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...

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6 Months / 120 Course Hrs
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George Mason University

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Course code: GES2009

What you will learn

  • 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 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)®.

Prerequisites:

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.

To obtain a Black Belt certification, an applicant will need to show proof that they have completed two Black Belt level projects. These projects are not needed to successfully complete this course, but an applicant will need to show proof of projects in order to apply for the certification exam.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • 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

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Yes, it prepares you for the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

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 your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

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.