Excellence Programme

The Lean Six Sigma Excellence Programme is set up in cooperation with the Rotterdam School of Management of the Erasmus University.

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    Black Belt at academic level

    In cooperation with the Rotterdam School of Management of the Erasmus University, we organise the Black Belt Excellence Programme. This is the  most complete Lean Six Sigma training programme supplemented with a change management leadership programme developed by the RSM. This course is set up for professionals who will be leading a team and wish to learn at the highest possible level how to apply the Lean Six Sigma in practice.

    Upon completing this Black Belt course you will receive a certificate issued by a top 10 Business University and the largest European Lean Six Sigma provider. This certificate will show that you have mastered Lean Six Sigma at Academic level.

    ISO18404: Course Format

    The Black Belt Excellence programme is an exclusive course which enables participants to distinguish themselves on the international employment market. The curriculum consists of 14 days, of which 11 days will focus on change management and leadership; the two key-elements to being successful as a Black Belt. The programme is based on the international ISO 18404 norm and meets all set requirements to certify as a Black Belt.

    The course is partially provided by the Rotterdam School of Management and partially by The Lean Six Sigma Company. The course is provided in English and contains 2 assessment moments. A written exam and a practical exam. Therefore completion of a practical assignment is mandatory.

    Excellence Programme

    The academic Black Belt course for professionals

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    Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools, helping students, academics and people in business become a force for positive change.

    Practical Information

    During this Lean Six Sigma course you will learn how to implement process improvement projects according to the Lean and the Six Sigma approach. The theoratical part of the course consists of a 2 day Lean module, a Kaizen module of 1 day, and 8 day Six Sigma module and a 3 day Change Management and Leadership module.

    RSM is ranked as one of the best European business schools, including 10th in the Financial Times meta-ranking and 3rd in Western Europe by Eduniversal. RSM has an acceptance rate of between 20–25% and is in the 1% of business schools worldwide which possess the distinguished Triple Crown Accreditation – AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.


    • 14 day theory + practical assignment

    • Lead time theory 3-4 months (see training dates)

    • Lead time practical assignment 4-6 months

    • Benefits practical assignment: > €75,000.-

    • Passed when receiving a satisfactory grade for written exam and completion practical assignment

    •  Theoretical part by means of classroom training from 9.00 – 17.00 hrs

    • Groups up to 20 people

    After completion of the training you will be capable of:

    • managing a Lean Six Sigma improvement project

    • managing an improvement team

    • applying the Lean Six Sigma methodology and tools

    • successfully implementing a defined solution within an organisation

    Part 1 - Lean Thinking

    3 day training about the Lean techniques covering topics like:

    • 5 principles of Womack
    • 7 types of waste
    • Value Stream Mapping
    • Several improvement techniques
    • Kaizen event

    These days have been set up around a simulation which is a key element throughout the training. 

    Part 2 - Six Sigma

    During 8 days the training will elaborate on the Six Sigma project structure and related techniques. The main topics that will be covered are:

    – Background Six Sigma
    – Define phase. Project selection and determining the client wishes
    – Basic statistics
    – Measure phase. Determining and measuring contributing factors
    – Analyse phase. Finding ground causes and analysing data
    – Hypothesis testing
    – Improve phase. Generate solutions and executing a pilot
    – Control phase. Setting up Control plan and project completion
    – Deepening Measurement System Analysis
    – Deepening Design for Experiments

    Part 3 - Change management and Leadership

    Intensive focus will be on change managment and leadership during these 3 days. 2 necessary skills to be successful with Lean Six Sigma. These 3 days will be carried out by the Rotterdam School of Management of the Erasmus University. The main topics that will be covered are::

    – Lean Six Sigma in strategic context
    – Operational Excellence 
    – Problem solutions with a team
    – Portfolio Management
    – Essence of effective leadership
    – Leadership-styles
    – Leadership Enhancement Action Plans (LEAP)
    – Stakeholder management 

    Part 4 - Practical Assignment

    A practical assignment is an improvement project often within your own organisation. The project has to visibly contribute to the aim of your organisation: generating money and/or improving customer satisfaction. Care institutions and governments more often aim to improve customer satisfaction and lowering the operational costs.

    In short: an improvement project must have a positive business case. Examples would be: Improving customer satisfaction, less customer complaints, improved quality of products or services and lowering the costs. These results have to be achieved by using Lean and Six Sigma techniques.

    Contact us for all your questions. 

    All-in price Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Excellence Program: €9,995.- (ex. VAT)

    We are VAT exempt for organisations which cannot deduct the VAT (private individuals, care institutions, governments, financial services).


    • Course material (manuals and practice materials)

    • Lunch packages, coffee, tea and soft drinks

    • Exam (2 resits, if necessary)

    • Theory certification

    • 10 hours of coaching by your Master Black Belt

    • Project templates

    • Project assessment by 2 Master Black Belt 

    • Practical certification


    • Overnight stays


    Process improvement is a profession and a skill. To successfully improve processes with Lean Six Sigma various competencies are a must. The organisation that determines the international standards, the ISO,  has set the standard of competencies needed to fill the critical roles within a Lean Six Sigma organization. The roles they have defined are:

    • Lean Practitioner

    • Lean Leader

    • Lean Expert

    • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

    • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

    • Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

    The Lean Six Sigma Company has used the ISO 18404 as a starting point when developing the courses. For this reason, each training consists of a theoretical part and a practical part. Competencies and skills can only be shown in practice. Our certification criteria derive from the ISO standard so we can assure ourselves of the fact that participants who received their certification through us have the required competencies to help organizations with Lean Six Sigma.

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    Lean Six Sigma in your company

    Lean Six Sigma is known in particular as a project-based improvement structure, but Lean Six Sigma is much more than that. Lean Six Sigma is an established philosophy, an organisational and improvement structure as well as a set of tools. Using this perspective Lean Six Sigma addresses organisational issues with respect to competitiveness, cost reduction, and customer satisfaction. 

    Depending on your ambition, Lean Six Sigma can be implemented in phases. Every organisation is unique, without a common blueprint that universally applies. Together with you, The Lean Six Sigma Company will develop a plan of action tailored to your organisation.

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