Lean Green Belt Certificate

The Lean Green Belt Certificate workshop is a deep dive into the Lean structured problem solving method known as DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve) for government and knowledge workers. Participants learn how to facilitate improvement projects and get results by applying the concepts to two "live" processes: one from a Green Belt sponsor organization (8 days, in-class group project) and one from their own organization (8 days, individual project). In total, achieving a Lean Green Belt certificate requires approximately 16 days of hands-on effort spread over a 3 - 5 month period.

Typically, the individual project (after implementation) will create annual time savings to more than offset the time you invest in the program. For example, if the program and assignment require 16 days of the participant's time, then improvement solutions should save 32 days per year on an ongoing basis.

  • The Lean Green Belt certificate workshop is targeted to:

  • Employees of organizations who want to develop in-house capability to lead (facilitate) and sustain one or more process improvement projects and/or are embarking on a large-scale Lean transformation
  • The learning objectives of this workshop include:

  • Learn how to apply DMAIC (a structured 5-step approach to process improvement) to facilitate improvement projects and get sustained results through continuous improvement
  • Apply principles of change management for better results
  • Understand and explain Lean principles to others
  • Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Lean as it applies to knowledge work
  • How to identify and eliminate interruptions to flow and waste (the 8 Lean Wastes)
  • Introduction to the DMAIC 5-step approach to process improvement
    • DEFINE (current situation, target situation, problem statements, objectives)
    • MEASURE (conducting interviews, collecting process data, value stream mapping, find possible causes)
    • ANALYZE (data analysis to find and prioritize root causes)
    • IMPROVE (identify, prioritize, plan, test and implement solutions)
    • CONTROL/CONTINUE (visual management, report-out meetings, error-proofing, standard work, visual work instructions)
  • Change management techniques (creating buy-in, execution planning, common people challenges and solutions, facilitation skills)
  • Course structure and duration


  • What are the expectations of me once I’ve completed my Green Belt?

    Green Belt graduates are expected to continue to implement improvements in their work area and develop and coach others to do the same. They should also endeavour to participate in Lean community-of-practice events (such as the Lean Government Summit) to share knowledge and network.

  • How much time does the Green Belt program require?
    • 8 days of in-class training
    • Approximately 8 days of hands-on Green Belt assignment work, coaching and peer reviews over 4 months (typically for a low-mid level complexity project)
    • Depending on the level of complexity involved, your Green Belt project will require an investment of time from people who do the day-to-day work involved in the process

    It is very important that you have the support of your supervisor to invest this time before you begin.
    Ideally, the individual assignment (after implementation) will create annual time savings to more than offset the time you invest in the program. For example, if the program and assignment require 16 days of the participant's time, then improvement solutions should save 32 days per year on an ongoing basis.

  • What do I need to do to graduate from the program?
    1. Participate fully in all 8 days of in-class training
    2. Demonstrate proper use of Lean principles and tools on individual project work with a clear understanding of their purpose
    3. Document and submit the “Lean Green Belt Project Workbook” (Excel)
    4. Document and submit Current and Future state value stream maps
    5. Create a Powerpoint overview of your individual project (provided) to present to your project sponsor
    6. Prove that your project has delivered positive, measurable results as per the sponsor’s objectives
    7. Receive sign-off on your project from both your project sponsor and course facilitator (three months after implementation to allow for improvements to generate results)
  • What support will I receive for my Green Belt?

    You will receive support in the form of one-on-one coaching and feedback from:

    • the course facilitator (a Lean Black Belt)
    • your peers (course features many opportunities to share experience, learning and offer feedback
    • your project sponsor

  • How do I prepare for the Green Belt workshop?

    Approximately one week before the course there will be a short conference call to review expectations and answer any questions. Date and time details will be provided.

    Participants will be required to select a process for individual improvement projects using a prioritization matrix. The course facilitator will provide an overview on process selection on Day 2 of the program.

    Important success factors for Green Belt projects include:

    • The target process is a priority to the organization, not a make-work project
    • It currently has a major negative impact on end users/clients
    • Process is simple enough to be used as a first step to Lean
    • The time it takes for the process to complete one cycle is short enough that you will be able to see results within a month or two of implementation
    • The process owner, and the people who do the work in the process want to improve

    We discourage participants from choosing process that are outside of the control of the participant’s Branch/Division; and processes whose success depends primarily on adding IT or people resources. Also, projects that are shared between multiple participants are not eligible for Green Belt certification.  Participants must demonstrate their project as the sole facilitator so that we have evidence that they are able to use this method unassisted.

  • Are there any pre-requisites for this program?

    No. There are no pre-requisites for White, Yellow or Green Belt training. Each workshop builds upon a similar base of introductory Lean material and goes into an increasing level of depth depending on the duration of the workshop. (White Belt: 1-day, Yellow Belt: 3-days, Green Belt: 8-days)

  • Are group discounts available?

    Yes. Group discounts are offered as follows:

    • 3-5 people: 5% discount
    • 5-9 people: 10% discount
    • 10+ people: 15% discount

    If you are registering a group, please contact anne@leanagility.com.

  • Do you offer French courses?

    We can offer French deliveries of our workshops for onsite delivery. Except where noted, public courses are delivered primarily in English because the demand for French delivery is low. Course facilitators are bilingual and will answer question in the language they are posed. Course materials are available in English and French.



  • Virtual delivery

  • Two in-class sessions of four-days each where the group applies what they learn to improve a process from a host organization with guidance from the course facilitator

  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily

  • Four to five weeks between and after the in-class sessions, participants apply what they learn to improve a process from their own organization with coaching from the course facilitator

  • Approximately 16 - 18 days of total hands-on effort


  • $4,395 + tax


  • Learn how to begin facilitating improvement projects and get results

  • No pre-requisites
  • Hands-on learning (simulated Lean improvement exercise)
  • Group discounts available
  • Bilingual course facilitators
  • Course materials available in English or French
  • In-person and virtual deliveries available