute presentation of project work on Day 15 of the programme.
  • Step 4
    Complete your project work in the 8 weeks following completion of course, and submit your project work to be graded.
  • Step 5
    On successfully passing your assessment, you will receive a Professional Development Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate.

IASSC Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

(exam based)
  • Step 1
    Attend our International IASSC Black Belt Programme.
  • Step 2
    We recommend you allocate some study time after the course before you schedule your exam.
  • Step 3
    Schedule your IASSC Black Belt Exam using your voucher (web-based or attend a physical exam).
  • Step 4
    Sit your IASSC Black Belt Exam.
  • Step 5
    On successful completion of your examination, you will gain your IASSC Black Belt Certificate.

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Here are 3 easy ways to get started on your Black Belt journey today:

1. Download our PDF Brochure

You can download our free PDF Brochure by using tab on the right-hand side of this page. The brochure includes Six Sigma Black Belt programme benefits, a detailed programme outline, and ways to book your spot on an upcoming programme.

2. Ask Us A Quick Question

If you would like to ask us anything about our Black Belt programme, you can reach us by Freephone 1800 910 810, or click below to ask a quick question online.

3. Reserve Your Place

You can reserve your spot on our next Six Sigma Black Belt programme by using the Reserve a Place tab at the top of this page.

Black Belt €7,495
Includes Sigma XL Software + Exam + Cert.

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