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​Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program

Application are now being accepted for the 2019 Lean Six Sigma Green Belt cohort.

The Green Belt program is now part of the California Lean Academy within CalHR under the Government Operations Agency's Eureka Institute.  Over 200 Green Belts are certified across the State. Will you be the next Champion of California by joining this program?

Are you a highly-motivated individual who has the desire and drive to solve the types of complex process problems that have been plaguing your organization, perhaps for many years?  Do these process performance problems have any of the following consequences:

  • Taking excessive amounts of time to perform functions or meet deliverables?
  • Frequent complaints about poor quality of work from customers/stakeholders?
  • Cause your teams to be constantly strapped for resources and literally always have more work than the team is able to adequately handle?

If these are the problems your organization is facing, then the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program may just be the thing for you and your department.

The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program presents a unique opportunity to fix long-standing problems within your areas as you develop the skills to become a highly-effective process improvement practitioner.  In this rigorous program, you will complete a high-impact improvement project for your department with one-on-one coaching that'll help you throughout the five month project duration.  For more information on the program, see the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program description.  

Cost: $5,500 per participant

How to Apply:  Send an email to LeanSixSigma@CalHR.Ca.Gov to request an application package.

Session Dates:

Champion's training:

  • September 24, 2019 (Executive Dining Hall - DGS, 707 3rd St, West Sacramento, CA)

Green Belt Participant's training:

  • First, 3 Days - October 1-3, 2019 (Mt. Baldy Room 112, CDCR - ALI, 10000 Goethe Road, Sacramento, CA)
  • Second, 3.5 Days - November 4 - 7, 2019 (Department of Fish and Wildlife - 1740 N Market Blvd, Sacramento, CA)
  • Third, 3.5 Days - December 9 - 13, 2019(Department of Fish and Wildlife - 1740 N Market Blvd, Sacramento, CA)

What is Lean?

Lean is a continuous improvement methodology based on five key principles to eliminate waste and increase value designed to improve processes and quality from the point of view of the customer.

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Introduction to Lean

Are you new to Lean? Wondering what it's all about?

The Introduction to Lean eLearning course will answer your questions. This 30-minute, free course introduces you to the basic concepts of Lean, including waste vs. value, value add vs. non-value add, and the eight wastes, also known as DOWNTIME.

If you've taken Lean White Belt training, this course is also a great refresher. Get started with Lean today!

​Lean White Belt

Are you ready for a deeper dive into Lean? Sign up for this one-day course and earn your Lean White Belt.

This class provides an overview of the fundamental concepts of Lean and the tools and techniques used to identify value-added activities and eliminate waste to improve customer outcomes. You will leave class with a plan to innovate and improve your work immediately!

Register for Lean White Belt

Course Description for Lean White Belt

Lean Yellow Belt

Are you ready to work on improvement projects that provide great results for yourself, your team, your department, and ultimately – the State of California?  Do you want to anchor the skills learned during the Lean White Belt Course by broadening your Lean knowledge and skills?  You'll learn how to make groundbreaking improvements and sustain greater results, helping to set you apart as an expert and valued team member.

During this highly interactive Yellow Belt course, participants will learn advanced tools, techniques and methods of Lean and how it ties into the business processes at their organization.  Participants will learn to implement Lean tools, techniques, and practices to achieve cost reduction and improve overall quality through consistent compliance to defined quality standards. 

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Course Description for Lean Yellow Belt

Lean Training for Trainers

The Lean White Belt Train-the-Trainer (T4T) course prepares students with the necessary training and practical experience for certification as a California Lean Academy certified instructor. The California Lean White Belt course has been developed as a one-day Lean orientation session to expose state employees to process improvement methodologies.

In order to deliver the California Lean White Belt course within your department, you must first complete the three-day California Lean White Belt T4T course. Upon completion of the training and successful delivery of a Lean White Belt class as well as related homework, trainees will be certified as a California Lean Academy instructor.

Certification Requirements

Lean White Belt training content is solely for the purpose of training and used by permission from CALHR/SPB. Since completion of this course carries with it a certification, the following requirements apply:

  • Successful completion of the Lean White Belt Training (pre-requisite) within 90 days prior to the Lean White Belt T4T class. In the event that the proposed instructor attended the Lean White Belt Training more than 90 days prior, they will be required to observe an offering before the scheduled Lean White Belt T4T.
  • After the successful completion of Lean White Belt T4T, students will be evaluated for suitability to move forward to step 3 (noted below). This evaluation will be based on instructor and coach feedback during the 3-day Lean White Belt T4T.

Register for Lean T4T

  • Successful delivery of Lean White Belt Training under the supervision of an Evaluator.
  • Completion and submission of the A3 project document within 30 days of completing step 3 (noted above).
  • A commitment to deliver at least one Lean White Belt Training session per quarter within a calendar year to their department or to another department if requested by CalHR. This commitment shall begin upon successful completion of the Lean White Belt T4T.

Course Description for Lean T4T



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