Green Belt to Black Belt Upgrade Lab – New Format!

Streamlined Black Belt training for Green Belt practitioners

Format: Virtual Live Instructor-led Lab
Topic: Lean Six Sigma



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In March of 2020, Lean Methods Group like many other businesses was faced with the sobering reality that business models reliant on brick and mortar were at grave risk. Our first reaction was to recreate the classroom experience using a camera, laptop, and whiteboard while adhering to the rules of time and space created centuries ago and modified over time to accommodate air travel. (5 days x 8 hours)

We quickly learned that eight solid hours of virtual training while home with the pets, kids and spouse was untenable for our participants and all of us were craving more meaningful collaborative interactions with other professionals.
Through our experiences of the last two years and the voice of our customers, Lean Methods has created a world-class, virtually delivered certification program. Whether candidates are at home or office, they can enjoy, learn and practice applying the tools and methods to receive a Lean Six Sigma certification.

Following the disciplined Six Sigma DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) road map, this course teaches you how to collect and analyze performance data, identify inefficiencies and problems, pinpoint root causes, and institute new protocols to greatly improve processes. In addition to teaching the complementary methodologies of Lean and Six Sigma, this course also provides skills in leading teams through the process of change.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply such Lean concepts as 5S, waste reduction, process mapping, value stream mapping and mistake proofing.
  • Define, scope and execute DMAIC projects.
  • Apply the DMAIC methodology to business issues and transition projects from phase to phase.
  • Apply basic and more advanced statistical analyses to determine the relationship between key inputs and process outputs.
  • Effectively manage team dynamics and understand how to work with multiple levels of leadership to remove barriers and achieve project success.
  • Close projects and hand over control to process owners.
  • Present projects to instructors, peers and managers.


Green Belt status with basic knowledge of Lean and Six Sigma concepts and techniques. Recommended reading

Who Should Attend?

Already trained Green Belts desiring the skills of a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and those who seek to become professional problem solvers



Requirements for Certification:

  • Proficiency of at least 70% on exams
  • Submission and acceptance of Black Belt project
  • Attendance in the virtual classroom with active participation

Certificates Received:

  • Upon completion of the virtual classroom, students will receive a “training completion” certificate for Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Upon meeting the certification requirements above, students will receive a “Certificate of Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification”

**Students seeking certification through IASSC must successfully sit for and pass the IASSC exam.  Lean Methods Group’s Black Belt course, quizzes, and exams prepare the student for the IASSC exam based on their Body of Knowledge.  Lean Methods Group’s exams are included in this course, so students have the opportunity to certify through both institutions.

Students will attend 5 lab sessions with each lab running for three consecutive days 4 hours per day of live instructor-led virtual classroom via the Microsoft Teams platform and blend this learning with Lean Methods’ state-of-the-art online Black Belt course. The course is designed to be accelerated through 10 days over thirteen weeks of virtual lab training. Project coaching hours are delivered via workflow through the Lean Methods certification portal.

Students should expect to come to the virtual lab ready to participate in interactive simulations with students from other industry sectors.

Each Black Belt Upgrade session is $3,750 and includes everything listed here:

  • E-learning, quizzes, and exam access for one-year
  • Certification
  • Each student will have two years to submit their project.
  • Minitab statistical software during training and project work up to one year if needed
  • Black Belts receive up to 4 hours of personalized coaching from seasoned Lean Methods’ MBB via our certification portal.
  • Access to eBinder, PDFs and virtual classroom posters
  • Simulations (virtual)

For the online version of this course, please visit Lean Six Sigma Green Belt to Black Belt Upgrade Online for information and registration.


How many CEUs/PDUs are available?

10.8 CEUs
9 PDUs

Lab Session 1 - Define Phase

Day 1

  • Orientation
  • DiSC lecture
  • DiSC lab
  • VOC/CTQ lecture
  • CTQ tree lab

Day 2

  • KANO model lecture
  • KANO model lab
  • Basic statistics part 2 lecture
  • Basic statistics part 2 lab

Day 3

  • Project charter lab

Lab Session 2 - Measure Phase

Day 1

  • Define lab teach-backs
  • Variable MSA lecture
  • Variable MSA lab
  • Attribute MSA lecture, explanation of Kappa and Kendall coefficients

Day 2

  • Attribute MSA for binomial data lab
  • Attribute MSA for ordinal data lab
  • Practical aspects of planning MSA
  • Identification of non-normally distributed data lecture

Day 3

  • Process capability for non-normally distributed data lab
  • Binomial distribution lecture
  • Process capability for binomial data lab
  • Poisson distribution lecture
  • Process capability for poisson data lab


Lab Session 3 - Analyze Phase

Day 1

  • Measure lab teach-backs
  • Central Limit Theorem lab
  • Central Limit Theorem – lab summary, demonstration of CLT application
  • Alpha, beta and sample size lecture
  • Sample size lab
  • Non-parametric tests lecture
  • Non-parametric tests lab

Day 2

  • ANOVA lecture, and manual construction of ANOVA table
  • ANOVA lab
  • Correlation and regression lecture
  • Simple linear regression lab
  • Binary logistic regression lecture
  • Binary logistic regression lab

Day 3

  • Multiple regression lecture
  • Multiple regression lab
  • Multiple regression case study lab

Lab Session 4 - Improve Phase

Day 1

  • Analyze lab teach-backs
  • Lean analyze/improve tools
  • Intro to statistically designed experimental lecture, general full factorial experiment
  • General full factorial lab

Day 2

  • Intro to 2k factorial designs lecture
  • Intro to 2k factorial designs lab
  • Fractional factorial design lecture
  • Fractional factorial design lab

Day 3

  • DOE case study lab

Lab Session 5 - Control Phase

Day 1

  • Improve lab teach-backs
  • Mistake proofing lecture
  • Mistake proofing lab
  • Attribute SPC lecture

Day 2

  • Attribute SPC lab
  • Variable SPC lecture
  • Variable SPC lab
  • Control plan lecture
  • Control plan lab
  • Dealing with resistance lecture

Day 3

  • Project storyboard lab

System Requirements: Internet connection with modern browser

Operating System: Microsoft Windows (7 and higher) or Apple Mac OS X

Display Properties Setting: Minimum 1024 x 768 screen resolution

Classes meet through Microsoft Teams

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Lean Methods Group reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses and to change instructors. We will do our best to ensure you are aware of changes 6 weeks prior to the course start date. Please be advised that in the event of a course cancellation, Lean Methods Group is not responsible for airfare penalties or other travel related expenses you may incur.

While we recognize the need to cancel due to unforeseen events, we kindly ask that you consider the other students in this course when cancelling your enrollment.  We ask for 6-weeks advance notice so that we may fill your spot and ensure a fun class for the other students.

    • Requests for cancellations/transfers received at least 6 weeks before the start of the course receive a full refund/transfer to another workshop
    • Requests received within 4 weeks of the course shall receive a 50% refund.
    • After the course starts, there are no refunds or transfers.
    • Registrants who fail to attend without advance notice are liable for the entire course fee.
    • We can transfer your course fees to another Lean Methods e-learning or instructor-led course of your choice.
  • You must successfully complete the entire course or program before IACET CEUs, PDUs and a Certificate of Completion can be awarded.

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