Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt (Exam Cost Included)

This online, combined Black Belt and Green Belt training course will teach you Lean Six Sigma process improvement projects from start to finish. Green Belt training will allow you to deliver measurable, sustainable improvement by finding the root causes of problems and streamlining processes. In Black Belt training, you will further develop your process improvement, project management, and leadership skills using clear language and plenty of practical examples.

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12 Months / 125 Course Hrs
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Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt (Exam Cost Included)

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What you will learn

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt
  • Define what Lean Six Sigma is, where it came from, and why organizations benefit from it
  • Summarize the Lean Six Sigma Improvement method known as DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control)
  • Describe how to create a project charter, gather the voice of the customer, and build a high-level map of the process
  • Describe how to select measures, plan for data collection, and collect baseline data about a process
  • Describe how to conduct process analysis, conduct data analysis, and then brainstorm and validate root causes of process problems
  • Describe how to craft, filter and determine solutions to process problems, and then mitigate the risks of process change
  • Understand how to create monitoring plans, develop response plans, and document the project
  • Identify which type of tests and control charts are appropriate for any given data set
  • Understand how to construct an effective project storyboard

How you will benefit

  • Gain the education and training you need to successfully prepare for Learn Six Sigma Green Belt and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification exams
  • Learn how to effectively streamline processes and reduce problems to save your organization time and money
  • Develop project management, leadership, and communication skills that will enhance your career opportunities
  • Work more collaboratively with various partners, stakeholders, and peers as you learn better communication skills
  • Master how to plan and execute strategic Lean Six Sigma programs

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 125 course hours
  1. Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
    1. Introduction to Green Belt Training
      1. Overview of Lean Six Sigma
      2. The 8 Wastes (DOWNTIME)
      3. Lean Six Sigma Roles
      4. Project Selection
      5. DMAIC Overview
    2. Define Phase – How to define the problem
      1. Create The Project Charter (Tool)
      2. Understand The Current State
      3. Develop Project Communication
    3. Measure Phase – How to measure the current process
      1. Select Measures
      2. Plan For Data Collection
      3. Collect Baseline Data
    4. Analyze Phase – How to identify the cause of the problem
      1. Conduct Process Analysis
      2. Conduct Data Analysis
      3. Brainstorm Root Causes
      4. Develop Root Cause Hypothesis
      5. Validate Root Cause Hypothesis
    5. Improve Phase – How to implement and verify the solution
      1. Craft Solutions
      2. Filter Solutions
      3. Determine Solution Approach
      4. Conduct Risk Management
    6. Control Phase – How to maintain the solution
      1. Create Monitoring Plans
      2. Develop Response Plans
      3. Document The Project
      4. Pursue Perfection
  2. Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
    1. Introduction to Black Belt Training
      1. Overview of Black Belt Training
      2. Project Selection - Advanced
      3. Build Leadership Skills
    2. Define Phase
      1. Conduct Process Walks
      2. Strengthen Leadership Skills
      3. About Your Black Belt Project
    3. Measure Phase
      1. Lay Statistical Groundwork
      2. Test your Measurement System
      3. Sample the Data
      4. Assess Process Capability
      5. Strengthen Leadership Skills
    4. Analyze
      1. Lay Hypothesis Testing Groundwork
      2. Test Discrete Data
      3. Test Continuous Normal Data
      4. Test Continuous Non-Normal Data
      5. Test Correlation
      6. Strengthen Leadership Skills
      7. About Your Black Belt Project
    5. Improve
      1. Design Experiments
      2. Strengthen Leadership Skills
      3. About Your Black Belt Project
    6. Control
      1. Select Control Charts
      2. Create Visual Management
      3. Strengthen Leadership Skills
      4. About Your Black Belt Project

Bill Eureka

Bill Eureka has over 40 years of experience in continuous improvement in manufacturing, engineering, and management. He is an experienced trainer, mentor, and coach with the ability to relate to all levels within an organization. He has led and coached hundreds of improvement projects. Bill brings expertise in multiple improvement methodologies and readily combines them to fit the situation as needed. Bill is a Professor in the School of Business at Davenport University.


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 like Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.


You must be a Green Belt to take the Black Belt certification exam. In order to take the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification course, you will be required to provide an approved Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training Certification certificate or test out of the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course. You can bypass testing out if you present a qualifying Green Belt Certificate which is:

  • Issued by a regionally accredited higher education institution.
  • ASQ Issued for a Green Belt course that covers both Lean and Six Sigma concepts and tools (not only Lean, or only Six Sigma).

The qualifying process for your Green Belt Certificate:

  • The Certificate must be scanned and emailed to the student's Student Advisor.
  • The Certificate will be reviewed to determine if it is acceptable to take the place of Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
  • If the certificate is not acceptable, you will be required to register for the full Lean Six Green Belt Training Certification or test out by completing the Lean Green Belt Exam.


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 Office (not included in enrollment) or LibreOffice (free) or Google Docs (free).
  • 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 and will be available online.

Yes. This course will actually prepare you to sit for two Lean Six Sigma certifications. Upon completion of the coursework, you will have acquired the Lean Six Sigma knowledge and terminology you need to sit for Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification exams through GoLeanSixSigma.com. You will be able to sit for the exams after completion of the course and your financial obligation.

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. In addition, you will be able to sit for the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification exams after successful completion of the course and financial obligation.

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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You are allowed 3 revisions of your project, where you are provided feedback by a Master Black Belt. If you fail to pass after 3 revisions, there will be a fee of $300 to submit another revision.

As a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, you may lead quality improvement projects, or you may work under or in support of a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt for more complex projects. In this role, you will be responsible for defining, measuring, analyzing, improving and controlling projects that affect quality. This may be your full time role but sometimes, Green Belts work on quality improvement projects part-time in addition to their other roles within a company.

As a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, you will develop an even deeper understanding of the Lean and Six Sigma concepts and build upon what you learned as a Green Belt. This will most likely be your full time role, and you will be responsible for leading the team charged with undertaking a project to improve quality. You will plan and deploy the project, define and measure benchmarks and milestones, form and motivate your team, analyze progress and results due to process improvement, interpret and communicate risks, and develop control plans to maintain and sustain improvements made.

The salary of certified Lean Six Sigma professionals varies widely depending on your years of experience and type of job you hold. The overall national median salary of a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt is between $54,000 and $87,000 while Lean Six Sigma Black Belts earn a median salary between $66,000 and $117,000. Many of the highest paying Lean Six Sigma jobs can be obtained after several years of experience and working your way up to director and more senior level positions.

Yes, demand for professionals with Lean Six Sigma certifications is high and continuing to rise not just in large corporations where we've seen these jobs historically but also in mid-sized organizations as well. In fact, many of the jobs with the highest salaries as well as highest increases in job openings in the United States are related to process improvement.

Certified Lean Six Sigma professionals can work in almost any industry. Some of the more common industries for Lean Six Sigma jobs include healthcare, technology, retail, finance, hospitality, and government. Your work environment will depend largely on the industry in which you work, but you will work with closely with other people to improve processes and solve problems regardless of the industry you choose.

In order to be a good Lean Six Sigma professional, you will first and foremost have to be a great communicator. It is your job to sell the need for process improvement and change to stakeholders, team members, and those financing your work. You must communicate with everyone affected throughout the process, and ensure that you keep momentum moving in your favor. You must pursue perfection in order to find and eliminate flaws in processes, and you must always have a determined focus on the customer. You must also be a person who champions simplicity and ensures that no details are left uncovered in your understanding of the business as you design a process.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification is the first step in your Lean Six Sigma journey. In order to prepare for this certification, you will learn how to select the right projects, define problems that need to be solved, measure to create a baseline, perform analysis to determine the cause of the problem, work to improve processes by implementing solutions, and control the new process and maintain the solution. This certification is achieved after completing Lean Six Sigma training and taking an exam through GoLeanSixSigma.com. The exam consists of 130 multiple-choice questions, and students will be awarded a certificate after successful completion.

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification is considered a pinnacle of a Lean Six Sigma career. In order to earn this certification, you will need to earn your Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification first. You will also complete additional training like this course to help you prepare, and you will complete a project that will be reviewed by a Master Black Belt. During your training, you will learn to manage multiple projects while ensuring they meet organizational goals, coach Green Belts effectively to complete projects and achieve significant results, communicate with professionals at all levels in your organization and influence change, and understand statistical analysis tools that will help improve your project outcomes. You will take a 185 question multiple-choice exam offered by GoLeanSixSigma.com and will receive a certificate after successful completion.

Yes. You can work in a job that requires knowledge of Lean Six Sigma without obtaining certification as long as you possess the proper knowledge, training and experience to get the job done. However, we encourage all students to sit for Green Belt and/or Black Belt certification. In short, certification will open up more opportunities for you. These certifications are highly-respected worldwide, they prove your commitment to the industry and your understanding of global standards, they place you ahead of your competition for jobs, and they show that you are continuously learning through professional development. Certifications also make a big difference in the amount of money you can earn.

In our global economy, organizations constantly face rising costs of doing business and increasing competition in the marketplace. Lean Six Sigma principles and methodologies work to help organizations by streamlining processes to increase profit, cutting down on waste to decrease costs, improving effectiveness and efficiency to deliver more products and services, and providing ownership and accountability to help build effective teams.

Yes. You will find that this course starts from the ground up — laying a solid foundation of Lean Six Sigma terminology and concepts. Then after you gain a great foundation in Lean Six Sigma, you will move on to mastering more complex concepts that will provide a level of expertise that you can bring into almost any industry. You'll be prepared to sit for your Green Belt and/or Black Belt when you complete the course and gain the necessary experience.

A few of the careers you could choose to pursue after you've successfully become certified in Lean Six Sigma include:

  • Project Manager (junior through senior level)
  • Preconstruction Manager
  • Data Scientist
  • Agile Coach
  • Instructional Designer
  • Assistant Plant Manager
  • Manufacturing Engineer

A Black Belt project is a quality improvement project that demonstrates measurable results, such as improving business processes, reducing defects and waste production, and increasing efficiency. For the greatest possibility of success with this course, it is highly recommended that you complete the project at your current place of employment in order to gather the necessary data in real time. If you are currently unemployed, consider our Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course. In some cases, a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt project could be home-based, volunteer project, or based on past employment.

GoLeanSixSigma.com is an organization of Lean Six Sigma experts dedicated to helping professionals learn process improvement. It strives to make problem-solving easier to understand so professionals fully grasp Lean Six Sigma concepts and methodologies to ensure successful implementation within their organizations. GoLeanSixSigma.com has certificated thousands of professions in Lean Six Sigma nationwide.