The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Haslam College of Business

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

Candidates for our Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification will complete not only a one-week Lean course, but also our Black Belt Certification Program (two weeks, non-consecutive). This course is designed to equip individuals with the skills to improve organizational performance by effectively acquiring and interpreting data and generating management action based on the insights gained. Additional topics, such as leadership skills, mentoring others, effective communication, and conducting successful meetings are covered in pursuit of a holistic Black Belt educational experience. 30 hours of online content rounds out the overall LSS Black Belt coursework.

In addition to the classroom coursework, the LSS Black Belt candidate will work a rigorous project determined to provide significant ROI to the organization with faculty mentoring throughout the project. Duration of LSS Black Belt projects typically range from 9 to 12 months. Upon successful completion, the candidate will receive a University of Tennessee LSS Black Belt Certification.


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Key Benefits

The primary objective of this two-week course is to equip you with the analytical skills to improve your organization's performance. You'll learn to manage effectively by acquiring and interpreting data, whether it's from a process, product, or organization.

Intended Audience

Process improvement professionals, business analysts, middle managers, and Green and Black Belt candidates.

Duration & Dates

Two non-consecutive weeks with additional online content.

June 19 – June 23, 2017
July 31 – August 4, 2017


Allen Pannell: faculty, Graduate & Executive Education, and an executive consultant specializing in process innovation and redesign, leadership, Six Sigma, strategic planning, and process management.

Ed Miles: president of Miles & Associates, a management consulting firm focused on improving business performance. Ed has worked extensively with senior executives in manufacturing and service organizations to improve organizational effectiveness. He holds a BS in statistics and is a graduate of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Executive Development Institute.

Keith Leitner, MS: faculty member, Graduate & Executive Education, in the area of lean enterprise deployment. Keith has served business and industry as a management consultant for many years implementing the concepts of lean in both private and defense industries.

Bill Peterson, MBA : faculty, Graduate & Executive Education. Bill is a lean best practices teacher and consultant with more than 30 years of hands-on experience using lean, Six Sigma and other continuous improvement tools to enhance process efficiency, job satisfaction, and organizational performance.



Cost of the program includes. . .

  • Most meals
  • Single-room hotel lodging
  • On-campus transportation
  • Materials/simulations
  • Professional education credits, where applicable

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