Black Belt

Six Sigma Black Belt candidates are change agents and leaders who have developed a high proficiency in Six Sigma and Lean philosophies, concepts and tools, and understand how these two powerful methodologies augment each other. They are the leaders in implementing Six Sigma strategies who lead and manage all aspects of the improvement projects. Becoming a Six Sigma Black Belt is an outstanding investment in your personal and professional development.

Instructors, both during and after the course, will be required to follow-up, coach and mentor the class attendees through their assigned projects and six sigma tools. This will require additional time outside the allotted classroom time to be arranged between the student and the instructor.

By the end of the course you will… 

  • Understand the DMAIC logic for process improvement
  • Have the foundation knowledge you will need for the ASQ Black Belt test
  • Understand the tools and techniques to help you target opportunities for improvement
  • Have the skills to lead the process improvement project
  • Learn the history and background of Lean and Six Sigma, Integration of Six Sigma and Lean Enterprise, Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control (DMAIC)
  • Engage in Classroom Project Simulation - Catapult Project Selection, Leadership and Launching, Project charter preparation, Understanding Voice of the Customer (VOC) and Critical to Quality (CTQ) characteristics
  • Understand Process Mapping – SIPOC, flow charts, value stream mapping, Statistics and Sampling, Histograms and Pareto Charts, Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA), Normal Theory, Lean and Six Sigma metrics
  • Understand cause and effect diagram, hypothesis testing - ANOVA, t-tests, Chi Squared, F-tests, Multi-Variable Charting, Process FMEA and Potential Problem Analysis, Design of Experiments (DOE), Full factorial designs, Taguchi methods and robust design, Statistical Process Control (SPC), Control Plans, Mistake Proof / Fail Safe, Value-added Analysis, 5S, plus-Safety Benchmarking Regression analysis, DESGN/Design for Six Sigma (DFSS), Kaizen Techniques, Post Project Management


The program consists of 140 hours of classroom training with project simulation, followed by periods of real-world application of newly acquired skills and knowledge. Black Belt students will receive support in their work-related projects from the program instructors. SUNY CCC’s knowledge transfer and valuation process provide constant monitoring of improvement during the training period – not months later!

The Classroom Project:

Six Sigma success is achieved through process improvement projects that yield higher quality, efficiency and customer satisfaction. For this reason, SUNY CCC has chosen an approach with a classroom simulation to delivering and reinforcing Six Sigma Black Belt skills. Rather than try to immerse candidates in intense statistical training, our program requires candidates to work through a simulated improvement project during their classroom time. This results in a deeper level of learning. In addition, the classroom project incorporates hands-on experience with MINITAB® to support statistical calculations and analysis.

The Certification Project:

It is expected that the candidate will come to the program with a project in mind. The participant will work with the program instructors to formalize the content and the anticipated deliverables through coaching. If a candidate is not employed and meets the program admission standards, then SUNY CCC will work the prospective participant to place him/her in a project. Because of the complexity and importance of these projects, SUNY CCC cannot guarantee placement.

Our program, at this time, highly encourages candidates to work through a work-related certification improvement project while training and coaching are provided over a specific time. This results in a deeper level of learning and immediate payback for the organization. Personal review and coaching on your individual Lean Six Sigma project will be arranged during the course. In addition, the classroom tools, including hands-on experience with MINITAB® to support statistical calculations and analysis, will be available to the participant.

A Black Belt Six Sigma project should: Provide a significant, measurable return to the organization. Be within the candidate’s authority to conduct and lead the project team.

Have one or more of these objectives:

  • Improve customer satisfaction
  • Optimize the supply chain
  • Reduce defects
  • Reduce cycle time
  • Improve first-pass yield
  • Shorten lead time
  • Reduce variability
  • Optimize product performance
  • Optimize process performance
  • Cut costs
  • Reduce the cost of quality
  • Improve delivery performance

Email or call 607-936-5501 for more information on upcoming dates or opportunities for your corporate training needs!