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Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Upgrade Course Outline

The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Upgrade training course will cover the following areas:

The Role of the Black Belt

Black Belt DMAIC

  • How Black Belts help Green Belts during DMAIC
  • Predefine and Define
  • Measure Phase
  • DMAIC Programmes
  • Governance

Enterprise Risk Management

Physical Cell Design & Optimising Flow

  • Task & Work Cells
  • Flow Improvement Objectives
  • Practical Layout Design

Black Belt as a Trainer

  • Characteristics of Adult Learners
  • Three Common Learning Styles
  • Preparing the Training
  • Top Tips

Statistics Basics

  • Introduction and SPC Refresh
  • Common Terminology
  • Measuring Uncertainty
  • Minitab run-through

Process Capability

  • Process Capability: Review from Green Belt
  • Using Minitab to Estimate Process Capability

Introduction to Hypotheses Testing

  • Hypotheses Tests
  • Type I and Type II Errors
  • Values Used By Minitab

Working with Hypotheses Tests

  • Hypothesis Test Roadmap
  • Testing for Normality
  • Testing for Means
  • Testing for Medians
  • Testing for Standard Deviation
  • Testing for Proportions and Percentages

Data Collection Planning for Hypotheses Tests

Design of Experiments (DOE)

Probability Distributions

  • Overview
  • Normal Distribution
  • Binomial Distribution
  • Poisson
  • Exponential
  • Weibull

Advanced Control Charts

  • Introduction and refresher
  • Key Control Charts
  • Data Collection Planning for Control Charts

Measurement System Analysis

  • Overview
  • Understanding Gauge R&R
  • Minitab Walkthrough

Lessons From Queue Theory

  • Modelling Queues
  • The Psychology of Queuing

Lean Metrics

  • General Overview
  • OEE and TEPP
  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness
  • Total Effective Process Performance
  • First Time Quality
  • Rolled Throughput Yield (RTY)
  • Dock to Dock Time
  • Build to Schedule
  • Work in Progress (WIP)
  • Order Fulfilment Metrics
  • Using Lean Metrics

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Who should attend this Lean Six Sigma Training?

We recommend this training course for any Lean Six Sigma Green Belt holder looking to enhance their knowledge of Lean Six Sigma and manage Lean Six Sigma projects.


Delegates must possess the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification in order to attend this training course. The Green Belt qualification can be obtained with The Knowledge Academy.

We will provide you with some reading to do before the course begins. We also recommend revising the Yellow and Green course material in order to restore prior knowledge. You will also need a laptop with a copy of Minitab 16 or later installed. A 30 day version is available, so details of how to install this will feature in your pre-course package. You must ensure that you download Minitab at the correct time so that you have it for the duration of the course. Please note that Minitab is not currently compatible with Macs.

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Upgrade Course Overview

This Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Upgrade course is designed for Green Belt certification holders who wish to upgrade to the Black Belt. The Black Belt is a highly sought-after certification, which demonstrates Lean Six Sigma expertise and individual ability to control and guide business development projects using the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) model.

This Black Belt Upgrade training course focuses on the practical application of Lean Six Sigma that delegates can implement to their own businesses without much adjustment. Elements such as analysis, statistical training, and management techniques will be addressed in order to ensure delegates can govern Lean Six Sigma projects.

The difference between Black and Green Belts is the devotion that Black Belts possess for Lean Six Sigma. Consequently, they tend to work with Lean Six Sigma methodologies each day within their own improvement projects, whereas Green Belts collaborate with such methods on a more irregular basis.

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What's included in this Lean Six Sigma Training Course?

The following is included in this Lean Six Sigma training course:

  • The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Upgrade Exam
  • Experienced Instructor
  • Certificate
  • Refreshments

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Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Examination

As this course covers all Yellow, Green, and Black Belts, delegates need to sit three examinations in order to gain the Black Belt qualification. Delegates will learn everything they need to pass the Black Belt assessment first time. The exams are listed below.

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Exam

  • 1 hour
  • 40 multiple choice questions
  • Open book

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Exam

  • 2 hours
  • 30 multiple choice and reflective questions
  • Open book

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Exam

  • 2.5 hours
  • 40 multiple choice questions
  • Open book

The Black Belt exam is worth 50% of a delegate's overall mark for Black Belt certification. There will also be a case study exercise in the classroom that is worth the other 50% of the overall mark. This consists of 10 exercises plus a final case study based on a given scenario.

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Why choose us

Ways to take this course

Our easy to use Virtual platform allows you to sit the course from home with a live instructor. You will follow the same schedule as the classroom course, and will be able to interact with the trainer and other delegates.

Our fully interactive online training platform is compatible across all devices and can be accessed from anywhere, at any time. All our online courses come with a standard 90 days access that can be extended upon request. Our expert trainers are constantly on hand to help you with any questions which may arise.

This is our most popular style of learning. We run courses in 1200 locations, across 200 countries in one of our hand-picked training venues, providing the all important ‘human touch’ which may be missed in other learning styles.


Highly experienced trainers

All our trainers are highly qualified, have 10+ years of real-world experience and will provide you with an engaging learning experience.


State of the art training venues

We only use the highest standard of learning facilities to make sure your experience is as comfortable and distraction-free as possible


Small class sizes

We limit our class sizes to promote better discussion and ensuring everyone has a personalized experience


Great value for money

Get more bang for your buck! If you find your chosen course cheaper elsewhere, we’ll match it!

This is the same great training as our classroom learning but carried out at your own business premises. This is the perfect option for larger scale training requirements and means less time away from the office.


Tailored learning experience

Our courses can be adapted to meet your individual project or business requirements regardless of scope.


Maximise your training budget

Cut unnecessary costs and focus your entire budget on what really matters, the training.


Team building opportunity

This gives your team a great opportunity to come together, bond, and discuss, which you may not get in a standard classroom setting.


Monitor employees progress

Keep track of your employees’ progression and performance in your own workspace.

What our customers are saying

Frequently asked questions


Lean Six Sigma is a methodology for the improvement of business processes. It combines the ideologies of Lean and Six Sigma.
Job roles for Lean Six Sigma Black Belts include: Business Process Improvement Managers, Change Managers, Product Engineers, and Project Managers.
Yes, the Green Belt is required in order for you to experience Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Upgrade training.
Yes, there is an examination worth 50%. The other 50% is achieved through the completion of a case study activity.
The price for Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Upgrade certification in the United Kingdom starts from £995
The Knowledge Academy is the Leading global training provider in the world for Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Upgrade.

Why choose us


Best price in the industry

You won't find better value in the marketplace. If you do find a lower price, we will beat it.


Many delivery methods

Flexible delivery methods are available depending on your learning style.


High quality resources

Resources are included for a comprehensive learning experience.

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