Lean Six Sigma Black Belts are experts in executing Lean Six Sigma projects. As a program manager they are responsible for managing complex breakthrough projects and supporting improvement teams with tools and techniques. They have both skills for applying analytical tools and skills for leading change.

Education level: Higher vocational education / university level and field experience

The certification consists of a theoretical element and a practical element. The full Lean Six Sigma certificate requires sufficient achievement in both theoretical and practical element.

Theoretical Exam Criteria

  • 60 multiple choice questions per paper
  • 38 marks or more required to pass
  • 180 minutes duration
  • Open book exam
  • A laptop with statistical software (e.g. Minitab) is permitted for some exam institutions
  • The exam is available in English and Dutch
  • Simple calculators are permitted for this exam
  • This exam can be taken online and offline

Practical Exam Criteria

  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belts have to submit two practical projects that meet the following criteria:
  • Two successful projects at Level-III or higher. One of the projects needs to be Level-IV or higher.
  • Each project has resulted in significant savings (e.g. € 50,000.- on a yearly basis).
  • Projects follow the DMAIC, DMADV or IDOV roadmap, and consists of a maximum of 25 pages. The LSSA review template can be downloaded at the LSSA website (www.lssa.eu).
  • The candidate should complete the self-assessment criterion that are listed in the LSSA review template prior to submission. A detailed overview of the assessment criteria are described in Appendix A.
  • Each project has been signed by the Champion and Financial controller, thereby declaring that the project is carried out professionally and that the savings have been achieved.
  • Projects must be submitted no later than three years after theoretical examination.