Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Upgrade

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ONLINE live courses now available. Thornley Group certification included in the course fee. After attending either our online course or one of our classroom-based courses, candidates will be eligible to take the optional NZOQ or IASSC Black Belt certification exam online, at a convenient time after course completion.

Course duration:

5 days classroom or 8 x 2.5 hours online (plus 20 hours personal work including video, worksheets and quizzes).


Our Black Belt upgrade training provides all that is required for Lean Six Sigma implementation and project leadership. Whilst building on the central DMAIC and Lean principles, the focus is on team and project management along with advanced statistical tools and data management. The online training option requires an additional 20 hours of personal study in addition to the attendance at the online sessions. This consists of a review of the video from each session, completing problem worksheets and taking quizzes.

Candidates MUST be Green Belt trained prior to attendance.

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From $1,700 plus GST

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Lean and Six Sigma deliver business goals and objectives through the rigorous application of proven improvement methodologies.Combining both these methodologies eliminates waste, increases value and reduces variation.
By focusing on the customer and delivering benefits quickly it is possible to improve quality performance and profitability simultaneously.

Thornley Group Black Belt training is carried out by professional trainers who are experienced as senior management practitioners in both Six-Sigma and Lean. After completion of the training, you will have a detailed knowledge of how to apply the learning and you will be able to deliver significant benefits in a structured way.. This course is designed to follow on from the Green Belt. 

Prior to taking the exam, there is a further 40 hours of study using your course manual and our online testing which will enable you to study all the subject areas, in a structured way, right up to your exam date.  Access is also provided to our online video-based training that provides a further 16 hours of study after attending the course.

Lean & Six Sigma training – at your office

Thornley Group training programmes are designed to suit all levels, from senior management to new employees, from awareness training to specialised training. We provide an enjoyable and effective learning experience that is designed to give measurable results. Content can be designed for your particular organisation’s needs and delivered with your own corporate branding if desired.

Training locations can either be on your site or in one of our approved venues as required.

Improving business performance involves many steps.

The first step is a commitment to doing business differently. Those organisations that adopt Lean and Six Sigma approaches across their activities perform effectively and efficiently with unnecessary waste eliminated.

Significant measurable cost, quality and delivery improvements are achieved along with improved customer satisfaction and increased competitiveness.

Contact us to find out more about our training and consultancy services.

How can we help?

At Thornley Group we provide training and consultancy services that enable organisations to set strategy and deploy business process improvement in a sustainable way. We ensure that all the know-how required for sustainability is in place so that benefits can continue to be realised in the long-term.

Training key people in business improvement methods is a key practical step towards becoming a highly performing organisation.

We can provide you with all the support required for setting a strategy and deploying it successfully.

  • Course Manual
  • Thornley Group exam fee included
  • Online practice exam
  • 6 months support for project work (26 hours of email and phone-based support)
  • Access to our supplementary online Lean training
  • Online resources and templates
  • NZOQ or IASSC exam optional

Our Black Belt training provides all that is required for Lean Six Sigma implementation and project leadership.  Whilst building on the central DMAIC and Lean principles, the focus is on team and project management along with advanced statistical tools and data management.

Thornley Group Black Belt training is targeted at people who run business improvement projects and/or have responsibility for managing improvement teams.

Using their practical experience of improvement programmes, along with simulation exercises, our trainers can take candidates through the process of applying the tools and techniques that they learn.

  • Candidates must have been trained to Green Belt level prior to attending (this will require verification prior to attendance). Attendees who have been trained by other organisations may attend and take the exam but, due to the inadequate coverage seen in some training provider content, we cannot warrant that your prior-learning is adequate for the Black Belt Exam.
  • Candidates must have a knowledge of algebra and be used to analysing numerical data (i.e. Green Belt).
  • Candidates should ideally have the authority to work on a project in their organisation as this will improve the credibility with prospective employers. This should be a cost saving, defect reduction or other customer impact project. Thornley group will provide a simulation case-study where this is not possible.

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