Six Sigma Black Belt Workshop (for ASQ Certification) Course Code : S-09

Duration : 17 Days

Who is a Six Sigma Black Belt?

Black Belts play a critical role within a Six Sigma infrastructure and culture. Their primary roles are important in many ways. Black Belts provide value within the organization’s Six Sigma initiative in a variety of ways.

  • Leading Six Sigma Black Belt Projects and making process improvements
  • Deploying their organization’s Six Sigma program
  • Working with process owners to ensure project gains are sustained
  • Spreading Six Sigma culture within the company
  • Sharing of best practices throughout the organization

 Who should attend the training?

This training workshop is designed for professionals, engineers and managers and others who aspire to get certified by American Society for Quality (ASQ) as Six Sigma Black Belts (CSSBB). The course is designed based on the latest ASQ CSSBB Body of Knowledge. Others who wish to learn fundamentals of Six Sigma Approach, Tools and Applications will also be immensely benefited.

Benefits and Structure of the workshop :

After attending the workshop, the participants will be able to :

  • Understand Six Sigma approach and tools
  • Apply Six Sigma tools using many exercises to make process improvements using SigmaXL and Minitab software
  • Prepare for taking Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) examination offered by ASQ
  • Test the comprehension and knowledge level with reference to ASQ body of knowledge

Background :

This is a 17-day workshop focusing on learning the concepts and applying these to the projects selected by the participants. Each participant is expected to identify a Six Sigma Black belt project before or during the course. Guidelines and counseling for project selection will be provided to registered participants. This workshop includes sufficient hands on exercises using special SigmaXL and Minitab software and significant time in the workshop would be dedicated to the application exercises.After each session of training, participants go back to their work and apply the tools to their projects. Participants will also be given set of practice questions in line with ASQ examination. Their performance will be continuously monitored and shared.  Each participant is expected and encouraged to apply the concepts using Six Sigma tools and SigmaXL/Minitab software. These softwares facilitate effective use/application of Six Sigma statistical tools enabling the belts spend more time focusing on implementing process improvements. For some sessions, participants need to bring laptop computers with Microsoft Windows XP and MS Office. Laptops can also be made available at reasonable additional rental charges on request.

Two simulated tests will be conducted at the end of training to assess effectiveness of training. The structure of these tests will be similar to ASQ exams. Subsequent guidance for the ASQ exam will be available on request.

Certification : IQR will certify participants who pass the final test and complete their projects as “Certified Six Sigma Black Belts” (CSSBB). Participants need to apply separately for Certification from American Society for Quality (ASQ). See more details below.

About ASQ Certification :

ASQ conducts Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) Examination in March and October every year. ASQ CSSBB enjoys excellent international reputation. Next 2 exams are scheduled on 18 October 08 and 7 March 09 with Pune as one of the venues. More details about ASQ certification are available on web site of ASQ In addition to attending the workshop, participants are expected to prepare for the examination using the course material and other recommended reference books. Depending on the prior experience, study time for preparation may vary between 50 to 100 hours. ASQ CSSBB examination is a 4-hour examination of 150 multiple-choice questions. ASQ certification fees (US $420 for Non members; US $ 260 for members + ASQ membership fees $74) are not included in the course fees. Participants need to take up and complete their projects by December 2008 so that they can apply for ASQ certification examination scheduled on 7 March 2009. Last Date for application is 9 January 2009. One of the requirements for application approval to take ASQ’s CSSBB exam is the demonstration of experience. Six Sigma Black Belt affidavit(s) must be completed and submitted attesting to that fact. Provide two signed affidavits attesting to the completion of two Six Sigma projects, signed by the project champion(s). If two Six Sigma projects have not been completed, one completed project will be allowed providing you have at least three years of work experience covered by the Six Sigma Black Belt Body of Knowledge (BOK).

 Course Material :

1.      Comprehensive workshop material by IQR with appropriate exercises using Minitab/SigmaXL

2.      CD containing many useful templates for implementing Six Sigma and data files for exercises.

3.      Learning through hands on Exercises and Games like Catapults.

4.      Single user Licensed copy of SigmaXL software is included in the course fees. However, please check the price options for the course for specific details.

5.      30-day evaluation copy of Minitab Software will be provided. However, if required, licensed copies of software should be procured by the participants during training and later for project work.

6.      Six Sigma Black Belt Handbook depending upon availability at the time of course.

  •  The course is recommended with SigmaXL software as it is required for practice exercises and project work.
  • However, if participants already have access to SigmaXL or Minitab software, course can be purchased without software. Contact us for pricing information without SigmaXL software.
  • l   ASQ examination fees are not included.(US $420 for non-members and $260 for members+ membership fees $74)


Faculty :  

Mr. Hemant Urdhwareshe, Master Black Belt and Director Institute of Quality and Reliability (IQR) is the principal faculty for the program. He has more than 28 years of experience in Manufacturing, Quality and Engineering at Cummins India Limited (CIL). As head of quality, reliability and subsequently engineering functions at CIL, he was actively involved in driving Six Sigma and has led/sponsored many Six Sigma projects. He has applied various Six Sigma tools in improving processes and solving complex manufacturing and field problems. Hemant has conducted many in-house training programmes on Leadership, Quality Engineering and management at CIL and on behalf of Indian Institution of Production Engineers (IIPE). He has also published many articles on Six Sigma and quality engineering.

He has conducted Black/Green Belt Programmes for Fleetguard Filters, TACO, Alfa Laval, Menon Pistons and Mahindra Hinoday, Satyam Computers and Eaton Technologies. He has also conducted many Six Sigma Green Belt public workshops. He has trained more than 240 Six Sigma Black/Green Belts till date.

He is :

  • The first ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt in India (2001)
  • The first ASQ Certified Quality Manager in India (1998)
  • ASQ Certified Quality Engineer (1996) and
  • ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer (2005)
  • The first person in India with four or more certifications from ASQ
  • Recipient of Silver Standard 2003 award from Qimpro Foundation as outstanding Manager of International Quality Systems

              a. Senior Member of ASQ, Fellow of IIPE and member of National Center for Quality Management. (NCQM).

               b. Qualified Lead Assessor

Hemant Urdhwareshe will be supported by Dr.Vikas Garud.

Dr. Vikas Garud is a mechanical engineer from VJTI, Mumbai University. He completed post graduation– M. E., with specialization in Machine Design. His project in Robotics area was instrumental in development of full fledged robotics and automation laboratory in VJTI. He was first in the batch, in Mumbai University. Combining professional experience and research work carried out for the Aeronautical R&D Board, Defense Ministry, Govt. of India, he successfully completed Ph. D. in the area of Design Quality Assurance from Mumbai University. Dr. Vikas Garud started his career in Quality Management in MIRC Electronics Ltd., makers of the Onida brand of home appliances. Dr.Garud has assisted many organizations in developing quality systems and preparing for Business Excellence Awards. He has conducted number of workshops on QFD, FMEA, SPC, MSA, Process Mapping, Quality Audits Problem Solving and Six Sigma. Dr.Garud has been working as examiner/senior examiner for the IMC-Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Award since its inception in 1997.


About Institute of Quality and Reliability :

Institute of Quality and Reliability (IQR) was established in Nov. 2005, with primary objective to help Industries for improving their business performance. IQR also supports individuals aspiring to improve their knowledge and skills in Quality and Reliability. After 28 years of rich industrial experience in the Industry, at Cummins India Ltd. (CIL), Hemant Urdhwareshe decided to start IQR. So far IQR has trained more than 240 Six Sigma Black/Green Belts and about 400 individuals in the field of Quality and Reliability.

For registration or more information Contact us :
Institute of Quality and Reliability, Plot No.39, Shantiban Cooperative Housing Society,
Near Gandhi Bhavan,
Kothrud, Pune 411029.

Dattatraya Shejawalkar   :  9423036379
Hemant Urdhwareshe   :  9822014488
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