Lean Six Sigma certification

Certification at the University of Amsterdam

UvA Lean Six Sigma examenYou can be certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green, Black or Master Black Belt by the Univeristy of Amsterdam. Certified Belts satisfy the strict requirements set by the University of Amsterdam. Our programmes are perfectly tailored to these requirements.

The following certificates can be obtained at the University of Amsterdam:

  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Furthermore, in a tailor-made programme IBIS UvA also certifies Master Black Belts.

Requirements for Black Belts

To qualify for Black Belt certification, the candidate must:

  • Pass the Black Belt theoretical exam;
  • Submit two Lean Six Sigma projects.

The exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions. The exam tests the knowledge of the Lean Six Sigma methodology, familiarity with Lean Six Sigma tools, and interpretation of Minitab output. It is allowed to bring and use handouts and books.

The two submitted projects should comply to the following:

  • The projects' benefits must be €50k or more per year. For projects having non-monetary benefits only, the examiners will judge whether the project is of sufficient weight.
  • The report must follow the structure of the DMAIC steps, as indicated in the review template. The template will be provided upon registration for the exam. Note: reports that do not follow the DMAIC steps will be rejected.
  • The report must be accompanied by a signed statement by the project champion and controller (or comparable functionaries). The (very short) statement confirms that the report gives a realistic representation of the project and its benefits.
  • A project can be submitted by one candidate only. Collaborative projects must therefore be assigned to one of the Black Belts only.

Note that the submitted information will be considered confidential. A Black Belt certificate supersedes a Green Belt certificate that the candidate may possibly have.

Requirements for Green Belts

The requirements for Green Belts are:

  • Candidates must pass the Green Belt theoretical exam. The questions of this exam are less difficult and cover less topics than the Black Belt exam described above.
  • Candidates must submit two Lean Six Sigma projects. The requirements listed above for Black Belts apply to Green Belts as well, but the minimum financial benefits per projects are only €20k per year.

Procedure and price

Candidates can enroll in the Lean Six Sigma certification programme in January and June. The procedure is as follows:

  1. Register for certification before December 1st, or June 1st, via the registration form on our website. You can either register for the theoretical exam, the practical exam (two projects) or both. Upon registration the review template for project reports will be sent by e-mail.
  2. The theoretical exam will take place in Amsterdam and lasts two hours. Candidates must submit their project reports before the deadline of the registration date by e-mail to info@ibisuva.nl.
  3. The examiners will correct the exam and the result of the project evaluate will be communicated to the candidates on the exam date. 

If a candidate passes the theoretical exam and both projects satisfy the requirements, the exam bureau will make out an official UvA certificate and this will be sent by mail to the candidate. Certified Black and Green Belts are included in the certification archive of the UvA. In case a candidate fails the exam or the projects do not meet the requirements, the candidate can do a retake for the failed part of the exam at the following scheduled exam date. Completed parts of the exam are valid for 5 years.

The UvA charges €525 for one year enrollment (2 consecutive opportunities). There will not be a refund if the exam is failed.