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Black Belt Program

Prequalify for Black Belt Online




CQAS’s new online Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification program builds upon the tools learned and experience gained in our Green Belt program.  You will become an expert in Lean Six Sigma prepared to drive process excellence throughout your organization.  CQAS Black Belts are leaders, change agents, strategic thinkers, trusted coaches, expert resources, and vigilant project managers who lead complex high value projects.  CQAS Black Belts are expected to:

  • Lead projects of significant value across multiple disciplines and organizations
  • Drive multiple high-value projects simultaneously
  • Lead organizational change within a maturing culture of quality
  • Develop strategic direction with senior leadership and align projects with strategy
  • Mentor Lean Six Sigma teams and coach Green and Yellow belts
  • Teach Lean Six Sigma topics as the in-house expert

CQAS’s Black Belt program is unique:

  • Projects are integrated into the training so that participants actively apply tools and concepts directly to their own projects.  Each participant is required to complete a Black Belt project that will continue beyond the training and generate significant benefit to their organization. Project value is exponentially higher than the cost of the Black Belt program. Each project is mentored by a Lean Six Sigma expert from CQAS, and support continues through project completion.
  • The program is designed to meet the needs of all business sectors.Emphasis is placed on tailoring learning to each student’s needs, while participant diversity provides opportunities to learn from one another through online discussions and project reviews.
  • Emphasis goes beyond in-depth coverage of Lean Six Sigma tools to leadership and change management essential to driving a culture of performance excellence.Deep immersion and practice ensures that CQAS Black Belts live the methods and tools mastered, on a daily basis.
  • The program is spread out over weeks to facilitate project integration and applied learning.(Approximately 8 hours per week is necessary for training plus additional time for project work). Online lectures and discussions afford flexibility to busy schedules, and periodic “live” (web-conferenced) project reviews offer direct feedback on each project.
  • Instructors have deep expertise in their fields and are available throughout the program to support learning and project mentoring. CQAS is embedded in a major university and leverages expert and experienced faculty, Master Black Belts and other professionals who are teachers, consultants, real-world problem solvers, respected speakers, authors, and active members of professional societies.

The program follows the DMAIC process and includes the following key topics:

  • Leadership and change management
  • Communication and conflict resolution
  • Strategic planning
  • Problem identification & project selection, project monetization
  • Effective teams
  • Project management, risk management, and root cause analysis
  • Systems thinking, Voice-of-the-Customer, and benchmarking
  • Creative thinking and concept generation (Pugh analysis)
  • Advanced statistical methods using Minitab:
    • Inferential statistics
    • Components of variance and multiple regression
    • Design of experiments and robust design
    • Process capability and statistical process control
    • Non-parametric methods
    • Simulation and Monte Carlo analysis
    • Transaction analysis
    • Response surface methods
    • Survey design
  • A3 problem solving
  • Management-by-fact
  • Lessons learned and implications for new project identification

CQAS’s Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification program helps participants generate superior data driven solutions, improved customer satisfaction, enhanced productivity, and significantly improved bottom-line results for their organizations.


Contract Black Belt Program

Our Black Belt certification program is also available as a customized contract program, which can be delivered to your organization in a “blended” format with both onsite elements and online components or offered fully online.  Contact us for more information.


Contact: Margi Ochs, Director of Marketing, 585-475-6133 or


You must have completed RIT’s Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification program or an equivalent Green Belt certification program from a reputable provider which included the completion of a Green Belt level project through the final Control/Verify phase.

  • If you have not completed a Green Belt certification program, please register for our Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program.
  • If you have completed CQAS’s Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification program, please email us at with the approximate date of completion and we will forward you a link to the registration page for our online Black Belt program.
  • If you have completed a Green Belt certification program (with project) from another provider, please forward the following information to
  • Certificate or other evidence of completion (copy)
  • Green Belt Curriculum (copy)
  • Provider name, delivery method (classroom, online, etc.), and dates of training
  • Lean Six Sigma Project: brief summary, tools used, benefits achieved, sponsor "sign-off" and sponsor contact information.

We will review this information to ensure that you have the background to be successful in our Black Belt program. Please email questions to

Online Black Belt Schedule

Our next program will be held from January 15 - May 21, 2018.

Online Black Belt Pricing

Pricing Information *

  • 1 Person - $6,250
    Multiple participants from the same organization receive discounted rates (no other discounts may be applied)
  • 2-3 people - $5,625 per person (10% discount)
  • 4 people - $5,000 per person (20% discount)

*Includes 12-month Mintab license, if needed

Discounts (for individual registrations)
Only one discount per person.

  • MedTech Association Members: 10%
  • GRQC Members: 10%
  • RIT Alumni: 20%
  • RIT Employees: 20%

We will review this information to ensure that you have the background to be successful in our Black Belt program. Please email questions to

Unemployed professionals may enroll in both the Green Belt and Black Belt training program at a 20% discount, for a total cost of $8,000.  Contact for further information.

Open Black Belt Registration

Please see the “Prerequisites” section above and send requested documentation to  Once approved, you will receive instructions and a link to complete your registration.


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