Six Sigma Black Belt

Systematic management of improvement teams, projects and outcomes

Six Sigma emphasises quality improvement, but is more than just statistics and tools. The Six Sigma methodology is a systematic application that is focused on achieving bottom line financial improvements and increasing customer satisfaction. When properly applied on carefully selected business projects, Six Sigma can lead to significant reduction in, and often eliminates altogether, defective and out of control processes. That improvement translates directly to immediate and dramatic financial profitability.

Our recently redesigned course developed to meet the University of South Australia and American Society for Quality (ASQ) accreditation requirements, now incorporates Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. Participants can now enter the Black Belt two week program having previously acheived the required Green Belt standard or, they can complete the full four week program over a four month period commencing firstly with two weeks for a Green Belt standard.

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The Six Sigma Black Belt course provides a comprehensive and disciplined model for improvement. Black Belt trained employees are able to lead Six Sigma projects including Green Belt trained analysts, apply the concepts, obtain maximum improvement benefits and meet the improvement objectives of their organisation.

This full course is conducted in four, five day sessions with four weeks approximately between sessions to apply the course learnings and develop capabilities. Each participant is expected to complete or partially complete a Six Sigma DMAIC project that has the potential to deliver substantial real improvements and savings.

Participants can complete the Black Belt course in 2 weeks where they have previously attained the Green Belt standard.

Bonus: Attendees can apply for credit for one course in the 5 Star Master of Business Administration program at UniSA on satisfactorily completing the program and ASQ exam and meeting University extry criteria.

  • Trained in the use of disciplined methodologies to acheive breakthrough improvements in critical processes
  • Eliminate waste, defects and process variation by applying lean and six sigma techniques
  • Apply statistical and problem solving tools to workplace improvement projects  
  • Design, simulate and execute experiments that depict validated improvements  
  • Establish and define process capability
  • Characterise and optimise processess by computing and applying statistical techniques
  • Deliver significant, bottom-line cost savings and/or significant business results
  • Develop participant to understand team roles and responsibilities and lead Green Belt analysts
  • Reduce process variation in owner-level projects to deliver results
  • Develop skills to help quantify data and deliver improvements to critical processes
  • Ability to plan and implement process controls to sustain project gains.

Market Focus: methodology applicable across all industry sectors and processes.

Prerequisites:  No prior learning requirements for the full 4 week course.  However, the Green Belt standard is a required prerequisite where the participant is undertaking the 2 week Black Belt program. Participants are required to bring their own device and the current version of  Minitab software will be installed on the first day of the course for a trial period of 30-days. Please do not download Minitab software prior to the course commencing. For further details about Minitab please click here.

Course Format: This course is instructor-led, classroom based, 20 days total scheduled, one week per month for four months. The instruction is a blend of lecture, application and individual and team based exercises. If participants have already attained the Green Belt standard, then they can commence the program at week 3, with 10 days total over two months. 


Green Belt

Week One

  • Course Overview and Foundation of Lean and Six Sigma
  • Drivers and Metrics
  • Theory of Constraints
  • Process Mapping
  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis
  • Cause and Effect Analysis
  • Probability and basic statistics
  • Customer Data
  • Project Planning Tools
  • Project Documentation
  • Basic Lean Six Sigma metrics
  • Team Dynamics and Performance
  • Measure Phase Overview
  • Measurement System Analysis (Gage R&R)
  • Data Collection and Summary
  • Process Capability


Week Two

  • Analyse Phase Overview
  • Correlation and Regression
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Regression
  • Chi-square
  • Graphical Analysis
  • Lean Analysis Tools
  • Improve Phase Overview
  • Lean Improvement Tools
  • Introduction to Design of Experiments
  • DOE  - Experiments and Minitab
  • Implementation and Validation Solutions
  • Control Phase Overview
  • Standard Work
  • Control Plans
  • Control Charting and Minitab
  • Work place Improvement Project Planning

Black Belt

Week One

  • Review of Green Belt weeks 1 and 2
  • Overview and Foundation of Lean and Six Sigma
  • Enterprise Leadership
  • Change Management
  • Team Management
  • Performance Measures
  • Financial Measures
  • Voice of the Customer
  • Advanced Process Capability and Minitab
  • Measure Phase Transition
  • Central Limit Theorem and Confidence Intervals
  • Data Analysis Case Study
  • Improving Process
  • Regression
  • Logistic Regression
  • Sample Size V2
  • Chi-square and Contingency Tests
  • Non-Parametrics 
  • ANOVA V2


Week Two

  • Analyse Phase V2
  • DoE Experiment V2
  • DoE Refresher Manual
  • DoE Refresher Minitab
  • Fractional Factorial Experiments
  • Split Plot Experiments
  • Acceptance Sampling Plans V2
  • Total Productive Maintenance V2
  • Visual Management  V2
  • Discrete Data SPC
  • Continuous Data
  • Design for Six Sigma V2
  • Design for Six Sigma - Define, Measure and Verify
  • Analyse Standard Deviation
  • Advanced Lean Tools V2
  • Review Implementation and Pilot Improvements
  • Improve Phase Transition
  • Sustain Improvements V2
  • Implementation and Validation Solutions
  • Control Phase Transition
  • Control Plans
  • Certification exam preparation

 The Instructional Goals 

 Measure Phase:

  1. The participant applies the tools learned to their particular improvement project.
  2. The foundations and basic concepts of Lean and Six Sigma are understood by the participant.
  3. The language and statistics of six sigma are developed.
  4. The methodology and discipline of business excellence are taught and applied.
  5. Basic statistical, quality and flow assessment tools are taught and applied.
  6. Critical process characteristics are identified.
  7. The participant is trained to define and map the respective process.
  8. The participant must be able to benchmark, calculate and establish short-term and long-term process capability.
  9. The participant must derive process data in order to measure and evaluate the process.
  10. The measurement system must be validated. 

 Analyse Phase:

  1. The participant applies the tools learned to their particular training project.
  2. Collect data to determine relationships between variable factors in order to determine direction of improvements.
  3. Data is analysed to assess prevalent patterns and trends.
  4. The process is measured to determine capability.
  5. Root causes of variation are identified.
  6. Analyse performance characteristics to determine physical limit of process capability.
  7. Analyse data to identify process behavior, capability, and stability over a long term.
  8. Understand the theory of sampling and hypothesis testing.
  9. Apply key statistical tools used in hypothesis testing.
  10. Identify and leverage dominant sources of variation.
  11. Establish realistic process performance tolerances.

Improve Phase:

  1. The participant applies the tools learned to their particular improvement project.
  2. The participant selects and applies the Lean and Six Sigma techniques most appropriate for the chosen processes. 
  3. Process characteristics and variables that must be improved are identified through statistically derived tools.
  4. Process characteristics are diagnosed in order to reveal major sources of variation, waste or defects.
  5. The participant understands the basic principles of experimentation.
  6. Plan, design, and execute multi-variable experiments.
  7. Interpret and communicate the results of the experiment.
  8. Determine direction to create the desired change.

Control Phase:

  1. The participant applies the tools learned to their particular improvement project.
  2. Understand the basic concepts of process control.
  3. Improvements implemented are sustained. 
  4. New process conditions are documented and monitored via statistical control methods.
  5. Process control is focused on a priori (before the fact) control.
  6. Construct, use, and maintain charts for variables and attribute data.
  7. Implement and maintain pre-control plans.
  8. Plan and implement process control systems.
  9. Improvement gains and savings are captured, verified and reported on.

Attendance is offered at $11,000 GST exempt per person for the full 20 day program with a 10% discount to $9,900 for Early Bird registration or to UniSA students and graduates.

Early Bird Registrations accepted now until Friday 14 June 2019.

Participants who have previously attained the Green Belt standard may join at week 3 and the fee is $5,500 GST exempt or $4,950 for the 10 day course if registrations received by the Early Bird discount expiry date.

Prices include course manual and materials and daily catering.

Cancellation Policy:  The University of South Australia reserves the right to cancel events and issue refunds.  In the event that an attendee canot attend, a substitute is welcome to attend in their place.  No refunds will be given unless 21 days notice is given in writing prior to the date of the planned event. If less than 21 days the fee can be used for the same course at a later stage, or another course of the same value.

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2019 Black Belt Complete Public Course

Green Belt  

  • Week 1: Monday 1 July to Friday 5 July 2019
  • Week 2: Monday 22 July to 26 July 2019

Black Belt  - Participants with the Green Belt standard continue on with the course or join in here if previously attained the Green Belt standard.  

  • Week 3: Monday 9 September to Friday 13 September 2019
  • Week 4: Monday 28 October to Friday 1 November 2019

Enterprise specific in-house training

Contact us to discuss our special corporate rates for customised in-house training to suit your organisation's culture, business sector, improvement strategy and timing.

For further information on the Six Sigma Series, please contact Sandra Walker +61 8 8302 0801

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