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Certified Lean Six Sigma - Black Belt (classroom)

Certified Lean Six Sigma Qualification - Black Belt.


What is Lean Six Sigma?

Lean Six Sigma is a powerful management tool that provides organisations with a systematic approach to enhance profitability, productivity, overall business performance and most importantly, customer satisfaction. Lean Six Sigma uses a statistical approach and methodology to measure and reduce variation to improve performance and eliminate waste, including:

  • Defects
  • Over-Production
  • Waiting
  • Non-Utilized Talent
  • Transportation
  • Inventory
  • Motion
  • Extra-Processing

We are now living in an ever-increasingly digital world. More companies are adopting a digital-first approach. Lean Six Sigma can also be a beneficial tool for companies that are seeking to embrace large organisational changes, such as a full digital transformation, as it can assist in driving simplification, automation and digitisation of processes.


Why study Lean Six Sigma? 

Lean Six Sigma not only reduces process defects and waste, but also provides a means for achieving a culture for continuous improvement. Virtually any key business process where the Lean Six Sigma methodology is properly applied and sustained, could return high yield, bottom-line results. By investing in Lean Six Sigma, you’re investing in the future of your organisation and giving staff the tools to confidently make operational decisions.


The course comprises a series of modules that cover the following topics:

  • Waste Reduction
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Flow
  • Pull v Push
  • Perfection
  • Visual Management
  • Benchmarking
  • Assumption Busting
  • Workshops and Facilitation
  • Process Variation
  • Measurement Systems Analysis
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Process Capability
  • Design of Experiments
  • Hypothesis Testing

The course also includes ‘Statistics for Black belts’ and an ‘Introduction to Minitab’ as well as an in-class LSS DMAIC project.

Assessment: Learning will be evaluated via a 90-minute open-book examination. Candidates must achieve a minimum of 60% to attain the Black Belt.



Delegates will be able to engage with our course leaders during interactive group classes. Additionally, delegates will have access to our dedicated learning portal where they can continue their self-paced study. Here, delegates will have unlimited access to course case studies, academic materials and tasks, should they wish to revisit and consolidate any specific areas of teaching upon completion of the course. 

This course will be delivered in-person, on campus at UWS Paisley.  Refreshments will be provided.



This five-day course will allow candidates to top-up their Green Belt to a Certified Black Belt. The course is accredited by the Institute of Six Sigma Professionals.

Candidates should already possess a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and have participated in at least ONE Green Belt project in their workplace.



This course may be available on a part funded basis to some delegates through the Upskilling Fund.  If eligible, a subsidy of £1000 towards the course fee will be applied; individuals will be required to pay the £4000 balance.  Further details, including regarding eligibility, are available under Funding Support.

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Why UWS? 

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is one of Scotland’s largest modern Universities with almost 22,000 students. At UWS we’re keen to join forces with like-minded organisations, for the benefit of our students and wider society. Our academic schools are always working with a host of industry, government and academic partners. 

With ambitious plans for continuous development, UWS aims to have a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of Scotland, and beyond, by providing relevant, high quality, inclusive higher education and innovative and useful research. We aim to make the communities we serve more successful; and to create opportunities for all to participate. 

UWS deliver a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in this field, including MSc Project Management and MSc Quality Management we pride ourselves on our extensive links with industry. All of our Lean Six Sigma programmes are delivered by academics who boast years or practical experience in the field and as such, UWS is one of the leading providers of Lean Six Sigma training in Scotland and is an affiliate member of the Institute of Six Sigma Professionals (ISSP).  

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