Master Black Belt Certification
Hello community,

I am an ASQ Black Belt certified professional with 10 years of experience, and now I am planning on pursuing my ASQ Master Black Belt certification. I would love to hear your experience in preparing and taking this examination. Some of my specific questions are as follows:

1. Any recommendation of the study material that I should use to prepare?

2. I am yet to complete my portfolio evaluation. What are the key considerations before submitting my documents?

3. In portfolio review, one of the KPIs that they measure on is Teaching, Coaching and Mentoring. Should this be in an educational setting or could it be also in workplace? Example: training and coaching engineers and analysts.

4. What book is the best to carry to the exam?

Thanks for the help in advance.

Regards,
Kare Selvaraj.

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Trish Borzon
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Grace Duffy‍ - can you give some insights here?
Grace Duffy
82 Posts
Thanks for thinking of me, Trish. I cannot see the discussion thread, so I don't know just what I can shed light upon. Do lwt me know the subject and i will try to assist. I hope everyone is enjoying WCQI. We had a great TCC Advisory Board meeting today. I look forward to my DCI TCC segment session tomorrow morning.

Grace
Hello Grace Duffy‍ ,

I am an ASQ Black Belt certified professional with 10 years of experience, and now I am planning on pursuing my ASQ Master Black Belt certification. I would love to hear your experience in preparing and taking this examination. Some of my specific questions are as follows:

1. Any recommendation of the study material that I should use to prepare?

2. I am yet to complete my portfolio evaluation. What are the key considerations before submitting my documents?

3. In portfolio review, one of the KPIs that they measure on is Teaching, Coaching and Mentoring. Should this be in an educational setting or could it be also in workplace? Example: training and coaching engineers and analysts.

4. What book is the best to carry to the exam?

Thanks for the help in advance.

Regards,
Kare Selvaraj
Grace Duffy
82 Posts
Kare, Congratulations on your desire to achieve ASQ MBB Certification. My certification came way before ASQ created the content validated SSMBB cert. I am certified through the Harrington Institute, so my journey was somewhat different.

My suggestion to your question !: Use the MBB Body of Knowledge that is associated with the certification webpage on ASQ.org. That will show you the content and the depth of knowledge you will need to master by category. Also, look on the webpage for the references that are used to write the test items that make up the certification exam. Those books are the ones that are deemed to covered the required areas of the Body of Knowledge. We did not used to have specific texts from which to write certification exam test items years ago. Now there is a proscribed scope of knowledge within a limited number of references, thus giving the student some better guidance on just where to study. Compare your existing knowledge with the Body of Knowledge, identify you weak areas as in a gap analysis, then go through the reference books to strengthen you knowledge in those areas. If there is a MBB Study Guide (I co-author the Yellow Belt ASQ Study Guide), I suggest you get that and use it with the ASQ MBB Review Guide or Handbook for general study.

I did not take the ASQ MBB certification, so I do not have experience to answer questions #2. Others probably do.

#3, I have not looked specifically, but I do thing that both academic and professional, corporate and business education and training are both acceptable. There are requirements for the amount of education you need to have completed before you qualify to take the exam, but that is different. With the ASQ Fellow nomination, either one will do, although they are in different categories in the application.

#4 I am surprised there are so many references used to write the MBB Certification exam. We tried in the CMQ/OE to be much for succinct in our choice of reference texts. The ones below are the ones I recognize as comprehensive across most of the SSMBB Body of Knowledge. You will need to study the books so you can easily find information quickly as you take the exam or taking them into the test center will not be valuable.
  • Evans, James R., and William M. Lindsay, Managing for Quality and Performance Excellence, 7th ed., Mason, OH: Thomson-Southwestern College Pub, 2008. ISBN 0324382278
  • Juran, J.M., and Joseph DeFeo, Juran’s Quality Handbook, 6th ed., New York, McGraw-Hill, 2010.
  • Kubiak, T.M., The Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt Handbook, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: ASQ Quality Press, 2012.
Others on this discussion thread will surely have better information on some of your questions. Best wishes.

Grace Duffy
LSSMBB, CMQ/OE, CQA, CQIA, SSGB,
ASQ Fellow/Author/DSM
Hi Grace,

Thank you for the detailed response. I will take a look at the webpage and do some research on the BOK requirements. The information provided for all 4 questions is very helpful!

Regards,
Kare
Hello, I took my BB and MBB in 2019. I heavily studied the handbooks for both and took the online sessions which helped tremendously with the statistics part. It walks you through the books so you get to know them well. I took both of them for the MBB test. The only way to study for MBB is to read the MBB book and know your stats. It’s almost impossible to be able to study for the essay/written portion. You just have to know it from experience and reading I guess. As far as the portfolio, I had to pick and choose to obtain my points as I did not have some BB teaching experience to use. But I was able to put together the requirements. I would think the teaching can be on the job. You just may have to have a validation letter from your employer. I hope that helps. Feel free to ask more specific questions and will answer best I can.

margaret
Hi,

ASQ MBB handbook is very valuable for the preparation.
For portfolio filling, on the application itself they have provided detailed information.
Training provided records are to be enclosed.
Referring to following will aid QP articles, Mastering lean six sigma by Salman Taghizadegan, ASQ Black belt handbook, etc.,

All the best!
Suresh