Lean Six Sigma


Kent State offers the unique approach of weaving Lean, Six Sigma, Team-Oriented Problem Solving (TOPS), and Theory of Constraints (TOC) methods into a seamless certification that can help you achieve substantial improvements in your organization.

Sharpened processes, greater efficiency and cost savings are just a few of the advantages that will make your organization more competitive when you implement Lean and Six Sigma continual improvement principles. Lean tools and techniques eliminate wasteful process activities, and Six Sigma is a disciplined method for meeting customers’ expectations and eliminating defects in any process.

Who Should Attend

Key candidates for Kent State’s Lean Six Sigma training and certification programs are:

  • Quality technicians, supervisors and managers
  • Plant managers
  • Directors and managers of engineering
  • Vice presidents or managers of customer service
  • Operations managers
  • Vice presidents of manufacturing
  • Directors and managers of patient services
  • Presidents, CFOs and CEOs

Organizations in the manufacturing, healthcare and service-based industries, as well as in higher education, will reap significant benefits from employees attending these programs.

Outstanding Facilitators

Several companies have expanded their program and sent additional candidates for training and certification based on their participants' outstanding reviews of the depth and breadth of knowledge of the Kent State Lean Six Sigma facilitators.

Project-based Learning

Each participant of Kent State’s Lean Six Sigma Training and Certification is required to complete a project using the methods learned. This will contribute significant results to the sponsoring organization.

Implementation Expertise

After the training program, Lean Six Sigma facilitators will assist you in the successful implementation of Lean Six Sigma principles in your work environment. Kent State also offers other Lean and Six Sigma consulting and project coaching services, as well as on-site training.



Black Belt training is conducted throughout two weeks over two months (56 contact hours). Completion of Kent State’s Green Belt training is a prerequisite for attending the Black Belt training.

Green Belt training is conducted throughout two weeks over two months (56 contact hours).

  • Black Belt Training and Certification: $2,995
  • Green Belt Training and Certification: $2,995

These prices include breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack each day of training. All participants receive an electronic copy of the participant materials. After the required capstone project is submitted and approved, the participant is entitled to use the designation “Certified Black Belt” as a professional credential. Lodging accommodations are not included.

Laptop & Software

To maximize the benefit of attending Lean Six Sigma training and to realize a return on investment for future Lean Six Sigma projects, Kent State requires that each participant bring a laptop loaded with current versions of Minitab to each day of training.