CITEC's Lean Green Belt Certification Program

Lean Green Belt Certification

Advanced-Level Lean Certification Program


“I value my Lean Green Belt training over (my) Shingo credential, the Lean Sensei I received from World Wide Flow College/JcIT Institute of Technology and the Six Sigma Black Belt I earned at Motorola University (Sponsored by Raytheon). You thoroughly addressed every TPS method plus key implementation issues. You can quote me.”

Patrick Gerrard Sr., PES Leader, ATK Space Magna


The Lean Green Belt Certification Program offers an unrivaled combination of in-depth classroom sessions, mentoring and implementation projects to bring your Lean expertise to the next level.


Course Description

CITEC is proud to offer the Lean Green Belt Certification Program to qualified candidates and companies in Northern New York. This is a highly interactive program during which the participants become the teachers and implement change with a required Major Kaizen project in their own Value Stream (or facility).

Expectations are that the Lean Green Belt candidate will:

  1. Fully participate in and successfully complete the entire 64-hour Lean Green Belt training program
  2. After that, conduct a minimum 2-hour Lean training class with his/her people
  3. After this, lead a Major Kaizen Project in their own Value Stream (or facility)
  4. Volunteer to be available to work on Lean projects virtually anywhere across his/her company

The Lean Green Belt Certification Program includes 8 classroom days, with sessions scheduled about every three weeks for a maximum of 12 people. Through project presentations and interaction, the participants will learn by doing ... and from each other.

Drawing on the basic training participants will have acquired during the prerequisite Lean White Belt series, each candidate will be responsible for developing and delivering at least two training topics to the group in a supportive environment that provides the coaching and positive feedback they need to become Lean trainers.

They will select from the following Lean Topics to customize from the perspective of their own organization’s Value Stream / facility:

  • Lean 101: Principles of Lean?(*Taught by the instructor with participation by all candidates.)
  • Value Stream Mapping: Current State & Future State?(*Taught by the instructor with participation by all candidates.)
  • Lean Project Ranking & Implementation
  • Hoshin Planning
  • Kaizen Implementation Events
  • 5S Workplace Organization
  • Visual Controls
  • 1-Piece Flow Cells
  • Standard Work
  • Visual Pull: Kanbans & Supermarkets
  • Lean Materials Handling
  • Cell Teams: Technical & Social
  • Workforce Flexibility
  • TPM: Total Productive Maintenance
  • Quick Changeover
  • Level Production (Heijunka)
  • Material Flow
  • Zero Waste Culture (Cell or Work Center)
  • Zero-Defect Quality (Mistake Proof, Fail Safe)
  • Change / Transition Management
  • Lean Leadership


Training Schedule

Candidates for Lean Green Belt certification will be active participants in the classroom sessions and will be responsible for conducting at least two topics for the class. Sessions are scheduled approximately every three weeks to allow for adequate preparation time.

Anticipated start date for the next LGB program is July 2016.


Project & Facility Training Requirement

In addition to the 8 classroom sessions, it is expected that each candidate will use at least one of the topics they have prepared for the course to deliver training for a small group of employees at their facility.

And, each Lean Green Belt candidate will need to define a Green Belt-level Kaizen for consideration by their CITEC Lean Coach. Once approved, the participant must lead that Kaizen and submit a detailed explanation of the event, before and after photographs and the results/metrics. Certification will be awarded based on a panel review of the project submissions.

Please Note: It may take several weeks or months before participants successfully complete their Green Belt-level on-site training and Kaizens and receive their certification.

* Additional important program notes:

  • Participants must commit to attend all sessions, be active participants in every class, complete assignments -- including the Green Belt-level Kaizen project -- to achieve certification.
  • Companies will still be responsible for the full training costs should participants withdraw during the series.


Who Should Attend

The Lean Green Belt Certification Program is specifically designed to expand the expertise and implementation activities of those who have achieved Lean White Belt status. The instructor may consider comparable pre-requisite certifications if they include a thorough understanding of the 22 content topics, the participant has copies of the training materials for those topics and can verify implementation/training projects completed for those topics.

Participants who are awarded Lean Green Belt status will have proven their knowledge of critical Lean concepts and their capabilities in implementing Lean efforts at their companies. ?Program graduates will receive a martial arts-style Lean Green Belt and a framed Lean Green Belt Certificate. Certification is predicated on mutual agreement, between CITEC and the candidate’s own company, that the candidate has satisfactorily completed all requirements and is ready to be acknowledged as a Lean Green Belt.


We recognize this program is actually a transfer of our own Lean capabilities to the company and, therefore, we guarantee the quality of certification will be maintained at a very high level.



Each participant in the Lean Green Belt Certification Program will receive:

  • Lean Green Belt Implementation Guidebook (a supplement to the presentation materials and videos provided during the training series)
  • A library of critical Lean training books / manuals, valued at more than $500



CITEC is pleased to offer this unique, in-depth training program in the North Country! The per person cost to attend is: $2,495/person.

The number of Green Belt candidates for each series is limited and should be submitted as soon as possible by contacting:

Rob Oram, Business Development Director
(315) 646-5211
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Vapor Stone's Brock Trombley Receives Lean Green Belt CertificationCITEC has awarded more than 50 Lean Green Belt level certifications to exceptional men and women serving North Country companies. Here, Lean Sensei Jim Myers presents the Lean Green Belt certification recognition to Brock Trombley, Manufacturing Engineering and Quality Performance Systems Coordinator for Vapor Stone Rail Systems located in Plattsburgh. (July 2012)




A full refund is available for cancellations made at least 10 business days prior to the first session of the training series. Within 10 business days, only substitutions will be accepted. No-shows will be charged the full registration fee.


CITEC is a not-for-profit business consulting organization driven by a mission to help the small- and medium-sized enterprises in northern New York to thrive. The depth of our consulting team's expertise and an unbeatable nationwide network of resources will deliver the impacts your business needs to grow strategically, improve profitability, and create the competitive advantages you need.

We have proven results. Our clients are surveyed by an independent third party upon project completion and have reported amazing impacts to their businesses because of our assistance. On average, working with CITEC provides a return of $71 for every $1 of project cost.


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