Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification | Kent State University

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification

Spring 2018 OFFERING

Monday, March 12, 2018 – 8:30am to Friday, March 16, 2018 – 5:00pm
Monday, April 9, 2018 – 8:30am to Friday, April 13, 2018 – 5:00pm
Monday, May 7, 2018 – 8:30am to Friday, May 11, 2018 – 5:00pm
Monday, June 4, 2018 – 8:30am to Friday, June 8, 2018 – 5:00pm

Location: Regional Academic Center; Price: $6950.00

Fall 2018 OFFERING

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 – 8:30am to Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 – 5:00pm
Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 – 8:30am to Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 – 5:00pm
Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 – 8:30am to Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – 5:00pm
Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 – 8:30am to Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 – 5:00pm

Location: North Canton; Price: $6950.00

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Kent State weaves Lean, Six Sigma, Team-Oriented Problem Solving and Theory of Constraints into a seamless certification that can help you achieve substantial process improvements in your organization.

Kent State's operational excellence curriculum is structured to allow students and employers maximum flexibility in obtaining the Black Belt certification. The curriculum follows a four-week approach with the class meeting one week each month for four months (160 contact hours; Kent State's Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification also requires the completion and approval of an independent project).

  • Create an Effective Continuous Improvement Change Agent
  • Lead Cross-functional Teams Across Your Organization and Execute Strategic Process Improvement Projects
  • Train Participants in the Skills Required to Guide their Organization to Gains in Productivity and Quality
  • Certify Skilled Practitioners in More Advanced Lean and Six Sigma Tools and Methods

Week One

  • Project Identification
  • Team Building
  • Introduction to Lean Thinking
  • Six Sigma Methods and Quality
  • Basic Minitab Measurement System Analysis
  • Process Capability
  • Six Sigma Project Simulation (helicopter)

Week Two

  • Student Project Reviews
  • Lean Tools
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Comparative Analysis
  • Tests for Data Stability and Normality
  • Catapult Simulation

Week Three

  • Student Project Reviews
  • Advanced Lean Methods
  • Regression and Correlation
  • Quick Changeovers (SMED)
  • Airplane Simulation

Week Four

  • Student Project Reviews
  • Advanced Statistical Tools
  • Design of Experiments
  • Team Dynamics
  • Putting it all Together to Achieve Wealth and Prosperity for Any Organization

For Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification, each student must complete an individual project, which will contribute significant results to his/her sponsoring organization.


To maximize the benefit of attending Lean Six Sigma training and to realize return on investment for future Lean Six Sigma projects, Kent State requires that each participant brings a laptop that has Minitab v17.0 or higher statistical software and Quality Companion v3 software loaded to each day of training. Kent State provides you the opportunity to purchase Minitab v17.0 and Quality Companion for an additional fee.


Robert Skillman Robert Skillman

Kent State training and certification facilitator, Robert Skillman is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a Lean Master Sensei who has been training and certifying Black Belts in Six Sigma and Lean methods since 1997.

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Stephen Skillman Stephen Skillman

Stephen Skillman is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, currently serving as an Associate Facilitator for Kent State University, training Lean Six Sigma Black Belts. Skillman received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Lake Erie College.

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"I would highly recommend the program. Steve Skillman does an exceptional job in teaching Lean Six Sigma Black Belt concepts using classroom training, real-time practicums, lab experiments, and capped by a real-world project related to your organization."

David Northern, Senior Operations Engineer, University Hospitals