Lean Black Belt

Specialist Diploma in Quality Management Lean Systems



Duration: 12 Mths

Semesters: Three

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The Specialist Diploma in Quality Management Lean Systems, offered by the University of Limerick, is a Lean Black Belt course, recommended by LBSPartners. The programme enables participants to support their organisations to gain competitive advantage through the application of Lean principles to drive improvement with measurable results. Participants complete a company-based project as a key element of the programme, ensuring the integration of the various concepts in the workplace.

This programme is delivered by traditional distance education and online learnings together with a number of on-campus tutorials (approx. three Saturdays per semester). On-line discussions are moderated by a subject matter experts on elements of each module to reinforce the learning and maximise the benefit of the programme for participants. On-campus tutorials are held at the University of Limerick.

This programme forms part of the MSc in Strategic Quality Management Lean Sigma Systems.  Those who have successfully completed the diploma programme may continue on to the MSc.

Who should attend?

The diploma is aimed at managers, engineers, supervisors and technicians who have responsibility for quality or continuous improvement within their organisations and for those who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the area of Lean systems.

What will I learn?

The programme comprises four taught modules and a company based project.

Lean Thinking/Lean Tools I

  • The history of Lean Management
  • Value Stream Mapping, waste elimination
  • Workplace Organisation & Standard Work Techniques
  • Rapid Improvement Methodologies
  • The role of the supply chain in Lean systems

Lean Sigma, Project Management & Finance

  • Techniques associated with developing project plans, schedules and budgets
  • Concepts for developing, tracking and controlling the key constraints within which a project operates
  • Best practices in managing project risks
  • Key elements of managing project scope and that of associated processes pertaining to change in this regard

Lean Thinking/Lean Tools 2

  • Organisation Planning Approaches
  • Process techniques to support Lean implementation
  • Building quality into the manufacturing process
  • Bringing the customer into the Lean organisation
  • The extended Lean enterprise

Leadership and Change Management

  • Change management models and their application
  • Organisational diagnosis and change management
  • The leaders and their role in the organisation
  • Stimulating and encouraging change

Contact Us

For more information, simply view the University of Limerick Website for more information. Alternatively, email ulearning@ul.ie or call 061 213360.

“We have a strong track record in innovation and development of new products and processes. We began a lean journey, using LBS as our lean partners. During this time we have realised extraordinary improvements throughout the organisation such as reduction of lead time from 27 days in 2010 to 3 days in 2016. We attribute a significant portion of this growth directly to our organisational transformation based on Lean principles. In recent times, with the help of LBSPartners. we have trained colleagues in Lean Business Programme, with further training ongoing. We have found LBSPartners to be extremely beneficial and would highly recommend both to any potential business.”
Eddie Wall, Operations Manager, Benning Ireland

“The tools and coaching we have received as part of the training and mentoring programme is working for our company to deliver significant results to the bottom line. There is a strong relationship between LBSPartners and Loughnane’s of Galway. The practical aspects and exercises from the training we received were very enjoyable and the trainer was excellent.”
Daire Loughnane, Managing Director, Loughnane’s of Galway 

In 2016, we partnered with LBSPartners to complete a Green Belt Training Program. They each selected a project, which had specific targets for delivering measurable improvements. The team attended training days and worked on their projects over a 3 to 4 month period. In addition to the financial savings that the projects delivered (which were sustainable and significantly greater than the training costs), the team themselves learned a lot about Lean thinking and how to recognise and tackle waste. The trainer and mentor were very enthusiastic and professional throughout and provided plenty of support for our team.”
Eamonn Redmond, Operations Manager, Lily O’Briens

Through the Management Works programme, we have been working alongside LBSPartners to achieve major changes and improvements throughout our business. The overall support from the programme has been vital in developing our internal capabilities and supporting a lean culture that has contributed to significant growth for our company.”
Mary Fox, Operations Manager, Irish Dog Foods

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