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Six Sigma Black Belt

In the world of project management, there is one credential that will make you stand out: Six Sigma Black Belt Training. Lean Six Sigma strategies are used by the world’s top companies, including Ford, Xerox, and GE, and the Black Belt Certification is extremely sought-after. If you’re ready to become an agent of change—using your analytical and problem-solving skills to lead improvement projects and inspire your colleagues—the Six Sigma Black Belt Program from ed2go was created for you.

Our unique, online Six Sigma Black Belt training program integrates Six Sigma with hands-on data analysis. You will test your new skills in workshops, which are incorporated extensively throughout the training. A study guide that matches the International Quality Federation (IQF) certification exam is provided, with the workshop exercises presented as appropriate to each of the online topics. Plus, the cost of the exam is included in the cost of your course.

As you learn the Six Sigma Black Belt training material, you’ll see how to Define the problem, Measure key aspects, Analyze data, Improve the process, and Control the future process. You'll also learn successful approaches to implementing a Six Sigma program in an organization so you can effectively participate in creating credible Lean Six Sigma programs. Once you've successfully completed the program, you’ll have the option to sit for the IQF Black Belt Certification exam without additional charge.

6 Months / 200 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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George Mason University

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Six Sigma Black Belt

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study on your own schedule.

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES215

You Will Learn
  • How you can participate in the development of a successful Six Sigma program.
  • Various project selection criteria and how to develop project proposals to meet those criteria.
  • Strategies for leading a Six Sigma project team using the DMAIC problem-solving methodology and team-building skills.
  • How to apply and interpret basic and advanced Six Sigma tools, as necessary, for project definition, process baseline analysis, process improvement, and process control.
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 200 course hours
How you will benefit
  • You will be ready to enter careers such as product manager, operations manager, chemical/process engineer, or quality manager.
  • You’ll be prepared to sit for the International Quality Federation’s Black Belt Certification exam at no additional charge.
  • You will gain new skills and knowledge that will be invaluable to your company, and will be able to move on to Master Black Belt status.
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Program Details

I.    Six Sigma Introduction
            A.    Definition of Six Sigma & Its Relation to Costs and Efficiencies
            B.    Popularity and Application of Six Sigma
            C.    Comparisons Between Typical TQM and Six Sigma Programs
II.    How to Deploy Six Sigma
            A.    Leadership Responsibilities
            B.    Resource Allocation
            C.    Data-driven Decision Making
            D.    Organizational Metrics and Dashboards
III.    Six Sigma Projects
            A.    Project Focus
            B.    Project Selection
            C.    Estimating Project Benefits
            D.    Overview of DMAIC Methodology
            E.    Project Reporting
IV.    Define Stage Tools & Objectives
            A.    Define Stage Objectives
            B.    Project Charter: Use and Development
V.    DEFINE: Metrics & Deliverables
            A.    Critical to Quality (CTQ) Metrics
            B.    Critical to Schedule (CTS) Metrics
            C.    Relation of CTQ and CTS Metrics to Critical to Cost (CTC) Metrics
VI.    DEFINE: Project Financials
            A.    Cost of Poor Quality
            B.    Quantifying Project Benefits
            C.    CTC Calculations
VII.    DEFINE: Project Scheduling
            A.    Scheduling Project Activities & Events
VIII.    DEFINE: Change Management/Teams
            A.    Problems With Change
            B.    Achieving Buy-in
            C.    Team Formation, Rules, and Responsibilities
            D.    Consensus Building
IX.    Measure Stage Tools and Objectives
            A.    Measure Stage Objectives
            B.    Process Definition
            C.    Metric Definition
            D.    Establishing Process Baseline
            E.    Control Chart as a Process Baseline Tool
X.    MEASURE: Probability & Distributions
            A.    Probability Rules
            B.    Distribution Use & Interpretation in MS Excel and Minitab
            C.    Probability Plots
            D.    Goodness of Fit Tests
            E.    Curve Fitting with Johnson Distributions
XI.    MEASURE: X-Bar Charts
            A.    Uses
            B.    Construction and Calculations
            C.    Assumptions
            D.    Rational Subgroups
            E.    Sampling Considerations
            F.    Interpretation
XII.    MEASURE: Individuals Data
            A.    Uses, Comparison with X-Bar Chart
            B.    Construction, Calculations, Assumptions, Sampling Considerations and Interpretation
XIII.    MEASURE: Process Capability
            A.    Histograms Use and Misuse
            B.    Probability Plots
            C.    Goodness of Fit Tests
            D.    Capability and Performance Indices
XIV.    MEASURE: Attribute Charts
            A.    Uses
            B.    Selection (P, U, Np, C Charts)
            C.    Construction and Calculations
            D.    Sampling Considerations
            E.    Interpretation
XV.    MEASURE: Short Run SPC
            A.    Uses
            B.    Calculations
XVI.    MEASURE: Measurement Systems Analysis
            A.    Stability Studies
            B.    Linearity Analysis
            C.    R&R Analysis
XVII.    Analyze Stage Tools & Objectives
            A.    Analyze Stage Objectives
            B.    Definition of Waste
            C.    Analyzing Process for NVA
            D.    Methods to Increase Velocity
XVIII.    ANALYZE: Sources of Variation
            A.    Multi-vari Plots
            B.    Confidence Intervals on Mean
            C.    Confidence Intervals on Percent
            D.    Hypothesis Test on Mean
            E.    Hypothesis Test on Mean of Two Samples
            F.    Power and Sample Size
            G.    Contingency Tables
            H.    Non-parametric Tests
            A.    Assumptions
            B.    Bartlett’s Equality of Variance Test
            C.    One-Way ANOVA in Excel & Minitab
            D.    Two-Way ANOVA in Excel & Minitab
            E.    Multi-Factor ANOVA in Excel & Minitab
XX.    ANALYZE: Regression Analysis
            A.    Cause & Effect Diagrams
            B.    Scatter Diagrams
            C.    Linear Regression Model
            D.    Interpreting the ANOVA Table
            E.    Confidence and Prediction Limits
            F.    Residuals Analysis
            G.    Overview of Multiple Regression Tools including Designed Experiments
XXI.    ANALYZE: Multiple Regression
            A.    Multivariate Models
            B.    Interaction Plots
            C.    Interpreting ANOVA Tables
            D.    Model Considerations
            E.    Stepwise Regression
            F.    Residuals Analysis
XXII.    ANALYZE: Introduction to Designed Experiments
            A.    Terminology
            B.    DOE vs. Traditional Experiments
            C.    DOE vs. Historical Data
            D.    Design Planning
            E.    Design Specification
            F.    Complete Factorials
            G.    Fractional Factorials
XXIII.    ANALYZE: DOE Analysis Fundamentals
            A.    Estimating Effects and Coefficients
            B.    Significance Plots
            C.    Estimating Error
            D.    Extending Designs
            E.    Power of Design
            F.    Lack of Fit
            G.    Tests for Surface Curvature
XXIV.    ANALYZE: Design Selection
            A.    Desirable Designs
            B.    Performance
            C.    Other Design Models
XXV.    ANALYZE: Transformations
            A.    Need for Transformations
            B.    Non-constant Variance
            C.    Box-Cox Transforms
            D.    Calculated Parameters
            E.    Taguchi Signal to Noise Ratios
XXVI.    Improve Stage Tools and Objectives
            A.    Improve Stage Objectives
            B.    Tools to Prioritize Improvement Opportunities
            C.    Tools to Define New Process Flow
            D.    Tools to Define and Mitigate Failure Modes
            E.    Reference to Tools for Defining New Process Levels
XXVII.    IMPROVE: Response Surface Analysis
            A.    Objectives
            B.    Applications
            C.    Sequential Technique
            D.    Steepest Ascent
XXVIII.    IMPROVE: Ridge Analysis
            A.    Graphical Method
            B.    Analytical Method
            C.    Overlaid Contours
            D.    Desirability Function
XXIX.    IMPROVE: Simulations
            A.    Applications
            B.    Examples
            C.    Applying Probabilistic Estimates
XXX.    IMPROVE: Evolutionary Operation
            A.    Methodology
            B.    Example
            C.    Risks and Advantages
XXXI.    Control Stage Tools & Objectives
            A.    Control Stage Objectives
            B.    Methods of Control
            C.    Control Plans
            D.    Training
            E.    Measuring Improvement
            F.    Applying Lessons Learned
XXXII.    CONTROL: Serial Correlation
            A.    Applications
            B.    Estimating Autocorrelation
            C.    Interpreting Autocorrelation
            D.    Batch Control Charts
XXXIII.    Design for Six Sigma Overview
            A.    Methodology
            B.    Tools for DFSS
            C.    System, Parameter, and Tolerance Designs

Paul Keller

Paul Keller is a Senior Consultant with Quality America, Inc., where he has worked since 1992. Paul has developed and implemented many successful Six Sigma and quality improvement programs in service and manufacturing environments, including the automotive and aerospace industries. Paul specialized in Quality Engineering in the Master’s Program at the University of Arizona. He has authored and co-authored numerous books, including Six Sigma Demystified and Six Sigma Handbook (New York, McGraw-Hill). He has also written numerous articles for professional trade magazines and conference proceedings.

Prerequisites / Requirements


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • The Excel add-ons (Green Belt XL and Black Belt XL) are not compatible with Mac computers.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
  • Microsoft Excel 2010.
  • Microsoft Word is recommended.
  • A general statistical software package, such as Minitab, the Black Belt XL software provided with the course, or (at minimum) a functional copy of Microsoft Excel.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Instructional material requirements: 

  • The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment.

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: 
    • Six Sigma Demystified by Paul Keller
    • Six Sigma Handbook by Thomas Pyzdek and Paul Keller
    • Black Belt XL software (Student License)
    • IQF Study Guide
    • IQF Certification Exam
More About Six Sigma Black Belt

When you learn about Six Sigma online with ed2go, you’ll receive a valuable education that will stay with you for a lifetime. The flow of our Black Belt Training Program follows the DMAIC methodology closely. You'll learn the appropriate tools and concepts at each stage of project development.

When students are working in an organization and have access to potential projects sponsored by their management, they are strongly encouraged to develop a project in conjunction with the course. Since software will be used for data analysis, the program material concentrates on the application and use of the tools, rather than on detailed derivation of the statistical methods.

Achieving Six Sigma Black Belt Certification through the International Quality Federation (IQF) is at your discretion and dependent upon you meeting the criteria the IQF sets. Certification is not automatic upon completion of this program or tied to the accredited college or university you registered through.

Black Belt candidates generally have college degrees in industry-related fields, including business, engineering, or sciences. They are comfortable using mathematics, are experienced problem solvers, have college-level reading comprehension skills, and are proficient in using Windows-based computer software, including Microsoft Office and general statistical software packages.  This program is for you if you have the appropriate prerequisites and the desire to lead teams using the DMAIC methodology and advanced statistical tools. After completing this program, you will be eligible to work toward the International Quality Federation (IQF) certification, which is a Six Sigma industry standard certification. The IQF certification does not come through your accredited college or university; it is something you will need to work toward on your own. You will have the option to sit for the IQF certification exam at the end of your program without additional charge. A study guide for the IQF exam is included in your program registration materials, and the program itself prepares you for much of the knowledge you need for the IQF certification exam.

Exam Note: The use of the Black Belt XL software provided with the course is optional, and not strictly required for successful completion. The Black Belt XL software is installed as an add-on to MS Excel (versions 2010 and later) running in MS Windows and is not compatible with Mac computers. Students may procure other software to analyze data provided within the Excel files to achieve similar results.

Certified By

The International Quality Federation (IQF)

The International Quality Federation (IQF) is dedicated to educating and assisting quality professionals. It offers books, discussion forums, and certifications, as well as publishing a journal to keep its members up-to-date on the latest quality developments. The IQF oversees and administers Green Belt, Black Belt, and Master Black Belt Six Sigma certifications, which are recognized around the world as demonstrating a commitment to quality. You know you’re getting the best when you take a course certified by IQF.


Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, since ed2go programs are online, you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How long does it take to complete a program?
This program is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start and finish at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six (6) months to complete this program.
Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go programs are non-credit programs, so they don't qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehabilitation or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our programs.

What happens when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
Does this program include projects?

The program itself doesn't provide a project. Since some students don't have access to suitable projects, projects aren't required for this program. However, if you're working in an organization and have access to potential projects, you're strongly encouraged to develop a project in conjunction with the program.

Can I become Black Belt certified, and how do I do so?

Upon completing this program, you'll receive a program completion certificate from your accredited college or university. In addition, after completing this program, you'll be eligible to work toward the International Quality Federation (IQF) certification, which is a Six Sigma industry standard certification. The IQF certification does not come through your accredited college or university; it is something you will need to work toward on your own. You will have the option to sit for the IQF certification exam at the end of your program. The cost of this certification exam is included in the cost of the program.

A study guide for the IQF exam is included in your program registration materials, and the program itself prepares you for much of the knowledge you need for the IQF certification exam.

IQF lets you work toward certification with projects that you complete on your own or certification without projects, which is a good option if you don't have access to related projects in your current job.

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don’t provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?
Each student is paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.
How can I get more information about this program?

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us via LIVE CHAT or by calling us at (855) 520-6806. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the Contact Us form.

When can I start the program?

This program is open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

Why does this program direct me toward the IQF exam rather than another industry exam?

The IQF certification exam was developed by a group of Six Sigma professionals to address the flaws in some other certification exams that are available. Paul Keller, this program's instructor, has selected the IQF certification exam based on its fundamental superiority in assessing the technical skills of qualified applicants.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of course hours. If after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete your program on time, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

How long does it take to get your Six Sigma Black Belt?

The amount of time it takes to become a certified Six Sigma Black Belt will vary by candidate. For the International Quality Federation certification, you will need to take the exam; a thorough exam prep course such as this one, which takes up to six months, is highly recommended. Once you’ve passed the exam, you’ll complete two projects to earn your official certification, and the time to complete these projects varies.

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