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Training and Certification Seminars

White Belt

Beginner level: introduction into Lean, learning the principles.

Yellow Belt

Basic level: applying Lean to processes, small Kaizen projects.

Green Belt

Advanced level: cross-functional Lean improvement projects.

Black Belt

Expert level: transformational projects, Lean management.

Building Lean Capability

Lean, the customer-driven approach to solve operational business problems is a proven effective way to strengthen the position and competitiveness of any business. Lean focuses on what customers are willing to pay for, the Value-Add (VA), while eliminating all other activities, items, and features that add cost but without benefit to the customer or consumer. In our Lean Program, students learn to uncover hidden potentials and boost performance levels. Having successfully applied the new knowledge and achieved tangible benefits for the business, the Lean champions complete the course as certified White, Yellow, Green, or Black Belt.

Lean White Belt

The White Belt course is a one-day workshop to introduce Lean principles and basic tools. In practical simulation games, people learn how easy it is to reduce waste and improve their daily work. To become certified, trainees must complete four parts: (1) attended a full day classroom training session, (2) participated in a simulation game, (3) has identified and analyzed a problem or opportunity using the PDCA form, and (4) has assessed the level of organization in his or her area of responsibility, using the 5S checklist. After the course we frequently hear comments like: “I can see things clear now”, “This is totally common sense!”, “Why haven’t we thought of this before?”. The course is practical and fun; it helps people at all levels get in touch with Lean and open up to new possibilities.

White Belt Modules:

  • 8 Wastes
  • 5S
  • Fishbone
  • 5 Why
  • PDCA

Lean Yellow Belt (LYB)

The Yellow Belt course is a two-month program where participants learn how to apply Lean within their area of responsibility. By improving actual process performance, they not only develop new skills, but also create a tangible benefit for the business. To become certified, trainees must complete four parts: (1) attended two classroom sessions for training and certification, (2) has implemented an improvement project and achieved a traceable benefit over a two-month period, (3) has formally solved a problem using the PDCA method, and (4) has created a work standard in OPL or any other format. The LYB course is ideal for anyone responsible for a team or a process.

Yellow Belt Modules:

  • 5S as a System
  • Abnormality Signals
  • Batch and Queue
  • Cellular Concept
  • Continuous Flow
  • Cycle Time Basics
  • Downtime and Efficiency
  • Error-Proofing, Poka-Yoke
  • First-In First-Out FIFO
  • Fishbone Ishikawa 4M
  • Kaizen Principles, Project
  • OPL One Point Lesson
  • Overproduction
  • Problem Solving PDCA

Lean Green Belt (LGB)

The Green Belt course is a six-month program for Lean champions who want to deepen their knowledge. By applying Lean to interfaces, participants learn improving cross-functional performance. To become certified, trainees must complete five parts: (1) attended two classroom sessions for training and certification, (2) is proficient in value stream mapping VSM, (3) has implemented an improvement project over a siy-month period and achieved a tangible benefit, (4) has solved a major problem using the PDCA method, and (5) has created an advanced work standard in SOP or SLA format. The LGB house is ideal for all managers and functional specialists.

Green Belt Modules:

  • Cycle, Takt, Tact, Pitch
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Just-in-Time JIT
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Lean Admin & Service
  • Load-Leveling, Heijunka
  • Management Boards
  • Product and Service Matrix
  • Pull Systems A, B, C
  • Setup Reduction SMED, RTS
  • Skill-Matrix
  • Spaghetti Chart
  • Standard Operating Procedure SOP
  • Total Productive Maintenance TPM
  • Value Stream Mapping VSM

Lean Black Belt (LBB)

The Lean Black Belt program builds expert capability in the application of Lean to products, processes, and entire operating systems. Lean leaders learn streamlining manufacturing and service processes, optimizing products and product portfolios over their lifecycle, and reconfigure entire value streams for higher speed and flexibility. Supported by a dedicated coach, a Black Belt trainee transforms an entire value stream, order to fulfilment, creating step-change in speed and efficiency that were thought impossible before. Certification requires the completion of five parts: (1) attended two one-week workshops for training and certification, (2) deeply understands the 20 keys of world-class operations and lean audit techniques, (3) is proficient in value stream mapping for factory and office, as well as (4) operations cost analysis, (5) has implemented a transformational project and achieved a step-change in performance, (6) has solved a complex problem using PDCA, and (7) created an advanced work standard in SOP or SLA format. The Black Belt course is ideal for anyone responsible for a business, entire value stream, many people, critical project, or large asset base.

Black Belt Modules:

  • Control Charts
  • Cost of Poor Quality COPQ
  • Flexibilizing, Balancing, Smoothing
  • Flow Production, Nonstop Conveyor Belt
  • Non-Performance Cost NPC
  • Process Capability Cp, Cpk
  • Pull System Type-C
  • Risk Assessment FMEA, RPN
  • Roadmap, Metric Cascade
  • Scorecards, Site and Business
  • Strategy Deployment, X-Matrix
  • Takt-Pitch, Operations Heart Beat
  • Yield, FPY/RTY, Hidden Factory
  • Variability Reduction