Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

Six Sigma is a disciplined, data-driven methodology for reducing variation in any process. The Six Sigma methodology–driven by the DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, control) process–is executed by Six Sigma green belts, Six Sigma black belts, and overseen by Six Sigma master black belts. The black belt course has two distinct parts: the in-class portion and a project. The in-class portion consists of four full weeks of lectures, exercises and team-learning competitions. All of the statistical and quality tools needed to successfully complete a black belt project will be thoroughly presented so the student can return to his/her facility and readily apply them.  This course is inclusive of the one week Green Belt and the three week Black Belt instruction.


Week One

  • The Organizational Value of Six Sigma
  • Introduction to Statistical Software
  • Calculate DPU, RTY and DPMO Sigma Levels
  • Project Planning
  • Process Mapping
  • Basic Probability Concepts
  • Analyzing Process Capability
  • Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility (R&R)

Week Two

  • Probability and Statistics
  • Properties and Applications of Prob. Dist.
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Levels of Significance, Power, Type I & II Errors
  • Point and Interval Estimation
  • Correlation Analysis
  • Simple Linear and Multiple Regression

Week Three

  • Design of Experiments (DOE)
  • Randomized Blocks
  • Full Factorial Experiments
  • 2-Level Fractional Factorial Experiments
  • Mixture Experiments
  • Response Surface Methodology
  • DOE Exercises and Competition

Week Four

  • Apply Financial Benefits
  • Advanced SPC
  • Analysis of Control Charts
  • Implementation of Control Charts
  • Lean Enterprise/Lean Tools
  • Design for Six Sigma
  • Managing Change in the Organization

In addition to lecture material, this course utilizes various forms of hands-on simulations, exercises, and case studies to demonstrate Six Sigma concepts. The course also utilizes and demonstrates the use of Minitab software applications for statistical analysis.

Six Sigma Black Belt Certification requires the successful completion of a project in a real-world environment. The project must be approved by the instructor, will be implemented over the course of the training, and should demonstrate the application of black belt-level Six Sigma tools.

Course Length:
4 weeks (1 week per month spread out over 3-4 months, Monday-Friday, starting at 8:30 a.m.)

Class Size:
6-20 Classes that do not meet the minimum attendee requirements may be canceled or rescheduled.

Open Enrollment training: $5500 per person, + $85 materials fee + $100 consumables ($100/per week/person) fee (Total: $5985)


Participants of this course are solely responsible for bringing a laptop with SigmaXL software downloaded to the laptop. Purchase and trial options are available for the SigmaXL software (an extension for Microsoft Excel). For purchase and trial options, please visit the SigmaXL website.This laptop and SigmaXL software will need to be available for participant’s use for the duration of the course. UAH-CMER will not be providing laptops or SigmaXL for the Six Sigma courses.

UAH CMER-ATN’s Six Sigma Certification

The OSSS curriculum is Accredited by the International Association for Six Sigma Certification (IASSC) meaning the OSSS Belt courses are highly aligned to the IASSC Bodies of Knowledge. In addition, a study conducted in coordination with Bearing Point Consulting determined that the OSSS curriculum matched the DMAIC ASQ Body of Knowledge to a degree greater that 90%.

Dr. Sampson Gholston, course instructor, is an IASSC ACCREDITED TRAINING ASSOCIATETM

For more information about Six Sigma services, contact Dr. Sampson Gholston at 256.824.7310

View UAH-ATN Training Cancellation Policy.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations during the
workshop, please contact us at Customer Service or 256-824-5326. Two weeks advance notice will allow us to provide seamless access.