CIT’s Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Lean Six Sigma is synonymous with service and manufacturing excellence in today’s global marketplace and the CIT’s Certificate in Lean Six Sigma – Black Belt is the premier program for process specialists. Lean Six Sigma is now a key strategy in every sector, and it drives high-impact, measurable benefits for all stakeholders. Founded upon the “define, measure, analyze, improve and control” (DMAIC) framework – the industry standard – and combined with the powerful principles of Lean, CIT’s comprehensive curriculum in Lean Six Sigma – Black Belt is designed to improve your problem resolution skills with discipline, facts and data. Spanning 20 days of learning over three months, the program links theory to practice with action-based learning, featuring exercises, case studies and simulations.

You’ll round out your executive education in key current and emerging industry management areas. Excel in Lean Six Sigma project methodology to drive process improvement and increase tangible financial benefits, and gain in-depth understanding of the impact of process variation. The CIT’s Certificate in Lean Six Sigma – Black Belt is designed specifically to enable Canadian organizations to reach world-class operational standards, and enables you to better understand the voice of the customer, deliver well-scoped Lean Six Sigma projects on time, and drive substantial ROI for your organization.


This program is intended for all industry sectors – in particular, industries relating to operations, products and services; government; healthcare; finance; sales and marketing; product development; human resources; business transformation; manufacturing; and information technology. Participants have included executives, business analysts, directors, consultants, managers, engineers and project managers.

Format: 20 days of in-class study

Total cost per cohort: $6,775, including certification exam and coaching

This program is delivered in partnership with Open Planet Technologies Inc.

Course Structure

Module 1                                                                                     2 days

Introduction to Lean Six Sigma and Mapping the Value Stream

Overview of leading strategies, tools, methods and organizational disciplines that have enabled companies world-wide, across all industry sectors, to drive high impact, measurable benefits.

  • Introduction to Lean and Six Sigma improvement strategy
  • Understanding the history and culture of Lean and Six Sigma
  • Voice of the customer: defining value
  • How to map your value streams
  • Developing strategies, tools, methods and discipline needed to improve process, services and quality

Module 2                                                                                    2 days

Managing Change and Leading Successful Projects

Learn how to understand, facilitate and manage the change associated with high-impact, continuous improvement projects and lead successful projects by leveraging proven project management skills.

  • Developing activity and resource plans to deliver results expeditiously
  • Managing change in a continuous improvement culture
  • Stakeholder and Change Readiness Assessments
  • Leading successful Lean Six Sigma projects

Module 3                                                                                     2 days

Launching a Lean Six Sigma Project: Defining Goals

Phase 1 – DEFINE. This first phase of the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC problem-solving project methodology includes writing effective problem statements, identifying goals, and identification, selection, prioritization, scoping and successful launch of process improvement projects.

  • How to define Problem Statements and Project Goals
  • Elements of a good project charter: Critical-to-Quality Tree, project metric, SIPOC, team selection, Financial Impact assessment etc.
  • Selecting, validating and prioritizing high-impact process improvement opportunities aligned with strategic business objectives
  • Workshop: Building a Project Charter

Module 4                                                                                    2 days

Introduction to Basic Statistics and Analysis

This module introduces statistical process control (SPC), as well as key analytical concepts and methods

  • How the powerful analytical tools compliment the a problem-solving “tool box”
  • Basic statistical concepts and analysis theory
  • Introduction to the analytical methods for process management and Statistical Process Control

Module 5                                                                                   2 days

Measurement Systems and Data Collection

Phase 2 – MEASURE. Explore the discipline surrounding data collection that leads to profound knowledge of process behaviour – Process Mapping, data collection methods, sample size determination and sampling techniques.

  • Effective use of “Spaghetti Diagrams”, process flow and value-stream mapping
  • Establishing process metrics, including initial capacity and process benchmarking
  • Understanding Measurement System Analysis

Module 6                                                                                   2 days

Process Data Analysis: Introduction

Phase 3 – ANALYZE. An introduction to basic analysis and hypothesis testing to help identify root cause of variation in processes.

  • Simple and Multiple Regression
  • Hypothesis testing

Module 7                                                                                  2 days

Process Data Analysis: Advanced

Master advanced analytical tools that will deepen your understanding of process behaviour, including the application of designed experiments.

  • Conclusion of Hypothesis Testing
  • Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
  • Introduction to Design of Experiments

Module 8                                                                                   2 days

Improving Your Operations

Phase 4 – IMPROVE. Leveraging all of the knowledge gained from the measure and analyze phase of your projects, you will drive dramatic improvement by implementing “Lean solutions” in combination with improved management of process variation and process redesign.

  • Advanced concepts of Design of Experiments
  • Lean Thinking

Module 9                                                                                 2 days

Improve/Control Techniques

Phase 5 – CONTROL. Conduct final analysis and testing of the process improvements to ensure long-term sustainability of your process improvements.

  • A variety of tools and concepts to aid optimization of process design, including Theory of Constraints
  • A deeper understanding of various techniques and application of Statistical Process Control
  • How to close your Lean Six Sigma project and hand off to process owner

Module 10                                                                               2 days

Program Review and Final Exam

Comprehensive review of all of the phases of the DMAIC project methodology. Preparation and writing of The Masters Certificate in Lean Six Sigma – Black Belt in-class examination to test your knowledge in Lean Six Sigma.

  • DMAIC review, project presentation and final assessments

The last day of the program is reserved for the preparation and writing of The Masters Certificate in Lean Six Sigma – Black Belt examination, as well as closing discussions with the course instructors. Note: Participants must bring a laptop computer with them to each module