Excellence Programme

Black Belt at academic level

In cooperation with Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), we have organised the Black Belt Excellence Programme. This is the  most complete Lean Six Sigma training programme thus far, supplemented with a change management module developed by RSM.

The role of the Black Belt Excellence is to translate an organisation’s Operational Excellence strategy into clearly defined improvement initiatives together with the Master Black Belt(s). With a team of Green Belts and Lean specialists at their side, the Black Belt Excellence executes these improvement initiatives and in doing so improves efficiency and customer value.

The added value of a Black Belt Excellence certificate

The Black Belt Excellence programme is an exclusive course which enables participants to distinguish themselves on the international employment market. During the Black Belt Excellence programme you will be trained to execute trans-departmental improvement projects. At international organisations, projects will also often cover multiple countries, and you will have to cope with cultural differences.

Thanks to the Change Management module developed by RSM (a top 10 Business University) and the Black Belt curriculum that is in accordance with the international ISO18404 standards, you can be certain of your ability to successfully execute your Lean Six Sigma projects.

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

The curriculum consists of 14 days, of which 11 days will focus on Lean Six Sigma, and the other 3 days will be centred around change management and leadership; the two key-elements to being successful as a Black Belt.

The programme is based on the international ISO 18404 standards and meets all set requirements to certify as a Black Belt.

The course is partially provided by 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.

    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::

    – What is change?
    – Your role in change management.
    – Leading during change management.
    – Intervision styles for change management
    – Experimenting with different types of interventions.
    – Change communication.

    dr. Barbara Banda – Change management expert

    Dr Barbara Banda is a specialist in leadership development, business strategy and organisational change, and is highly skilled and experienced in coaching senior leaders and board-level executives, as well as leading large- scale strategic projects for multinationals, governmentdepartments and non-profits. She is passionate abouther work having a direct and lasting impact on individuals and organisations. Her doctoral research focused on the importance of connecting management education to the workplace.

    She has designed and delivered blended leadership development coaching for global organisations, and is a former professor of practice (one who promotes the integration of academic scholarship with practical experience) at Hult/Ashridge Business School. In addition to consultancy, Barbara is a visiting faculty member at RSM, for Duke Corporate Education, and at TIAS School for Business and Society.

    She has a PhD in Management Learning from theUniversity of Oxford, an MA in Organisational Change, anMSc in Training and Performance Management, an MBA,and a BA in German and Russian.

    Barbara spent 13 years in senior roles in marketing and business development in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, and has experience in the automotive and recruitment services sectors.

    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

    • Parking costs

    • 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

    Course schedule

    4 February 2019, Van Nelle Fabriek - Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

    4 February 2019|5 February 2019|12 February 2019|5 March 2019|6 March 2019|7 March 2019|8 April 2019|9 April 2019|6 May 2019|7 May 2019|20 May 2019|21 May 2019|3 June 2019|4 June 2019



    Competencies for key personnel and their organizations in relation to Six Sigma and Lean implementation

    The Lean Six Sigma Company courses adhere to the ISO18404 standard, which defines the competencies for Lean Six Sigma professionals. 

    Background of the standard
    With its origins dating back to the 80’s, Lean Six Sigma is truly a well proven and globally recognised methodology in process improvement.

    Nevertheless, there was often some ambiguity surrounding the qualifications in Six Sigma, Lean and Lean Six Sigma.

    For example, if an organisation advertised for a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, how could they be sure of the level of ability of a ‘Black Belt’? If a supplier said it had deployed Six Sigma or Lean, how could a customer be sure of their real abilities?

    It is exactly for this reason ‘The International Organization for Standardization’ (ISO) defined a universal standard for Lean Six Sigma in ISO 18404.

    This International Standard for Lean Six Sigma sets out to clarify the required competencies for personnel and organisations in Six Sigma, Lean and ‘Lean & Six Sigma’. In doing so, it has created clarity what third parties can to expect Lean Six Sigma professionals.

    As our courses adhere to this international standard, the company looking for a Black Belt in the example above, can now be sure what competencies to expect from a Lean Six Sigma Black  Belt  certified by The Lean Six Sigma Company.

    The ISO18404 standard defines 6 levels for Lean and Lean Six Sigma professionals. These are the following:

    • Lean Practitioner

    • Lean Leader

    • Lean Expert

    • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

    • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

    • Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

    Our certification criteria are directly derived from the ISO standard. Participants who completed the course, fullfill internationally recognised and objective requirements (ISO18404), which may be expected from Lean Six Sigma professionals.

    Mischa van Aalten   /   CEO of The Lean Six Sigma Company Group

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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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