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Certified Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma is a statistical approach and methodology to measuring and reducing variation to eliminate waste and improve performance.

Lean Six Sigma not only reduces process defects and waste, but also provides a means for achieving a culture for continuous improvement.

Our Lean Six Sigma courses (Yellow Belt, Green Belt, Yellow & Green Belt combined, Black Belt) are offered as intensive courses over a 2, 3 or 5 day period respectively.

For more information on any of these courses, please contact

You may also be interested in our MSc Quality Management course.

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The Lean Six Sigma approach is particularly relevant for those involved in optimising processes and resources relating to:

  • Defects
  • Over-Production
  • Waiting
  • Non-Utilized Talent
  • Transportation
  • Inventory
  • Motion
  • Extra-Processing

Participants are drawn from a number of sectors including manufacturing, consultancy, health care improvement etc.

This course builds on the UWS Green Belt course toallow you to top-up to a Certified Black Belt. The course is accredited by the Institute of Six Sigma Professionals.

Candidates should already possess a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and have participated in at least ONE Green Belt project in their workplace.

Course content

This Certified Lean Six Sigma (Black Belt) qualification comprises a number of modules delivered intensively over 5 days.


These modules cover the following topics:

  • Waste Reduction
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Flow
  • Pull v Push
  • Perfection
  • Visual Management
  • Benchmarking
  • Assumption Busting
  • Workshops and Facilitation
  • Process Variation
  • Measurement Systems Analysis
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Process Capability
  • Design of Experiments
  • Hypothesis Testing

The course also includes:

  • Statistics for Black belts
  • Introduction to Minitab

as well as an in-class Lean Six Sigma DMAIC project.


Learning will be evaluated via a 90 minute open book examination.

Candidates must achieve a minimum of 60% to attain the Black Belt Certification.

Course Tutors

Dr Alex Douglas

Alex has been training, researching and consulting on Lean Six Sigma for over 10 years. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a Fellow of the Institute of Six Sigma Professionals for whom he is an accredited trainer. Alex has trained hundreds of students/candidates to Yellow, Green and Black Belt levels in the UK and East Africa where he has delivered Yellow, Green and Black Belt courses programmes to people and organisations across a broad spectrum of industrial sectors including manufacturing, services, financial services, supermarkets, telecommunications, power generation, education and training and agriculture. (Dr Alex Douglas will only be involved in the delivery of the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt course).

Dr Michele Cano

Michele is a mechanical and manufacturing engineer and senior lecturer
specialising in quality and project management with over 20 years’ experience within multidisciplinary environments. Her research interests include lean manufacturing, quality management and business improvement. She has provided consultancy and CPD training courses for the manufacturing, food and drink and public sectors and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. As founder and programme leader for the MSc in Quality and Project Management, her specialist areas of teaching include quality management, lean manufacturing and lean six sigma, change management and project management. Michele currently sits on the ‘Future of Work’ Advisory Panel for the Chartered Quality Institute and is a reviewer for journals and conferences in quality and lean six sigma.

Dr Farhad Anvari

Farhad has over 20 years’ experience in the manufacturing industry with a wide range of expertise in Engineering Management such as TPM, Lean Manufacturing, Total Quality and Kaizen. He holds degrees in Electronic, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering and is a certified ISO 9000 Assessor and a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Farhad has provided training and implementation methods in areas of Maintenance Engineering, Quality and Project Management and Hoshin Kanri. His current research activities include Through-life Engineering, Industry 4.0 and Sustainable Operations. (Dr Farhad Anvari will not be involved in the delivery of the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt course).

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