RWTH Certificate Course Six Sigma Black Belt

Establish successful improvement projects in your company

With this hands-on Six Sigma Black Belt training, you will become an expert in process improvement and project management in your company. In addition to strategically leading complex improvement projects, you will be empowered to share relevant Six Sigma knowledge within your organization and to coach ongoing projects. You will also familiarize yourself with sophisticated tools of the Six Sigma methodology.

Study format:
Certificate Course
2 x 4 days
Proof of achieved and approved Six Sigma Green Belt qualification or several years of experience in the execution of improvement projects using the Six Sigma methodology.
Modul 1: 04-07 September 2023, Modul 2: 27-30 November 2023
Credit Points:
Course fees:
4,950 € incl. lunch, course materials & social program, excl. overnight stay/arrival & departure
RWTH Executive Certificate

You will learn:

  • successfully lead and manage complex improvement projects
  • apply sophisticated tools of the extended Six Sigma methodology
  • train employees in Six Sigma methodology and use it to improve processes
Course Characteristics Certificate Course Six Sigma Black Belt

Contents of the Training

The course of the Black Belt training is based on the Six Sigma phases of the DMAIC cycle (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control). The respective Black Belt tools and methods are systematically presented and supported by a continuous practical example.

Module 1

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

  • Welcome and introduction round
  • Introduction Six Sigma & DMAIC project cycle
  • Presentation of individual Black Belt projects
  • Integration of Six Sigma into organizational structures
  • Definition of corporate framework
  • Six Sigma organization
  • Definition of requirement profiles for future Belts
  • Factors for successful Six Sigma projects
  • Definition of lighthouse projects
  • [D]: Planning and initiation of complex improvement projects
  • [D]: Identify stakeholders and capture requirements.
  • [D]: Narrow project focus
  • Advanced statistical knowledge
  • Visualization forms in Minitab
  • [M]: Collecting process data
  • Summary of the first presence phase
Course implementation Quality management

Your improvement project

Between the two training blocks, you will carry out an improvement project in your company using the Six Sigma methodology.

The corresponding project idea will be presented in the first training block. In the second block, you will present your results.

Module 2

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

  • Welcome and wrap-up of first presentation phase
  • Presentation of individual Black Belt Projects
  • [M]: Evaluate process data
  • [A]: Identify causes of problems
  • [A]: Analyze correlations
  • [A]: Analyze causes
  • [I]: Identify, evaluate and select solutions
  • [I]: Optimize process parameters
  • [I]: Pilot and implement solutions
  • [C]: Verify improvement
  • [C]: Ensure long-term improvement
  • [C]: Complete and hand over project
  • Wrap-up of the certificate course
  • Multiple choice exam
  • Feedback round and farewell

Work with the following methods:






  • Aachen Quality Management Model
  • Bic Picture
  • Perspectives of corporate quality management
  • Roles and tasks of management
  • Advanced methods of project management (e.g. portfolio technique, cost-benefit analysis, ...)
  • Project Tracking & Reporting (e.g. Milestone Trend Analysis (MTA), Earned Value Analysis (EVA), ...)
  • Software based project management
  • Six Sigma and project teams (e.g. leadership, motivation, coaching)
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • PESTEL-Analye
  • SWOT analysis
  • Deepening and reflection of known methods (e.g. VoC, CtX, SIPOC, Project Charter)
  • Characteristics of distributions (e.g. asymmetry, kurtosis, ...)
  • Distribution forms (e.g. t, x², binomial, Poisson, Weibull, ...)
  • Basic data visualization (e.g. time series plot, histogram, dot plot, ...)
  • Advanced data visualization (including scatter plot, box plot diagram, ...); consolidation and reflection of known methods (including MESA, data acquisition and quality, process stability and capability, process characteristics)
  • MSA for attributive data
  • Sample selection and design procedures
  • Distribution tests and data transformation
  • Deepening and reflection of known methods (Ishikawa diagram, C&E matrix, PSM, multi-variate analysis, correlation and regression, hypothesis tests, DoE, analysis of variance, ...)
  • Hypothesis testing for Black Belts (t-test, x²-test)
  • DoE for nonlinear systems
  • Deepening and reflection of known methods (e.g. creativity techniques, selection techniques, ...)
  • TRIZ
  • Process FMEA
  • Tolerance analysis
  • Piloting and analysis of solution piloting
  • Deepening and reflection of known methods (e.g. PLP, OCAP, SPC, ...)
  • Advanced statistical process control
  • Application of different control charts (I/MR-, x-quer/R-, x-quer/s-, np-, p-, c-, u-chart)
  • Test planning
  • Final documentation (e.g. management summary, A3 report, ...)
  • Standardization (SDCA cycle)

Two qualified Six Sigma experts from the Chair of Production Metrology and Quality Management at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University.

Scientific Lead

Scientific Director of the Quality Management Courses Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Schmitt

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Schmitt is Director at the Machine Tool Laboratory WZL at RWTH Aachen University, member of the Board of Directors at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT and Chair of Production Metrology and Quality Management at RWTH Aachen University.

After studying electrical engineering, Professor Schmitt worked as a research assistant at the WZL. Since 1997, he worked for a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer in a leading position in quality management and later took over responsibility in production at various production sites.

Participation Requirements and Target Group

  • This Six Sigma Black Belt training is aimed at all specialists and managers who are responsible for and work on systematic improvement projects in a company. Predominantly, the participants come from the areas of production, quality management, corporate development and process management, but also from the service sector.
  • The prerequisite for participation in this course is proof of an acquired and accredited Six Sigma Green Belt qualification or several years of experience in the implementation of improvement projects using the Six Sigma methodology.
  • At the beginning of the course, you will briefly present the outline of your planned Black Belt improvement project. We will send you a presentation template in due time.


Course Completion

You will receive the officially recognized RWTH Executive Certificate "Six Sigma Black Belt" from RWTH Aachen University. The achievements within the certificate course are consistently marked with the Europe-wide valid instrument "European Credit Transfer Systems" (ECTS): It is possible for these to be credited to other certified courses or even towards subsequent university studies.

Certificate handover

After the Course Completion

If you want to book the Six Sigma Green & Black Belt straight away: With our combi package you save 10%!
In addition to courses in the field of quality management, we offer a wide range of other training courses in various fields - for example, technology management, electrification & mobility and robotics & Industry 4.0.

Further Certificate Courses, Seminars & Workshops

Why take the Six Sigma Black Belt at RWTH International Academy?

  • You will receive targeted expertise through the specific supervision of expert lecturers with consulting experience from the Chair of Production Metrology and Quality Management.
  • This is a hands-on continuing education program at one of the world's top technical universities, and you will gain state-of-the-art knowledge.
  • You gain a high quality educational qualification through a RWTH Aachen qualification. If you book our combined course (Six Sigma Green Belt + Six Sigma Black Belt), you will receive a 10% discount on both courses.


Looking for a place to stay during your continuing education with us in Aachen? Why not check in at our boarding house at Elisabethstraße 13:

  • close to the City-Center
  • very good connection to us in the cluster production technology
  • room approx. 20m², completely furnished with kitchenette and private bathroom
Housing Elisabethstraße

Funding Opportunities

If you live/work in Germany, there are some opportunities for government funding of your continuing education. Financial and time support is offered, for example

  • the individual federal states (e.g. through Bildungsscheck or QualiCheck)
  • the education premium
  • the educational leave
Grant application

Inhouse Possibility

The course, or parts of it, would also be interesting for your entire team/your company? Then applies: our team for your team! We would be happy to advise you on the possibility of an inhouse course. Give us a call or write to us - we will tailor your further training to suit your needs!

Tanja Lux Business Development

Tanja Lux
Head of Business Development
Tel.: +49 241 80 97860
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Laura Noske
Program Manager
Tel.: +49 241 80 97865
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