RWTH Certificate Course Six Sigma Black Belt

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As part of the certificate course, participants expand their Six Sigma Green Belt skills to independently lead improvement projects and identify root causes of complex process problems. You will be able to take over the project management in your Six Sigma team, to coach employees and to implement targeted reporting for the management.

Course Contents

Extending Six Sigma Green Belt skills
Leadership of larger, more complex improvement projects in your own company
Project work phase: individual coaching by experienced course instructors
Extensive participation documents including workbook with form sheets and templates

Group Of Participants
Project leaders, quality managers, experts or executives from the service or production sector with a degree as a Six Sigma Green Belt as well as relevant professional experience

Six Sigma Black Belt conveys approaches to quality management as a holistic set of methods and as a philosophy, serving to achieve measurable results such as e.g. the reduction of process costs as well as the shortening of throughput times for companies. This course is based on Green Belt knowledge, extending the methods along the DMAIC phase model to lead project teams, expanding statistics knowledge and offering approaches on how to establish Six Sigma in the company.

The course consists of two presence modules of four days each and a project phase that takes place between the two modules. In the two attendance phases, knowledge is built on the basis of lectures, group work and case levels and practiced with the statistics software Minitab on the institute's own computers. During the practical project phase, the participants will carry out an independent Six Sigma improvement project in their company.

Examination and Certificate
Regarding this certificate course, two examinations are required to receive the RWTH certificate: First, participants have to independently work on a project in their own company. A presentation of this particular project will follow in Course Module II. Second, a written exam is held which examines the knowledge acquired and the methods used. If both examinations are passed, participants will receive the official certificate "Six Sigma Black Belt" from RWTH Aachen University. The certificate covers the scope and content of the course.

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Further information regarding the certificate course "Six Sigma Black Belt"

Module Overview I

On the first day of the course the following topics will be taught:

  • Introduction Six Sigma Black Belt and DMAIC cycle
  • Integration of Six Sigma into organizational structures
  • Definition of corporate framework conditions, requirement profiles for future belts

On the second day of the course the following topics will be taught:

  • Factors for successful Six Sigma projects and definition of "lighthouse projects"
  • Project selection and evaluation, Project tracking and reporting
  • Basics and advanced methods of project management
  • Six Sigma and project teams (Leadership, motivation, coaching, executive management)

On the third day of the course the following topics will be taught:

  • Consolidation and reflection of known methods (VOC/CTQ, SIPOC, project charter)
  • Stakeholder, Pestle and SWOT analysis
  • Characteristic values of distributions (asymmetry, curvature)

On the fourth day of the course the following topics will be taught:

  • Consolidation and reflection of known methods (Measurement system analysis for variable data, data collection and quality)
  • Measurement system analysis for attributive data
  • Distribution tests and data transformation

Module Overview II

In the second module, the following topics will be taught on a total of four days. For detailed information, see "Module Overview II":

  • Consolidation and reflection of known methods (Cause-effect matrix, multi-variant analysis, Process structure matrix, decision tree analysis, Correlation and regression, Creativity techniques, selection of improvement alternatives, product FMEA, Poka Yoke, OCAP, production control plan)
  • Tests of hypotheses for Six Sigma Black Belts (t-test)
  • Failure mode and effects analysis for processes (Process FMEA)
Module Overview I                 
Module Overview II                


Study format:
Inhouse Program
Credit points:
2 ECTS (50 h. Workload)
Course fees:
Upon request
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German or English

We are happy to offer this course individually tailored to your company needs. Ask for your Inhouse Program offer now!

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(v. l. n. r. Maria Panagiotidou, Sonja Kaufmann, Jael Schröder, Kim Schönberg) (FLTR Maria Panagiotidou, Sonja Kaufmann,
Jael Schröder, Kim Schönberg)


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