Black Belt Certification Program

Aerospace & Defense

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Black Belt Certification Program

Course Description

The primary objective of this two-week course is to equip individuals with the skills to improve organizational performance by effectively acquiring and interpreting data and generating management action based on the insights gained. Additional topics, such as leadership skills, mentoring others, and conducting successful meetings will be covered in pursuit of a holistic Black Belt educational experience.

In addition to the classroom learning, the Black Belt candidate will work a rigorous project determined to provide significant ROI to the organization with faculty mentoring throughout the project.

Key Benefits

  • The primary objective of this two-week course is to equip you with the analytical skills needed to improve your organization’s performance. You will learn to manage effectively by acquiring and interpreting data, whether it is obtained from a process, product or organization.
  • In addition, you will learn and practice ‘soft skills’, such as leadership, mentoring, effective communication, etc. that are essential to successful implementation of process improvement.

Duration & Dates

Two non-consecutive weeks with 30 hours of additional online content.

Joe Buckley, Director for Executive Education


This course is offered as an open enrollment course on the UT campus or as a custom course at your preferred location.


T. Allen Pannell, Jr.

Allen Pannell is a lecturer in business analytics and statistics who also teaches graduate and executive education courses. He is the first Amy Foster Memorial Research Fellow. The fellowship is... Full Bio

Ed Miles

Ed Miles is president of Miles & Associates, a management consulting firm focused on improving business performance. Ed has worked extensively with senior executives in manufacturing and service organizations to... Full Bio

Charles Cwiek

Charles M. Cwiek, a Distinguished Lecturer in the Department of Business Analytics & Statistics at The University of Tennessee, specializes in the areas of industrial statistics, quality control methods, and... Full Bio



Tuition includes most meals, single-room hotel lodging, on-campus transportation, materials/simulations and professional education credits, where applicable.

Tuition does not include:
One faculty site visit related to the Black Belt candidate’s project; travel and per diem to be billed at cost.