Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Program

Fisher College of Business presents Six Sigma training designed as the most time-sensitive, value-driven program in existence. Total Quality Management principles identify and eliminate operations inefficiencies in each and every process of a company’s product or service.

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training uses time-tested processes to enable your company to increase profits, strengthen market share and improve customer satisfaction.

If you're unsure whether you'd like to pursue a Green Belt or Black Belt, view our comparison chart to see how they're different from one another.

**If you've already completed the On-campus Black Belt Program and would like to register for the certification-only, please contact Stephanie Medors at medors.15@osu.edu.

The program includes three parts:

  • Open/Close Interactive Conference Calls

    Attend eight faculty-led, interactive conference calls which will begin approximately two months prior to the on-campus program. Assignments will be given to complete between calls to prepare you for the on-campus portion.

  • Open/Close On-Campus Session

    The instructor-led on-campus classroom session provides participants the opportunity to apply knowledge through hands-on activities. The duration of this phase is five days, Monday through Friday.

  • Open/Close Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

    The Black Belt certification process includes:

    • Successful completion of a comprehensive 3-hour computer-based exam. Score of 80 percent or higher is required.
    • Two Black Belt project reviews that includes phone and email interaction with a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt coach.
    • A project charter must be submitted prior to the on-campus session. The early submission is to establish that the project has the necessary scope to demonstrate learning, and to deliver significant bottom-line results. It may be acceptable to combine the elements of two different projects with smaller scopes in order to meet the skill demonstration requirements.
    • Complete project documentation must be provided. Sensitive data can be modified in the interest of confidentiality.
    • Candidates should plan to complete the project process within 12 months of completing the exam.
    • The Fisher College of Business Review Board will provide final approval and award certification.

Program Details

Who:This program is ideal for anyone aspiring to learn the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt body of knowledge and is beneficial for any industry, including manufacturing, service, health care, retail, logistics, finance and technology.
Location:Fisher College of Business, The Blackwell Inn

Zoom Meetings will begin in April 2025

On-Campus session: June 9–13, 2025



Discounts and Promotions:

  • Save $250 by registering by December 2, 2024, use code EELSSEARLYBIRD25
  • Discounts are available for OSU employees, OSUWMC employees, Veterans, employees from non-profit organizations and organizations who send 3 or more employees.  For more information about discounts please contact Stephanie Medors at Medors.15@osu.edu.

Registration Deadline: March 7, 2025



  • Mi Kyong Newsom - Academic Director/ Clinical Assistant Professor, Management Sciences 
  • Jill Treece - Senior Lecturer, Management Sciences
  • John Draper - Clinical Assistant Professor, Management Sciences

Program participants will learn how to:

  • Lead teams in applying the Six Sigma DMAIC methodology to attack waste
  • Prioritize improvement activities for greatest organizational impact
  • Define improvement projects to satisfy customer requirements and reduce variability
  • Measure inputs and outputs to provide meaningful data
  • Analyze data to identify the root cause of variability, including the use of Design of Experiments
  • Control the process to prevent backsliding and consolidate the gains
  • Analyze quality cost
  • Improve the process to reduce variability
  • Open/Close Cancellation/Transfer Policy

    All cancellations and transfers must be received in writing. Submit your request via email to Stephanie Medors with the name of the program, followed by “cancellation” or “transfer” in the subject line.

    • Cancellations made before the start of the 1st interactive video conference call will incur a $1,000 flat fee.
    • Withdrawals on or after the first interactive video conference call are subject to forfeiture of the total cost of the program.
    • All transfers made before the 1st interactive video conference call will incur a $500 transfer fee.
    • One transfer per registrant to a subsequent offering within 12 months is allowed.
    • A transfer request followed by a subsequent cancellation will be subject to the applicable cancellation fees noted above.


Jennie McAndrew
Education Program Senior Specialist