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Enhance your career as a Lean or Lean Six Sigma (LSS) professional through one of our certification levels:

  • Yellow Belt
  • Green Belt
  • Black Belt
  • Master Black Belt (LSS only)

Note: all in-person are offered at client site only

For specific curriculum, schedule and fees:

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LEAN SIX SIGMA (LSS) COURSES

LSS Yellow Belt Certification

This interactive workshop introduces employees, managers, supervisors to quality improvement techniques.

  • Yellow Belt (In-Person and Interactive Live Online)
  • In-person workshop: This 1-day workshop is held at the customer site for 10 or more participants
  • Interactive Live online workshop: This workshop consists of two 4-hour sessions. You will be live online with an experienced industry instructor for all the sessions, and you will be able to ask questions directly to the instructor.

Participants learn to use a variety of Lean improvement and Six Sigma quality tools under a DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) framework. With Yellow Belt certification, you will add value to any team that aims to improve its company's process. Yellow Belt certification is awarded upon workshop and quiz completion.

LSS Green Belt Certification

For  those participants that can use basic statistics to assist a project team.

  • Green Belt (In-Person and Interactive Live Online)
  • In-person workshop: This 5-day workshop is held at the client site for 10 or more participants
  • Interactive Live online workshop: This workshop consists of Ten 4-hour sessions (2 sessions per week for 5 weeks). You will be live online with an experienced industry instructor for all the sessions and you will be able to ask questions directly to the instructor.

This hands-on workshop is designed for Lean Six Sigma project team members. Participants will become familiar with basic Lean and Six Sigma tools within the context of the DMAIC methodology. Core workshop offers statistical analysis package training (Minitab) to conduct and analyze various outputs stemming from experiments in the measurement phase (Statistical Process Control) and the analysis phase (Design of Experiments) in a well-designed Lean Six Sigma case study.

Familiarity with college math and statistics will help students adjust to the rigorous work that the course entails. A laptop will be needed for this workshop; participants are required to download at least the trial copy of the statistical analysis package, Minitab.

To maintain the high standards of Dartmouth, we require testing at the Green Belt level and a case study completion before granting certification. The exam and case study are designed to help verify your newly gained knowledge.

With Green Belt certification, you will be able to manage root cause analysis, process mapping, and a variety of useful process calculations, making you an invaluable member of any Lean Six Sigma project team.

LSS Black Belt Certification

The Black Belt workshop is for those individuals that want to gain an in-depth knowledge of lean six sigma, and also be able to manage a lean six sigma project.

  • Black Belt (In-Person and Interactive Live Online)
  • In-person workshop: This 10-day workshop is held on the client site for 10 or more participants.

  • Interactive Live online workshop: This workshop consists of twenty 4-hour sessions (2 sessions per week for 10 weeks). You will be live online with an experienced industry instructor for all the sessions and you will be able to ask questions directly to the instructor.

Participants must have completed the Green Belt program or have college level statistics before taking this workshop. 

This workshop is designed for Lean Six Sigma team leaders and expands upon the skill set taught in the Green Belt certification. The coursework includes instruction on modules in practical DMAIC applications, Failure Mode Effects Analysis, Advanced Lean, Advanced DOE, SPC for non-normal distributions, Optimization, Scheduling & Sequencing, Effective and efficient teamwork strategies as well as a variety of other tools and analysis methodologies. As with each of our workshops, we offer case-based exercises to enhance learning.

A laptop with a functional copy of a statistical analysis package, Minitab, will be needed for this workshop.  A trial copy of Minitab is usually sufficient.  A final test will measure your grasp of the theory necessary to be a successful Black Belt. This open-book and open-notes test is held at the culmination of this workshop. Black Belt certification is conferred upon successful completion of this exam and two required case studies.

The Black Belt workshop includes two case studies. Participants choose two of the case studies below.  Participants should be working on the case study as the workshop progresses. Completed case studies should be emailed to the assigned instructor. 

The sample case studies will be provided by Dartmouth and participants can select two of the following verticals:

  • Manufacturing,
  • Finance,
  • Healthcare

LSS Master Black Belt Certification 

The Master Black Belt workshop is for those individuals that want to gain an in-depth knowledge of setting strategy and then implementation of an entire Lean Six Sigma Initiative.

  • Master Black Belt (In-Person and Interactive Live Online)
  • In-person workshop: This workshop is held on the client site for 10 or more participants and customized curriculum is utilized.
  • Interactive Live online workshop: 11 – four hour sessions including breaks; 2 – two hour sessions (approximately 48 hours of training) plus the participant writes a highly-developed 8 to 12+ page whitepaper that is of significant strategic and market insight, and developed for use at their current business.  A test is required.  Lean Six Sigma Mater Black Belt Certification is from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth will be awarded upon successful completion of coursework, test, and white paper project.

Objectives

  • Develop leaders in the company who become capable of leading the six sigma culture.
  • Expand your competence in leadership, business acumen, and six sigma technical expertise
  • Gain the knowledge needed to move from the big picture to actual implementation
  • Become role models for black belts and others
  • Learn advanced six sigma techniques and how to deploy them

Participants must have completed a Black Belt program or have college level statistics before taking this workshop. 

LEAN COURSES

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Lean Yellow Belt Certification

This interactive workshop introduces employees, managers, supervisors to lean techniques that key foundational elements of lean – including concepts of lean, basic tools and techniques, and the integration of lean culture, Kaizen (rapid process improvement), lean metrics and ideas for sustaining lean within any organization. 

Yellow Belt (In-Person and Interactive Live Online)

  • In-person workshop: This 3-day workshop is held at the customer site for 10 or more participants
  • Interactive Live online workshop: This workshop consists of five to six approximately 4-hour sessions. The sixth session will be for question and answer to complete the process of understanding how lean can be used in your organization.  You will be live online with an experienced industry instructor for all the sessions, and you will be able to ask questions directly to the instructor.

Participants gain an understanding of Lean, how to be involved in continual improvement initiatives, and how to apply your efforts to improve quality, work-flow, or process improvement. Yellow Belt certification is awarded upon workshop and quiz completion.

Lean Green Belt Certification

For  those participants that want to contribute to leading a project team.

  • Green Belt (In-Person and Interactive Live Online)
  • In-person workshop: This 5-day workshop is held at the client site for 10 or more participants
  • Interactive Live online workshop: This workshop consists of Ten 4-hour sessions (2 sessions per week for 5 weeks). You will be live online with an experienced industry instructor for all the sessions and you will be able to ask questions directly to the instructor.

This program provides an integrated sequence of subject material that goes beyond the introduction to Lean and delves into the project selection and metrics necessary to affect continuous improvement in any organization.  Experienced instructors present the vital elements of Lean and how these components work together to create a system of continuous improvement through problem solving.

Participants will develop an in-depth understanding of Lean methods and project selection in conjunction with linked lean metrics.  You will also learn the fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma and tools so you can fluently converse about the differences between Lean and Six Sigma.  You will gain an understanding for engaging, communicating and affecting change with the workforce which is a key aspect of Lean, often overlooked in the traditional organization attempting to explore Lean.

Lean Black Belt Certification

The Black Belt workshop is for those individuals that want to gain an in-depth knowledge of moving from strategic objectives to managing a lean project(s).

  • Black Belt (In-Person and Interactive Live Online)
  • In-person workshop: This 10-day workshop is held on the client site for 10 or more participants.
  • Interactive Live online workshop: This workshop consists of 10 – four-hour sessions (approx.) 1 – two-hour session (approximately 42 hours of training) plus the participant writes a highly-developed 8 to 12+ page whitepaper that is of significant strategic and market insight and is developed for use at their current organization.

This Course is designed for Black Belt candidates who are managers, project leaders, continuous improvement participants, and others who already have a certified lean green belt.  We will NOT cover the topics from the Lean Yellow Belt or Lean Green Belt Courses.  Participants must have a lean green belt or equivalent prior to taking this course since we will not include lean basic tools, lean methods and selection, or detailed lean metrics in this course.