Once a student has been passed to grade, they will grade at a closed session with an experienced examiner panel. They will be go through various procedures including katas. Successful students will get their new belt and feedback form to help them at the next stage in their journey.
Getting to black belt is an individual journey and impossible to set a deadline on. It takes a number of years but it’s an individual journey. There are many factors to consider and goal setting will help determine how you get to black belt.