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Lean Six Sigma Black Belt



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Take the next step in your Lean Six Sigma journey with this Black Belt short course from UTS Open. Delivered by leading experts in the Lean Six Sigma methodology, this course will equip you with the skills and confidence to deliver continuous improvement projects that span multiple areas of your organisation.

About this course

This Black Belt short course is the fourth step in the progressive, six-step Lean Six Sigma methodology. Building on the content introduced in the Green Belt (or Black Belt stage 1) qualification, you’ll gain an understanding of the role of Black Belt project managers as facilitators and leaders within their organisations.

Course content is delivered over two discrete five-day intensive face-to-face sessions by seasoned experts from the award-winning UTS Business School who will provide personalised guidance on your specific business challenges. You’ll explore sophisticated business analysis tools, creative solution development techniques and business improvement governance models and use them to deliver measurable improvements to your organisation’s efficiency. By the end of the course, you’ll have an actionable plan for organisational improvement, as well as the skills and tools to execute it.

Key benefits of this course

This short course has been designed to give participants:

  • A unique hands-on approach with personalised guidance for real business problems
  • Confidence that you are receiving world class training backed by the renowned UTS Business School
  • Skilful guidance from experts with broad and deep experience in improvement projects across many industries.

Lean Six Sigma program structure

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt is the fourth step in a progressive program of six sigma training, and each program must be completed before progressing onto the next as follows:


Full price: $9,990 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

The first 5-day block (stage 2) sees participants re-conceptualise their existing understanding of those skills, tools, and concepts learnt during green belt, in the context of ‘whole-of-organisation’ improvement strategy and the different role played by black belt project managers as facilitators and leaders within their organisations. This involves exploring more advanced concepts and tools that arise during the measurement phase.

The second 5-day block (stage 3) explores more advanced concepts, tools, and skills related to the analysis, implementation and control phases. This involves exploring techniques for creative solution development, statistical process control, experiment design and change management for more complex solutions.

The following content will be covered during the course over the two, five-day blocks:

Block 1 (5 days duration)

1.   Grounding the black belt program

  • Introduction to black belt program & course expectations
  • Lean six sigma history, context & basic concepts
  • Lean six sigma strategic view
  • Reframing organisational improvement - lean six sigma & organisational excellence
  • Lean six sigma roles & development roadmap
  • Emergence of business excellence
  • Strategic analyses
  • Complexity of black belt projects
  • Black belt tools.

2.   Developing black belt facilitation skills

  • Lean six sigma & organisational improvement
  • Black belt role
  • Review of personality in facilitation
  • Teamwork -team chemistry & performance model
  • Self-assessment of black belt team leader capabilities
  • Team facilitation & communication - skills, models & tips
  • Decision-making
  • Consensus building worksheet
  • Decision grids
  • Power & identity
  • Facilitating conflict.

3.   Issues in starting a project

  • Review of the define phase, engagement & communication
  • Audience
  • Key expectations & concerns
  • Communication actions
  • Review of improvement plan
  • Modelling your project
  • Coaching hints on improvement plan
  • Review measuring financial benefits
  • Review PDSA – learning cycles & cycle plans
  • Coaching hints on learning cycles
  • Black belt role as a coach
  • Facilitating coaching sessions
  • Helping with project selection
  • Case study for project selection
  • Engaging key stakeholders
  • Review other tools for the define phase
  • Explore quality companion for define phase.

4.   Variations in approaches

  • Overview of project types, durations & teams
  • Reasons for rapid improvement approaches
  • Rapid improvement approaches: A3 & kaizen
  • Collaborative approaches to accelerate change.

5.   Measurement & sampling

  • Review of measurement concepts & data collection
  • Data analysis in microsoft excel
  • Descriptive statistical analysis in minitab
  • Introduction to measurement at black belt level
  • What is statistical significance?
  • Power
  • Measurement validity types
  • Construct validity exercise
  • Reliability & validity
  • Levels of measurement & measurement error
  • Gage r & r (repeatability & reproducibility)
  • Sampling & sampling error.

6.   Control charts

  • Review of run charts & control charts
  • Control chart types & planning
  • X (i-mr) charts (individuals)
  • Continuous vs variable data
  • X-bar, r charts & s charts
  • X-bar & s charts
  • Attribute control charts
  • Np & p control charts
  • C & u control charts.

7.   Capability analyses

  • Review of capability analysis concepts: histograms & process sigma
  • Using minitab to help with histograms
  • Capability indices - short (c) & long term (p)
  • Capability analysis using minitab.

Block 2 (5 days duration)

1.   Analysis

  • Review of key analysis concepts
  • Process mapping techniques & quality companion
  • Value stream mapping techniques & quality companion
  • Cause & effect diagrams & quality companion
  • Pareto charts & minitab
  • Scatter plots & simple correlation & minitab
  • Regression concepts
  • Simple & multiple linear regression.

2.   Language & structure of experimental design

  • Foundational ideas
  • Tools & properties of a good experiment
  • Types of planned experiments - enumerative & analytic
  • Principles for designing analytic studies
  • Tools for experimentation.

3.   Experiments with one factor

  • General approach
  • Simple one factor design
  • Blocking - paired comparison experiments
  • ‘t’ tests & minitab
  • Testing assumptions for t tests
  • Null or alternative hypotheses - two tail & one tail tests
  • Other models or types of t tests
  • Anova concepts & one-way anova.

4.   Experiments with more than one factor

  • Basic concepts
  • Minitab & full factorial designs.

5.   Advanced concepts & fractional factorial designs

  • Additional advanced concepts & processes with minitab
  • Fractional factorial experiments - reducing size
  • Minitab case - 1/4 - fraction design
  • Fractional practice case in minitab.

6.   Creative solution development

  • Review of creative solution development concepts
  • Introduction to creative ideas generation
  • Lateral thinking
  • Tools for creative ideas generation
  • Concept formation
  • Parallel thinking
  • Summary & other tools - reverse brainstorming.

7.   Change management

  • Review of measurement concepts
  • Extending the adkar model for change
  • Adkar profiles - diagnostic application
  • Understanding reactions to change
  • Managing the change curve.

8.   Design for Six Sigma

  • Review of design concepts
  • Quality function deployment or house of quality
  • Failure mode effects analysis
  • Overview of customer experience design.

Course learning objectives

Successful completion of this course should allow you to develop and understanding of:

  • The strategic context of business improvement
  • Statistical analysis techniques and measurement
  • Six sigma methodology (technical)
  • Creative development and innovation including De Bono and TRIZ
  • Six sigma and business process management
  • Team leadership, team dynamics, communication
  • Customer analysis
  • Key elements of planning for improvement, leadership and governance.



  • Applicants considering undertaking their Lean Six Sigma Black Belt qualification must have completed the UTS Lean Six Sigma Green Belt short course or equivalent third party program (you DO NOT need to have completed the Green Belt certification)
  • Please submit evidence of completion of a Green Belt program to
  • Participants will be required to bring their own laptop and charger. Software will be provided prior to course commencement and it will be the responsibility of the participant to have the software installed.

Venue information

As part of your enrolment, we will provide you with morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea. If you have particular dietary requirements, please ensure you confirm these with our staff by emailing prior to attending your course, so that we can arrange for our caterers to provide you with delicious alternatives.  


Discounts are available for this course as follows: 

  • 10% discount for UTS staff
  • 10% discount for UTS alumni/students 
  • 15% discount for group enrolments of 3 or more from the same organisation.

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to obtain your discount voucher code (group enrolments)

Please contact the team at with details of group enrolments, to obtain your discount voucher code. 

How to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount (UTS staff)

Please contact the team at in order to secure your enrolment and 10% staff discount.

How to apply your discount voucher  

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni or student discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number during checkout. If you are an alumni and have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
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Who is this course for?

The Black Belt program has been designed for professionals with previous Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or similar experience, including:

  • Process improvement managers
  • Business area managers
  • Executives
  • Operations managers
  • Project managers.


The course content is relevant to professionals across a wide range of sectors, from construction and finance, to education and hospitality.

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