Certified Six Sigma Black Belt Exam

Professionals who have been Six Sigma certified as a Black Belt can explain Six Sigma principles, philosophies, understand team dynamics, demonstrate leadership abilities, and are responsible for assigning team member roles.


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Who is Eligible?

Those who wish to complete Black Belt certification must first complete:

  • at least two completed projects with signed affidavits or
  • one completed project and three yeas of work experience in one or more areas of the Six Sigma Body of Knowledge.

This work experience must be full time and paid. Internships, co-ops, and/or other course work may not be substituted.

The fee to take the certification exam is $538. For members of ASQ the fee is only $388. This includes a non-refundable $70 fee.

Once your application has been approved, you will be sent an eligibility letter that will include instructions on how to schedule your exam.

When and Where is it Taken?

Exams are delivered by Prometric at one of their many testing facilities. You can schedule to take it year-round during specific testing windows. Specific dates and times are listed online when you schedule your exam.

A complete list of available testing centers throughout the U.S. will be made available to you during your scheduling as well. There are international locations available as well.

What Should I Bring?

There are two ways this exam is given: by computer or using paper and pencil. Most people take the computer version of the exam.

Both versions of this exam are open book. You may bring your own reference materials to use during the exam. However, each of these items will be inspected upon your arrival to the testing site. Stapled or paper-clipped materials, any unbound notes, tablets, slide charts, or wheel charts are prohibited.

If you are taking the computer-delivered exam, you will not need to bring any other materials with you. A calculator will be provided on screen for you. Any calculators that are brought with you must be silent, hand-held, battery operated without programmable memory.

What is to be Expected?

Since the exam can be taken either by computer or by using pencil and paper, it can be different lengths depending on the version taken. The computer delivered exam is 165 multiple choice questions with 150 of them scored. The other 15 are used as pretest questions and are not scored. 4.5 hours of time are given to finish.

Paper and pencil exams are 150 multiple choice questions without any pretest or non-scored questions. You are given four hours to complete it.

The test is broken in to 9 major sections and measure your comprehension of the Body of Knowledge. The major sections of the exam are as follows:

  • Organization-wide planning and development
  • Organizational process management and measures
  • Team management
  • Define customer requirements using data collection and feedback
  • Measure process performance using process flow metrics and analysis tools
  • Analyze results of correlation and regression analyses
  • Improve processes by applying design of experiments principles
  • Control techniques
  • Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) Framework and Methodologies

How is it Scored?

There is a total of 750 possible points on the certification exam. To pass, you will need a score of at least 550.

Those who are taking the computer administered exam will receive a score report upon completion at the testing site. This will appear as a pass/fail status. For those who fail, your score report will also include diagnostics on your performance.

You will also be able to access your results online at ASQ.org 7-10 business days after your exam date. When your results are available, you will receive an email notification.

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