Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

 

 

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself.  When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”

~Jack Welch

Ready to get Certified?  Register to take your exam below.  Need some training before getting Certified?  See the various Six Sigma Training options available to you.

Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

A Council for Six Sigma Certification (CSSC) Certified Six Sigma Black Belt is an individual that possesses a thorough understanding of the entire Six Sigma Body of Knowledge.  In addition, this individual has a thorough comprehension of both Six Sigma philosophies and principles (including supporting systems and tools). The Black Belt Certification designation also reflects an understanding of team leadership, team dynamics, and the ability to successfully assign team members with roles and responsibilities. Lastly, this individual demonstrates a high-level understanding of the DMAIC model in accordance with the Six Sigma principles, basic knowledge of lean enterprise concepts, and skills to quickly identify “non-value-added” activities.

2 Different Paths to Certification

The Council for Sigma Certification (CSSC) offers 2 different paths to earning a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.  Individuals who have already received training, and feel that they have significant understanding of the topics covered in the Black Belt Certification “Body of Knowledge,” can simply sit for our standard comprehensive examination.  

Individuals who are instead using one of our free Self-Study Guides, either independently or in conjunction with a training provider, can sit for several short exams as they progress through the different sections (as opposed to a single large comprehensive exam).

As an added benefit, those seeking the second option towards Certification would be able to obtain the various levels of our standard certifications (White Belt, Yellow Belt, Green Belt, and Black Belt) as they progress through their certification journey, without incurring any additional examination fees.

Either path will award our official certification(s). Either path is an open-book and non-timed examination format.  

We feel the Multiple Exam path to be the most beneficial option for those who are newer to the methodology, professionals looking for a solid refresher, or those candidates who would like to reduce their overall examination/certification costs.

In Summary:

Path 1: Ideal for candidates:

  • Who have already received training and feel that they have a significant understanding the “Body of Knowledge.”
  • Who are only seeking a single level of certification.

Path 2: Ideal for candidates:

  • Who are utilizing one of our free Self-Study Guides either independently or in conjunction with a training provider.
  • Looking to earn the various levels of “Belts” as they progress without incurring additional examination fees.
  • That feel they may need more than 3 attempts to pass the examination.

To learn the specifics of the different paths, please select the appropriate tab below:

The “Standard Exam” is a single comprehensive exam intended for those who are already familiar with the Six Sigma Green Belt “Body of Knowledge.”

What to Expect

The Official CSSC Six Sigma Black Belt Certification exam consists of 150 questions.  It is non-timed and is an open-book format examination (we encourage the use of the free Self-Study Guide issued by The Council for Six Sigma Certification while taking the exam).

The Exam consists of multiple-choice and true/false questions from the major sections of CSSC Six Sigma Black Belt “Body of Knowledge.”  The Official CSSC Six Sigma Black Belt Certification exam can be taken either online (utilizing the link below) or at designated testing centers located worldwide.  The current examination assessment fee is $350.00 USD Limited Time: $159!  Learn More  (other major currency options are available during payment).  Applicants will have 3 attempts to successfully pass the exam with the required minimum score (see below).  If unsuccessful after 3 attempts, the applicant would need to pay the examination assessment fee again.

Certification Requirements

To successfully obtain the professional designation of a CSSC Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSC-CSSBB) issued by The Council for Six Sigma Certification, individuals must successfully complete our CSSC Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Exam and achieve a score of 420 points (or higher) out of a total 600 possible points.

There are no prerequisites for taking the CSSC Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Exam. Once the examination assessment fee is paid, you will have 1 year to successfully pass the exam.

There is no project requirement for this Certification.  However, this certification is a prerequisite for any individual wishing to pursue our Level II Black Belt Certification which does have a project requirement.

Exam Preparation

We recommend that any individual wanting to successfully pass the official CSSC certification exam, obtain Six Sigma training either through a qualified training provider or by studying the free self-study guide issued by The Council for Six Sigma Certification.  For those candidates that feel the need to re-familiarize themselves with the Six Sigma Black Belt methodology, we highly recommend that they review both the free self-study guide and the corresponding “Body of Knowledge”.

Awarding of Certification

After successfully fulfilling the certification requirements, candidates will receive an Official CSSC Six Sigma Black Belt Certification issued by The Council for Six Sigma Certification, the most respected accrediting organization in the Six Sigma industry.

Our certifications have no expiration date.  We strongly feel that certifications that require “renewals” only serve to increase the profits of the certification providers instead of benefiting the individual.  Or put another way, a Master’s Degree in Business does not expire… why would your professional certification?

Candidates who would like to obtain a more recent certification date can always resit for the certification exam at any time (often for less money than a provider would charge for a “renewal”).

Upon completion of the requirements, individuals are issued a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification in an electronic form.  All certifications contain a verifiable certification number and the certification holder is added to the Council for Six Sigma Certification Official Register.

> Register for the Standard Exam

The “Self-Study Exams” option is a flexible option for candidates who would like to have the ability to obtain the various levels of our standard certifications (White Belt, Yellow Belt, Green Belt, and Black Belt) as they progress; without incurring any additional examination fees.

This alternative path to certification is designed for candidates utilizing our free Self-Study guides (either independently or through a training provider) or candidates seeking a more comprehensive path towards their Certification goals.

What to Expect

Simply put, for each chapter of the Self-Study Guide, there is a corresponding exam.

Each time the individual completes a chapter of the Self-Study guide, he or she will take a short (10-15 question) online exam.  The exams are available to be taken online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  They are both open-book and non-timed.

After multiple exams are successfully passed (requiring a minimum score of 70% on each exam), a new level of Six Sigma Certification is awarded.

The Certification milestones are as follows:

  • Chapter Exams 1-3: Six Sigma White Belt Certification
  • Chapter Exams 1-11: Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification
  • Chapter Exams 1-24: Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
  • Chapter Exams 1-33: Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

As illustrated above, the Six Sigma Black Belt Certification exam consists of 33 separate chapter exams (between 10-15 questions each). 

The current examination assessment fee for the Self-Paced Exams option is $500.00 USD Limited Time: $349!  Learn More (other major currency options are available during payment). 

Applicants are provided with an unlimited number of attempts to successfully pass their exams within 12 months of registering.  If necessary, extensions can be obtained here.

Certification Requirements

To successfully obtain the professional designation of a CSSC Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSC-CSSGB) issued by The Council for Six Sigma Certification, individuals must successfully complete each of the 33 self-paced CSSC Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Exams and achieve a minimum score of 70% on each individual exam.  Other Certifications are also available as stated above.

There are no prerequisites for taking the Self-Study Exams.

There is no project requirement for the Self-Study Exams.  

Exam Preparation

We recommend that any candidate looking to successfully pass an official CSSC certification exam, obtain Six Sigma training either through a qualified training provider, or by studying the free self-study guide issued by The Council for Six Sigma Certification.  For candidates who are already proficient in the Six Sigma Black Belt methodology, we highly recommend that they review both the free self-study guide and the corresponding “Body of Knowledge“.

Awarding of Certification

After fulfilling the certification requirements, candidates will receive an Official CSSC Six Sigma Black Belt Certification issued by The Council for Six Sigma Certification, the most respected accrediting organization in the Six Sigma industry.

Our certifications have no expiration date.  We strongly feel that certifications that require “renewals” only serve to increase the profits of the certification providers instead of benefiting the individual.  Or put another way, a Master’s Degree in Business does not expire… why would your professional certification?

Candidates who would like to obtain a more recent certification date can always resit for the certification exam at any time.

Upon completion of the requirements, individuals are issued a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification in either an electronic or physical form.  All certifications contain a verifiable certification number and the certification holder is added to the Council for Six Sigma Certification Official Register.

> Register for the Self-Paced Exams