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:

    “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

  • Rijk W. Schildmeijer
    is a partner and Master Black Belt at The Lean Six Sigma Company. Rijk has almost 20 years of experience as a Lean Six Sigma Black and Master Black Belt within several multinational companies including DuPont de Nemours and Alcan (now Rio Tinto). He has been a process improver for all of his working life, even before when he studied for his master in chemical technology at the University of Twente. Rijk aims to help companies perform better, with a structured approach such as Lean Six Sigma. He has trained and coached hundreds of Green Belts and Black Belts in English, German and Dutch to certification within DuPont and Alcan, and dozen of other companies through The Lean Six Sigma Company. He has led many Kaizen Events within his client base, summing up to millions of savings. Rijk is one of the main Lean Six Sigma trainers within The Lean Six Sigma Company, and author of the book Six Sigma in Practice and co-author of Lean in Practice.

    Dr Barbara Banda
    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, government departments and non-profits. She is passionate about her 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 the University of Oxford, an MA in Organisational Change, an MSc 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.

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


    8 - 9, 29 October 2019 (Van Nelle)
    4 - 5, 25 - 26 November 2019 (Van Nelle)
    16 - 17 December 2019 (Van Nelle)
    13 - 14 January 2020 (Van Nelle)
    3 - 5 February 2020 (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.

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