Master Black Belt Qualification

Our Master Black Belt Development Programme has been built on Prof. Bendell’s extensive international knowledge of the field, and designed for compatibility with, and to meet the requirements of, the competency requirements in ISO18404:2015. It consists of an initial seminar/workshop and assessment centre; candidate’s application, skill and portfolio development within their own organisation; tutor assessment and coaching visits and observation; and an end of programme workshop, written test and development seminar. Delegates are assessed throughout the programme and candidates who complete satisfactory portfolios and pass the in-programme assessments and written test will be certificated as Master Black Belts by Prof. Bendell, and be eligible to apply for certification under ISO18404:2015.

Becoming a Certified Master Black Belt

To be eligible to join this programme, you must already be qualified as a Black Belt, with a recognised qualification and successful Six Sigma project experience. Candidates who do not meet this requirement but who have a sufficient depth of technical knowledge and experience may be exceptionally admitted onto this programme at the discretion of Prof. Tony Bendell and his colleagues. The Master Black Belt Development Programme consists of three stages.

Initial Seminar/Workshop

The Initial Seminar/Workshop and Assessment Centre lasting two days, introduces the programme, methods of learning and assessment, as well as defining the knowledge base and introducing some of the more advanced technical content, software use and role requirements. During this, the candidate’s precise current knowledge and competencies are assessed and a personal development plan is constructed and agreed.

Second Stage

The second stage involves the Master Black Belt candidate working through the development plan and constructing a portfolio of evidence to support the agreed knowledge, skill and competence development requirements. During this stage, a Services Ltd. tutor normally will make two assessment and coaching visits to the delegate at his or her place of work to observe, assess and coach the Master Black Belt candidate and, if necessary, to provide advise to local management. Typically this stage lasts two months, but exceptionally can be extended for up to a year.

Final Stage

The final stage of the programme consists of a two-day End of Programme Workshop, Written Test and Development Seminar. This includes delegate presentations, an evaluation and sharing of delegate’s individual and collective learning, the final written test to verify candidate’s knowledge and competence, and an additional input on practice, role and further learning.

Programme Structure and Content

Initial Seminar/Workshop and Assessment Centre (two days)
- Programme Introduction
- Assess Current Knowledge and Competencies
- Agree Personal Development Plans
Personal Knowledge, Skill and Competence Development (typically two months)
- In-house Application in Candidate’s Organisation
- Portfolio of Evidence
- Tutor Assessment and Coaching Visits (normally two) End of Programme Workshop, Written Test and Development Seminar (two days)
- Delegate Presentations
- Evaluate and Share Individual and Collective Learning
- Practice, Role and Further Learning
- Final Written Test

Course Fees

Cost (for UK-based organisations)
£3650 plus VAT first delegate
£2450 plus VAT second and subsequent delegates on same programme
Overseas-based delegates will be charged in addition the travel and subsistence costs for the tutor’s assessment visits.

Venue Details

Public courses are held at Sherwood House, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0JH All courses are available in-house by arrangement

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