Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification

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A Lean Six Sigma Black Belt is known as a highly trained team leader, communicator, statistical analyst and project manager. In this program you will learn how to use this diverse set of ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ skills to effectively lead critical business projects to successful completion.

Kent State’s Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification is a focused, intense program for continuous improvement change agents looking to advance beyond the Green Belt level. These change agents will possess a thorough understanding of all the Lean Six Sigma methods and gain a high-level of competence in the subject matters contained within the DMAIC project phases.

The content of this program will build on the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt level knowledge in the basic principles of Lean and Six Sigma. The Black Belt program is designed for those looking to master the discipline of Lean Six Sigma at an advanced level. You will learn:

  • How to Build a Sustainable Culture and Infrastructure of Continuous Improvement
  • The DMAIC Project Methodology
  • The Tools of Six Sigma, Lean and Theory of Constraints
  • How to Use Data to Effectively Make and Drive Decisions
  • Skills to Guide Organizations to Gains in Productivity, Quality, Complexity, Cost and Throughput

The live, facilitator-led virtual training is delivered via the Zoom platform in 14, half-day sessions over approximately a one-month timeframe. Participants will engage in the learning with small-group activities, interactive group projects, simulations, case studies, videos, Think-Pair-Share interactions, storytelling, hands-on data exercises using Minitab software, and student-led real-world exercises, in additional to instructor-led discussions.

Program Content/Agenda

The program content is developed to provide both conceptual understanding and practical skills in mastering and applying continuous improvement concepts and tools.

Week One: Sessions One Through Four

  • Review DMAIC
  • Procedures
  • Lean Thinking
  • Chi-Square
  • Correlation
  • Regression
  • Theory of Constraints

Week Two: Sessions Five Through Eight

  • Introduction to Design of Experiments (DOE)
  • Full Factorial DOE
  • Fractional Factorial DOE
  • Central Composite DOE
  • Utilizing the Catapult (or Helicopter) for DOE
  • Cost of Quality

Week Three: Sessions Nine Through Twelve

  • Degrees of Freedom
  • Quadratic Loss Function
  • MSA Review
  • Kanban
  • Cellular Manufacturing
  • Five-step Minitab Case Study
  • Capability for Variables Review
  • Unilateral Tolerances
  • Data Transformations

Week Four: Sessions Thirteen and Fourteen

  • 8D and A3
  • 11-Step Minitab Case Study


To earn Kent State’s 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 this live, facilitator-led virtual program and to realize the return on investment for future Lean Six Sigma projects, Kent State requires that each participant utilize a computer with a camera and microphone during the program. Participants are also require to have the computer loaded with the most current version of Minitab. A six-month license of Minitab is included with your registration.


Stephen Skillman Stephen Skillman

Stephen Skillman is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt who facilitates the training of the Lean Six Sigma Black Belts at Kent State University. 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