The Master Black Belt (MBB) certification is a mark of career excellence and aimed at individuals who possess exceptional expertise and knowledge of current industry practice. Master Black Belts have outstanding leadership ability, are innovative, and demonstrate a strong commitment to the practice and advancement of quality and improvement.
To become certified as MBB, a candidate must successfully meet all requirements. To be eligible to apply for the MBB examination, a candidate must hold a current Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB). In addition, a candidate must have either of the following experience levels.
1) At least 5 years of experience in the role of a SSBB or MBB.
2) Completion of 10 Six Sigma Black Belt projects.
Candidates must meet the minimum scoring requirements for each of the three key performance indicators.
Teaching, Coaching, Mentoring
Occupational Experience & Responsibility
The Master Black Belt certification is a two part examination administered over five-hours. The first portion consists of a 100 item multiple choice test and is 2.5 hours long, this portion is an open book portion. The second portion is a performance-based assessment that measures comprehension of the MBB. It includes situation specific materials that candidates will be directed to evaluate and respond to. This portion is 2.5 hours long and is closed book. It is offered in English.
Examinations are conducted twice a year, in March and October, by local ASQ sections and international organizations. Each participant must bring his or her own reference materials. Use of reference materials and calculators is explained in the seating letter provided to applicants. Please Note: The Body of Knowledge for certification is affected by new technologies, policies, and the changing dynamics of manufacturing and service industries. Changed versions of the examination based on the current Body of Knowledge are used at each offering.