Lean Six Sigma: Black Belt Certification Training

Level: Advanced

This Black Belt training workshop is designed for Lean Six Sigma team leaders and expands upon the skill set taught in the Green Belt certification. The coursework includes instruction on modules in practical DMAIC applications, Failure Mode Effects Analysis, Advanced Lean, Advanced DOE, SPC for non-normal distributions, Optimization, Scheduling & Sequencing, effective and efficient teamwork strategies, as well as a variety of other tools and analysis methodologies. The PhD professors offer practical experience in guiding students through this workshop, assisting with the attendee case-study assignments.

Training accredited by Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth:

Professional certification is a process in which a person proves that he or she has the knowledge, as a basis, for performing a specific job. The proof comes in the form of a certification earned by passing quizzes, an exam, case studies, actual case or some combination of these items that are provided by an accredited organization. Accreditation is recognition that an educational institution has a certain standard of quality that other reputable organizations will honor. Without accreditation the certification provider may not provide the participant lasting value. Therefore, it is imperative that you receive your certification from a trusted, accredited institution. Dartmouth College, founded in 1769, is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Accreditation is a non-governmental, non-profit, self-regulatory, peer review process based on rigorous standards.

Workshop Schedule:

*20 – (4-hour sessions); (2 sessions per week for 10 weeks), sessions run 10:00 am to 2:00 PM Eastern Time (approximately 80 hours of training) plus you must do two LSS case studies, (approximately 80 hours homework). Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth will be awarded upon successful completion of coursework, test, and two case studies.

Please review the PDF for the Schedule options: Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Schedule

Key Features of this Black Belt Training:

  • Recordings of all instructor-led sessions are included
  • Half-day training sessions, live online, allow you to still work half days
  • Receive a certificate of completion from Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering

You Will Learn How To:

  • Apply a wide range of process improvement techniques
  • Think about your organization as a collection of processes, with inputs that determine the output
  • Apply the five-step DMAIC model to organize process improvement activity
  • Successfully lead complex process improvement projects
  • Deliver meaningful, bottom-line operational excellence to the organization

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  • 20 4-hour instructor-led training sessions
  • One-on-one after-course instructor coaching
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Black Belt Course Information

  • Who would benefit from this training?

    The Black Belt workshop is for those individuals that want to gain an in-depth knowledge of lean six sigma, and also be able to manage a lean six sigma project.

  • Prerequisites

    Participants must have completed the Green Belt program or have college level statistics (in the last 4 years) and are highly confident in their statistics capability before taking this workshop. We can evaluate a person’s background if needed – at no extra charge.

    Students are highly recommended to have a copy of the Black Belt Course Manual, in either Paper or PDF copy, to use as reference.

  • Homework

    Students must complete two case studies (choosing from manufacturing, finance, or healthcare) within 10 days of the last class (approx. 80 hours of homework). You will receive all case studies before the workshop begins, and will work on them over the duration of the training.


    A laptop with a functional copy of a statistical analysis package, Minitab, will be needed for this workshop. A trial copy of Minitab is usually sufficient if you wait to sign up for Minitab just prior to using it - to make sure the trial does not run out before you do the case studies and test. Minitab must run on a Windows PC.

    A headset with microphone is required, as using built-in speakers/microphone causes echo issues. Headsets give participants complete interaction with the instructor and other students.

  • Course Materials

    Students will be provided with a pdf of the class materials.

    All sessions are recorded, placed in a dropbox, and provided to participants for download to a computer in the event of a missed class or for review in the future.

    Exam Information: This take home exam is required. You must show your own original work on the exam and must work independently. Contact the instructor for help and guidance; do not contact other participants. You must complete the exam and email it to the instructor within 10 business days of the last session on day 20. Those who do not return the exam within 10 business days will not be eligible for the LSS Black Belt Certificate (unless advanced exception was granted by Dr. Lasky).

    This is an open notes exam so you can use all of the material that the instructors have provided to you. The exam will be primarily question and answer format and should be completed in approx. 20 hours. It is a pass/fail exam.

  • Certification Information

    Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering, will issue a certificate of completion, in pdf format, to participants who successfully complete the case study and pass the take home quiz.

Black Belt Course Outline

  • Review Lean Six Sigma (LSS)

    Learn Basic Definitions (Process, Lean, Six Sigma)

    The DMAIC Model with Gate Reviews

    Basic Tools (Problem Statement, SIPOC)

    Performance Based Metrics, DPU, DPMO

    Practice with examples

  • Voice of Customer (VOC)

    Describe the importance of VOC, and VOB

    Define and clarify CTQ and COPQ

    Understand how to segment Customers

    Learn how to capture Voice of Customer

    Describe the development of Critical Customer Requirements (CCR)

    Create a CCR Tree - Practice

    Learn how to use Kano Analysis

  • Project Justification – Building the Business Case Utilizing the VOC

    Define the Business Case – Why?

    Learn to utilize the business case to justify the need for the project

    ROI of Quality / Project ROI

    Pitching the Case – VOC & VOB

    An Example

  • Performance Management & Team Accountability

    Performance management as a System

    Our responsibility as a Leader

    Setting expectations

    Accountability! It means a lot

    Holding one Accountable

  • Project Control & Change Management

    Developing and revising the Project Charter

    Project management Fundamentals

    Managing personal and organizational change

    Red-Yellow-Green status and action plans

    Using the A3 tool to report project status

    Risk response

    Managing deliverables: requirements, testing, implementing, passing ownership

    Managing change at the individual, team and organizational level

  • Statistics Refresher

    Common and special cause variation

    Variation and the normal curve

    Types of Data (Attribute, Variable (continuous))

    Measures of Central Tendency

    Concept of Standard Deviation

    Process Capability: Cp and Cpk

  • Advanced Stats

    Confidence Interval Review

    Hypothesis Testing Review

    Sample Size

    Type II Error and Power

    Hypothesis Testing of Variance

    Tolerance and Prediction Intervals

    Tests on a Proportion

    Statistical Inference for Two Samples

    Using Minitab to Solve Advanced Stats Problems

    Sampling Strategies to Determine Quality Levels

  • Advanced SPC

    SPC Review

    Advanced Gage R&R

    Shewhart Rules

    SPC for Non Normal Data

    Minitab Examples

  • Technical Estimating




  • Intermediate DOE

    DOE Review

    Analysis of Variance


    Full Factorial DOE

  • Intermediate DOE

    Fractional Factorial DOE

    Taguchi DOE

    Central Composite Design

    Response Curve Methodology

    Multiple Linear Regression

    Numerous Minitab Examples

  • Lean Culture

    Building a lean culture


    Visual Workplace

    Standardized Work

  • Kaizen Planning

    What is a Kaizen?

    5s Kaizen Example

    Kaizen Event Flow Example

    When to Kaizen

    When Not to Kaizen

    Chartering a Kaizen

  • Controlling Defects

    Mistake proofing

    Control Plans

    Response Plans

  • 8D for Containment & Control

    8D – The steps to root cause and control

  • Other Process Tools & Techniques: Optimization

    Introduction to Optimization

    Review Key Definitions

    Linear Programming

    Integer Programming

    Programming with Excel


  • Other Process Tools & Techniques: Scheduling Definitions and Jargon

    Overview of Different Production Scheduling Environments (Single machine, Parallel machine, Flow shops, Others)

    Typical Assumptions used in Scheduling

    Performance Measures

    Scheduling Techniques (Algorithms and Heuristics)

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Black Belt Training FAQs

  • How do I achieve Black Belt Certification?

    Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering, will issue a certificate of completion, in PDF format, to participants who complete the workshop with appropriate attendance and pass the take home exam. The exam is online, open book, and multiple choice.

  • Can I take this Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training online to get certified?

    Yes! We know your busy work schedule may prevent you from getting to one of our classrooms which is why we offer convenient online training to meet your needs wherever you want. This course is available online or as Private Team Training.

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