Certified Six Sigma Black Belt

Are you interested in obtaining a highly-valued and much-sought-after professional certification? If so, the Certified Six Sigma Black Belt course is for you! The Six Sigma methodology is a data-driven approach to removing defects and improving processes at any organization. As a Six Sigma Black Belt, you will be responsible for initiating projects and directing the efforts of company teams. In addition to mastering key Six Sigma concepts and methods, you'll obtain valuable information that...

6 Months / 120 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES2009

What you will learn

  • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt
  • 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

How you will benefit

  • You will be prepared for the Six Sigma Black Belt certification offered by the American Society for Quality (ASQ)
  • Obtain guidance through the use of ASQ's Six Sigma's Body of Knowledge (BOK) as a path forward approach

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 120 course hours
  1. Organization-Wide Planning and Deployment
    1. Fundamentals of Six Sigma and Lean
    2. Strategic Planning
  2. Organizational Process Management and Measures
    1. Roles and Responsibilities
    2. Change Management
  3. Team Management
    1. Team Dynamics
    2. Team Training
  4. Voice Customer
    1. Customer Identification
    2. Data Collection Requirements
  5. Business Case, Project Management, Analytical Tools
    1. Project Justification
    2. Project Management Tools
  6. Process Characteristics, Data Collection, Measurement Systems
    1. Sampling
    2. Metrology
  7. Basic Statistics and Probability
    1. Distributions
    2. Tests for Dispersion and Central Tendency
  8. Process Capability
    1. Cp, Cpk
    2. Pp, Ppk
  9. Relationships Between Variables and Hypothesis
    1. Correlation
    2. Linear Regression
    3. Tests for Means, Variances, Proportions.
  10. Failure Mode and Effects Analysis and Additional Analysis Methods
    1. Risk Management
    2. Gap Analysis
  11. Design of Experiments
    1. One Factor
    2. Full Factorial
  12. Lean Methods
    1. Cycle Time Reduction
    2. Kaizen
  13. Control Methodologies
    1. Statistical Process Control
    2. Control Charts
  14. Design for Six Sigma Framework and Methodologies
    1. Common Methods
    2. 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)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)® from the American Society for Quality (ASQ)®.


Prior to taking this course, you must be knowledgeable in basic Algebra and Statistics.

To be successful in this course, it is strongly recommended that you complete your Black Belt project at your current place of employment. Black Belt-level process improvement projects require significant real-time data, which is easier to obtain when you are presently employed. Projects must also be based on an actual business and are subject to approval by a Master Black Belt. Examples include:

  • Manufacturing Floor – Reduced manufacturing product defects
  • Human Resources Department – Reduced recruitment cycle time
  • Accounting Department - Reduced accounts payable invoice processing costs

If you are currently unemployed, then you should instead take a Green Belt level certification course.

Certification Requirements:

  • Candidates must have worked in a full-time, paid role. Paid intern, co-op, or other coursework cannot be applied to the work experience requirement.
  • Three years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the CSSBB Body of Knowledge & one completed project with a signed affidavit
  • OR two completed projects with signed affidavits.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Excel (not included with enrollment)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • The Certified Six Sigma Black Belt Handbook
  • An Introduction to Six Sigma and Process Improvement

Please note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.

Yes, it prepares you for the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. (exam cost not included)

Certification Requirements:

  • Candidates must have worked in a full-time, paid role. Paid intern, co-op, or other coursework cannot be applied to the work experience requirement.
  • Three years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the CSSBB Body of Knowledge & one completed project with a signed affidavit
  • OR two completed projects with signed affidavits.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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American Society for Quality (ASQ)
The American Society for Quality (ASQ) is "The Global Voice of Quality," with customers and members in more than 130 countries. ASQ is dedicated to "making the world work better" and helping businesses from large corporations to small community organizations meet the future with confidence. ASQ provides training programs, resources, and professional certifications in a range of topics related to quality, ensuring that business leaders and workers have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed—and you can become one of those professionals when you enroll in a course certified by ASQ.