International Association for Six Sigma Certification (IASSC)

Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (ICBB)


Credential: Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (ICBB)  In-Demand resource
Credentialing Agency: International Association for Six Sigma Certification (IASSC)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Association for Six Sigma Certification (IASSC) Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (ICBB) is a professional who is well versed in the Lean Six Sigma Methodology, who leads complex improvement projects, typically in a full-time capacity. A Lean Six Sigma Black Belt possesses a thorough understanding of all aspects of the Lean Six Sigma Method including a high-level of competence in the subject matters contained within the phases of Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) as defined by the IASSC Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Body of Knowledge. A Lean Six Sigma Black Belt understands how to implement, perform, interpret and apply Lean Six Sigma at an advanced level of proficiency. There are no prerequisites required in order to sit for the IASSC Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (ICBB)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

International Association for Six Sigma Certification (IASSC)

2415 East Camelback Road, Suite 700
Phoenix, AZ  85016

Phone: (602) 734-0561

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Written Exam

  • Define Phase
    • The Basics of Six Sigma
      • Meanings of Six Sigma
      • General History of Six Sigma & Continuous Improvement
      • Deliverables of a Lean Six Sigma Project
      • The Problem Solving Strategy Y = f(x)
      • Voice of the Customer, Business and Employee
      • Six Sigma Roles & Responsibilities
    • The Fundamentals of Six Sigma
      • Defining a Process
      • Critical to Quality Characteristics (CTQ’s)
      • Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ)
      • Pareto Analysis (80:20 rule)
      • Basic Six Sigma Metrics
    • Selecting Lean Six Sigma Projects
      • Building a Business Case & Project Charter
      • Developing Project Metrics
      • Financial Evaluation & Benefits Capture
    • The Lean Enterprise
      • Understanding Lean
      • The History of Lean
      • Lean & Six Sigma
      • The Seven Elements of Waste
      • 5S
  • Measure Phase
    • Process Definition
      • Cause & Effect / Fishbone Diagrams
      • Process Mapping, SIPOC, Value Stream Map
      • X-Y Diagram
      • Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (FMEA)
    • Six Sigma Statistics
      • Basic Statistics
      • Descriptive Statistics
      • Normal Distributions & Normality
      • Graphical Analysis
    • Measurement System Analysis
      • Precision & Accuracy
      • Bias, Linearity & Stability
      • Gage Repeatability & Reproducibility
      • Variable & Attribute MSA
    • Process Capability
      • Capability Analysis
      • Concept of Stability
      • Attribute & Discrete Capability
      • Monitoring Techniques
  • Analyze Phase
    • Patterns of Variation
      • Multi-Vari Analysis
      • Classes of Distributions
    • Inferential Statistics
      • Understanding Inference
      • Sampling Techniques & Uses
      • Central Limit Theorem
    • Hypothesis Testing
      • General Concepts & Goals of Hypothesis Testing
      • Significance; Practical vs. Statistical
      • Risk; Alpha & Beta
      • Types of Hypothesis Test
    • Hypothesis Testing with Normal Data
      • 1 & 2 sample t-tests
      • 1 sample variance
      • One Way ANOVA
    • Hypothesis Testing with Non-Normal Data
      • Mann-Whitney
      • Kruskal-Wallis
      • Mood’s Median
      • Friedman
      • 1 Sample Sign
      • 1 Sample Wilcoxon
      • One and Two Sample Proportion
      • Chi-Squared (Contingency Tables)
  • Improve Phase
    • Simple Linear Regression
      • Correlation
      • Regression Equations
      • Residuals Analysis
    • Multiple Regression Analysis
      • Non- Linear Regression
      • Multiple Linear Regression
      • Confidence & Prediction Intervals
      • Residuals Analysis
      • Data Transformation, Box Cox
    • Designed Experiments
      • Experiment Objectives
      • Experimental Methods
      • Experiment Design Considerations
    • Full Factorial Experiments
      • 2k Full Factorial Designs
      • Linear & Quadratic Mathematical Models
      • Balanced & Orthogonal Designs
      • Fit, Diagnose Model and Center Points
    • Fractional Factorial Experiments
      • Designs
      • Confounding Effects
      • Experimental Resolution
  • Control Phase
    • Lean Controls
      • Control Methods for 5S
      • Kanban
      • Poka-Yoke (Mistake Proofing)
    • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
      • Data Collection for SPC
      • I-MR Chart
      • Xbar-R Chart
      • U Chart
      • P Chart
      • NP Chart
      • Xbar-S Chart
      • CumSum Chart
      • EWMA Chart
      • Control Methods
      • Control Chart Anatomy
      • Subgroups, Impact of Variation, Frequency of Sampling
      • Center Line & Control Limit Calculations
    • Six Sigma Control Plans
      • Cost Benefit Analysis
      • Elements of the Control Plan
      • Elements of the Response Plan

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (ICBB) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (ICBB) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor

For more information on the International Association for Six Sigma Certification (IASSC) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (ICBB)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (ICBB) credential has the following recertification information:

  • As of March 1, 2017, candidates must pass a recertification exam to maintain a current status of certification.  

    IASSC Recertification Black Belt Exam is a 75 question, closed book, proctored exam with a 2 hour allotted time. The Exam contains approximately 15 multiple-choice and true/false questions from each major section of the IASSC Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Body of Knowledge. In order to successfully achieve recertification, professionals must achieve a minimum score point equivalency of 70%.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current billing cycle. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

Additional considerations for the Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (ICBB) include:

  • There are no prerequisites required in order to sit for the IASSC Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Exam. For those who wish to sit for the exam it is recommended, but not required, that Lean Six Sigma training is obtained through a qualified institution, Lean Six Sigma trainer or corporate program. It is also recommended, although not required, that those sitting for the exam have some degree of real-world Lean Six Sigma work experience and project application experience.

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