are advantages and disadvantages to the online course.
The primary advantages are that the material will be
learned to a greater depth, specific modules can be
reviewed until learned, and questions are handled on
a one-on-one basis with a Master Black Belt. The main
disadvantage is that it requires self motivation to
do the course.
Many courses only touch lightly on the statistical
calculations and analysis, while others use a software-only
approach. While our course advocates the use of Minitab
and SigmaXL, or other software in daily six sigma use,
it is important for a Black Belt to understand the basic
Our Black Belt Certification course includes over 15
modules based on the DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control)
model. Each module contains several quizzes. At the
end of the course an exam is given to test that sufficient
knowledge has been obtained to operate successfully
as a Black Belt. The candidate may re-take the test
until a 75% score is obtained.
The candidate will also complete one full six sigma
project utilizing the tools learned and following the
DMAIC model. Upon successful completion of the exam
and project, the Black Belt Certification is awarded
to the candidate. Although there is no education requirement
to take the course, it is recommended for individuals
with at least average basic math skills.
The course should take less than four months to complete.
However, all candidates have one full year access to
the course site.
The course cost of $595 includes one year access to the
course, exam, project review, certification, and one license
to SigmaXL, a six sigma software bolt-on for Microsoft
Excel. Other popular statistical software packages may
also be used at the candidate’s own expense, such
Our course is hosted by web servers with 24/7 access.
The course is 100% online, and may be accessed through
any web browser with individual passwords.