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Six Sigma Black Belt Training & Certification

A Six Sigma Black Belt Certification will positively impact your career by providing a deep understanding of the leadership role within Six Sigma. A Six Sigma Online Black Belt Certification will demonstrate your ability to be a leader in the execution of Six Sigma projects.

Black Belt Certification Program

Our Six Sigma Black Belt Training provides thorough knowledge of Six Sigma philosophies and principles (including supporting systems and tools). The Black Belt certifies an understanding of team leadership, team dynamics, and successfully assigning team members with roles and responsibilities. Black Belt Training develops complete understanding of the DMAIC model in accordance with the Six Sigma principles, basic knowledge of enterprise concepts, and skills to quickly identify “non-value-added” activities.

Note: This “Six Sigma” Black Belt Certification is also available in a Lean Six Sigma version.  To understand the difference, please refer to our “Six Sigma vs Lean Six Sigma: What’s the difference” page.

Six Sigma has quickly earned a lot of recognition for the impact it can make not only on business organizations worldwide, but also on the careers of those who have obtained their Six Sigma Certification.  Below we discuss the top 5 reasons individuals choose this type of training and certification.

1. Higher Salary

Let’s start with the obvious… money.  The best way to increase your earning potential is to stand out from the crowd.  Nothing does that quicker and for as little cost as a Six Sigma Certification.  Not only because it is widely versatile across practically any industry, but also because employers know that your knowledge will very likely make a significant impact on their profits.  It’s no wonder they reward employees who are Six Sigma Certified so well.  The following average salaries in the U.S. speak for themselves (similar results seen worldwide):

  • Six Sigma Master Black Belts can earn an average annual salary of $130,878
  • Six Sigma Black Belts can earn an average annual salary of $104,974
  • Six Sigma Green Belts can earn an average of $90,727
*Salaries can vary based on location, experience, education, employer, etc.

2. Career Advancement

We’ve seen it time and time again; individuals with their MBA’s or other advanced degrees unable to even get their foot in the door of their desired industry.  Once certified in Six Sigma, their luck changes overnight.  As many companies have begun implementing Six Sigma methodologies, we have seen a dramatic impact on whether or not someone lands their dream job.  Employers are eager to eliminate business errors, but there are simply not enough certified professionals to meet the enormous worldwide demand.  Once HR sees a Six Sigma qualification, the candidate commonly goes to the top of the resume stack.

3. Job Security

Rule #1 in acquiring job security is “make yourself indispensable to your employer”.  The purpose of Six Sigma is to reduce defects in a process.  When companies face layoffs, they depend on their Six Sigma force more – not less.  These employees are an organization’s front line in raising profits through cost saving initiatives.  If the downturn is national or global, prospective opportunities and salaries can become even better as the competition between organizations for experienced Six Sigma professionals heats up.

4. Help Your Organization Eliminate Errors

Six Sigma Methodologies can transform an organization by identifying and eliminating errors that would have otherwise created poor customer satisfaction and profit losses to the business.  A Certified Six Sigma professional can help across any industry to optimize any process or system leading to both hard and soft savings.

5. Leadership Opportunities

When you are capable of making a significant impact across your organization as well as being viewed as an indispensable asset to your organization, it goes without saying that leadership opportunities will become extremely common.  In fact, the  more you advance your Six Sigma skill set, the more opportunities will present themselves.

Six Sigma Black Belts primarily focus on project execution, whereas Champions and Master Black Belts focus on identifying projects and functions for Six Sigma across an entire organization. Our Black Belt training provides certification candidates with the tools they need to earn their Six Sigma Black Belt certification, which is very important in helping them take on the role of project supervisor over the Six Sigma program in their company. Six Sigma Black Belt training teaches candidates how to oversee Six Sigma projects, allowing them to be directly responsible for increasing profitability within their organization.

Most often Black Belts will hold this position for a few years in a full time capacity and then will return to their regular job duties. They help coach, develop, lead and advise both management and employees to achieve their goals. They are expected to take on projects with organization-wide savings estimated at least $100,000 – $250,000 or more.

Whether implementing Six Sigma in healthcare, finance, manufacturing, government, or any other service or product based industry… Six Sigma Black Belt Training is ideal for anyone looking to get the most out of their career.

Here are just a few of the things you will discover in your Black Belt Training:

Six Sigma Philosophy of Process Improvement

  • Customer-centered business
  • Lean principles
  • Advanced statistics
  • Coaching successful project teams
  • Group/organizational assessment

The Scope of Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

Your Six Sigma Black Belt will certify that you are trained to:

  • Work with and understand customer requirements
  • Enhance the capability of processes to exceed customer expectations
  • Identify projects and select project team members
  • Work with sponsors to develop a Six Sigma deployment strategy
  • Act as an internal consultant
  • Lead Six Sigma projects
  • Train/mentor/coach Green Belts and project teams
  • Act as a catalyst for process improvement
  • Provide teams with ongoing support and leadership
  • Report and effectively communicate to a project sponsor
  • Understand when and how to use Six Sigma tools
  • Provide feedback to management

Why Over 6 Million People Have Come to See What We Offer

As one of the most established and longest running providers in the industry for online Six Sigma Training & Certification, we have had millions of people just like you weighing our training against the competition.  Here are just a few reasons why many prospective training candidates who have performed their due-diligence have chosen to trust us with their educational needs. 

Fully Accredited

Not only is our organization accredited by The Council for Six Sigma Certification (the largest industry accreditation provider to colleges, universities, and private training organizations worldwide), but we also share some of the same original founders.  This speaks volumes to our heritage and our underlying commitment to quality education and consumer value. Many providers come and go, but we have remained a trusted industry pioneer.

Six Sigma Online was among the very first to offer online-based Six Sigma training and certification. Over 130,000 certified graduates from the Americas to Asia to the Middle East have trusted our accredited programs to enhance their careers.

Our clients range from multi-national corporations like Coca-Cola and BP to Government Organizations like the US Department of Defense.

Find out why we are the trusted choice today!

Unlike many Six Sigma Certification providers, we never put an expiration date on your certification.  

Many providers require renewals not so much to benefit their certified students, but instead to increase their own revenues.

This can be extremely lucrative for them as they force you to pay extra exorbitant costs over the course of your entire career.  Even worse, these costs are often hidden the details of the expiration in fine print.  It is not uncommon for a student to be shocked with this information only AFTER they have earned their achievement and see their final certificate.

Think about it… does a college degree come with an expiration date?  Neither should your Six Sigma Certification.

Rest assured that our training is well recognized in the business community and we take the needs of employers very seriously. Many other training providers certify their students without a serious attempt of teaching thorough and lasting fundamentals of Six Sigma business methodologies. Our programs were designed to offer the most flexibility while still retaining a rigorous course-load. Every Six Sigma course offered by the Aveta Business Institute is self-paced.

Our programs have been used throughout the world by some of the largest companies… our certifications are very well respected. Below is a short list of Six Sigma business clients that have benefited from having their employees enrolled into our online program:

  • Apple
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Facebook
  • Amazon
  • Coca-Cola
  • Samsung
  • Disney
  • State/Federal Government Agencies

Your life can become unexpectedly busy and stressful… we aren’t looking to make things even worse by imposing unrealistic deadlines. 

Since our courses are designed for individuals whose schedule demands a self-paced approach, you decide when to take your exams.  There is no “set” scheduled online class time (or date).  Our courses were designed to fit around your busy lifestyle.

Our students have 12 months from the time of payment to complete all of their certification requirements.  But again, our students are never  pressured to finish their program. Even if you require more than 1 year to complete your program, course extensions are always available before the deadline upon request from Customer Care (free of charge).

We offer the same quality Six Sigma training you will find at many top universities. 

However, many of these leading collegiate training providers have a problem.  They offer both classroom-based and online-based programs. 

Classroom-based training is much more expensive for these providers since they have to pay for facilities, full-time instructors, travel costs, etc.  When asked to justify the higher price, their only real justification is that since an instructor speaks to an entire class, you would have learned significantly more than if you would have read the same material yourself (even though U.S. Department of Defense studies have shown that online training proved to be more effective in courses of greater complexity than classroom-based instructor-led training).

Let us not also forget that in a classroom environment, students are rushed through their programs (and often not given a chance to absorb the material) due to strict time constraints.  Most importantly, students are not provided a way to easily reference the material later (it is only natural that students will forget pieces of what they have learned as time goes on).

This reasoning makes learning Six Sigma in an online environment HIGHLY preferable to classroom-based training.

In a perfect world, this shouldn’t matter since many respected colleges and universities also offer online courses.  Often, these colleges and universities keep their online prices inflated to help subsidize their classroom-based programs.  This is why you will see our same program sold for double or triple the price elsewhere.

We would much rather keep our prices honest and pass the savings directly to you.

Course Details

Prepare for a full time organizational role leading Six Sigma Projects by coaching, and training a Six Sigma Team with a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. A Six Sigma Black Belt has the necessary skills to move projects forward and optimize team efficiency, working with both management and project team members to execute success.

The Industry’s Best Learning Materials

Our programs include:

  • videos that help make complicated concepts easy to understand
  • the industry’s leading Six Sigma training manual in electronic format
  • a large selection of supplemental material, including numerous downloadable tools and templates that can support you throughout your professional career.

Our courses are an independent, textbook-based structure. Generally speaking, you will read the required sections and are tested for proficiency. Additionally, there are some Supplemental Materials available within our courses (consisting of various videos, PDFs, MS Word & Excel templates, PowerPoint presentations, and more). These materials are not required reading for the exams, however they do promote a more thorough learning experience.

The exams are multiple choice (approx. 10-15 questions), are delivered online, can be saved and resumed, can be retaken as many times as needed, and scores are immediately posted.  The exams are available to be taken online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  They are both open-book and non-timed.

Rest assured there are no “hidden” or “extra” fees in our programs. The enrollment fee covers all testing and your certification.

There are no prerequisites for our standard Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Program.  However, this certification is a prerequisite for any individual wishing to continue on to our Level II Black Belt Certification, which does have a required project component.

Individuals must successfully complete each of the 33 self-paced  Certification Exams with a minimum minimum score of 70% on each individual exam.  Each exam is approximately 10-15 questions.

Once payment is arranged, you will have 1 year to successfully pass the exam. Course extensions are available before the deadline and upon request from Customer Care (free of charge).

After multiple exams are successfully passed (by scoring a minimum of 70% on each exam), a new level of Six Sigma Certification is awarded.

The Certification milestones are as follows:

  • Six Sigma White Belt Certification (Chapter Exams 1-3)
  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification (Chapter Exams 1-11)
  • Six Sigma Green Belt Certification (Chapter Exams 1-24)
  • Six Sigma Black Belt Certification (Chapter Exams 1-33) 

As illustrated above, the Six Sigma Black Belt Certification exam consists of 33 separate chapter exams (between 10-15 questions each).

Sample Training Video:

The Multiple Levels for Black Belt Certification​

We offer various levels of Black Belt Certification.  The further you advance, the more you can expect to see a drastic change in your earning potential as you further set yourself apart from the competition.  Employers will depend on your ability to vastly improve both quality and profitably levels.


Black Belt Certification Program

Enroll now in the Black Belt Course and save over 40%. The Black Belt course includes the following certifications: White Belt, Yellow Belt, Green Belt and Black Belt.

Black Belt Certification Requirements:

– Successful passing of multiple open-book exams with 70% minimum score.
– No project requirement.

Avg. Ind. Price: $2,397.50 (USD)
Our Price: $995.00 (USD)

Black Belt Certification – Level II

Note: This is an Advanced Level Certification. A Standard Black Belt Certification is a prerequisite for applying for this Certification.
Black Belt Level II Certification Requirements:

– Prior completion of our standard Black Belt Certification Program
– Submission of 1 DMAIC or DMADV project (real or hypothetical)

List Price: $200.00

Black Belt Certification – Level III

Certification

Note: This is an Advanced Level Certification. A Black Belt Certification Level II is a prerequisite for applying for this Certification.
Black Belt Level III Certification Requirements:

– Prior completion of our Black Belt Certification Level II
– Submission of 1 DMAIC or DMADV project (real or hypothetical)

List Price: $200.00

Master Black Belt Certification

Note: This is an Advanced Level Certification. A Black Belt Certification Level III is a prerequisite for applying for this Certification.
Master Black Belt Certification Requirements:

– Prior completion of our Black Belt Certification Level III
– Completion of all prior exams with minimum scores of 90%.
– Submission of 2 DMAIC or DMADV projects (real or hypothetical)

List Price: $400.00

Frequently Asked Questions:

Our Yellow Belt Certification is typically ideal for individuals that will not play an active role in Six Sigma implementation; it teaches the basic fundamentals of the Six Sigma methodology. Yellow Belt Certification serves as excellent overview of the important relationship between a solid quality process and its effect on the organization’s profitability.

Employees who will be expected to use Six Sigma on a daily basis should enroll into the Green Belt Program. Those wishing to manage the efforts of the Green Belts and/or use more in-depth statistical approaches to solve problems and achieve results are encouraged to enroll directly into the Black Belt Program.

In terms of employment opportunities, Black Belt Certification is the most ideal, as holding this title means that you are not only knowledgeable in Six Sigma, but also that you can lead Six Sigma efforts within an organization. All of the material from the Yellow Belt and Green Belt Programs are included in the Black Belt Program. Any student wishing to enroll directly into the Black Belt Program is encouraged to do so.

Lean Six Sigma training, put simply, means a program includes “lean” principles woven into the Six Sigma Curriculum. Most (if not all) Six Sigma programs are actually identical to their “Lean” Six Sigma counterparts.

The primary reason for this widespread misunderstanding is because although Six Sigma began decades ago, it only became a household name when the military began implementing ‘lean’ principles. Since the military referred to it as “Lean Six Sigma”, it seems to have caused confusion ever since.

To accommodate both employers and employees alike, we offer both varieties in our curriculum of training courses.

If you are unsure which to choose, we typically recommend “Six Sigma” for most people. We recommend “Lean Six Sigma” for training candidates who work in the public sector or armed forces.

You have 12 months from the time of payment to complete all of your exams and project (if applicable). However, please note that our students are not pressured to finish their program. Even if you require more than 1 year to complete your program, course extensions are always available before the deadline and upon request from Customer Care (free of charge).

The average (working professional) student takes between 3-8 weeks to complete our Yellow Belt Certification Program, 2-3 months to complete our Green Belt Certification Program, and approximately 6-8 months to complete the Black Belt Program. Please remember that these are very rough estimates and the time required varies greatly between individuals. Our typical students spend a few hours per week working towards their certification on average. We have had many students complete their Black Belt Certification within 1 month.

Most of our students do not experience any problems with the project portion of the program (whether submitting a hypothetical or real project).  In fact, it was only very recently that we even allowed students the option to receive any type of Black Belt designation without a project first being submitted.

Students who experience difficulty with the project component are provided a sample project to use as a guide.

Our programs (and the projects) do not need to be carried out in a “live” workplace environment. Additionally, some students reformat previous projects to adapt to our requirements.

In the past, Six Sigma Projects have been required to be based in a “live” business environment. However, employers are not always willing to provide the necessary resources for a project (or to report financial data to an outside organization for review). It is for this primary reason that our students can submit either a “live” sponsored project or they can submit a “hypothetical” project to demonstrate their thorough understanding and proficiency of the Six Sigma Methodology.

The projects are graded by one of our resident Master Black Belts. The MBB reviewing the project will be checking to ensure that certain “criteria” are met to demonstrate an understanding of Six Sigma project implementation. They typically look for things like comparing possible projects in pre-planning, project charters, understanding and implementation of analysis tools, adequate control plans, etc.

If the project does not meet our requirements, students are free to resubmit their project as many times as necessary during their 12 month training period. When a project is not accepted, the student is given feedback in the form of which parts of the project need improvement before re-submission.

The final project requirement is as follows:

The required project can either be conducted in a “live” business environment or can be a “hypothetical” project.

If you will be submitting a “hypothetical” project, you will be graded primarily on the steps that are taken (as opposed to the actual “data” you submit). Again, the main purpose of your project is to measure your ability to carry out a Six Sigma Project from start to finish. Simply choose a project that you would consider to be worthwhile, then guide the project through each step of the Six Sigma Process.

The project/business plan can be either a Service, Industrial, Commercial, or Community project (either real or hypothetical).  It must use the tools that were taught in the various levels of Six Sigma training. Although there is no required length, the project must demonstrate a level of proficiency and knowledge that will be required to apply the concepts and methodology in a real-world setting as a student transitions into a Six Sigma Professional.

Simply put, your project should include every action/result that will take place during each stage of the DMAIC process.

The project should DEMONSTRATE A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT for the client/company. We realize the wide spectrum of possible choices/improvements can be overwhelming.  Refer to what you have learned and apply the knowledge you have gained. If you are in need of an improvement area, consider one of the following examples:

Commercial – Order entry, Call Center proficiency or any process within a service organization.
Community – Increase the efficiency of a public service organization with processes.
Industrial – Optimize a production process or manufacturing process. Optimize a product’s performance.

Generally speaking, many students submit projects that are at minimum 12 pages (most commonly 20-30 pages when counting supporting charts/graphs). Styles are typically well-outlined or in an essay format.  It is important to keep in mind that there is no required general format or length for your project; a clear concise plan is most important (i.e. Project Charter, DMAIC, Gantt chart, etc.).

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Originally developed by Bill Smith at Motorola in 1986, the Six Sigma Training program was created using some of the most innovative quality improvement methods from the preceding six decades. The term "Six Sigma" is derived from a field of statistics known as process capability. The term 6 Sigma refers to the ability of manufacturing processes to produce a very high proportion of output within specification. Processes that operate with "six sigma quality" over the short term are assumed to produce long-term defect levels below 3.4 defects per million opportunities. Six Sigma's goal is to improve overall processes to that level of quality or better.