Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

The Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt is a professional who has achieved the highest ranking in integrating and advancing the Lean Six Sigma philosophy, methodologies, and tools. A Master Black Belt must demonstrate exceptional Lean Six Sigma project leadership and culture change management knowledge and implementation skills.

Master Black Belt Recommended Body of Knowledge
Introduction to Lean Six Sigma
  • Background and history
  • Principles and philosophy
  • What is Lean Six Sigma?
  • Productivity and its limitations
Hoshin Kanri Strategy
  • Housekeeping with 5S
  • Visual Control
  • Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
  • Kaizen
  • Quick Changes (SMED)
  • Continuous Flow (Cellular Processes)
  • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
  • Error-Proofing (Poka Yoke)
  • Standard work
  • Kanban
  • Lean Accounting
Problem Solving
  • 3 Disciplines
Problem Prevention (FMEA)
Six Sigma
  1. Define
    • Introduction to Define Phase
    • Project charter
    • Quality Function Deployment
    • Map requirements
    • Kano model
  2. Measure
    • Introduction to Measure Phase
    • SIPOC process map
    • Sampling
    • Process performance
    • Measurement System Analysis
  3. Analyze
    • Introduction to Analyze Phase
    • Basic statistics
    • Cause and effect
    • Pareto
    • Correlation
    • Histograms
    • Process capability
    • Box plots
    • ANOVA
  4. Improve
    • Introduction to Improve Phase
    • Design of Experiments
    • Factorial Design
    • Fractional Design
  5. Control
    • Introduction to Control Phase
    • Control charts
    • Control plan
Advanced Six Sigma
  1. Define
    • Project management
  2. Advanced Tools
    • Distributions
    • Hypothesis tests
    • Confidence intervals
    • Multivari analysis
    • Linear Regression
  3. Advanced Design of Experiments
    • Multifactorial design
    • Response surface methodology
  4. Lean Design
    • Layout design
Management and Leadership
  • Business model CANVAS
  • Change Management
  • Gemba Walks
  • Train the Trainer
Advanced Problem Solving
  • Toyota KATA
Lean Company
  • Introduction
  • Lean Product Design
  • Lean Green

Certification Test

The Swiss Alliance Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Exam™ is a 200 question exam with a 3 hour allotted time. The Exam contains questions from our 160 hours recommended Lean Six Sigma Body of Knowledge Training which you can receive from one of the Accredited Training Partners.


In order to achieve the professional designation of Swiss Alliance Lean Six Sigma Certified Master Black Belt, candidates must sit for the Swiss Alliance Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Exam and achieve a minimum score of 320 points out of a total potential of 400 points.


It is recommended, but not required, that Lean Six Sigma training is obtained through a qualified training institution. It is also recommended, 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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