About Lean Six Sigma
Lean Six Sigma is a business and data-driven, disciplined approach to reducing waste and minimizing defects in any type of process (be it manufacturing or services). Lean Six Sigma focuses on reduction of waste, increased profitability, and customer satisfaction. It is a method of integrated management used by organizations to more effectively and efficiently meet the needs of their customers and other interested parties.
The Role of Black Belts
Black Belts are experienced and well trained Lean Six Sigma professionals who provide project management, statistical analysis, financial analysis, meeting facilitation and project prioritization for the organization. The typical Black Belt leads several projects, coaches and mentors Green Belts and understands how to define a problem in order to quickly drive towards a solution. Black Belts often manage Lean Six Sigma projects full time and are the liaison between the staff and project sponsors and managers. (90 hours classroom, 30 hours practicum)
The Black Belt Certificate program is designed for experienced practitioners with a Green Belt Certificate (or equivalent process improvement experience) who wish to achieve the pinnacle of Lean Six Sigma training by developing critical skills for leadership in enterprisewide deployment. LSS Black Belts are professional problem solvers. As such, they provide mentoring to Green Belts and others who need to improve or optimize performance. With this in mind, instructors take great care to transfer all the necessary skills that future Black Belts will need to become leaders and mentors and, in some cases, fill management positions.
In this instructor-led course, participants spend 90 hours in the classroom and 30 hours in the field applying the Lean Six Sigma methodologies. Students become grounded in the established Lean Six Sigma body of knowledge, gain experience to implement it in the workplace through a group project in the field, and the credentials to be a Lean Six Sigma leader within their organization. This course is limited to 12 participants. Participants should plan on spending 4-5 hours a week outside of scheduled class time for reading and homework assignments in addition to the 30 hour field work.
Recent Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt Graduate Starts a Second Career
"I recently graduated from the KeyBank Professional Development Center Lean Six Sigma Black/Green program. I am confident when I say the certificates are extremely prestigious and serve as phenomenal foundations for a graduate to obtain a professional position in the Lean Six Sigma profession.Today, I was offered an opportunity to work as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with the City of Dallas, Texas Center for Performance Excellence. Jon Kime, UW Tacoma Black Belt instructor, has prepared me and will continue to be a mentor as I start my second profession. I have already recommended the course to a current student, Laura R., who is working on her Green Belt with Gabi McNabb, my Green Belt instructor. I am extremely pleased to be an alumni of UW Tacoma and will continue to provide recommendations for people to attend and receive the same phenomenal instruction that has allowed me; to land my new opportunity.
All applicants (including former UW Tacoma students) must use the online Application form. Once your application has been screened, qualified applicants will be notified by email on how to actually register for a specific date/time/location. An application does NOT hold a seat in any section. You must be accepted, registered and paid in full for an individual course section to hold a seat.
- Minimum of 40 hour Lean Six Green Belt Certificate Training or evidence of equivalent process improvement experience.
How to Apply
Did you earn your Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from UW Tacoma? Click here submit your application form. (Once you submit your application form you will be automatically redirected to the payment page where you can add the course to your cart. For UW Tacoma Green Belts, the Application fee is $0, however, you still need "PURCHASE" the $0 course to complete the process.
Did you earn your Lean or Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from another provider? Click here submit your application form. (Once you submit your application form you will be automatically redirected to the payment page where you can add the application fee to your cart.)
|Lean Six Sigma Concepts and Practices
|Leading in a Lean Environment
|Communicating with Data
|Green Belt Team Facilitation
Black Belt Certificate
To earn a completion certificate and certification as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, participants must meet the minimum standard of 80% for attendance and completion of coursework. Students that successfully complete the program earn a Black Belt Certificate and 12.0 CEUs (120 contact hours) from the University of Washington Tacoma.
Learn more about the course and check out the instructor bios in the links below.