Six Sigma Black Belt Training Course

A practical and interactive 16 day Six Sigma Black Belt training course, split over 4 separate 4 day weeks (one month gap between each week) for staff looking to manage process improvement projects within their organisation. The course has been developed after the successful implementation of Six Sigma DMAIC projects, where Black Belts were utilised to:

  • Identify improvement opportunities within the business that required a focused, team based problem solving approach
  • Define, lead and manage projects with clearly defined scope, objectives and deliverables
  • Coach and mentor Managers & Green Belts on Six Sigma philosophies, tools and techniques
  • Deliver financially audited, bottom line cost savings and profit growth

The Aster Black Belt training course is based around the provision of a full Six Sigma “Toolkit” and the appropriate selection and application of the right tool to solve a specific business / process issue. Delegates will be required to bring with them a project that they have been assigned within their organisation. They will then apply the Six Sigma tools and techniques learned within each week to their own project, back in the workplace, prior to the next week’s session.

What will you learn?

At the conclusion of the Six Sigma Black Belt training course each delegate will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental concepts behind Six Sigma and the different roles people play in the successful delivery of project solutions
  • Develop and articulate the business case for DMAIC projects through the use of project charters
  • Support the organisation in validation of project charters and prioritisation of the economic added value of projects in delivering business plan objectives
  • Plan, manage & lead and successfully “close-out” Six Sigma DMAIC projects
  • Utilise a comprehensive statistical “toolbox” to analyse data and draw accurate conclusions to drive effective decision making
  • Analyse data to identify and validate process performance issues, prioritise resource requirements to deliver high value solutions to the business and validate solution effectiveness in achieving project deliverables
  • Coach and mentor Green Belts in the delivery of key outputs at each of the 5 DMAIC phases
  • Confidently present findings to project sponsors and key project stakeholders at “gateway reviews” at the end of each of the 5 DMAIC phases
  • Articulate project benefits in terms of cost savings, resource deployment, capacity improvements and revenue / profit growth
  • Manage relationships between the project team, key stakeholders, project sponsors and “process owners” to ensure sustainability of solutions over the long term
  • Sustain and monitor improvements through effective financial benefits reporting

Course Content

The Six Sigma Black Belt training course covers the following key topics in each of the 5 DMAIC phases, over four separate weeks (4 days per week):


  • Introduction to DMAIC
  • Defining & validating the business opportunity
  • Project & change management including Multi-Generation Project Plans
  • Defining the “As-Is” – process mapping, SIPOC, voice of Customer, value added analysis
  • Business Risk Management
  • Building and effective team


  • Planning and managing measurement, including sampling techniques
  • Basic statistics including data types, measures of variability, distribution of data, SPC charts, process capability and data presentation tools – pareto analysis, box plots, bar charts, histograms
  • Measurement System Analysis (Gage R & R)


  • Process Stratification – defining the problem through “Problem Statements”
  • Determining root causes – Ishikawa (Cause & Effect) & 5 Why’s
  • Validating root causes – cause & effect matrix, regression analysis
  • Failure Mode & Effects Analysis
  • Confidence intervals & hypothesis testing
  • ANOVA (Analysis of Variance)
  • Correlation and regression analysis
  • Design of Experiments (DOE)

Improve & Control

  • Generating improvement solutions – solution generation techniques
  • Evaluating and selecting solutions including Pugh Matrix
  • Lean tools including 5S, Poke Yoke, Kaizen, the 7 Wastes – TIMWOOD
  • Presenting improvement recommendations
  • Change control
  • Process control planning, standards & procedures
  • Project hand-over & benefits reporting

Delegates will be required to complete a competence based test at the end of each of the 4 weeks to qualify as an Aster Training approved Six Sigma Black Belt.

The Six Sigma DMAIC Black Belt training course is limited to a maximum of 12 delegates. Course costs cover the training session, a comprehensive set of course notes, lunch, refreshments, an attendance certificate and a coveted Aster Training Black Belt.

This is a non-residential training course. The course can be delivered in house if required. For further information contact Aster Training on 01296 720281 for a free consultation to discuss your training requirements.