Lean Sigma Black Belt Special Purpose Award

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Type of Course:

    Single Module Course

  • Type of Qualification:

    LEVEL 8 Special Purpose Award

  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    Please see Apply Tab for various course delivery dates

Course Summary

Lean Sigma is a very successful methodology for Service Design and Operational Productivity Improvement. Lean Sigma is based on the elimination of waste and the reduction of variability in processing through engagement and respect for all staff.

Admission Requirements:

Level 6/Level 7 qualification preferred. Green Belt qualified or a demonstration of several years of work experience in a supervision role in service or manufacturing industry is required. Experience in Lean or Six Sigma principles is desirable.


Mechanical, Biomedical & Manufacturing Eng

All part-time programmes at MTU will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.


Students should note that fees quoted relate to the academic year 2022-2023 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.

For more information on fees, please visit fees/students

Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

Course Fee: €4,750* includes course notes and exam fee. Discounts available for groups of three or more.


CAMMS has many years of experience in working with organisations to help them make improvements using Lean Sigma techniques that have resulted in millions of euros in savings.  CAMMS engagement model works on the basis of helping organisations to Realise – React - Revise,

  1. Realise your current state customer issues
  2. React to the future state needs
  3. Revise as your customers develop their requirements

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 will 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/DMADV models for Service Design and Operational Management 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.


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


Nineteen full days over six months. 


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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



A work-based project is undertaken as part of the course. Students will receive project support and mentoring from their tutors. Student projects can deliver savings of more than €100,000 per project. As part of the course online support data is provided for all students.


Awarding Body

30 ECTS Credits at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications awarded by Munster Technological University.


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.



For over eight years “CAMMS, MTU Cork has been assisting us in optimising the performance of our operating theatres, of which there are 20, including resource deployment and process issues. We have begun to see substantial resource savings as a consequence of their work.  We are anxious to develop further our relationship with CAMMS, MTU Cork and we are deeply appreciative of the work they have undertaken with us to date.”  J. A. McNamara, CEO Cork University Hospital


“CAMMS was one of the significant enablers of our company turnaround.” Billy Power, General Manager of SR Technics Airfoil Services


“SR Technics Airfoil Services in Cork repair commercial jet engine airfoils for some of the world’s most prestigious airlines and overhaul shops. The work carried out at the facility is exacting, critical and highly skilled.  When we began our lean journey we were fortunate to team up with CAMMS MTU Cork. They have provided our staff with training and education on their courses including White Belt, Yellow Belt, Green Belt and Black Belt in the past ten years. We have found these courses to be very well fitted to our business and an excellent investment in our workforce.  The delivery, scope and content of the courses more than meet our needs and we have found that any suggestions by us or our staff for program improvement has always been taken on board. In addition, CAMMS MTU Cork have been very willing to assist us with advice and expertise on many of our continuous improvement projects.”  Damien Carroll, Human Resources Manager of SR Technics Airfoil Services


"I have an Honours Degree and 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 Lean 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 MTU Cork 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." Dave Murphy, Black Belt graduate


“The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Course is very appropriate for the current business climate, being able to help a business improve its efficiency and effectiveness is something that is very attractive to employers. I implement the knowledge I have gained on a daily basis. Having a workforce educated with Lean Six Sigma is something that can be promoted as Ireland continues to present itself as an attractive location for doing business.” Hillary Cronin, Black Belt graduate


“I came to the course with over 20 years of experience in the quality field in the electronics sector. I have been very impressed with the depth and relevance of the course content and delivery. There is a good balance of practical and theoretical work and all levels of QA experience are catered for from the novice to the experienced. The tutors are experienced practitioners of the tools and are very supportive and readily available to assist if needed.”  Bernadette Barber, Black Belt graduate


“My name is Linda Brennan, I work as The Global Production and Fulfilment Director in Symantec’s Dublin office.  I was recently successful in completing a Lean Sigma Black Belt certification with CAMMS, Cork Institute of Technology.  Our class dynamic was a tremendous benefit to our learning as we had pupils from the service industry, security and technology to name a few.  The diversity of experience, cultures, gender and age gave the learning experience a real world dynamic. This was one of the many benefits of this certification.


This certification has allowed Symantec Dublin utilise The DMAIC cycle to create a cohesive approach to improvements in our business.  We speak a common language, share common measurements, work on improve processes not just tasks. It removed the fear of change as we are now part of deciding what change makes sense to complete. It has given us to tools to be confident in sharing our stories to other to get buy-in and remove fear.


MTU Cork has remained a colleague in our journey and has continued to give us the support and courage to make change happen.”  Linda Brennan, Director Q2C Production and Fulfilment Readiness, Symantec Inc.  

  • Online application is open.
    For information, please email cammscork@mtu.ie
  • 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.
  • Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.


Certificate in Lean Sigma Black Belt - Online

Course commences 21st October 2022
​Closing date for application: 21st October 2022


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