Black Belt Certification is the culmination of the full Black Belt Program. All the foundational skills for a Black Belt are established during Green Belt Certification. In this sense Black Belt Certification involves the full application of the Lean Six Sigma methodology and therefore demonstrates the process of dealing with more complex situations – a Black Belt level type project.
By full application we mean the use of the full Improvement Plan, the cycles, all the phases, the practice of Change Management and so on. Basically the bulk of the elements raised in the Black Belt course are applied. Cycles would be completed at a more detailed level than at Green Belt. More complex analyses would have been completed. Change Management would have been applied formally. So cycles should show such application and reflection.
During the Black Belt workshop the idea that improvement work is a continuum of complexity was raised from ‘Just Do It’ scenarios to Rapid Improvement Projects to more complex scenarios more appropriate for the full application of the methodology beginning at the Green Belt level.
Black Belt Stages 2 and 3 covers the various competencies assessed through the project. They range for demonstrating the understanding of the methodology and the use of complex analysis tools to Change Management and Facilitation skills. Measurable improvement must be demonstrated at the end of the project as well as a high level of ROI.