Lean Six Sigma Green Belt to Black Belt Bridge Course

Course Overview

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt to Black Belt Bridge Certification course icon.You have already made it a long way by achieving Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification, this course is intended to bridge the gap to Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.  The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt course contains approximately 30% of additional concepts and tools beyond what you learned in Acuity Institute’s Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course.  For the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt to Black Belt Bridge course you will be completing applicable materials within the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt course, please visit the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt page for additional course details (Course Description, Certification Requirements, Online Course Lessons and Quizzes, Instructor Support, Simulated Project, Statistical Analysis Software*, Certification Exam, Lean Six Sigma Toolkit, Course eBook, Printed Course Books (optional), IACET Continuing Education Units (Accreditation), PMI® Professional Development Units).

After you enroll in the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt to Black Belt Bridge course you will have access to step by step instructions on how to efficiently and effectively complete the course so you can become a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with Acuity Institute.

Course Prerequisites

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from Acuity Institute (if you received Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from another organization, please Contact Us to learn how you can achieve Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from Acuity Institute).

Key Outcomes

  • Understand Lean Six Sigma and the DMAIC methodology
  • Learn and apply skills in project management, process management, lean, change management, and basic statistical analysis
  • Understand the Black Belt’s role in a successful Lean Six Sigma deployment
  • Properly scope, define and lead Lean Six Sigma projects
  • Transition projects from phase to phase
  • Close out projects upon completion
  • Present projects to peers, managers and senior leadership
  • Apply methods learned in the DMAIC process to business issues
  • Apply statistical analysis to determine the relationship between key inputs and process outputs
  • Characterize the equation y = f(x)
  • Implement controls to sustain gains
  • Effectively manage team dynamics
  • Navigate statistical analysis software (SigmaXL and Minitab)

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt to Black Belt Bridge Online Certification Package

*Statistical Analysis Software is not included in this course. When you originally enrolled in Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification with Acuity Institute, the SigmaXL statistical analysis software was included with your course purchase. Please note that you will need the use of a statistical analysis software to complete the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt to Black Belt Bridge Course. If you no longer have access to your statistical software, please Contact Us to make arrangements for purchasing a license.

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Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Requirements

Upon completing of Acuity Institute’s Lean Six Sigma Green Belt to Black Belt Bridge Course, you will be awarded Acuity Institute’s prestigious Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. Acuity Institute’s Certification has 3 parts:

Part 1
Complete the Online Lessons and Quizzes
Part 2
Complete the Simulated Project Deliverables and Tollgate Reviews
Part 3
Successfully pass the Certification Exam

Upon completing these requirements you will be awarded Acuity Institute’s prestigious Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. Certification from Acuity Institute includes a Digital Badge. Acuity Institute has partnered with Credly’s Acclaim platform to provide this digital version of your certificate.

What is a Digital Badge?

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt badge.

A digital badge is a verified graphic representation of your Acuity certificate. It is embedded with data that provides context, meaning, and details of the certification you earned. The digital badge is provided at no cost to you.


Benefits to claiming your digital badge include:

  • Easily share your digital badge on social and professional media, link to it from any email or document, add it to an email signature, and embed it in a blog or website
  • Your certification can be verified online in real time with just one click
  • Access labor market insights that relate your skills to jobs

Certification Exam

Acuity Institute’s Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Exam is the standard for Black Belt Certification. Upon completing training, students will be required to achieve a passing mark of 80% or higher on the exam. The exam is intended to validate student proficiency with Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques. The following highlights the exam.

  • The exam is included in the program. Students will have 2 attempts to successfully pass the exam (80% or higher). 
  • The exam is administered online. Students will need to have an active internet connection to complete the exam.
  • The exam is open book. Students may use any reference materials to complete the exam (training manuals, project materials, statistics books, etc.).
  • Students have a maximum of 5 hours (300 minutes) to complete the exam.
  • Once the entire exam is complete, the student will be notified immediately if they passed the exam. Students will not have access to their answers; this information is keep confidential to Acuity Institute.

Technical Requirements for accessing Acuity Institute’s Content

Viewing Online Content on a Desktop or Laptop

  • Internet Browser – Most recent version of Google Chrome is recommended (while our content is accessible from many other browsers, we find that other browsers may provide an inconsistent viewing experience)
  • A high speed internet connection
  • Sound capability on your computer (speakers or headphones)

Viewing Online Content on Tablets and Smartphones – Please note, since tablets and smartphones typically have smaller screens, certain content may be difficult to view

  • iPads using Safari in Apple iOS 6 or later (iPad generation 3 or later is required)
  • iPhones using Safari in Apple iOS 6 or later (iPhone generation 5 or later is required)

Accessing Downloadable Content

  • Course eBooks – Adobe Reader (free software), or equivalent PDF viewing software
  • Course Toolkit Templates – Microsoft Office 2010 or later
  • Using SigmaXL Statistical Analysis Software – Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and and Excel 2016 (Excel 365) with latest service packs installed, this includes Microsoft Vista with Service Pack (SP) 3, or later operating system (Windows 10 compatible). 1 GB of RAM or greater memory and 100 MB of available hard-disk space on your computer.

Lessons and Quizzes (12 Months Access)

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Course Lessons (27 lessons, 200+ quiz questions and multiple exercises)

Lesson 1 Lean Six Sigma Introduction
Lesson 2 Define Overview
Lesson 3 Project Charter
Project Selection
-Project Charter Development
-Effective Teams
Lesson 4 Project Management
-Project Planning
Meeting Planning
-Tollgate Reviews
Lesson 5 Process Definition
-Process Overview
-Process Mapping
-Quick Wins
Lesson 6 Stakeholder Management
-Stakeholder Analysis
-Communication Planning
Lesson 7 Voice of Customer
-Who is the Customer
-What is Voice of Customer (VOC)
-How to Translate VOC into CTQ’s
Lesson 8 Measure Overview
Lesson 9 Identify Measures
-Types of Measures
-Measure Relationships (X/Y)
Lesson 10 Data Collection
-Operational Definitions
-Data Sampling
-Data Consistency and Stability
-Collecting Data
Lesson 11 Describe and Display Data
-Understanding Variation
-Types of Variation
Lesson 12 Baseline Performance
-Process Capability
Lesson 13 Analyze Overview
Lesson 14 Root Cause Analysis
Lesson 15 Lean Process Analysis
-Lean Process Analysis and Measures
-Lean Techniques
Lesson 16 Graphical Data Analysis
Data Analysis Overview
-Analyzing Data Graphically
Lesson 17 Statistical Data Analysis
-Statistical Data Analysis Overview
-Hypothesis Testing Overview
-Hypothesis Testing Tools
Lesson 18 Identify Root Causes
Lesson 19 Improve Overview
Lesson 20 Identify and Select Solutions
-Identify Potential Solutions
-Select Solutions
-Document/Design Solution
Lesson 21 Financial Impact of Solutions
-Cost of the “As-Is” Process
-Cost/Benefit Analysis
Lesson 22 Risk Planning & Testing
-Plan for Risks
-Test Solution
Lesson 23 Implement Solution
-Implementation Planning – Technical
-Implementation Planning – Cultural
-Implementation of Solutions
Lesson 24 Control Overview
Lesson 25 Process Control
-Introduction to Process Management
-Process Monitoring
Lesson 26 Response Planning
-Process Reviews
-Action Planning
Lesson 27 Project Documentation
-Document and Standardize
-Communicate Project Outcomes
-Solution Replication and Closure

*Please note, the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program follows the same curriculum and flow as the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Program. The main difference between the two is the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Program contains approximately 30% more content than the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program.

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Instructor Support

Icon of a person on a laptop screen.Acuity Institute wants the learning experience to be as supportive and engaging as possible, we are here to help you succeed. We understand the importance of having a place to ask questions to the experts about tools and techniques, exercises, project work or general technical support. During training, students can submit questions to instructors through Acuity Institute’s Help Desk and the Student Forum. Responses are provided to student questions in one business day or less. If questions and/or answers are complex, an Acuity Institute instructor will schedule a one-on-one phone meeting with the student to review the question/answer.

Simulated Project

black belt project simulationAt Acuity Institute, we recognize that not every individual has the opportunity to complete an actual Lean Six Sigma project while completing training; therefore, we have created a real world simulated project that takes students from the beginning to the end of a problem and solution. The simulated project helps to build the student’s understanding of the concepts taught in training and provides practical application of the tools.  Students complete the course better prepared to apply what they have learned in the real world.

The simulation is based on a hypothetical company that faces many of the same problems companies are dealing with today.  The simulation is designed to illustrate the entire business improvement effort through every phase of the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC methodology.  Students complete 52 challenging exercises and 5 Tollgate Reviews which build on previously learned tools and concepts taught in training.  When complete, students have a significant perspective on what true business improvement means and a tangible “project story” that they can utilize throughout their process improvement journey.

There is no comparison of this simulation in the marketplace today.  No other Lean Six Sigma service provider offers a comprehensive project simulation such as ours which includes numerous project deliverables, challenging analysis, and project tollgate reviews.

Optional Workplace Project – We recognize that completing a Lean Six Sigma project in your workplace enhances your overall experience as a Black Belt.  As an added benefit, you have the opportunity to demonstrate your Lean Six Sigma expertise by completing a Black Belt project at your workplace.  Upon project completion, you will submit the required documentation to Acuity Institute to certify your project.  The submitted project will be reviewed by our panel of Lean Six Sigma Experts and must meet our requirements for certifying Lean Six Sigma workplace projects.  In addition, the project must be completed during your Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Program enrollment period. 

Please note, completing a workplace Lean Six Sigma project is optional and is not required for Acuity Institute’s Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification (Acuity Institute’s comprehensive Simulated Black Belt Project is a requirement).  Upon successfully completing the workplace project requirements, you will receive a “Workplace Project Certificate” from Acuity Institute which acknowledges your ability to demonstrate the application of Lean Six Sigma Tools and Concepts towards the successful completion of a Black Belt project at your workplace.

Lean Six Sigma Toolkit

Tools.Through our experiences we have assembled the Lean Six Sigma Toolkit, which is one of the most complete and user friendly set of templates available. The toolkit assists Lean Six Sigma practitioners in keeping focused on their project work and not creating “templates”. The toolkit includes 31 templates from the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC methodology. For ease of use, the templates can be downloaded directly to your computer and are yours to keep and utilize in future projects. The templates have been developed in common formats (MS Word, MS Excel or MS PowerPoint).

Included templates: 5 Whys, Communication Plan, CTQ Chart, Dashboard Measurement Plan, Data Collection Plan, DMAIC Project Plan, DMAIC Tollgate Presentation, FMEA, Force Field Diagram, Implementation Plan – Detailed, Implementation Plan – High Level, Pilot Plan, Process Monitoring Plan, Process Value Analysis, Project Charter, Project Storyboard, Quick Win Identification, Response Plan, Sigma Calculator, SIPOC, Solutions Benefits and Implications, Solutions Prioritization Matrix, Solutions Selection Matrix, Stakeholder Identification, Stakeholder Management Plan, Stakeholder Map, Standardized Procedures, Team Meeting Agenda, Team Profile, VOC Research Plan, and XY Matrix.

Statistical Analysis Software

Sigma XL softwareProject leaders will find that data is an important part of Lean Six Sigma projects and statistical analysis software is an indispensable tool at the Black Belt level. Acuity Institute is one of the few Lean Six Sigma Training and Certification organizations who include both the licensed software and detailed instructions for using statistical analysis software in their Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification program.

Acuity Institute provides its Black Belts with a full version of SigmaXL statistical analysis software (a perpetual license, which means it is yours to keep), that is a $299 value on its own. SigmaXL is a leading provider of user friendly Microsoft Excel Add-ins for statistical and graphical analysis. It is powerful but easy to use software that will enable students the ability to apply statistical and data analysis techniques taught in the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Program.

If your organization currently uses Minitab statistical software, instructions for this software are also included for each exercise. If you require a Minitab license, please contact us to inquire about cost and details on obtaining a license for this software option.

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Course eBook 

eBook icon.The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt eBook (electronic copy) contains much of the same content as the online instructional materials. The eBook includes over 1,400 pages of Lean Six Sigma statistics, project management, process management, lean, change management tools and techniques and Acuity Institute’s world-class simulated project.

The eBook is fully searchable and contains many links to assist students in quickly navigating to key tools and concepts. The eBook allows students the ability to capture notes and comments within the eBook for future reference as this valuable tool does not expire and is yours to keep. Students can print directly from the eBook, however, to protect the electronic intellectual property of the course content, students will not be able to copy from the eBook.

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Printed Course Books (Optional)

Printed book icon.As an option, students can purchase Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification printed course books. The printed course materials include 6 separate books containing over 1,400 pages of Lean Six Sigma basic statistics, project management, process management, lean, change management tools and techniques and Acuity Institute’s world-class simulated project.

Printed Course Materials are optional, they are not required. About 35% of our students prefer to have a printed copy of the course materials available as a resource while taking the course and for future reference.

IACET Continuing Education Units (Accreditation)

IACET Accredited ProviderAcuity Institute has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this approval, Acuity Institute has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standards which are widely recognized as standards of good practice internationally. As a result of our Authorized Provider membership status, Acuity Institute is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standards. The primary purpose of a CEU is to provide a permanent record of the educational accomplishments of an individual who has completed one or more significant non-credit educational experiences.

15 IACET Continuing Education Units are provided upon successful completion of this course.

Council for Six Sigma Certification

Council for Six Sigma CertificationAcuity Institute is accredited as an Approved Registered Provider by the Council for Six Sigma Certification (SSC). SSC reviews each course to ensure the course curriculum, structure and certification requirements meet the standards set forth by the Council’s Body of Knowledge. This accreditation assures each certification includes Lean Six Sigma concepts, tools and techniques considered to be the standard for each belt level within the Council’s Body of Knowledge.

PMI® Professional Development Units

Acuity Institute is an Authorized Training Partner (ATP) of the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. Being an Authorized Training Partner allows Acuity Institute to grant Professional Development Units (PDUs) to customers who complete our qualified programs. As an Authorized Training Partner, Acuity Institute has agreed to abide by the PMI® established quality assurance criteria. PMI® is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

150 PMI® Professional Development Units are provided upon successful completion of this course.

Blended Learning Training

In addition to e-Learning courses, Acuity Institute offers customized Blended Learning training options for corporations.

Acuity’s Blended Learning training combines online training with live, facilitated workshops facilitated by one of Acuity Institute’s leading industry facilitators. This model provides two benefits for your team:

  1. Reduces the time spent in the classroom, away from other responsibilities
  2. Provides learner access to the training to learn at their own pace and review the content as often as they need

The live workshops are focused on the practical application of the methodology and tools in the workplace environment. The number of workshops and the schedule for workshops can be modified to meet your team’s needs. Contact our team to learn more about Blended Learning for your team.

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