Professional Academic Outreach

Black Belt

Lean Six Sigma: Black Belt focuses on the mastery of Lean Six Sigma theory, strategies, and advanced tools and techniques through in-depth application and analysis. Black Belt courses further enhance professional expertise to implement and lead complex projects, and the skills to teach and mentor others. A Certificate of Completion: Black Belt is awarded upon successful completion of all program requirements. See Certificate of Completion for more information.

Class size for this intensive, seminar-type course is limited and is targeted to individuals who have completed the Washburn University Lean Six Sigma: Green Belt course or, if having completed a similar program, will be required to purchase and read the “Business Improvement Guide” developed by Crimson Corporation prior to the course.

Courses will be scheduled once a sufficient number of individuals indicate interest in the course. Please provide requested information on the LSS: Black Belt interest list.  

Program Information

Black Belt Topics

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • value stream mapping
  • advanced statistical theory
  • design of experiments
  • advanced design for six sigma (DFSS)
  • project management for large projects
  • coaching and mentoring teams for process improvement
  • advanced hypothesis testing
  • history and theory of quality
  • advanced lean theory and tools
  • implementation of LSS in an organization
  • advanced Minitab Statistical Software features

Costs and Discounts

The standard cost of the course is $2,310 per individual. See Payments, Refunds and Fees for additional information about payment types, refunds, cancellations, and fees.

An additional fee of $50 is assessed to individuals who have not completed the LSS: Green Belt program through Washburn University. This fee is for the Business Improvement Guide published by Washburn University and Crimson which will be provided in advance of the course.

Group organizational discounts are given per person for multiple registrations made concurrently:

  • 10% discount for 2-3: $2,080
  • 15% discount for 4-5: $1,964
  • 20% discount for 6-7: $1,848
  • 25% discount for 8-10: $1,734

**A 15% late fee will be applied to registrations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the Black Belt course.**

Contract Programs

The per person fee for the course offered on contract is $1, 734 per person (25% discount). Contract courses require a minimum of 10 participants with a maximum of 14. The contract fee does not include travel and accommodations.

Non-Profit and Small Business Scholarship

Recognizing that there are many small organizations that can benefit from the portfolio of programs offered by the Center but may not have sufficient financial resources, Washburn and Go Topeka have partnered to offer financial assistance to non-profits (501c3 or 501c6) and small businesses who have participated in the Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development (EMBD) program. The support is intended for organizations of approximately twenty (20) employees or less.


The financial assistance is a shared cost between the applicant, Go Topeka, and Washburn University with each entity contributing a third of the regular course fee. For the LSS: Black Belt course, the cost to approved applicants is $770 (the remainder of the fee is shared by Washburn and Go Topeka).

Application Process

Applications must be submitted at least 6 weeks in advance. The review committee will notify the applicant within two weeks if the scholarship is approved, at which time the applicant has two weeks to register and pay for their portion of the course, otherwise the scholarship is forfeited. In addition, scholarship recipients commit to meeting other program requirements, including full attendance and assignments.

Restrictions and Limitations

The scholarship award may not be combined with any other discounts. Awards are granted on an as space available basis. Washburn reserves the right to limit the number of scholarship awards per class. The maximum amount of scholarship that may be awarded is $2,270 per individual or $5000 per organization, regardless of the number of participants from that organization.

Apply for a scholarship

Course Format and Materials

  • three clusters of two-day intensive, seminar sessions (held every 3 weeks)
  • class size limit of 14
  • individual and group readings, activities, consultations
  • one-on-one consultation to help with projects and provide coaching on the course materials
  • Meals and refreshments provided
  • Professional Development Hours: 80

The following materials are provided:

  • Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Add Value and Eliminate MUDA. Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc
  • Managing to Learn: Using the A3 Management Process. Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc.
  • CSSBB Primer (2nd Edition). Quality Council of Indiana
  • Solution of Text: LSS Primer. Quality Council of Indiana

**PowerPoint slides used in this program are not provided.**

What you need to bring:

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, participants will:

  • Capacity to instruct foundation level LSS (LSS: White and Lss: Yellow Belt classes)
  • Implement key elements of LSS in an organization
  • Understand and analyze advanced statistical concepts
  • Demonstrate mentoring and coaching to other team members new to LSS
  • Demonstrate capacity to manage multiple, complex projects
  • Create, describe and defined an organizational level (multiple units) LSS improvement plan to address an identified problem or opportunity through presentation and discussion
  • Apply a LSS process improvement plan with a final report of process and outcomes

Project Selection

Like the LSS: Green Belt, the LSS: Black Belt program provides the opportunity to fully apply learning to a project. With advanced knowledge and application in Lean Six Sigma, LSS: Black Belt participants are encouraged to consider projects that are systemic and cross-functional.