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Certified Six Sigma Black Belt Refresher Course  

Montgomery College, Rockville Campus

Jan 24, 2009    8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Certified Six Sigma Black Belt Refresher Course


This course is designed for quality management professionals who want to prepare for the Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Exam administered by the American Society for Quality.


Location: Montgomery College, Rockville Campus

51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD 20850

Location / Maps: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/maps/Rvic.html

Physical Education Center, Classroom: TBD


Dates:  The course will run 6 sessions (24 hours) on six consecutive Saturdays: January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28.  Classes run from 8am to Noon.


Instructor: Cathy Oliveri, ASQ Section 509.


Ms. Oliveri is a Member of the ASQ with over 20 years experience in software and systems development. She has held quality related positions at IBM, the SAS Institute, and Lockheed Martin, and is currently a Program Analyst for Operational  Process and Performance Metrics for the TSA. She is a Master Black Belt and holds ASQ certifications as a Six Sigma Black Belt, Software Quality Engineer, and Certified Manager of Quality / Organizational Excellence.


Tuition: $325 payable to ASQ 509, which is offering the course.


Course Materials: We will be using certification materials from the

Quality Council of Indiana http://www.qualitycouncil.com/cssbb_p.asp).

Required materials for the course:

   Six Sigma Black Belt Primer - $75

   Six Sigma Black Belt Primer Solution Text - $35

Note: Costs do not include tax, shipping and handling.


Students are to order the materials directly from the Quality Council of Indiana (http://www.qualitycouncil.com/) 800-660-4215 or 812-533-4215


Course Approach: We'll begin by reviewing the list of topics in the CSSBB Body of Knowledge and the level at which each topic will be tested. Each class will consist of a review of sample questions, accompanied by more detailed focus on selected qualitative and quantitative areas according to the needs of the participants. The course will also have a dedicated web site where participants can download supplemental materials and post questions.


Credit: This course does not carry CEU or academic credit.


Course Registration and Information: Contact the instructor, Cathy Oliveri, at 571-227-1682 or email Cathy.Oliveri@dhs.gov.


ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt Exam Information:


Dates: Exam date is Saturday, March 7, 2009.  Application deadline is January 16, 2009.


Location: Exam location is in the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C.  Applicants will be notified of location and time by National ASQ.


Exam Application: Application for the exam is done directly with National ASQ (http://www.asq.org/certification/six-sigma/apply.html).  Please note that to qualify to take the exam, you must either submit two completed work projects with signed affidavits or one project with a signed affidavit and three years of work experience as it pertains to the Body of Knowledge.


CSSBB Exam Cost: $420 for non-members, $260 for members.  Join ASQ and save!  Exam applicants are responsible for meeting ASQ's certification requirements.




If you have any questions about the course or exam, contact Cathy Oliveri (571-227-1682 or email oliv099@attglobal.net or cathy.oliveri@dhs.gov).  If you are interested in possible future course offerings, contact Education Chair Charles Snipes at Education@asq509.org.