Lean White Belt Certificate


$425 + HST (1 day)


The Lean White Belt certificate workshop is a one-day course designed to give public servants an introduction to the fundamentals of Lean process improvement, continuous improvement and innovation for government.

The course is for:

  • leaders who wish to learn more about Lean to decide whether to start a Lean transformation in their organization
  • teams and individuals who want to understand Lean and how to use in their own work and,
  • individuals who have recently joined an organization in the midst of a Lean transformation, to catch up and understand how Lean works

Graduates of the program will have an understanding of what Lean is, how it works in government and basic Lean tools and techniques to remove non-value added work and reduce frustrations.


  • What is Lean?
  • How does it apply to government?
  • What is value stream mapping?
  • How to identify and eliminate interruptions to flow and waste (the 8 Lean Wastes)
  • The impact of variation and overwhelm and how to address them
  • Lean tools and techniques (applied in an interactive simulation) including error-proofing, standard work, visual management
  • Using the Plan-Do-Check-Adjust cycle to conduct experiments in order to learn and improve
  • Practical ways to make Lean, continuous improvement and innovation a normal part of the work
  • The people side of Lean
  • How to build support for a Lean transformation and how to get started


  • Introduction to Lean for government
  • Examples from the Canadian experience
  • Lean tools and techniques for the public sector
  • Simulated improvement exercise
  • Bilingual instructors and materials available in English or French
No pre-requisites

Upcoming Sessions:

  • 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)

  • Are group discounts available?


    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, 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.

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

    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

Lean Agility is proud to also offer White and Yellow Belt Certificate training in partnership with the Telfer School of Management Executive Programs. Visit: telfer.uottawa.ca/executiveprograms/en for more information.