Certificate in Advanced Lean Sigma Quality (Black Belt) (Online)

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Credits 30*
  • Course Code SG_EADVA_E08
  • Award Certificate
  • Duration 1

Course Summary

Six Sigma has become the fastest spreading and most successful approach to Quality across all industries. It is regularly mentioned as a requirement by employers on job advertisements. This 30 credit special purpose award is also mapped to the Six Sigma Black Belt Body of Knowledge (BOK) for the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Black Belt award.

Successful candidates will receive a Certificate in Advanced Lean Sigma Quality (Black Belt) from IT Sligo at Level 8.

Note that candidates who require additional external (ASQ) Black belt certification will have to organise this directly with the external provider. More details will be provided during your course of study at IT Sligo.

The course duration is 1 year. All of the course modules are taken online with live lectures each week. These lectures are also recorded so you can watch them anytime at your convenience.

The Six Sigma black belt project will be undertaken by the student and should address a substantive issue in the workplace. The project will test the student's ability to define a real life problem of concern to the organisation, design a strategy for addressing the problem, gather data, formulate and evaluate options and make recommendations. The project must follow the Six Sigma DMAIC methodology.

It is important that the student leads the Black Belt project team and makes a significant contribution to the success of the project. A financial saving must be identified for a Black belt project. The amount of savings will depend on the size of the company, sales revenue, number of employees and opportunities for improvements.

 The project aims to provide students with the opportunity to apply and integrate the skills and knowledge they have gained on the modules they studied at IT Sligo. These modules are:

  • Statistics
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Experimental Design
  • Quality Management

The student should bring the learning from the modules covered in the course to identifying and leading six sigma projects within their organisation. Black Belts are the leaders in creating project teams, training and mentoring these teams and driving a culture of continuous process improvement within their organisation. An IT Sligo project supervisor/mentor will be assigned to each project.

The mentor will act as a guide in agreeing the relevance, and scope of the project and monitor the progress on a regular basis.

Key Course Information

The Black Belt programme consists of four taught modules (5 credits each) and a work based Black Belt project (10 credits). The project will be allocated an IT Sligo supervisor and will be completed over the entire academic year (both semesters).

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2021

Entry Requirements

Applicants must possess a Six Sigma Green Belt or equivalent qualification. Applicants must also be in a position to carry out a Six Sigma Black Belt project with an employer. Applicants must have three years’ experience in a manufacturing or service environment.

Career Opportunities

Six Sigma Black Belts are in demand by employers for roles such as:

  • Operational Excellence Specialist
  • Process Excellence Specialist
  • Continuous Improvement Manager
  • Process Improvement Engineer
  • Operations /Manufacturing Managers
  • Quality Directors
  • Lean Six Sigma Specialist
  • Senior Quality Engineers
  • Director Business Process Excellence

Further Study

Graduates who complete this course will have studied the ASQ Black Belt Body of Knowledge material and may sit the externally accredited ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt examination.

Note: For external ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt certification, ASQ requires two completed projects with signed affidavits or one completed project with signed affidavit and three years of work experience in one or more areas of the Six Sigma Body of Knowledge. If the student wishes to gain an additional ASQ certification, then this will have to be organised separately by the student.

The four taught modules, on the Black Belt programme, are already on the existing Level 8 BSc (Hons.) in Quality Management & Technology degree. Eligible candidates, who already possess a full level 7 award, may decide to continue and complete the remaining credits for the BSc (Hons) Quality degree programme.

Note: Only applicants who meet the normal entry requirements for the Level 8 degree programme will be allowed progress to the IT Sligo full BSc (Hons) Quality level 8 degree qualification.

Programme Fees

€4,200 for the full 30 credit Black Belt programme.

Course Format

Semester 1

Statistics 5 credits
Quality Management 5 credits
Statistical Process 5 credits
Experimental Design 5 credits
Black Belt Project 10 credits