Certified Six Sigma Black Belt

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Six Sigma is a set of processes that eliminate failures and ensure quality in an organization’s products and services. It is considered a world-class standard of excellence in business operations. Earning the Black Belt designation certifies a professional who works at the highest levels of operational excellence. In this online course, you will learn the Six Sigma techniques and methods at a level that qualifies you for Black Belt status. Upon successful completion, you will be prepared for the Six Sigma Black Belt certification offered by the American Society for Quality (ASQ®).

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Job Outlook for Individuals with Six Sigma Credentials

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) counts Management Analysts among its top prospects for future job growth. The BLS forecasts an 11% increase in demand for Management Analysts between now and 2029. This is almost triple the rate expected for overall job growth. The BLS attributes this growth to the constant need for organizations to increase their efficiency in competitive global markets. According to the BLS, Management Analysts earn $85,260 per year, on average. According to PayScale.com, salaries for certified Six Sigma Black Belts range from $61-179,000 per year, with an average of $100,780.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, control) model
  • Gain knowledge of the Six Sigma business case and related strategic planning and voice of the customer requirements
  • Differentiate between key Six Sigma metrics and define processes, problems, and opportunities by applying brainstorming and critical to quality
  • Find out the basics of flowcharts and learn how to develop/test hypotheses
  • Determine how to define, plan, implement, and complete a project by creating project deliverables that satisfy stakeholders
  • Discover the power of work breakdown structure (WBS), Gantt charts, and network scheduling methods
  • Be prepared for the Six Sigma Black Belt certification offered by the American Society for Quality (ASQ®)
  • Obtain guidance through the use o,f ASQ®’s Six Sigma’s Body of Knowledge (BOK) as a path forward approach

Lesson I: Organization-Wide Planning and Deployment
  • Fundamentals of Six Sigma and Lean
  • Strategic Planning
Lesson II: Organizational Process Management and Measures
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Change Management
Lesson III: Team Managements
  • Team Dynamics
  • Team Training
Lesson IV: The Customer
  • Customer Identification
  • Data Collection Requirements
Lesson V: Business Case, Project Management, Analytics
  • Project Justification
  • Project Management Tools
Lesson VI: Process Characteristics, Data Collection, Measurement Systems
  • Sampling
  • Metrology
Lesson VII: Basic Statistics and Probability
  • Distributions
  • Tests for Dispersion and Central Tendency
Lesson VIII: Process Capability
  • Cp, Cpk
  • Pp, Ppk
Lesson IX: Relationships Between Variables and Hypothesis
  • Correlation
  • Linear Regression
  • Tests for Means, Variances, Proportions
Lesson X: Failure Mode and Effects Analysis and Additional Analysis Methods
  • Risk Management
  • Gap Analysis
Lesson XI: Design of Experiments
  • One Factor
  • Full Factorial
Lesson XII: Lean Methods
  • Cycle Time Reduction
  • Kaizen
Lesson XIII: Control Methodologies
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Control Charts
Lesson XIII: Design for Six Sigma Framework and Methodologies
  • Common Methods
  • DFX


  • Tony Swaim 
Tony Swaim has helped many clients, colleagues, and students reach their professional and personal goals. He has been an online instructor since 1998 and has taught at colleges and universities across the United States since 1981. His focus areas are project management, Six Sigma, and supply chain management. Tony manages a successful consulting firm, and his industry experience includes 20 years of supply chain management. He earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and holds professional certifications in six disciplines, including the Project Management Professional (PMP)® and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)® from the American Society for Quality (ASQ)®. 


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Six Sigma Career FAQs


WHAT DO SIX SIGMA BLACK BELTS DO?Six Sigma Black Belts lead projects that enhance efficiency and profitability for their employers and clients. Six Sigma relies on statistical modeling of manufacturing or service delivery processes, using statistical process control tools to identify and eliminate areas of inefficiency and waste. IS THE SIX SIGMA BLACK BELT CERTIFICATION VALUABLE?Black Belt status represents senior leadership and indicates extensive business or organizational experience. Certified Black Belts earn, on average, 34% more than Green Belts, the next lower Six Sigma status. WHAT JOB TITLES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH SIX SIGMA BLACK BELTS?While many certified Six Sigma Black Belts work in contractor and consulting roles, companies also employ Black Belts in roles such as Operations Director, Senior Continuous Improvement Leader, Senior Project Leader and Senior Business Process Analyst. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BLACK BELT CERTIFICATION?Students must have experience with statistics, 3 years of experience in project management and be able to provide evidence of at least one project where they implemented changes to improve processes. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ASQ AND OTHER OPTIONS?ASQ requires real-world application of Six Sigma for certification while others only test comprehension of the material. Thus, employers can be confident that ASQ certified individuals can apply concepts. WHAT INDUSTRIES EMPLOY SIX SIGMA CONCEPTS?The most prevalent industry where six sigma concepts are put to use is manufacturing however practices can be applied to any organization attempting to improve efficiency while reducing costs including IT and Healthcare.