What is Lean Six Sigma Black Belt?

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Black Belt is the level of expertise in Lean Six Sigma, before reaching the final level of Master Black Belt. Professionals are trained to drive change and play a strong leadership role at UBC. With advanced knowledge in Lean Six Sigma concepts and frameworks, Black Belts lead Green Belts in complex improvement projects and help promote a culture of continuous improvement at UBC.

Lean Six Sigma uses the metaphor of martial arts belts to explain each team members’ role in advancing a project and ability to use the tools provided by Lean Six Sigma:

  • White Belt: A foundational understanding of the purpose, terms and phases used in Lean Six Sigma.
  • Yellow Belt: Small project leadership skillset and ability to use the basic Lean Six Sigma toolset.
  • Green Belt: The main leaders of Lean Six Sigma projects.
  • Black Belt: Leadership of large, complex Lean Six Sigma projects.
  • Master Black Belt: Strategic oversight and leadership of a portfolio of projects or organizations.

The Important Role of a Black Belt at UBC

Upon successful completion of the exam and certification project, Black Belt professionals can lead complex strategic initiatives, promote a culture of continuous improvement, and drive Lean Six Sigma organizational changes across the university.