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Black Belt Training

The X-Stream Leadership Group Black Belt (BB) course is provided in two ways: the first is a full 160 hours of classroom instruction based on Adult Education Theory spread over four months. The second is a “Blended” approach that utilizes some on line self paced instruction combined with in class, hands on instruction to ensure the Black Belt if fully capable of using and facilitating the tools in a dynamic environment. The Black Belts are also required to complete one project such as a Rapid Process Improvement, Process Development Kaizen or Value Stream Analysis during the class. Our training meets and exceeds 100% of the criteria for the 2009 American Society Quality Body of Knowledge Requirements.

X-Stream Leadership Group believes Black Belts must be familiar with all Lean and Six Sigma tools. However, this does not mean they must be experts in every tool. They must be able to know which tool to use for each occasion, and where to go to get help for the more difficult tools such as Design of Experiments. Our instruction will focus more attention on the tools they will use most often in their events in order to deliver the highest ROI for our Clients as possible.

The first section of Black Belt training focuses mostly on facilitation skills which will help the BB lead and facilitate projects and events, especially those involving multi-level teams.

The second section of the X-Stream Leadership Group BB class spotlights the Lean tools, with students doing a much deeper dive into the Lean principles and how to apply them effectively.

The students are requested to provide an update on the progress on their project, and, as with every week of Black Belt training, they must pass an exam at the end of the section with a score of at least 80%.

Statistics become the focus of section three of the X-Stream Leadership Group education package. This gives the students a chance to continue working their project in order to complete it through implementation and to use the tools and skills studied in section one to foster true learning.

The final section four of the X-Stream Leadership Group Black Belt training curriculum concentrates on the more difficult Six Sigma tools such as Design of Experiments. Also included in this week is a Capstone Exercise. This Capstone allows the students to demonstrate their grasp of the Black Belt program of study by engaging in an effective process simulation designed to require using most of the tools and skills learned by the student. It also ends with a test that incorporates all of the four sections of instruction and must be successfully completed with at least an 80% score.

The X-Stream Leadership Group Black Belt certification program requires the following:

  • Completion of all four sections of classroom instruction
  • Passing four exams with a minimum score of 80%
  • One white paper on how the Black Belt effectively used influence in order to change their
  • organization or their Lean Six Sigma Program
  • Coaching and supporting one other Black Belt candidate during their in-class project
  • Coaching and facilitating two Green Belts during actual events

Once the soft copy of the paperwork for these events has been received at the home office, X-Stream Leadership Group will immediately send the notice of Black Belt Certification to the student and/or the Executive Sponsor.


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