Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training Program

 This 48 hour practitioner level Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course will teach the fundamentals of the six sigma discipline, while introducing key lean tools. The training is designed such that participants can understand the concepts intellectually as well as practically.  The course is segmented into 6 eight hour segments. By spacing out the segments over a 2 month period participants can practice the lean fundamentals in their work areas between class sessions to further enhance learning.

Lean Six Sigma Exercises

The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training Program will use hands on exercises both to reinforce key points. Several experiential exercises will be featured to bring core concepts of the Six Sigma discipline to life. In addition to the experiential exercises, participants are encouraged to bring real production challenges to the training. Through the course of the training these challenges will be addressed as projects for the sponsoring organization.

In addition to the methodology an introduction to change leadership and team leadership will be included. In this way participants can learn the basics of leading a project team to completion.

It is recommended that the training program be done onsite at the client facility. In this way the training can incorporate real time evaluation of business processes and focus on how to improve them.

Training Program Objectives


  1. Develop participants into skilled practitioners of the Six Sigma methodology
  2. Introduce complimentary lean tools
  3. Introduce the concept of variation and variation reduction
  4. Teach fundamental concepts to participants including
    1. DMAIC methodology
    2. Business case for 6 Sigma
    3. Leading a project team
    4. Root Cause analysis
    5. Visual problem solving tools
    6. Statistics based problem solving tools
    7. Presenting a six sigma project in a persuasive manner
    8. Keeping improvements in place
    9. Improve facility performance through the completion of Lean project work

 Lean Six Sigma Program Content


The following modules are covered in the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training program. It should be noted however that many of the concepts are complimentary and teaching them as discrete elements is not the objective. Ultimately the plan is to introduce the concepts as needed such that they become clear and useful.

Lean Six Sigma Business Case for Improvement

An overview of the Lean Six Sigma toolkit and its use in manufacturing and distribution contexts. Participants are introduced to the business case for the discipline and what it means to the business professional. Participants are encouraged to identify potential projects to complete during the training.

DMAIC Framework

The Six Sigma project management process follows the DMAIC method. This refers to define, measure, analyze, improve and control. Participants are introduced to the methodology plus an introductory overview of project management.

Define Stage

Together we walk through all the tools of the define stage. Participants will work through the use of tools in this stage in exercises, and individual projects. Tools include the project charter, Gannt chart, voice of customer analysis, cost of poor quality analysis, SIPOC analysis and Critical to quality analysis. The define stage tends to be longer than the remainder of the model as a well-defined project has a better chance of success than a hastily prepared project.

Measure Phase

Participants are challenged to understand the concepts of variation and the tools used to describe it. The measure phase introduces flow charts, cause and effect diagrams, FMEA, data collection planning, Measurement systems analysis and baseline capability and analysis.

Analyze Phase

In this phase we dive deeper into statistics and other math based functions to understand the variation reduction process. The analyze phase at a green belt level involves hypothesis testing, regression and pareto charting. Participants are introduced to the deeper level concepts of design of experiments where the relationship between our critical to quality variable and potential cause variables is quantified.

Improve Phase

Building on the previous Lean Six Sigma phases that improve the process of locking down sources of variation in disciplined orderly ways. New tools to drive improvement are introduced including the Pugh matrix and root cause analysis.

Control Phase

The most typical complaint of the continuous improvement professional is maintaining the gains of a successful project. In this module we discuss leading change as well as several tools designed to overcome this challenge including error proofing, visual workplace tools and the classic control plan.

Lean Production

Throughout the training program lean concepts will be introduced to augment the six sigma methodology. In particular the concepts of waste, Kaizen, flow, pursuit of perfection and error proofing are featured.

Training Project Completion Process

Throughout the course participants will be required to prepare and deliver short project update presentations to the class. In this way all participant learning is enhanced while organizational projects are progressed through the mentoring of the black belt instructor.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

Many firms offer green belt certification. Typically this involves completion of the training program and successful completion of a comprehension exam. While this may demonstrate intellectual understanding, this is insufficient to ensure organizational value and return on investment.

The Developing Leaders green belt certification process is guided by a certified master black belt. In addition to course completion and successful exam completion it also requires successful project completion. The project must demonstrate practical understanding of how to complete an improvement project using the Six Sigma tool kit. In this process participants are mentored by an experienced black belt through the DMAIC tollgates.

This certification is available at an added cost on a per participant basis. Please inquire for pricing options.


Company owner Ron Hurst is the lead trainer at the Green Belt level. The Developing Leaders team includes a part time certified Master Black Belt who oversees the certification process for both Green and Black Belt certification.


Ron Hurst MBA, MSc, B. Eng, LSSBB, ACC

Over the past 15 years Ron Hurst has diligently become an effective and meaningful trainer and consultant. Skilled in multiple dimensions of business and training methodologies, Ron brings a unique perspective to his clients. To formalize his abilities he completed a Master’s degree in leadership and organizational development from the University of La Verne (2006). This degree is foundational to his ability to deliver training that is relevant, effective and timeless to his clients.

Ron also holds a certificate in Evidence Based Coaching, a Master’s in Business Administration and a Metallurgical Engineering bachelor’s degree to round out a broad experience base of education. This matches up well with his 23 years of manufacturing experience in both Canada and the United States. Throughout his career Ron has expanded his skill set through successful achievement in Operations, Research, Sales, Quality and General Management. He has been trained in Lean Six Sigma and holds a black belt in this discipline. Ron has mentored and trained over 60 green belts during his tenure as a black belt. He has been trained in lean manufacturing and several other continuous improvement strategies including TQM, Kepner Tragoe and Juran Quality Planning. In the Lean discipline Ron has trained over 250 people in basic lean and over 40 in more advanced skills. He has added a part time Lean Sensei to the Developing Leaders team to ensure rigor and facilitate the pursuit of excellence!

From humble working class roots Ron has always sought to walk a mile in the other guys shoes, understand a problem from the inside. Offer advice that is both candid and contextually sensitive. Ron is eager to offer you his expertise in problem solving, communication, interpersonal skills, continuous improvement, business management, leadership and many other areas. With Ron working for you as coach, trainer and consultant you will realize significant benefit and improvement.

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