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The Black Belt Excellence training

The RSM Rotterdam School of Management and The Lean Six Sigma Company have combined their expertise to create one of the most exclusive trainings available: the Black Belt Excellence. This unique training was designed to expand our curriculum with a university-level training. The training content is aimed at professionals who want to grow towards a leadership role within the field of continuous improvement. This all-in-one training includes a Lean Six Sigma project with personal coaching, ISO18404 course content, lifelong access to our MyTraining™ platform, and Change Leadership classes by a worldwide, top 1% business school, which possesses the distinguished Triple Crown Accreditation – AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.



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The free Lean Six Sigma workshop to get acquainted with the Lean Six Sigma methodology.


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Managing change for success

People are the most complex part of any improvement project, but also a key element to its success. Generating support, involvement, and acceptance of change requires strong management skills, and because it’s such a complex topic, these skills aren’t easily acquired on the job. Ideally, you want a training which reveals expert change management insights ánd Lean Six Sigma tools and methods to cover all bases. During the Black Belt Excellence, you receive not one or the other, but both. We ensure that you enter the field of continuous improvement with all the right tools at your disposal. You will know exactly how to deal with the challenges of even the most complex improvement projects- so where others have to catch up, you will be ahead of the pack.

  • Extensive alumni network
  • Various types of training
  • Personal project coach

  • Exclusive MyTraining™ learning platform
  • ISO-certified courses
  • International company presence

Based on student reviews, our courses are rated 4.8/5.0 stars

For Insightful leadership

When management is lacking, it’s not just performance that suffers. Motivation, commitment and even company culture will start to dissolve unless someone acts as a champion for their team. As a Black Belt Excellence trainee, you will study leadership techniques to learn how to rally support for new initiatives, both with team members and managers. During the Excellence course, you acquire the soft-skills needed to lead teams and align with stakeholders on any level. On the other hand, you will also gain the ability to back your proposals with statistics, through tools such as Minitab. This combination places you at the center of Lean Six Sigma efforts and paves the way for a role as future CI leader.

Training variants

Your way of studying


Attend one of our classroom training and brainstorm freely with your trainer and fellow students. Discuss potential solutions, apply tools and learn from each other’s previous experiences. Our classroom sessions are the best way to connect and network with fellow students , and are the ideal choice for those who enjoy hands-on learning.



Attend our training from anywhere in the world with our virtual classroom option. Online interaction is key, and we have designed our programme to involve students in a fun way. For example through a live Value Stream Mapping session where you dive into a process and rebuild it from the ground up. Or a team exercise which shows why ‘Standard Work’ actually works. Hands-on experience from the comfort of your couch; highly convenient, but just as educational.



Our Blended learning option allows you to decide on the fly whether you would prefer to attend class, or would rather pick the location yourself. Perfect for those with a busy yet unpredictable schedule. And with our MyTraining™ platform at your side, you’re always well-prepared, no matter your choice.



About the Black Belt Excellence

The training consists of 14 days training days. During the first 3 days, you explore the Lean methodology and techniques like Value Stream Mapping and the 5 principles of Womack, among others. The following 8 days are centered around Six Sigma. This part of the training revolves around the origins of the methodology, the DMAIC project structure, using Minitab to carry out statistical exercises and more.

Lastly, the final 3 days then focus on Change Leadership. Participants are taught about the intricacies of managing change, how to apply intervision techniques and which style works best, and how to remove resistance to change through communication with stakeholders. The training offers far more than is described; for in-depth information about the daily agenda, please refer to our prospectus.

As this training deals with Lean Six Sigma on a high level, it’s insufficient to only study the theoretical aspects. To truly help students apply the methodology for themselves, a practical assignment is mandatory. Students are tasked with successfully carrying out a project that helps their organization reduce costs and increase customer value. Project examples range from increasing customer satisfaction, lowering operational costs or reducing product variation. Projects will require a number of mandatory steps and assignments to be delivered. To assist you during every step of your project, you will receive access to our MyTraining platform, which offers a clear overview of the mandatory deliverables, provides you with pre-made templates, and contains instructional videos to help you succeed. Personal coaching is included and your coach will be available for 1-on-1 sessions to discuss any obstacles or questions you have.If you are looking for even more information, the RSM Rotterdam School of Management Black Belt Excellence page may also be of interest.

Certification Journey

Preparation phase

To help you prepare, the training includes:

  • An in-depth study manual
  • Up to 45 videos on Lean and Lean Six Sigma
  • 2 digital books focusing on Lean, and Six Sigma
  • Complementary TPC e-learning courses
  • Direct access to MyTraining™

Training Days

Your training sessions include:

  • 14 classroom days
  • Practical simulations
  • Discussion of project challenges and related best practises
  • Peer-to-peer learning and activities
  • Theoretical exam and certification

Your Project

To ensure your project will be a success, the training includes:

  • 1-on-1 project coaching
  • Pre-made project templates
  • Project evaluations and assistance with the first steps
  • 5 tollgate reviews
  • A comprehensive overview of deliverables


Certification entails the following:

  • Two expert reviews of your project
  • Certification ceremony with your Master Black Belt and Manager
  • Official Black Belt certificate
  • Official registration in our database
  • Access to the exclusive Black Belt Alumni LinkedIn-page

Preparation phase

Training Days

Your Project


Getting certified

The value of your certificate

Successfully completing one of our trainings is awarded with an internationally recognized certificate. But what exactly determines the worth of a certificate? We explain why a certificate from The Lean Six Sigma Company is of a higher standard than others on the value of your certificate page.

FiNancial details

Training prices


Students of The Lean Six Sigma Company have two options: they can choose from a training which includes a project and all the necessary coaching from an experienced project coach, or enroll in the training without carrying out a project.


Country Specific

Black Belt Excellence including project


Country Specific

Black Belt Excellence without project



Results and cold, hard facts are often the best way to justify a purchase. Our courses are no different, and deliver said results without fail. After having trained thousands of students in the Lean Six Sigma methodology, our findings are as follows: Black Belt projects save $150.000 on average, often from the very first project. And with each project taking approximately 3-6 months, it is even possible to carry out multiple projects a year.


If it’s a training for an entire team you’re looking for, then our In-Company pages will be of interest. Our trainers will also host every training we offer to individuals in your organization. There’s no easier way to get started with Lean or Lean Six Sigma as a team than with our In-Company training.

In-company training


Lean Six Sigma tasting

Learn how to utilize Lean Six Sigma and which training would be most effective for you. Attend one of our Lean tastings and get all the answers. During the tasting, our (Master) Black Belt trainers will explain the fundamentals of the methodology to you, and how to turn your ideas into results. Let us answer your questions and reveal just how much you could benefit from employing Lean.

  • Bespoke training advice for every student
  • Q&A session about the Lean Six Sigma methodology
  • Discuss project ideas with other attendees
  • Get to know our trainers
  • Available to everyone

Starting Dates

Starting dates Black Belt Excellence training

23 Sep
Van Nelle Fabriek – Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

Van Nelle Fabriek – Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

Training dates
23 September 2024|24 September 2024|9 October 2024|18 November 2024|19 November 2024|9 December 2024|10 December 2024|13 January 2025|14 January 2025|27 January 2025|28 January 2025|5 February 2025|6 February 2025|7 February 2025


Training dates

23 September 2024, 24 September 2024, 9 October 2024, 18 November 2024, 19 November 2024, 9 December 2024, 10 December 2024, 13 January 2025, 14 January 2025, 27 January 2025, 28 January 2025, 5 February 2025, 6 February 2025, 7 February 2025


Van Nelleweg 1, Rotterdam (The Netherlands), 3044 BC

Extra information

The last three training days (Changemanagment days) will take place at the RSM location in Rotterdam



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Frequently asked questions

Why would a Black Belt want to know management techniques?

As a Black Belt, your projects involve and affect various departments. Rather than the departmental focus on a Green Belt’s projects, your work is inter-departmental. So knowing how to deal with interests, cultures, and our natural resistance to change could make the difference between a successful project or an initiative that strands halfway. This reduces support for further projects and lowers the willingness of managers and directors to dedicate resources to your work. Knowing how to lead means being the face of the project; you make sure people have someone to consult and rely on if they have questions or doubts. Your answers provide clarity, and more often than not, that is the biggest weakness of any project.

Can I enroll and join a training without any prior experience or knowledge of Lean Six Sigma?

Every training we provide assumes our students start the training without any understanding of the Lean Six Sigma methodology. It starts with the fundamentals and explains every topic that is mentioned without assuming prior experience. During the training, you will carry out simulations and exercises to help you develop your knowledge. If you choose to carry out a project as part of your training, you will be coached and assisted by one of the (Master) Black Belts of The Lean Six Sigma Company to help you get started.

Should I go for a Green Belt or Black Belt training?

This depends on your goals and what you intend to achieve. If you would prefer to employ Lean Six Sigma on a part-time basis, for example alongside other work, the Green Belt training would be the best choice. If it’s your aim to work with Continuous Improvement and Lean Six Sigma on a full-time basis, then the Black Belt training would be the right pick.

Is a Lean or Lean Six Sigma training relevant to my career phase?

Lean and Lean Six Sigma are methodologies that one can start using during any career phase, and this training is the ideal starting point. Even as a beginner, your work can add tremendous value. Either methodology can serve as an addition to your current work, replacing a part of your existing responsibilities. Or it can become a new full-time career, depending on the training you choose.

Green Belt vs Black Belt

The main difference is the scope of your projects. Green Belt projects are usually aimed at solving issues that affect a single department stakeholders. Black Belt projects tend to tackle long-standing, complex issues that cross departmental lines and affect different stakeholders. The responsibilities of a Green Belt align with those of a project manager. Black Belts carry more responsibilities and take a more active, leading role where they direct other Green Belts during projects.

How does the ‘Services’ training differ from the ‘Manufacturing’ training?

The Services training is most fitting for those employed in transactional careers such as general administration, logistics, finance, etc. The ‘Manufacturing’ training is most fitting for those involved with mass production, machinery, factories and automation). Of course, those who complete the Manufacturing training can still carry out projects in the aforementioned transactional fields.

The Services training is most fitting for those employed in transactional careers such as general administration, logistics, finance, etc. The ‘Manufacturing’ training is most fitting for those involved with mass production, machinery, factories and automation). Of course, those who complete the Manufacturing training can still carry out projects in the aforementioned transactional fields.

The Green Belt training has very little statistics content, as opposed to our Black Belt course. Yet even the Black Belt courses have designed to start at the very basics, on the assumption that our students aren’t familiar with anything related to statistics. We realize the idea of working with statistics can sound somewhat intimidating, but our trainers have helped thousands of students understand (and find their interest in) statistics. Additionally, we offer complementary courses and several videos on our MyTraining™ platform that will help you prepare for, or repeat, specific exercises.

Do you offer any evening- or weekend training?

The Lean Six Sigma Company strives to organize its courses training during normal working hours.

This is a conscious choice in order to avoid interfering with the private lives of our students and to get students used to the idea of working with Lean Six Sigma during typical working hours, and continue this habit once they complete the training.

However, some local exceptions apply. Please reach out to to the helpdesk in your region if you have any questions

Do you offer training in other languages?

More information about our worldwide presence can be found on our worldmap page, here you will find in which countries we are currently active and offer training.

What is the right training for me?

This depends on your goals and what you intend to achieve. If you would prefer to employ Lean Six Sigma on a part-time basis, for example alongside of other work, the Green Belt training would be the best choice. If it’s your aim to work with Continuous Improvement and Lean Six Sigma on a full-time basis, then the Black Belt training would be the right pick. The same applies to Lean and our Lean Practitioner and Lean Leader training, respectively.

Should I go for a Lean Practitioner or Lean Leader training?

Lean Practitioners have a different role than Lean Leaders. Practitioners carry out smaller-sized Lean Initiatives on a constant basis and report to stakeholders about their efforts. Lean Leaders on the other hand possess a wider range of knowledge of Lean, lead projects, and train employees so they can start using the Lean methodology themselves.

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Perhaps you’re still doubting about which training is the right choice for you, or whether you should choose Lean or Lean Six Sigma. Let us help you with all your questions, in this way, you can always make the right choice. Our friendly helpdesk would love to hear from you

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