Lean green Belt Certificate



Graduates of the Green Belt program have the skills needed to lead and sustain moderately complex Lean process improvement initiatives, leading to positive, measurable, sustained results. 

During the 8-days of in-class training (split into two, 4-day segments), participants are exposed to the fundamental components of Lean process improvement (DMAIC) and collaborate to improve a “live” government process under the guidance of their instructor. In the five weeks between Session 1 and 2 and after the last day of in-class training participants apply the same methodology on individual projects with one-on-one coaching. Organizations participating in a Green Belt workshop can expect to offset the cost of the training through with results generated through Lean improvements.

Green Belt workshops are “sponsored” by a government organization who provide a location for the training and a process for in-class group work in exchange for one free registration. 

Green Belt certificates are awarded upon completion of: the Project Workbook, current/future state value stream maps and presentation/assessment of a Project Report. Participants must demonstrate positive results signed off by their project sponsor in order to graduate.

Candidates should expect to devote a minimum of 16 days of total hands-on effort to complete the work, spread over a period of up to 12 months – allowing time to generate and sustain results. 

By the end of the program participants are able to: 

  • Lead (facilitate) an improvement event of medium complexity
  • Understand and explain Lean principles to others
  • Apply principles of change management
  • Understand, plan for and implement improvement projects to ensure sustainability of results and continuous improvement
No pre-requisites

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PHASE 1: IN-CLASS/GROUP IMPROVEMENT PROJECT (Steps 1 - 3 DMAIC: Define, Measure, Analyze)
  • Overview of Lean Government: simulation
  • Current situation
  • Target situation
  • Problem
  • Objectives
  • Interviews (Voice of the employee)
  • Collect data
  • Map the process
  • Find possible causes
  • Analyze potential causes
  • Find root causes
  • Determine principal causes
  • Creating buy-in
  • Execution plan
  • Common people challenges and solutions
  • Facilitation skills
  • Individual project: next steps
PHASE 3: IN-CLASS GROUP IMPROVEMENT PROJECT (Steps 3 - 5 DMAIC: Analyze, Improve, Control/Continue to Improve)
  • Presentation of individual project to date
  • Review of process maps
  • Lessons learned
  • Identify possible solutions
  • Prioritize and plan solutions
  • Test and implement solutions
  • Visual management
  • Report-out meetings
  • Error-proofing
  • Standard work
  • Visual work instructions
PHASE 4: INDIVIDUAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT + COACHING (Steps 3-5 DMAIC: Analyze, Improve, Control/Continue to Improve)
PHASE 5: INDIVIDUAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT REVIEW AND GRADUATION Completion of project workbook, current and future state maps in VISIO and PowerPoint presentation demonstrating positive results must be signed off by project sponsor and facilitator to graduate.
  • 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 hand-on Green Belt assignment work, coaching and peer reviews over four months (typical 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 eight 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/coach (a Lean Black Belt)
    • your peers (course features many opportunities to share experiences, learning and offer feedback)
    • your project sponsor
  • How do I prepare for the Green Belt workshop?

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

    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 the process

    We discourage participants from choosing processes that are outside of the control of the Participant's Branch/Division; and processes whose success depends primarily on adding IT or people resources.

  • How do White, Yellow and Green Belts differ from one another?

    A White Belt (1-day) is an entry-level introduction to Lean to build awareness of Lean concepts, tools and techniques to:

    • enable the improvement of personal and team productivity
    • support Lean process improvement initiatives in the organization
    • facilitate informed decision making about Lean implementation.

    White Belt training is for decision makers, executives, managers and front-line employees (extended team members of a given process area). Successful large-scale Lean improvement project/Lean transformations would likely include department or enterprise-wide White Belt training to build understanding and awareness of Lean and support change management efforts.

    Yellow Belt (3-days) is an introduction to Lean concepts, tools and techniques (DMAIC) to:

    • enable the improvement of a straightforward process
    • support Lean process improvement initiatives in the organization

    Yellow Belt training is for managers and front-line employees who wish to lead a simple improvement project or to be a valuable team member on a more complex project.

    Green Belt (8-days in-class + coaching) applies Lean concepts, tools and techniques (DMAIC) to improve a "live" government process. Participants will be able to:

    • Lead (facilitate) an improvement event of medium complexity
    • Understand and explain Lean principles to others
    • Apply principles of change management
    • Understand, plan for and implement improvement projects to ensure sustainability of results and continuous improvement

    Green Belt training is for managers or employees who wish to lead improvement projects of medium complexity and prospective organizational Lean leaders in the organization

  • Are group discounts available?


    Group discounts are offered as follows:

    • 3-5 people: 5% discount  
    • 6-9  people: 10% discount 
    • 10+ people: 15% discount

    If you are registering a group, contact anne@leanagility.com to obtain a promotional code.

  • What are the options for payment?

    Select your method of payment during registration by clicking on the "Payment Method" drop-down menu in the Payment section of Eventbrite and selecting your preferred method. 

    Selecting "credit card" will require you to make immediate payment using a current credit card (American Express, VISA or Mastercard). Should you wish to pay by credit card after the event please select "pay by cheque" as your payment method. This will reserve your spot in the course. After the workshop, you will receive an invoice and can make payment by cheque or credit card.

  • Are there any pre-requisites for this program?

    There are no pre-requisites for White, Yellow and Green Belt Certificate 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).