Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Excellence Programme

RSM and The Lean Six Sigma Company proudly present the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Excellence Programme. It is the most complete Lean Six Sigma training complemented with a high level leadership programme designed by RSM.

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt on university level

The Black Belt Excellence Programme is an exclusive training with which you can distinguish yourself on the international labour market. The curriculum comprises of 14 days, of which 11 days focus on Lean Six Sigma and three days will focus on change management, leadership and communication: the three core elements needed to be successful as a Black Belt.

There will be two examination moments. One theory and one practical exam. It is obliged to complete the practical exam for this programme. After completing this Black Belt education, you will be awarded a certificate by both a top-10 European business school and Europe’s largest Lean Six Sigma educator. With this certificate you will show the world that you can manage Lean Six Sigma on a university level.

Key benefits

By participating in this programme you will:

  • Learn how to ignite the speed and quality of an organisation’s processes
  • Explore an integrative model for change and implementation, putting strategy, organisation and leadership in place
  • Measure performance and improvements based on data and statistical analysis
  • Bring structure to organisational process - The Lean Six Sigma way
  • Interpret quality through the customer’s perspective
  • Implement an organisation-wide philosophy of Continuous Improvement
  • Shift the focus from ‘firefighting’ problems’ symptoms to eliminating their root causes.
  • This course is intended for those in search of a tested and proven process improvement methodology with which they can optimize quality and efficiency within an organizational context. Typical backgrounds of participants that stand to benefit from this course include, but are not limited to: Senior Organisational Advisors, Business Consultants, Team Leaders and Process Engineers.

  • Here’s what previous participants say about RSM's Black Belt Excellence programme:

    Change isn’t easy; you must feel the urgency and discuss root causes and all stakeholder interests. RSM’s Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Excellence programme has enabled me to lead change processes and get everyone onboard in crucial steps to meet the customer needs. As a marketeer it has not been a usual step to participate in this programme, it’s more common among process- and finance-driven professionals. But marketing is more often in the lead of an organisation. With transparency, an organisation must act naturally and close to its heart. RSM gave me insights to onboard people in change processes, especially the ones with a contrary personality or opinion. This was a highly valued step to professionalise myself.
    Joey Simmerman, marketing director at Somfy Northern Europe

    The module on Change Leadership was very inspirational, informative and interactive. We’ll all look back on this learning experience with great satisfaction as a group, and also as individuals. This module was the perfect ending to the theoretical part of the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Excellence programme. The content and highly interactive approach will be very useful for future participants too. As a result of the co-operation and constructive dialogue, RSM and Lean Six Sigma Company have a market leading, fully integrated programme on lean six sigma. We've had an excellent learning experience!
    Mirinda Iseger-Martin MSc, DipM, lean practitioner and multidisciplinary change and strategy consultant

    There is no magic recipe for success, but it helps to practise various exercises from this programme to lead change successfully. In my organisation it’s a challenge to meet the customers’ demanding expectations on reducing delivery times. We need to motivate the organisation bottom-up to achieve success. In RSM’s programme, we learned to ‘listen with intent’, and to give feedback on behaviour and its effects. It was a great experience that the professor used real-life stories to support the theory. I’ve also done the OneMBA at RSM, so knew what I was getting into in terms of high-quality education and the best facilities. RSM delivered this once again.”
    Aroop Bhattacharjee, supply chain engineer at VDL-ETG Eindhoven

  • During the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Excellence Programme you will learn from Mr. Rijk W. Schildmeijer, Dr Barbara Banda and Dr Martijn F. Rademakers. Occasionally we may substitute other faculty members according to the content of the programme and their availability.

    Mr. Rijk W. Schildmeijer
    Rijk W. Schildmeijer is a partner, trainer and Master Black Belt at The Lean Six Sigma Company. He has always been a process improver, at work and when studying for his master in chemical technology at the University of Twente. Rijk has 20 years’ experience as a Lean Six Sigma Black and Master Black Belt. He helps companies perform better with a structured approach, and has coached hundreds of Green Belts and Black Belts in English, German and Dutch to certification within multinationals such as DuPont de Nemours and Alcan (now Rio Tinto). Rijk has led many Kaizen Events, summing up to millions of savings. He is also author of the book Six Sigma in Practice and co-author of Lean in Practice.

    Dr Barbara Banda
    Barbara Banda is highly skilled coach for senior leaders and is a visiting faculty member at RSM, Duke Corporate Education, and TIAS School for Business and Society. She’s a specialist in leadership development, business strategy and organisational change, and has led large-scale strategic change projects for multinationals, government departments and non-profits. Her doctoral research focused on the importance of connecting management education to the workplace, for which she has created education programmes. She has an PhD in Management Learning, an MA in Organisational Change, an MSc in Training and Performance Management, an MBA, and a BA in German and Russian.

    Dr Martijn F. Rademakers
    Martijn Rademakers is a visiting faculty member at RSM and adjunct professor of corporate strategy at Amsterdam Business School. He is also managing director of consultancy Sollcorp, and founding board member of TONOS, a start-up for planning capacity and logistics for healthcare organisations. He is experienced in education and consultancy for bridging theory and practice of business innovation, organisational change and strategic leadership. He researches the interconnectedness of strategy, organisation and leadership. He is an author of several books; Corporate Universities: Drivers of the Learning Organization is published in five languages, and he is editor of the special edition Journal of Creating Value (Nov 2019).

  • Most programmes will take place online until 1 May 2021. If you register for a programme that is scheduled to take place after 1 May 2021, we cannot guarantee a face-to-face delivery format.


    On this page you will find practical information about the 14-day Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Excellence Programme.

    Start in September 2021
    29 - 30 September 2021 (Van Nelle)
    6 October 2021 (Van Nelle)
    3 - 4, 17 - 18 November 2021 (Van Nelle)
    1 - 2, 15 - 16 December 2021 (Van Nelle)
    12 - 14 January 2022 (RSM)

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    € 9,995 (excl. VAT) including course materials and lunches. 


    Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification. This certification will be awarded after successful completion of your practical assignment.

    Cancellation policy

    Cancellation notices must be received by email: openprogrammes@rsm.nl. The following cancellation fees apply:

    • More than 14 days before the programme’s start date: 25% of the programme fee will be charged
    • Between 14 and 7 days before the programme’s start date:  75% of the programme fee will be charged
    • 7 days or fewer before the programme’s start date: 100% of the programme fee will be charged
    • Cancellations received on or after the programme’s start date: 100% of the programme fee will be charged.


    The participant can be substituted by someone from the same company on the same course without extra costs.

    General terms and conditions

    Please click here to view RSM Executive Education’s general terms and conditions.


    The programmes take place at TLSSC - Van Nelle, ECE, Rotterdam, and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Bayle (J) Building, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam.

    Hotel accommodation

    If you require hotel accommodation in Rotterdam, we recommend Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark, adjacent to the university.

  • Most programmes will take place online until 1 May 2021. If you register for a programme that is scheduled to take place after 1 May 2021, we cannot guarantee a face-to-face delivery format.

    The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Excellence programme runs on several dates. Please select the one that suits you most to register.