Kent State's Lean Six Sigma Black Belt curriculum is structured to allow students and employers maximum flexibility in obtaining the Black Belt certification. The curriculum follows a four-week approach with the class meeting one week each month for four months (160 contact hours). The Black Belt certification also requires the completion and approval of an independent project. Topics covered in the certification include Project Identification, Team Oriented Problem Solving (TOPS), Introduction to Lean Thinking, Six Sigma Quality and Methods, Basic Minitab, Measurement System Analysis, Process Capability, Helicopter Simulation, Lean Tools, Hypothesis Testing, Comparative Analysis, Tests for Stability/Normality of Data, Catapult Simulation, Advanced Lean Methods, Regression and Correlation, Quick Changeovers (SMED), Airplane Simulation, Advanced Statistical Tools and Design of Experiments. Guest lecturers and field trips. Nearby accommodations available (priced separately). To maximize the benefit of attending Lean Six Sigma training and to realize return on investment for future Lean Six Sigma projects, Kent State requires that each participant brings a laptop that has Minitab v18 statistical software and Companion by Minitab software loaded to each day of training. You can purchase this software at a reduced price directly from Minitab.