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Six Sigma Black Belt

Six Sigma

Six Sigma generates dramatic improvements. It reduces defects, improves performance and increases customer satisfaction.

This Six Sigma training course is designed to equip individuals to achieve ‘Six Sigma Black Belt’ status. The role of the Six Sigma Black Belt is to support major changes initiatives through their ability to lead large process improvement exercises.

Who should enrol on this Six Sigma Black Belt program?
People who:

  • can be expected to achieve significant improvements for their organisation
  • wish to learn the skills of business process improvement at the Six Sigma Black Belt Level.

RMIT Recognition

Centre for Learning Six Sigma Black Belt candidates are encouraged to submit a report to an external panel. Six Sigma Black Belt status is conferred if the panel believes that the report satisfies predefined criteria at post graduate standard.

Learning, application & business advantage

Centre for Learning’s Six Sigma Black Belt program combines public workshops with a significant improvement project. The program is spread over six months to integrate learning, application and achieving improvement.

Integrated Program

Six workshop modules extend over a period of 6 months. During this time, participants define and carry out a project that will provide a genuine benefit to their organisation.

Each module provides the concepts and tools needed to complete and implement the project successfully, following the DMAIC sequence.

At the beginning of each workshop participants present their work for review and guidance. The criteria for achieving Black Belt status are explained and detailed feedback provided as necessary.

In this way the momentum and direction of the project is maintained, and participants are able to apply the theoretical and practical lessons with confidence.

Workshop 1: DEFINE Topic, & Map Process, with Six Sigma Overview

Define the Goal

  • Six Sigma philosophy
  • DMAIC methodology
  • Process analysis
  • Process mapping
  • Topic selection
  • Defining the output goal
  • Team selection & team charter
  • Team dynamics & roles

Project Assignment

  • Confirm topic with management
  • Map process
  • Make initial estimate of perfomance target to achieve by the end of Six Sigma training

Workshop 2: MEASURE Performance

Assess process performance & identify potential input factors

  • Control charts, histograms & distribution curves
  • Defining the data to collect
  • Measurement accuracy
  • How to conduct a brainstorming session for potential variables

Project Assignment

  • Brainstorm for possible variables with the process ‘owners’
  • Collect data
  • Assess measuring accuracy & current process performance

Workshop 3: ANALYSE relationships

Discover which input factors drive the result

  • Regression: single & multiple
  • Analysis of variance
  • Contingency table
  • Cluster analysis
  • Factor analysis
  • Cusum charts
  • Multivari charts

Project Assignment

  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Make a visual display of the interpretation to show to colleagues
  • Explain the analysis to colleagues and gather comments
  • Collect more data, and investigate the process as necessary
  • Evaluate potential changes

Workshop 4: IMPROVE the process

Workshop Content

  • Improvement Strategies
  • Experimental design

Project Assignment

  • Ask colleagues to brainstorm for potential improvements, based on analysis
  • Define potential changes
  • Explain potential changes

Workshop 5: CONTROL & maintain improvement

Evaluate & maintain the gains

  • Assess the improved performance
  • FMEA to anticipate potential problems with the new process
  • Control plans and error proofing to hold the gains

Project Assignment

  • Ensure improvement is maintained by analysing potential ways for performance to deteriorate, and installing methods to sustain benefits.
  • Draft presentation for colleagues.

Workshop 6: Consolidate & reinforce

Consolidate & critique

  • Review ‘Control’ actions
  • Ensure all techniques used during assignments were understood to sufficient depth
  • Reinforce concepts from whole course
  • Discuss assessment criteria and details
  • Review draft project report prior to submission for recognition

External Assessment

Participants are encouraged, at no extra cost, to submit a written report of their in-company project for assessment by an external assessment panel. Participants who do not satisfy the panel can make up to two re-submissions for a cost of $50 per re-submission.

Panel members include experienced university teachers and industry practitioners.

Centre for Learning Six Sigma Black Belt Status

Participants who satisfy the assessment panel, and attend every module, will achieve Centre for Learning Six Sigma Black Belt status. They will be recorded on the Centre for Learning’s Six Sigma Black Belt Roll, and receive a certificate to this effect.

All participants who complete the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

RMIT University Credit

Six Sigma Black Belt status carries with it recognition by RMIT University which provides for credit within post graduate certificate, diploma and Master of Engineering qualifications.

Additional Assistance

Additional assistance is available at extra cost.


Alan Long will conduct the training. Alan is a Chartered Statistician (Royal Statistical Society) with many years experience in business and industry and a reputation for explaining complex techniques in a practical, understandable, and useful way.

The program will be supported by:

  • Dr Geoff Robinson—an applied statistician from CSIRO
  • Glenda Crawford— a specialist in behavioural, communication & interpersonal skills.




The fee per participant is $7,500, excluding GST. This includes manuals, spreadsheet files for all analysis, lunch for full day sessions, and refreshments.

Please see our standard terms and conditions for further registration information.

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