Lean Six Sigma - IASSC® Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt™ ICBB™



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Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

As of January 2023, Firebrand Training now offer IASSC® accredited courses as an ATO of PeopleCert.

Six Sigma is a business management strategy originally developed by Motorola, USA in 1986. Six Sigma seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes.

It uses a set of quality management methods, including statistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within the organization (e.g. "Black Belts" and "Green Belts") who are experts in these methods. Each Lean Six Sigma project carried out within an organisation follows a defined sequence of steps and has quantified financial targets (cost reduction or profit increase).

Train through Firebrand's accelerated methodology and you'll learn at twice the speed in a distraction-free environment.

During this 5-day, IASSC accredited course, you will gain a thorough understanding of all aspects of the Lean Six Sigma Method at an advanced level of proficiency and also achieve a high level of understanding of all aspects of the Lean Six Sigma method and learn the approach, concepts and tools required for business improvement. The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification is a Lean Six Sigma tool-kit which can be applied to real-life problems within the industry by professionals with a high-level understanding of the Lean Six Sigma method and provides delegates with the ability to successfully lead complex improvement projects to varify their abilities.

This course has been developed for managers and professionals responsible for implementing Lean Six Sigma and wishing to understand the principles in order to work more effectively. It may also be used to raise awareness of Six Sigma within an organisation or as a member of a process improvement team.

Holders of all Lean Six Sigma - IASSC® Certified Belts are required to be re-certified within 3 years from their original certification.


Lean Six Sigma is suitable for:

  • Improvement Managers
  • Operational Line Managers
  • Team Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Programme Managers
  • Change Managers
  • Finance Managers
  • IT Managers
  • HR Managers


You will gain your Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification in only five days. You'll also get:

  • Readiness to lead teams in managing and preventing defects in products, processes or services
  • Tools for redesigning existing products, processes and services to achieve Six Sigma levels of performance over the life cycle
  • A detailed view of how an enhanced value stream can illuminate areas of opportunity through the application of Lean principles to reduce cycle time
  • A practical understanding of how to lead strategic change, manage a team and transfer Lean Six Sigma knowledge to develop robust breakthrough products, services, and processes that perform flawlessly on launch
  • An actionable plan for supporting your organisation, and tools to build continuous improvement capability that deliver substantial and meaningful business results.

Traditional Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training lasts 20 days. This normally includes a month between each module, meaning that it can take up to four months to complete. This is compared to ten days (Green + Black Belt) at Firebrand. Plus, our course contains case studies and exercises - it is not just theory.

What is a Black Belt?

  • Is responsible for leading, executing, and completing business improvement projects
  • Provides expert knowledge and thought leadership around Six Sigma & LEAN with particular emphasis on turning operational process improvements into tangible customer & financial benefits
  • Teaches team members the Six Sigma & LEAN methodology and tools
  • Assists in identifying project opportunities and refining project details and scope
  • Reports progress to the project champions and the process owners and manages stakeholder expectations and involvement
  • Transfers knowledge and coaches other Green Belts and the organization.

Other accelerated training providers rely heavily on lecture and independent self-testing and study.

Effective technical instruction must be highly varied and interactive to keep attention levels high, promote camaraderie and teamwork between the students and instructor, and solidify knowledge through hands-on learning.

Firebrand Training provides instruction to meet every learning need:

  • Intensive group instruction
  • One-on-one instruction attention
  • Hands-on labs
  • Lab partner and group exercises
  • Question and answer drills
  • Independent study


On the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification course you will learn expert level Lean Six Sigma skills, to enable you to identify, lead and deliver business process improvement projects.

You'll gain Black Belt level skills in these essential areas:

  • Lean Principles
  • Data Collection and Root Cause Analysis including Y=f(x)
  • Six Sigma Principles including the Six Sigma DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve, Control) Cycle
  • Lean and Cycle Time Reduction
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Process Mapping and Managing by Metrics
  • Seven Basic Quality Tools (Ishikawa diagram, Pareto chart, Check sheet, Control chart, Flowchart, Histogram, Scatter diagram)
  • Project / Problem Definition
  • Critical to Quality (CTQ)
  • Stakeholder Mapping
  • Logical (non-statistical) tools
  • Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA)
  • Process Variation and Defect Management
  • Black Belt Tool-kit application
  • Change Management
  • Quality Function Deployment (QFD)
  • Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Black Belt Tool-kit
  • Project Management
  • Solution Thinking
  • Effective Team working and Facilitation skills

You'll also develop expert level skills in the following Lean Six Sigma Black Belt capability areas:

  • Minitab and advanced statistics including data manipulation
  • Distributions
  • Central Limit Theorem
  • Sampling
  • Measurement System Analysis (MSA)
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Hypothesis Testing I
  • Coaching practice
  • Analysis Of Variance (ANOVA)
  • Hypothesis Testing II
  • Surveys
  • Multiple Linear Regression
  • Advanced Design of Experiments (DOE)
  • Change Adoption
  • Logistic Regression

Exam Track

As part of the course, you will sit the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt exam.

This is a multiple choice exam, which requires a 70% pass mark. You'll walk away with proof that you are competent in process management and improvement.

What's Included


  • Official Firebrand Black Belt courseware
  • The Six SIGMA Memory Jogger II: A Pocketguide of Tools for Six SIGMA Improvement Teams
    ISBN: 9781576810446

Save Even More Time

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt students are not fully certified until they have completed a project. Firebrand students complete the project as part of the course

Other training providers often require you to complete additional projects after the course, before you can gain your certification.

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Accommodation is included from the night before the course starts. This doesn't apply for online courses.
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free as many times as it takes, unlimited for 1 year. Just pay for accommodation, exams, and incidental costs.


There are no formal prerequisites for this accelerated course, however it is recommended that you complete (as part of this course or through previous training) Lean Six Sigma Green Belt before moving on to the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt qualification as this course is the advanced level of the Lean Six Sigma qualifications. It is also advantageous to complete the pre-reading material before attending the course and also have previous project management experience, either directly as a Project Manager or as part of a team.

It is also recommended that delegates have a basic understanding of Microsoft Office; such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Previous exposure to process improvement or Lean Six Sigma philosophies is helpful, but not essential.

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites? Don’t worry. Your training consultant will discuss your background with you to understand if this course is right for you.


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