Lean Six Sigma Green Belt to Black Belt Upgrade

Streamlined Black Belt training for Green Belt practitioners

Certification Requirements

  • Complete coursework.
  • Pass all exams.
  • Complete one workplace improvement project.

About Lean Six Sigma Green Belt to Black Belt Upgrade

This course develops Lean Six Sigma Green Belts into Black Belts who can solve more challenging problems and lead improvement teams across a wider spectrum of processes in any environment, including transactional, service, manufacturing, healthcare and financial.

Drawing on both quantitative and qualitative methods from the complementary domains of Lean and Six Sigma, this course prepares Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Black Belts for their role as change agents in training and mentoring Green Belts and other resources, facilitating and leading projects, supporting broader performance excellence efforts, and serving as internal consultants.

A differentiating aspect of this course is the inclusion of creative-thinking modules that can be used when out-of-the-box solutions are needed, as well as a focus on change leadership skills to drive and facilitate change.

Throughout the course, expert instructors with real-world experience vigorously challenge candidates. They transfer knowledge and skills through interactive lectures, group exercises, process and tool simulations, and individual exercises and the application of learning to a real improvement project in the workplace.

This upgrade course is purposefully spread out over a three-month time frame to give future Black Belts the time they need to achieve certification. Lean Methods Group master instructors are available via phone and email throughout the course to provide individualized coaching and mentoring as you apply the tools and skills in your organization.

For the online version of this course, please visit Lean Six Sigma Green Belt to Black Belt Upgrade Online for information and registration.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply such Lean concepts as 5S, waste reduction, process mapping, value stream mapping and mistake proofing.
  • Define, scope and execute DMAIC projects.
  • Apply a variety of DMAIC tools to business issues and transition projects from phase to phase.
  • Apply basic and more advanced statistical analyses to determine the relationship between key inputs and process outputs.
  • Effectively manage team dynamics and understand how to work with multiple levels of leadership to remove barriers and achieve project success.
  • Close projects and hand over control to process owners.
  • Present projects to instructors, peers and managers.


What is the price of this training and education?





What is the length?

3 weeks (1 full week each month for 3 months), 108 hours of instruction

How many CEUs are available?


Who is this training and education appropriate for?

Green Belts who want to upgrade their skills and become Black Belts

What other materials are included?

  • Minitab 18 software license (classroom option only).
  • Access to eLearning content, including quizzes, exams, tools and templates.

Are there any prerequisites?

  • Green Belt status with basic knowledge of Lean and Six Sigma concepts and techniques.
  • Recommended reading
What requirements must the workplace improvement project meet?

Qualifying projects remove sources of substandard quality, streamline processes or otherwise significantly reduce costs or increase revenue.

How do I know if Black Belt training and certification are right for me?

Visit our article "Lean Six Sigma Black Belt: Is It Right for You?" for more information and FAQs. 


View the Complete Agenda

Week One
  • Review of Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Project Charters/Workshop
  • Jobs to be Done
  • Outcome Expectations
  • Introduction to Minitab
  • Basic Statistics 2
  • Project Report Outs
  • Daily Teachbacks
  • Change Management
  • Project Report Outs
  • Value Stream Mapping Exercise
  • Project Management
  • Measurement System Analysis – Attribute Agreement Analysis
  • Measurement System Analysis – Continuous Data
  • Capability Analysis (1) – Attribute Data
  • Capability Analysis (2) – Continuous Normal Data
  • Capability Analysis (3) – Continuous Non-normal Data
  • Minitab Part 2
  • Preparation for Week 2
Week Two
  • Project Reviews
  • Hypothesis Testing Review
  • Minitab Graphical Techniques
  • Flow Review
  • Central Limit Theorem
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Pull Review
  • Mean & Variance Tests
  • Proportions Testing
  • Contingency Tables GOF
  • Sample Size Selection
  • Correlation/Linear Regression
  • One Way ANOVA
  • Improve Phase Roadmap
  • Intro to Design of Experiments (DOE)
  • Full Factorial Designs
  • Next Steps
Week Three
  • 2K Factorial Designs
  • Attribute DOE
  • Project Reviews
  • 2K Fractional DOE Designs
  • Simulation Exercise DMAIC / DOE
  • Introduction to Logistic Regression
  • Advanced Regression
  • Introduction to Control Charts
  • Variable SPC Techniques
  • Attribute SPC Techniques
  • Control Methods
  • Introduction to Surveys
  • DMAIC Review & Final Reports



This course enabled me to upgrade from a Green Belt to a Black Belt with great proficiency and speed. The classroom experience and instructors were absolutely terrific, directly enabling me to apply what I learned to get immediate results on a project, and to keep solving process problems on an ongoing basis.

Karry Kirchner - Process Improvement Leader, MBB, Siemens Industry, Inc.