UNSW Business School


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About the course

Upgrade your Black Belt to become an enterprise leader, trusted advisor and technical expert ready to transform business.

You will upgrade your existing Lean Six Sigma expertise from leading large scale projects to having the leadership, consultative and technical skills to transform business.

The flexible, blended learning pathway allows you to start when you want and manage the course around work commitments. You’ll have up to 18 months to reach certification through a combination of online modules, face-to-face learning and project work. The face-to-face modules build on your statistical expertise and develop complementary skills in leadership, strategic thinking and commercial acumen.

What you’ll learn

You’ll build the leadership, consultative and technical skills to transform your business and add significant value through:

  • Playing a trusted advisor role on strategic initiatives
  • Driving a culture of continuous improvement to maximise the effectiveness and efficiency of your business
  • Training, coaching and mentoring Black Belts
  • Identifying opportunities to support the business strategy to deliver sustainable business results
  • A deep, strategic understanding of your organisation’s position
  • Advising the executive team on building a continuous improvement culture
  • Leading strategic, large-scale transformation projects
  • Drawing insights from your organisation’s data assets to improve customer experience and deliver business outcomes
  • Presenting ideas and engaging stakeholders across the business, from the frontline to the Board

Additionally, you will gain:

  • Real world experience through working on a live strategic review with the support of our experts
  • Consulting experience working with a non-competing host organisation on a cross-industry review
  • Industry-recognised certification from UNSW Sydney, one of Australia’s leading universities
  • Your course fee includes participation in the AGSM General Manager Program as the leadership module. For more information on scheduled dates and the additional outcomes you can expect, visit the General Manager Program course page.

How you’ll learn

The Master Black Belt program is a highly integrated, experiential journey of self-insight, stretch challenges and application of critical thinking taking Black Belts to the next level of leadership and expertise. The course is an interactive, blended learning experience, with the face-to-face, online and project modules bound together through intensive one-on-one support to maximise individual success and produce a well-rounded Lean Six Sigma leader.

Upon acceptance into the program through demonstrating your Lean Six Sigma proficiency to Black Belt level, you will be provided access to the online module covering statistical analysis concepts. Your lesson plan will be tailored to your knowledge gaps based on your result from your application exam and interview. The online module is in preparation of the Strategic Operations Advisor module and must be completed prior to attending.

You will join our flagship General Manager Program; a 5 day intensive module, staying at our residential centre in Sydney's eastern suburbs. The General Manager Program focuses on building your leadership, strategic thinking and commercial acumen skills. You will have the choice to attend one of three runs of the General Manager Program offered each year. You must complete the General Manager Program before progressing your MBB journey.

Following completion of the leadership module – the General Manager Program - you'll take part in a non-residential 5 day module at our Sydney CBD Campus. This module will build your technical expertise as well as the skills of a trusted strategic advisor. You will require access to the statistical analysis software, Minitab, along with a laptop equipped with Microsoft Word and Excel during the face-to-face and online modules.

Next, you will work on two workplace strategic reviews. Your internal review will address a live strategic challenge at your organisation and be supported by your sponsor and your AGSM program mentor. You will also participate in a cross-industry review with one of our non-competing host organisations to broaden your knowledge and consultative skills.

Upon completion of the modules and your work placements, you will be awarded your Master Black Belt certification at a formal graduation ceremony.


Leadership Module (General Manager Program)

The General Manager Program is a unique immersion experience. The residential format creates an intensive learning environment that builds strong connections, formulates new perspectives and changes mindsets and behaviours. You will take part in a powerful combination of dynamic content, site visits, experiential activities, simulations, practical tools and wellbeing sessions to take your leadership to the next level. Key themes include leading strategically, communicating with presence and impact, and innovation.

Strategic Operations Advisor Module

This module will expand your toolkit to include the more sophisticated, highly effective statistical methods needed by a true Master Black Belt. It will also develop your client engagement skills and build your capability to act as an effective consultant to the business. You will actively and critically learn to apply business strategy concepts to diagnose, identify and analyse challenges faced by organisations.


Paul Walsh

Paul has more than 20 years’ teaching experience at postgraduate level, during which time he has developed a reputation as an outstanding facilitator and coach. He has made a major contribution to the design and development of postgraduate and executive programs and materials, which support the d...

Patrick Sharry

Patrick is an expert facilitator with extensive experience working with senior executives across a diverse range of industries including financial services, internet technology and international trade. He is regularly engaged to assist with complex workplace and leadership issues for organisation...

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