Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification

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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 live, facilitator-led virtual training is delivered via the Zoom platform in half-day sessions for two consecutive weeks over four months.

  • 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 and Two

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

Week Three and Four

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

Week Five and Six

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

Week Seven and Eight

  • 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 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 laptop with a camera and microphone during the program.  Participants are also require to have the laptop loaded with current versions of Minitab and Workspace by Minitab. Kent State will provide you with information on how to acquire this software.


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