Lean Six Sigma is a management approach to business performance improvement that has blended the two individual specialisms of Lean and Six Sigma.

Lean Six Sigma – Black Belt

Who should attend?

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.

Educational approach

  • Lecture sessions are illustrated with examples based on case studies
  • Practical exercises are based on the material which includes role playing and discussions
  • Practice tests are similar to the Certification Exam


Education level: Higher vocational education / university level and field experience (EQF Level 7).

Exam format

  • Multiple choice format
  • 60 questions per paper
  • 38 marks or more required to pass (out of 60 available) – 63%
  • 180 minutes duration
  • Open-book
  • Calculators are permitted for this exam

Practical assessment:

  • This step towards achieving the complete Black Belt certificate involves the submission of two Lean Six Sigma projects to APMG for assessment.
  • Each project must demonstrate an achievement of saving / cost avoidance of at least € 50,000 per year.
  • Each project must be signed-off by the Champion and Financial Controller.