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Lean Sigma Black Belt Special Purpose Award

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Type of Course:


  • Type of Qualification:

    LEVEL 8 Special Purpose Award

  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

Full-time course duration:

21 full days over six months.

Admission Requirements:

A demonstration of several years work experience in a technical role in manufacturing or a service industry is required. A grounding in six sigma principles is desirable.



Course Schedule




Mechanical, Biomedical & Manufacturing Eng

Course Fee: €8,500*

External Support funding may be available for this course.  Please contact to enquire.
Discounts available for groups of three or more.

Note: Places are limited for this course. Eligible candidates will be considered on a first come first served basis.

A certified Lean Sigma Black Belt is a professional who is an expert in Lean Sigma philosophies and principles, including supporting systems and tools. A Black Belt should demonstrate team leadership, understand team dynamics and assign team member roles and responsibilities. Black Belts have a thorough understanding of all aspects of the DMAIC model in accordance with Lean Sigma principles.

They have a thorough knowledge of Lean enterprise concepts, are able to identify non-value added elements and activities and are able to use specific tools. The course draws on both the basic problem solving tools and advanced statistical principles including DOE (Design of Experiments) and SPC (Statistical Process Control).


Dave Murphy, 2011 attendee: "I have an Honours Degree and a background in technical and quality management.  My most recent job was a customer support specialist for eleven years for customers of Fujitsu Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) in Ireland. In December 2010 I became unemployed.  I read about the Springboard funded Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Course and with my Quality background, I immediately recognised the importance of the course in my efforts to get back into the workplace.

I was very much aware of the high value that employers put on Lean and Six Sigma so I applied for the CIT CAMMS Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Course and was offered a place. I was particularly impressed by expert subject tutors who delivered the various Lean Six Sigma Modules and felt that all lessons learned would be of practical benefit. My final point is that in early March I finally secured a Senior Engineering role at EMC in Co. Cork."

Entry Requirements

A demonstration of several years work experience in a technical role in manufacturing or a service industry is required. Experience in Lean sigma principles is desirable.

Course Content

  • Introduction to Lean and Lean Sigma, DMAIC Methodology
  • Change Management, Team Building, Facilitation, Conflict Resolution
  • Project Control, Return on Investment, Critical Success Factors
  • Statistical Techniques
  • Measurement System Analysis
  • Hypothesis Testing, Regression, Control Charts, Process Capability
  • Design of Experiments
  • Lean Sigma Supply Chain


Throughout their training, and until the completion of their projects, Lean Sigma Black Belts will receive support and mentoring from their tutor.


Twenty one full days over six months. 

Awarding Body

CIT: 30 ECTS credits at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Candidates who complete the Lean  Sigma Black Belt Programme are encouraged to sit the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Lean Sigma Black Belt exam (Examination fees payable directly to the ASQ).

The ASQ Lean Sigma Black Belt 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 Lean Sigma Body of Knowledge.




  • Online application is open.  
    For information, please email
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €250 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee will be deducted from the overall course fee.
  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.

Course commencing 21/9/2017
Location: Cork

Course commencing 28/9/2017
Location: Dublin








Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Management Systems
021 432 6264