How can you achieve a Six Sigma Black Belt certification?


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The main qualification for Six Sigma Black Belt certification is a standardized written exam that must be taken in a formal capacity, as reported by the American Society for Quality. In addition to registering for and passing this paid exam, aspiring Six Sigma Black Belts must complete an official Six Sigma project and submit an affidavit after completing this project. There are fees associated with the exam and the certification application, so there is a financial component to certification requirements as well.

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The Six Sigma Black Belt exam takes 4 hours to complete, and it consists of 150 questions, according to the International Association for Six Sigma Certification, or IASSC. The questions are in multiple choice and true-or-false format. The test questions have a total of 750 possible points, and candidates must score at least 580 to pass. Anyone who pays for the exam may take it; there are no prerequisites other than paying the fees and having the time to sit for the exam. The IASSC offers an exam voucher for purchase online.

After passing the exam and gaining certification, Six Sigma Black Belts are required to keep their certification active. Certification is valid for 3 years, after which the Black Belt certification holder must retake the test or acquire recertification unit credits.

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